Saturday, December 31, 2022

Suleikha's Top 20 Romance Books of 2022

I found a lot of solace in romance this year. It was actually really difficult to narrow down 20 of my faves out of 155 books across all genres. I kept moving things around and having to redo the numbers. So, here is a resulting disclaimer: Fellow authors, if you don't see your book on this list, it doesn't mean I didn't like it. Don't hate me!

And then there's the books I couldn't really include due to conflict of interest-ish things. Which is why I'm shouting out The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna and Tanked by Mia Hopkins here up top. Because I read and blurbed them both pre-release. That sort of makes it a little hinky to put them on my personal reading roundup, you know? But Mia and Sangu are fantastic writers, and I'm so glad to their stories on the New York Times's first-ever list of year-end Best Romances. I also want to squee about The Candid Life of Meena Dave by my friend, Namrata Patel. It's more mainstream fiction with strong romantic elements—and I really enjoyed those elements. Highly recommend! And now on to my Top 20 favorite books of 2022...

1. Fire Season by KD Casey

2. Masters in the Hall by KJ Charles

3. The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

4. The Emma Project by Sonali Dev

5. Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca

6. You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

7. A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

8. Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

9. D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

10. To Catch a Raven by Beverly Jenkins

11. Wherever is Your Heart by Anita Kelly

12. The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh

13. Red Blossom in Snow by Jeannie Lin

14. American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

15. Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai

16. Sapphire Sunset by C. Travis Rice

17. Dance With the Devil by Kit Rocha

18. Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

19. Lay Me Down in Ivy by Stefanie Simpson

20. The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa

2023 Releases to Look Out For

Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller (out 3/28)
A Rogue's Rules For Seduction by Eva Leigh (out 4/25)

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