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Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, fake dating turned into something more, and even a dash of good old-fashioned forced proximity — the best romance books of 2022 are filled with the genre’s most beloved tropes. If you love nothing more than curling up with a rom-com or a weepy romance read, this is your year. From contemporary love stories to historical romance novels to romantic tales with just the right amount of magic, there’s no shortage of swoon-worthy books coming your way.
The best part: it seems like all of the genre’s most popular authors are serving up new books in 2022. Farrah Rochon, Tessa Bailey, Jasmine Guillory, and Emily Henry are just of a handful of the bestselling romance authors releasing must-read rom-coms this year. Meanwhile, the overachiever of the year award goes to “Boyfriend Material” author Alexis Hall, who has not one, but two new rom-coms hitting bookshelves (and e-readers) in 2022.
While we love seeing our favorite authors create new couples for us to fall in love with, there are also plenty of exciting romance debuts this year. By the time 2023 rolls around, you’ll definitely have more than a few new writers to add to your must-read list. Ready to dive into the year’s best romance novels? Read on for every book that needs to be on your TBR in 2022.
— Additional reporting by Alicia Geigel and Iyana Jones