Have you always wanted to visit a romance bookstore that was filled with rows upon rows of romance books?
Well now you can by visiting these five romance bookstores (and two online) that cater to the passion only romance book readers know best. Travel across the country and be sure to stop at one of these romance bookstores for your next read!
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Besides reading romance, one of my favorite past times is walking through a bookstore and just browsing the romance book aisles and seeing what title or cover pops out at me.
But to be able to walk through a romance bookstore where every aisle is devoted to my favorite romance books? Well, that sounds like pure heaven.
Lucky for me (and you!), I don’t have to wait until heaven for that dream to come true. I just have to visit one of these 5 romance bookstores in the United States and let the browsing and enjoyment begin!
And if you can’t visit these in person, you can check out two additional online romance bookstores for all your romance book needs.
Does visiting a romance bookstore sound AMAZING to you too?
Then you’re going to want to put these stores on your travel list so you too can experience a bookstore devoted to romance.
Romance Bookstores Every
Romance Reader Should Visit
The Ripped Bodice
Culver City, California
The Ripped Bodice was one of the first romance bookstores to open in the United States that caters exclusively to the romance reader.
Started and owned by sisters, Leah and Bea Koch, it offers a diverse selection of romance fiction and keeps a pulse on diversity in the genre with its The Ripped Bodice State of Racial Diversity in Romance Report.
Not only can you search the variety of romance books they carry, but you can also find a wide selection of gifts with a focus on supporting independent, woman-owned businesses.
The Ripped Bodice ships books domestically but international shipping is limited. They also started the Read, Romance, Repeat subscription box which is their version of the Romance Book of the Month Club.
Meet Cute Romance Bookshop
San Diego, California
I love how Meet Cute calls itself “a place for romance readers (and the romance-curious) to hang out, and generally get nerdy about kissing books.”
It already sounds like my kind of place and I can’t wait to visit this romance bookstore which opened in September 2022.
Even if you can’t make it to Meet Cute in San Diego, you can order books online or participate in their virtual events. If you are local, stop by and check out their in-person author events!
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Love’s Sweet Arrow
Tinley Park, Illinois
This mother-daughter owned and operated romance bookstore opened in the summer of 2019 because they love happily-ever-after endings as much as the next romance book reader.
In addition to romance books, Love’s Sweet Arrow carries candles made by local women vendors and a line of handmade cards.
They also host events and a monthly book club. At times they also offer a variety of book boxes for sale.
Turn the Page Bookstore
Why not visit a romance bookstore associated with another queen of romance, Nora Roberts?!
Turn the Page Bookstore is owned and operated by Nora Roberts’ husband, Bruce Wilder. While it is not a bookstore devoted exclusively to romance books, they do carry a complete line of Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb titles that are in print.
Want a signed book by Nora Roberts? Then you’re in luck!
Ms. Roberts signs books three nights a week at Turn the Page Bookstore so if you’re looking for a personalized message, just contact the store. Signed books are available for in-store patrons and online orders. You can also purchase a variety of Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb promotional items.
This bookstore also organizes book clubs, Girls’ Night Out and up to seven book signing events a year with Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and other authors.
Take a visit to this romance bookstore and stay at the Inn of Boonsboro On the Square, a boutique bed and breakfast where each room bears the names of literary lovers who found their happy endings. It would make the perfect place to read Roberts’ The Inn Boonsboro trilogy!
Blush Bookstore opened in March 2023 in Wichita, Kansas and offers a wide selection of romance books including contemporary, young adult, fantasy and dark romance titles, plus some cozy essentials and unique items the fill the needs of a modern romance reader.
Owner, Jaclyn Wooten created the bookstore as a means to connect with other readers in the area, so be sure to check it out!
Online Romance Bookstores
If you can’t visit one of the above romance bookstores in person, then you can surely visit one of these online romance bookstores devoted to the romance reader. Check them out for your next book purchase or to subscribe to one of their romance book subscription boxes!
Happily Ever After Books
Based in Toronto, Canada
Happily Ever After Books is an online bookstore for romantics. Happily Ever After Books believes everyone deserves a happy ever after so they are committed to making sure all their customers find themselves in the pages of the books they carry.
I love that Jenny started this bookstore from her own love of reading romance and because she sees the importance in reading romance.
As an online bookstore, Happily Ever After Books not only ships books but also holds virtual events and offers a monthly romance book subscription box (for readers in Canada or the United States) that includes one new release from that month, bookmarks, stickers, and 2-4 additional items.
Words & Kisses
Based in the United Kingdom
Words & Kisses is an online bookshop for people who like their books with happy endings.
I love that Amy, the founder of Words & Kisses, considers herself a romance novel evangelist helping get the best romance books in the hands of readers. I completely agree with her that there’s nothing more fun than books with kissing!
In addition to selling books, Words & Kisses offers a romance book subscription box that includes a recent release and 3-4 gift items. They also sell specialty gifts and book bundles.
Tune in for Bookstore Romance Day
Bookstore Romance Day is a “day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction – its books, readers, and writers – and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community.“
This year’s Bookstore Romance Day will be August 19, 2023.
Visit the Bookstore Romance Day organization for the complete list of participating, independent bookstores who you can support on this day and after!
Which of these romance bookstores are you going to visit first? Share in the comments below.
Have you already been to one of these romance bookstores? Tell us about your experience!
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2 thoughts on “7 Romance Bookstores That Cater to the Passion of Romance Book Readers”
Please add BLUSH Bookstore to your list. They just opened in Wichita KS. The owner, Jaclyn Wooten, is an expert in all things romance. The opening of the bookstore was on the front page of the Wichita newspaper. Please let me know if I can send you more information.
Thanks for bringing Blush Bookstore to my attention! So happy there is another one to visit in the US.