5 Romance Bookstores That Cater to the Passion of Romance Book Readers

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 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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Check out this list of romance bookstores who cater to the passion of romance book readers.

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!

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 is one of the only exclusively romance book store in the United States.

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 is one of the few romance bookstores in the United States. Check the entire list of romance only bookstores in She Reads Romance Books.

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 Sweet Arrow is one of the only exclusively romance book store in the United States.

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.

The Bookworm Box is one of the only exclusively romance book store in the United States.

The Bookworm Box
Sulphur Springs, Texas

Founded by best-selling romance book author, Colleen Hoover, The Bookworm Box “exists to support charitable organizations through the promotion and love of reading.”

While The Bookworm Box is a popular romance book subscription service, it is also a romance bookstore as well!

I love how all of the romance books in the bookstore are donated and signed by the authors! The store also has an online store and several in-house events throughout the year.

If you opt for The Bookworm Box subscription box, you also get signed author copies as well as awesome book swag. Plus, you can feel good with every purchase because every profit from every box is donated to charity.

Turn the Page is a romance book store affiliated with Nora Roberts.

Turn the Page Bookstore
Boonsboro, Maryland

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!

Tune in for Bookstore Romance Day

Bookstore Romance Day is held every August to support independent bookstores and connect them with romance book readers.

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 20, 2022.

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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