18 best romance novels of 2022

News flash: Even though romance novels are usually touted as the perfect “beach beds,” the genre never goes out of season. In fact, the coming winter months are perfect for curling up on your couch — or maybe even a cozy cafe — with a hot drink and an equally warm book.

Whether you’re new to the wonderful world of literary romantic comedies or just trying to catch up on all of this year’s releases, one of these 18 best romance novels of 2022, featuring newbie novelists and some of the legends reigning genre, deserves a top spot on your reading list.

Here you’ll find fake date nights, heartbreaking happy endings, and all kinds of naughty dynamics, from rivals to lovers to exes to lovers to baking show contestants to lovers. And if steaming isn’t your thing, don’t worry! This list contains books of all spice levels.

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1

Rachel Lynn Solomon

A weather

2

Anita Kelly

Love and other disasters

3

Alexandria Bellefleur

Count your lucky stars

4

Kosoko Jackson

I’m so (not) above you

5

Tessa Bailey

Hook, line and sinker

6

Farah Heron

Kamila knows best

seven

Mia Sosa

The Marriage Breaker

8

Emily Henry

book lovers

9

Hannah Orenstein

Destined to be mine

ten

Bolu Babalola

Honey and spices

11

Ali Hazelwood

love on the brain

12

Jasmine Guillory

Drunk in love

13

Meryl Wilsner

Mistakes have been made

14

Erin Hahn

Built to last

15

Alison Cochrun

Kiss her once for me

16

Alexa Martin

better than fiction

17

Kennedy Ryan

Before letting go

18

Ashley Herring Blake

Astrid Parker does not fail

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