Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Suleikha's Top 20 Romance Books of 2023

For all that the bulk of my reading in 2023 was comprised of historical romances, it's mostly contemporary ones that topped the list of my favorite new releases of the year. Perhaps because the comfort that comes from backlist historicals is a different animal than reading current things geared toward a market I also write for? Or do I just not read enough new historicals? Beats me! At any rate, I sifted through the 187 books I devoured and narrowed down 20 that really embodied, for me, the breadth of what our genre has to offer.

Obligatory disclaimer: I know—or have professional connections with—several authors listed below, but I try my best to be objective when evaluating what works and doesn't work for me as a reader.  

You can check out my 2022 Top 20 round-up here.

We'll Never Have Paris by Adriana Anders

2. Pas de Don't by Chloe Angyal

3. Chick Magnet by Emma Barry

4. Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller

5. The Art of Scandal by Regina Black

6. Shucked by Kate Canterbary

7. A Thief in the Night by KJ Charles

8. Never Meant to Stay by Trisha Das

9. Ana MarĂ­a and the Fox by Liana De la Rosa

10. To Have and to Heist by Sara Desai

11. Desire in His Blood by Zoey Draven

12. Whisky Business by Elliot Fletcher

13. The Counterfeit Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath

14. Jana Goes Wild by Farah Heron

15. Forever Your Rogue by Erin Langston

16. A Rogue's Rules for Seduction by Eva Leigh

17. Love, Death & Lanterns by Jeannie Lin

18. Full Moon Over Freedom by Angelina Lopez

19. Technically Yours by Denise Williams

20. Role Playing by Cathy Yardley

2024 books to look out for: Wild Life by Opal Wei, When Grumpy Met Sunshine by my bestie Charlotte Stein, 'Til Heist Do Us Part by Sara Desai, Isabel and the Rogue by Liana De la Rosa, and The Stranger I Wed by Harper St. George.

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