At She Reads Romance Books I’m all about finding the best romance novels worth reading and that includes the best romance novels of 2022.
If you’re looking for the very best romance books of 2022 to spend your time and your dollars, these are the books you’re going to want to add to your TBR list!
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When it comes to reading romance, I only want to read the best romance novels.
Why waste time with just a mediocre book when you can read an epic one that gives you all the feels?!
That’s why I put together my list of best romance novels each and every year to help you find the very best in the genre.
And I’m continuing the tradition with this book list of the best romance novels of 2022!
How to Make the List of Best Romance Novels of 2022
This book list contains the best of the best in romance books of 2022 so far.
Not surprisingly, many of these books were on my Most Anticipated New Romance Books of 2022 list so I’m happy that they’ve delivered!
These are the titles I’ve read that have earned my elusive 5-star rating so far in 2022.
I honestly don’t give out 5-star ratings very much because a book really has to WOW me or have something stand out about it that just takes my breath away.
And let me tell you that each of these romance books have earned their place on this list and then some!
What’s more…the best part about this list is that it’s not finished!
These are just the very best romance novels of 2022 so far and I will be updating it with any books deemed worthy as the year goes on.
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The Best Romance Novels of 2022 So Far:
A Marriage of Convenience, Modern Greek Myth Retelling that was HOT
Psyche knew she’d have to face Aphrodite’s ire eventually, but she never expected her literal heart to be at stake…or for Aphrodite’s gorgeous son to be the one ordered to strike the blow.
Eros has no problem getting his hands dirty. But when it comes time to take out his latest target, he can’t do it.
Confused by his reaction to Psyche, he does the only thing he can think of to keep her safe: he marries her.
As they try to find a way out of their mess, lines blur and loyalties shift and two hearts are at risk.
OMG, I loved this book so much. Talk about scorching chemistry between Eros and Psyche!
This book was seriously ELECTRIC! I can count on Robert to really bring the heat and up the steam factor with her romance novels and this one didn’t disappoint.
But I also loved Psyche who was such a strong heroine who brought the playboy to his knees. A definite must-read as one of the best romance books of 2022!
A Friends to Lovers Romance That Was So Much More
King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a hot, carefree flirt who’s a guaranteed good time and that’s exactly how he prefers it.
Until he meets Hannah Bellinger.
She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends?
Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom.
She’s still nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead.
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Hannah and Fox’s story after devouring It Happened One Summer and it did not disappoint.
This is such a fantastic, friends to lovers romance I couldn’t put it down.
I adored Hannah’s strength and Fox’s wounded soul, plus it was a terrific slow burn.
You can read this as a standalone but I loved It Happened One Summer just as much so definitely read both!
An Office Romance That Was All That and More
I was never supposed to see him again. It was supposed to be just one night. No strings and not names. Just the best night of my life.
Still riding the high from last night, I walk in to meet my new client, and he’s wearing that same dangerous smirk that reeled me in hours ago.
Billionaire heir apparent Callahan Sharpe is determined to complete one final project to honor his late father’s legacy before walking away from the family business.
Luckily and unluckily for me, I’ve been tasked to go to the Virgin Islands to help accomplish his goal. Callahan has no problem breaking his company’s no fraternization rule, but not me.
There’s too much at stake.
What could possibly go wrong when you’re forced to work—and live—side by side with a man you can’t resist?
I might have read this in just one day because it was that good, which is no surprise it made my list of best romance novels of 2022!
Just when I think I’ve read my favorite K. Bromberg book, she delivers another that knocks my socks off.
This book had the BEST banter between Callahan and Sutton which made the tension between these two in their forced proximity super thick.
Callahan was the alpha, hot billionaire I totally expected him to be, yet he also came with a soft side that only Sutton could pull out.
You won’t be disappointed with this one.
Related: The Best Office Romance Books
A Slow Burn Romance That is One of Reid’s Finest!
Winnifred Gobaldi and Byron Visser are not best friends. Yes, they’ve known each other for years, but they’re not even friendly.
The truth is, they have nothing in common.
She’s looking for a side hustle to help pay down a mountain of student debt, and his financial portfolio is the stuff of fiduciary dreams.
So why are they faking a #bestfriend relationship for millions of online spectators?
When a simple case of tit-for-tat trends between nonfriends leads to a wholly unexpected kind of pretend, nothing is simple.
Sometimes, it takes a public audience to reveal the truth of private feelings, and rarely—very rarely—you should believe what you see online.
This book is the longest Reid has ever penned and I just wanted it to go on and on forever.
The chemistry between Byron and Winnie as they traverse their way through a fake relationship was just off the charts.
These two are definitely one of my all-time favorite couples who are the poster adults for using communication to be vulnerable and honest with one another.
I loved it so much and highly recommend it as one of the best romance novels of 2022.
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The Best in an Incredible Series of Must-Read Books
Reyna won’t allow her innocent niece to suffer the same way she did.
So, if the arrogant Irish mobster her brother sold her niece to thinks she’s going to play nice over their arranged marriage contract, he should think again.
Spider is supposed to marry sweet, beautiful Lili. So why can’t he stop thinking about her swamp witch of an aunt?
Reyna who hates him. Reyna who challenges him.
Nothing good can come of what he’s feeling for a woman who’s not the one in the wedding contract he signed.
A woman he wants so much, he’ll have to burn the whole world down to get. If she doesn’t end him first.
Spider is one hot alpha and Reyna is no wallflower, so whenever these two are in the same room the sparks fly.
I loved their witty banter but loved their confessions to one another even more.
It’s definitely one of her best yet and deserving as one of the best romance novels of 2022!
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A Wonderful Follow-Up to One of the Best MM Romance Books
Released April 2022
Ten years. That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other.
How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family, from the league.
If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret.
He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?
Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, that sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist.
The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.
It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.
Heated Rivalry is one of those books that has stayed with me long after reading the end.
I always enjoy romance books that look at an existing relationship and with all the complications that come after the initial “falling in love” phase and this one didn’t disappoint.
Not only do you get more steamy times with these hockey studs, but you also get a real look into depression which I think Reid did a fantastic job exploring.
Related: The Best Hockey Romance Books
A Polyamorous, Modern Retelling Romance That Gripped
Released June 2022
Achilles Kallis may have been born with nothing, but as a child he vowed he would claw his way into Olympus’ inner circle.
Now that a coveted role has opened to anyone with the strength to claim it, he and his partner, Patroclus Fotos, plan to compete and double their odds of winning.
Neither expect infamous beauty Helen Kasios to be part of the prize, or for the complicated fire that burns the moment she looks their way.
Zeus may have decided Helen is his to give to away, but she has her own plans. She enters into the competition effectively vying for her own hand in marriage.
Unfortunately, there are those who would rather see her disposed of than lead the city.
The only people she can trust are the ones she can’t keep her hands off—Achilles and Patroclus.
But can she really believe they have her best interests at heart when every stolen kiss is a battlefield?
Robert knocked my socks off with the first two novels in the Dark Olympus series so I don’t know why I was shocked that she did it again in the third book.
I thought that Robert did an outstanding job of character development with the three leads, Helen, Achilles and Patroclus which made me fall for each of them in turn.
Each of these three had their own struggles to work through but Helen stole the show for me.
I loved her defiance, strength, willingness to trust in these men, and honesty that she finally shared with them.
Robert is claiming a spot as one of my favorite authors with not one but two of the best romance novels of 2022 this year!
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A Fake Relationship, Hollywood Romance That Gives All the Feels
Released June 2022
Grey Brooks is on a mission to keep her career afloat now that the end of her long-running teen TV show has her (unsuccessfully) pounding the pavement again.
With a life-changing role on the line, she’s finally desperate enough to agree to her publicist’s scheme: fake a love affair with a disgraced Hollywood heartthrob who needs the publicity.
Ethan Atkins just wants to be left alone.
Between his high-profile divorce, struggles with drinking, and grief over the loss of his longtime creative partner and best friend, Ethan has slowly let himself fade into the background.
But to produce the last movie he and his partner wrote together, Ethan agrees to a gossip-inducing affair with a gorgeous actress, even if it’s the last thing he wants to do.
Though their juicy public relationship is less than perfect behind the scenes, it doesn’t take long before Grey and Ethan’s sizzling chemistry starts to feel like more than just an act.
I sat down with this novel and devoured it in two days. This story totally wrapped me up and I needed to see what was in store for these two characters.
I loved how Wilder depicted their fake relationship as the greatest slow burn romance with them hardly even talking to each other behind closed doors initially.
Surprisingly this romance does have a heaviness to it that I wasn’t expecting, but which made it an even richer read.
This debut novel fits as one of the best romance novels of 2022 so far!