Check out the most anticipated new romance book releases coming April 2023 that all readers must add to their TBR pile.
These are the 11 new romance books releasing in April that I cannot wait to get my hands on and recommend to other romance book readers.
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Buying a supposedly haunted house wasn’t in Ashley Scott’s plans, but when an intriguing opportunity drops into her lap, she’s ready to launch a new life. But she can’t do it alone, and her reclusive new neighbor Jonathan Gray may be just the person to help–if only there were room in his life for romance.
Several of this month’s new releases also made my most anticipated romance books of 2023 list!
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April 2023’s Most Anticipated New Romance Books:
Second Chance Romance
Releasing April 4, 2023
Lily Lee is a bestselling author of the How to Be a Supernova At Work series, and her editor wants her to strike while the iron’s hot with a new book, How to Land the Perfect Job.
But when Lily is offered a coveted position at a top firm, the employer background check reveals she’s short a few college credits and never actually completed her degree. Unbelievably, her worst nightmare has come true.
Lily returns to her alma mater, reliving her senior year of college ten years later. She enrolls in classes, gets invited to frat parties, eats most of her meals with “dining dollars,” and to make things even more weird and chaotic, she discovers that her computer science TA is her old college boyfriend, Jake Cho.
As Lily and Jake reconnect, she sees that her ex has done well for himself: the handsome, charming grad student appears to have his life together while Lily’s so close to losing her dream job opportunity and her book deal.
Things aren’t so simple the second time around.
I am loving the set-up of this second chance romance! As much as I loved college, I honestly can’t imagine going back ten years later to finish my senior year but I will go along for the ride with Lily.
I hope that this book has some great comedy and some heavy steam 😊.
Single Dad Football Romance
Releasing April 6, 2023
Football star. Single dad. And once, a long time ago, mine.
I’ve spent the better part of a decade forgetting Ford Ellis. If he had just stayed away from Montana, I might have erased the memory of his striking blue eyes and rugged smile forever. Avoiding him was easy when the only place I saw his face was on ESPN—and a remote control could fix that problem.
Except my boss just hired Ford as the new head coach for the Treasure State Wildcats. Not only will I be stuck watching him on the sidelines this season, but avoiding him will be impossible now that we’re working together.
Maybe I haven’t forgotten Ford. Maybe I still dream about what we might have been. Maybe he hasn’t forgotten me either.
Except those maybes won’t change the fact that we were never meant to be. Maybe he was mine once. But as of today, the only thing I’ll be calling Ford Ellis is Coach.
I’ve got a football romance book list in the works and I’m wondering if this will make the cut. There is just so much to like about this book from single dad, to the second chance to the tension-filled office romance. Gah! Bring it on.
LGBTQ Historical Romance
Releasing April 11, 2023
Peggy Delancey’s not at all ready to move on from her former flame, Arabella Tarleton. But Belle has her own plans for a love match, and she needs Peggy’s help to make those plans a reality.
Still hung up on her feelings and unable to deny Belle what she wants, Peggy reluctantly agrees to help her woo the famous and flamboyant opera singer Orfeo.
She certainly doesn’t expect to find common ground with a celebrated soprano, but when Peggy and Orfeo meet, a whole new flame is ignited that she can’t ignore.
Peggy finds an immediate kinship with Orfeo, a castrato who’s just as nonconforming as she is—and just as affected by their instant connection.
They’ve never been able to find their place in the world, but as the pair walks the line between friendship, flirtation, and something more, they may just find their place with each other.
I totally loved Hall’s foray into historical romance with Something Fabulous in 2022 so I’ve been chomping at the bit to get even more with this amazing characters.
I really felt for Peggy in the last book but absolutely think she and do better than Arabella. I’m excited to see her get her happily-ever-after and to see how opera will play a role in this sapphic romance too! I can’t wait to read this addition to Alexis Hall’s books!
Releasing April 11, 2023
Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every Saturday.
With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she’s long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather.
But when Sally’s friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actress who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show—and in society at large—who’ve gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women.
Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule, poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman.
Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week’s show.
Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder if there might actually be sparks flying.
But this isn’t a romantic comedy—it’s real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her . . . right?
The premise of this new romance book for 2023 has me conjuring up images of Scarlett Johansson and her husband Colin Jost and how they first met on Saturday Night Live.
I like how Sittenfeld is using such a fun angle to explore societal expectations and gender relations while bringing two people together in love.
I can’t wait to read some of the sketches they write together too. Is it April yet?!
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Brother’s Best Friend Sports Romance
Releasing April 11, 2023
I’m the youngest player on the National Soccer team, the baby of my family, and thoroughly sick of being underestimated, so I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Which is where my brother’s best friend and teammate, the infamous Sebastian Gauthier, comes in.
Seb needs to rehab his reputation. I want to give mine an edge. So I propose a fake friendship with real benefits: spending time in the public eye, my good-girl image and his bad-boy notoriety rubbing off on each other.
He’s my devious, dark-haired fantasy come to life, but his destructive ways make it easy to keep him in the (fake) friend zone. Or so I thought, until I start to see the heart of gold he’s been hiding beneath that sinister surface.
If you love Liese’s Bergman Brother’s series then you won’t want to miss this final book about their youngest sister, Ziggy Bergman. Ziggy is a soccer player on the autism spectrum who’s falling for her brother’s best friend and teammate, Sebastion, who has celiac disease.
It’s got all the best romance book tropes in it so I’m sure it’s going to be a winner.
Time Travel Romance
Releasing April 11, 2023
When the world is brought to a standstill in the early days of a global pandemic, Etta Wilmont finds herself suddenly stranded in Kansas City. Desperate to secure a roof over her head, Etta crosses paths with Henry Logan, a lonely older man in need of a caretaker.
His invitation for Etta to stay with him seems to be the solution to both their problems—and maybe the spontaneous adventure Etta’s life has been missing.
As Etta and Henry settle into a companionable living arrangement, Etta indulges in Henry’s library. The compelling historical accounts of life in the Midwest soon inspire vivid dreams of Kansas City in the 1870s, dreams in which she’s a mail-order bride, married to a handsome but guarded rancher named Maxwell Lawton.
Haunted by the story unfolding in her mind, Etta realizes her dreams of the past and the familiar faces featured within are starting to have an impact on the present, altering her current reality.
Perhaps these dreams are Etta’s chance to finally claim something for herself after so much time spent caring for others. More than anything, Etta wonders if the captivating man she’s falling for while she sleeps might be real, might be out there—true love waiting to be found and which would change both their lives forever.
It’s been a long time since I read a Jude Deveraux book and I love how this one brings in the idea of a current pandemic while weaving in a time travel romance.
I’m not sure what’s in store for Etta and where or when her happily-ever-after will end up but I’m so intrigued and can’t wait to find out.
Related: Best Time Travel Romance Books
Releasing April 18, 2023
Tansy Adams’ greatest love is her family’s bookstore, passed down from her late father. But when it comes to actual romance… Tansy can’t get past the first chapter.
Tired of her stepfamily’s questions about her love life, Tansy invents Gemma, a fake girlfriend inspired by the stunning cover model on a bestselling book.
They’ll never actually meet, so what’s the harm in a little fib? Yet when real-life Gemma crosses Tansy’s path, her white lie nearly does her in.
Gemma van Dalen is a wild child, the outcast of her wealthy family, and now the latest heir to Van Dalen Publishing. But the title comes with one tiny condition: she must be married in order to inherit.
When Gemma discovers a beautiful stranger has been pretending to date her for months, she decides to take the charade one step further—and announces their engagement.
Gemma needs a wife to meet the terms of her grandfather’s will and Tansy needs money to save her struggling bookstore. A marriage could be mutually beneficial, if they can fool everyone into thinking it’s a love match.
Unexpected sparks fly as Tansy and Gemma play the role of affectionate fiancées, and suddenly the line between convenient arrangement and real feelings begins to blur.
But the scheming Van Dalen family won’t give up the company without a fight, and Gemma and Tansy’s newfound happiness might get caught in the fallout.
Do I want to read a steamy sapphic rom-com about a quiet bookseller and a romance novel cover model who agree to a modern-day marriage of convenience? Why yes, yes I do! 😊
I’ve totally fallen for Bellefleur’s writing with her past sapphic romances so I’m totally on board with this new release.
Releasing April 18, 2023
Prepared for a good time, Tessa is thrilled to spend the weeks before her sister’s wedding at their family’s favorite vacation spot: Santorini. Sandy beaches, stonewashed houses, attractive men—it’s heaven.
But Tessa’s idea of a girl’s trip comes to a screaming halt when her sister thinks it’s high time Tessa finds some love herself.
Unfortunately, Tessa forgot about the deal she made back in high school: she has to find her soulmate before her sister’s wedding. Or else.
As she dodges suitors and her sister’s pranks, Tessa finds an ally in the oh-so-dreamy Myles, her childhood crush who just so happens to work at the resort.
But Myles is dealing with some family conflict of his own. He’s elated at being reunited with Tessa, but his father’s refusal to acknowledge his interest in the family business and relegating him to only grunt work casts a dark cloud.
As Tessa and Myles help navigate their way through their families’ antics, they begin to realize that their past feelings may have a future—if only they can turn their island fantasies into something real.
This new romance book for 2023 had me at Santorini.
Meghan Quinn has me jonesing to go to Germany to experience their Christmas markets after reading her romance, The Romantic Pact, so I’m anticipating wanting to book a trip to Santorini after reading this romance.
If you love books where the setting aloe takes you away to another world then consider reading this new romance this year.
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Releasing April 18, 2023
At age twenty, Selene Bowers desperately hopes to be accepted into Henbane Coven, an academy for young witches.
Since one of the requirements for entry is to connect with her powers via a quest through the wilderness, Selene books a trip to South America.
When a nefarious supernatural force tries to drag her plane from the sky, Selene’s magic awakens to save her life―at a cost. Using her powers devours her memories, one by one.
Worse, when Selene braves the jungle and discovers the source of the attack, she finds herself awakening an ancient evil, Memnon the Cursed, who mistakes Selene for his long-gone wife. The wife who betrayed him.
Selene manages to escape and begin her studies at Henbane, but when Memnon turns up at the coven and witches are found slain across campus, Selene becomes entangled in a dangerous plot.
Accused of ending these witches on the basis of her memory loss, Selene must rely on Memnon’s help for answers―and his plans for her will change everything.
I’m SO ready for a new fantasy romance and if Thalassa is writing it, I’m on it.
There is so much to uncover about this new fantasy romance about a witch that is kicking off a brand new series.
If you love fantasy, witch romances or just Thalassa’s writing, add this to your TBR pile this month.
Second Chance Romance
Releasing April 25, 2023
Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.
They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.
Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade.
Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other.
Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts.
Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show.
After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?
I actually already read this one (gosh how I love ARCs!) and definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of Emily Henry’s books.
I absolutely loved the main characters as well as their friend group, but it was the theme of looking at how we change after leaving college and its impact on relationships and friendships that I loved the most. Check out my review of Happy Place to see if it’s a book you’ll love.
Related: Best Second Chance Romance Books
Releasing April 24, 2023
Shy paleontologist Thea Pope just wants to get through her sister’s ’80s-themed monstrosity of a TV reality-show wedding so she can get to her summer field work. The only problem? Her sister has turned into the ultimate bridezilla all while on location in a place literally called hell that reeks of sulfur and lost hopes.
The only thing that can make it worse is when her sister declares that she never even wanted Thea in the wedding at all but that the producers insisted.
There’s only one thing Thea can do after her sister finally pushes her too far – she picks the one man at the wedding her sister cannot stand – the groom’s brother, Kade St. James – and sleeps with him.
Is it petty revenge that she’ll be rubbing in her sister’s face from now until eternity? Absolutely. Still, it seems like a great idea at the time, and really what could go wrong? Pretty much everything it turns out.
I’m not quite sure how this anger bang will hurt her sister but this book sounds like it could be hilarious so I’m definitely going to be checking it out.
I love romance books with wedding craziness and this one pretty much had me at ‘80s! 😊
What do you think of this list of new romance book releases for April 2023?
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Happy reading, because life is better with a love story…
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