Bookish Item| 2021 Favorite Reads: Romance Edition

We’re starting off the first week of the year talking about our favorites of 2021. Seeing how we both read quite a few books we decided to divide this into different editions. Yesterday Isabelle talked about graphic novels/comics, because she reads more of those than me. Today I’m talking about my favorite romance reads of 2021, because I read more of those. Keep on reading to see my favorites! I’m going to do a top ten. All were given 5 stars.

Branded by a Song, Unmasked Dreams & Crossed by the Stars – LJ Evans

To be honest the first author I thought of for this list was LJ Evans. She’s quickly become one of my favorite authors. I personally love how she incorporates music into every book with each chapter having a song and listening to the playlist gives this an extra experience. Every character she’s written is one I’ve become invested in and I’m always excited for the next book.

The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis became a book you couldn’t miss if you were on social media last year. Near the release it got so much attention. Part of me was afraid that The Love Hypothesis would disappoint after all the hype it got, but I loved this book so much. Ali Hazelwood is now and author I’ll be keeping an eye on for new books this year!

A Guy Walks Into My Bar – Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely never disappoints with romantic comedies. They’re laugh out loud funny, steamy, and you can’t help but love the characters. She really didn’t disappoint with A Guy Walks Into My Bar. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators added even more to the experience. I’ll definitely be rereading this one in the future.

Isn’t It Bromantic? – Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club series is one I’ve enjoyed so far. It’s fun seeing the men in these books use romances to help them with their own relationships. I’d been waiting for Vlad to get his own story and he finally did! Yes, there was a lot of miscommunication between him and Elena, but I really enjoyed this book. I’m so glad we’re getting more books in this world.

Scars & Silver Linings and A Circle of Crows – Kelsey Kingsley

Kelsey Kingsley doesn’t write your typical romances, but that makes me love her books even more. These stories really hit you in the feels and I have to say both of these books had me in tears at least once. I love it when authors can make you really feel what their characters are going through.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas – Jenny Bayliss

If you’ve followed our blog for some time now you know that I love everything Christmas. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I started reading holiday themed books pretty early. The Twelve Dates of Christmas was my first holiday read and my favorite. The dates were so much fun to read about and I enjoyed the characters. Definitely put me in even more of a Christmas mood.

Good Girls Never Rise – SJ Sylvis

Dark romances are something I haven’t really read much of. I haven’t really found out where my boundaries are with these and it’s not something I’ve actually gone looking for. That was until an author I’ve enjoyed previous books by wrote a duet. Good Girls Never Rise is the first book and it sucked me right in. I will warn for some darker subjects, so definitely look into it if you have triggers. I know the author is planning more books in this world and I’m excited.


I read a lot more than just these ten amazing romances, but these were the ones that really stood out to me. Do you read romance? If so, what were some of your favorites of 2021? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “Bookish Item| 2021 Favorite Reads: Romance Edition

  1. I’m reading 12 Dates of Xmas right now – and loving it. The others look like grat, must-reads! Thanks for the list.

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