Must Read New Romance Book Releases Coming in May 2021

Discover all the most anticipated, new romance book releases coming in May 2021. These are the new book releases that I’m most looking forward to reading and which you should mark on your to read list.

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New Romance Book Releases Coming in May 2021

Every month I share my list of new romance book releases that I look forward to reading in hopes of finding my next book boyfriend.

These are the books that stand out to me based on the story, romance book trope or the author who wrote it.

If you’re not sure which romance book to read this month, definitely check out one of these new book releases!

What to Look Forward to

I like to choose a variety of storylines and romance book tropes when it comes to picking out new romance book releases I want to read, and this month definitely delivers.

May’s most anticipated new book releases include some of my most favorite themes including:

  • enemies to lovers
  • fake relationship, and
  • second chance love stories.

Plus, this month’s new romance book releases include books with intriguing stories in the following categories:

  • mafia romance
  • historical romance
  • royal romance
  • LGBTQ romance

This month I’m definitely loving all of the diverse, LBGTQ romance books that are releasing. I fully admit to my obsession with MM romance books and several are releasing in the Vinos & Veritas world/series.

I’m finally going to check out another Alyssa Cole book this May with her new FF romance as well.

Check out all of my most anticipated new book releases coming this May below, and keep up to date with all the new releases coming out in 2021 with my upcoming releases page.

New Romance Book Releases from My Favorite Authors:

The Soulmate Equation is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

The Soulmate Equation
by Christina Lauren

Contemporary Romance
May 18, 2021

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but she’s hasn’t been a whiz in the dating department. Raised by her grandparents—she’s been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in.

But when she hears about GeneticAlly, a new DNA-based matchmaking company, she decides to take a chance and dip her toes back into the dating world.

How can she go wrong with science and yet something is drastically wrong when she finds out she’s been matched with GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena- the stuck-up, stubborn man she knows is not her soulmate. When GeneticAlly proposes to pay her to get to know River, she can’t turn it down and may just find her soulmate after all. 

This book has so much going for it – an honest look at online dating, a fake relationship and the writing duo of Christina Lauren! I hope this is one to love this year.

This romance made my list of Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2021.

Amazon | Goodreads

More New Romance Book Releases Coming in May:

Turnabout is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

by Laurel Greer

MM Romance, Second Chance Romance
May 6, 2021

Carter doesn’t have time to return home to Vermont and help his father’s struggling letterpress shop when he has a corporate ladder to climb. He definitely doesn’t have the time to see his gorgeous, stubborn ex who he’s still not over and who still works for his dad.

Despite being total opposites, the chemistry between Carter and Auden has not changed, but this time will they be able to find their happily ever after?

It doesn’t take much for me to want to check out a new MM romance, but I have a soft spot for opposites attract love stories. This will be my first read from Greer but if past Vinos & Veritas books are any indication I can’t wait for this one.

Amazon | Goodreads

Insatiable is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

by Rhys Everly

MM Romance, Fake Relationship Romance
May 10, 2021

This job sucks but someone’s got to do it. My readers expect me to chronicle my very real, very steamy encounters in my novels, but I’m lacking inspiration. And yet no one prepared me for the young and grumpy Brody who I now want in my bed.

Considering we are complete opposites, my friends bet that I’ll never make him mine. Turns out being with Brody is more than a plot device. He’s so very wrong for my life . . . but is he right for my heart?

This looks to be a shorter romance read but I love the set up and that fact that it features a romance author. Plus, it’s available on Kindle Unlimited so I’m definitely checking it out.

Amazon | Goodreads

Daybreak is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

by Kate Hawthorne

MM Romance, Forced Proximity Romance
May 10, 2021

Liam Luckett has dropped out of his Master’s program and is on a road trip across the country looking for his best life. He never expected his car to break down in the middle of nowhere Vermont with a huge storm pending, leaving him stranded and at the mercy of a hunky local mechanic.

It’s been three years since his husband died and Jasper Cunningham still hasn’t moved on. But when a hot, younger stranded tourist shows up, he brings Liam home and lets him sleep on the couch. When the power goes out, the two men become closer, opening up Jasper’s heart and wanting Liam to place roots.

I’m a complete sucker for a romance book set up due to forced proximity and a snowstorm at that! This is yet another MM romance on my must read list for May!

Amazon | Goodreads

Tempting Fate is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

Tempting Fate
by Kerrigan Byrne

Historical Romance, Bodyguard Romance
May 11, 2021

Felicity Goode doesn’t believe she will ever wed since she can’t even share a simple conversation with a man without being terribly shy and anxious. Yet once news of her inheritance reaches the ton, she is inundated with a slew of suitors along with threats against her life requiring her to need a bodyguard.

Gabriel Sauvageau has lived his entire life without the touch of a woman due to his disfigurement from his participation in the fighting pits as a lad. He knows he doesn’t deserve Felicity, but that doesn’t stop him from guarding her and wanting her just the same.

I love a good bodyguard romance and these two characters sound so intriguing. I enjoyed Byrne’s latest release and look forward to checking this one out as well.

Amazon | Goodreads

Off the Record is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

Off the Record
by Kristen Proby

Mafia Romance
May 11, 2021

Rafe Martinelli was never one for the family business and would love nothing more than to hang up his enforcer apron and live a quiet life. But when Dr. Annika Tarenkov turns to him for help, he has no choice but to agree.

Annika learned early on that her life belongs to her family- especially when she gave up the only person in her life she thought she could be happy with. Now, a newly made widow, she wonder how she can make Rafe hers again.

I’m going to be checking out mafia romance books this month and Proby’s mafia series seems like a great place to start.

Amazon | Goodreads

People We Meet on Vacation is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

People We Meet on Vacation
by Emily Henry

Friends to Lovers, Opposites Attract Romance
May 11, 2021

Alex and Poppy have been the best of friends ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago. Despite being complete opposites and living far apart, every summer they have vacationed for a week together until two years ago when things were ruined.

Not having spoken since, Poppy realizes she needs to fix things and asks Alex to take one more vacation with her so that they can lay everything out on the table and make it right.

Henry’s release, Beach Read, was a 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards finalist so I figured this was one to check out this year!

I really hope this one is high on the feels and that Alex and Poppy can find a happily-ever-after.

Amazon | Goodreads

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Royal Line  is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

Royal Line
by Carrie Ann Ryan and Nana Malone

Royal Romance
May 11, 2021

Being fourth in line for the throne should have guaranteed me freedom, but a long-forgotten rule forces me to run instead of being forced to marry a Duke.

Kannon Adams is used to protecting royals but he’s never met the likes of Princess London Waterford of Alden who tempts him into crossing the line between business and pleasure. He’ll protect her from the danger that’s after her but one night together may not be enough.

I can’t wait to check out this new release from this writing duo which kicks off a new royal romance series.

I love tension between characters who know they shouldn’t get involved but can’t help themselves anyway. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author team has to offer!

Amazon | Goodreads

Beautiful Enemy is a new romance book release coming in May 2021."

Beautiful Enemy
by Piper Lawson

Enemies to Lovers Romance
May 12, 2021

After my attempt to publicly stand up for those who need it, billionaire Harrison King destroyed my reputation and now he’s come for the rest of me.

I had no choice but to sign a contract and board a plane to Ibiza to salvage my life, but the British business titan is as beautiful as he is cruel and now he owns me.

I’m always up for an enemies to lovers romance and one that involves a billionaire and a contract? Count me in! This will be my first Piper Lawson book so I have high hopes.

Amazon | Goodreads

How to Find a Princess is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

How to Find a Princess
by Alyssa Cole

FF Romance
May 25, 2021

When Makeda Hicks agrees to help the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir, she didn’t expect to be dragged on a transatlantic adventure with the sexy Beznaria Chetchevaliere.

When they finally make it to Ibarania, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and Makeda must learn what it means to fight for what she desires and not what she feels bound to by duty. 

I’m diving back into this royal world of Alyssa Cole and hope it can deliver. I haven’t read a lot of FF romance novels so this is a must read for me this month.

Amazon | Goodreads

Friends with Benedicts is a must read May 2021 new romance book release.

Friends with Benedicts
by Staci Hart

Friends to Lovers Romance
May 25, 2021

Presley Hale and Sebastian Vargas are no strangers to goodbye. They spent their high school summers together until they eventually said their final goodbye with each going their separate ways.

Now they are both back in the Texas small town and decide to pick back up their friends with benefits relationship. Only neither expected the lines to blur or their small town to fall apart around them.

This definitely sounds like a great, friends to lovers romance where both characters think they can keep their feelings out of their relationship. Does that ever work?! Looking forward to checking out this May release!

Amazon | Goodreads

Serving Sin is a new romance book release coming in May 2021.

Serving Sin
by Angelina M. Lopez

Contemporary Romance
May 25, 2021

Thirteen years ago, former-Army Ranger Roman Sheppard rescued Mexican heiress Cenobia Trujillo from a shocking kidnapping. She’s since done the work to recover from that ordeal but now her security is again threatened as her company is about to launch a product that will change the Mexican industrial landscape forever.

Roman has always been the only one she can trust. But can he do the job he’s hired to do and not let his heart get involved?

I’ve really enjoyed the previous two books in this series and can’t wait to see what Lopez has up her sleeve for Roman. He’s been the strong, silent, reluctant royal so I’m looking forward to reading his happily-ever-after story.

Amazon | Goodreads

Which of these new romance book releases stand out to you? Share in the comments below or tell me if there’s another book you can’t wait to get your hands on in May.

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