This post was originally published in February 2022. It has been updated with the best underrated romance books to read and the ones that lived up to the hype!
Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by the sheer number of times you’ve seen booktok or bookstagram recommend the same 10 romance books to read!
I don’t know about you, but I certainly get a little drained when I’m scrolling through social media and only seeing the same books over and over again. This isn’t just the case for romance – it happens just as often in the fantasy genre, I can assure you – but I wanted to try a little experiment, so to speak. In this post I’ll be doing a few things:
Sharing my thoughts on the most-hyped books and basically telling you whether I think they’re worth the praise or not (and why).
Recommending similar books that possibly deserve a little more love.
Telling you about some underrated romance books that absolutely need to be read because they’re guaranteed to bring you so much joy.
My hope in this post isn’t to bash the popular books (because let’s be honest, some of them are great and they’re just not to my taste – and others actually did live up to the hype) but instead, to introduce you to new favorites and some excellent authors that really deserve all the praise!
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I’ll be breaking these romance books down into a few different categories to make it a little easier to digest.
First, we’ll start with popular romance books that deserve the hype, then we’ll move on to popular romance books I didn’t love (and what to read instead). After that, we’ll have underrated romance books to read next!
You can click on the book to be redirected to the synopsis (and my review) and I’ll also include links to shop in the drop-down descriptions. Make sure to follow along on The StoryGraph so you never miss my reviews as they go live – and if you want more aesthetic coffee and book photos, check out my bookstagram.