I have really embraced romances over the last few years, and there are so many romances coming out next year that I am very interested in reading. Let me know if there is one I missed that needs to be on my radar! Also, there are over 100 books on my “2021 Releases” shelf on Goodreads, so I will slowly be sharing those of the next couple of months.
After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.
Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.
Release Date: August 3rd, 2021
Julie Murphy is coming out with an adult romance!! I absolutely loved both Dumplin‘ and Puddin‘, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. I think that the premise sounds very similar to One to Watch, which was really popular this year. It will be interesting to see how they compare to one another!
Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.
Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.
Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.
Release Date: July 13th, 2021
I really enjoyed Love Her and Lose Her, but that is the only book I have read from Tessa Bailey. It Happened One Summer sounds like my kind of romance! I love books set in small towns, especially if they are by the beach, and I am sucker for a famous main character.
Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, colorful creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere, the hottest pastry chef in London. When her glittery unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has managed to use her fame to help fulfill her dream of opening a bakery, Sugar Fair. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers…and a princess.
Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker, the go-to for sweet-toothed A-List celebrities, and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that the irksome Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.
When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they’re both determined to come out on top.
The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.
In this royal battle, can there be room for two?
Release Date: August 17th, 2021
I saw this cover and the fact that there is some sort of baking competition involved and I was sold! It also appears to be hate-to-love and there is a royalty element- what more could you want?
Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents—who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno—Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.
But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands.
At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess—who is barely making ends meet—is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist—and the science behind a soulmate—than she thought.
Funny, warm, and full of heart, The Soulmate Equation proves that the delicate balance between fate and choice can never be calculated.
Release Date: May 18th, 2021
Christina Lauren’s books have been hit or miss for me, but I will always give them a chance! I am really intrigued by the premise of The Soulmate Equation and the fact that the main character works in STEM.
Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.
Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…
Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.
Release Date: March 16th, 2021
Look at this cover! And another main character who works in STEM! I am loving this trend. The Dating Game also has the fake dating trope, so I am destined to love this one.
Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.
Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Somewhere along the way, she’s forgotten that she’s young and beautiful, and that there’s a world outside of work—until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement center.
Teddy Prescott has spent the last few years partying, sleeping in late, tattooing himself when bored, and generally not taking life too seriously—something his father, who dreams of grooming Teddy into his successor, can’t understand. When Teddy needs a place to crash, his father seizes the chance to get him to grow up. He’ll let Teddy stay in one of the on-site cottages at the retirement home, but only if he works to earn his keep. Teddy agrees—he can change a few lightbulbs and clip some hedges, no sweat. But Ruthie has plans for Teddy too.
Her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents have just placed an ad (yet another!) seeking a new personal assistant to torment. The women are ninety-year-old, four-foot-tall menaces, and not one of their assistants has lasted a full week. Offering up Teddy seems like a surefire way to get rid of the tall, handsome, unnerving man who won’t stop getting under her skin.
Ruthie doesn’t count on the fact that in Teddy Prescott, the Biddies may have finally met their match. He’ll pick up Chanel gowns from the dry cleaner and cut Big Macs into bite-sized bits. He’ll do repairs around the property, make the residents laugh, and charm the entire villa. He might even remind Ruthie what it’s like to be young and fun again. But when she finds out Teddy’s father’s only fixing up the retirement home to sell it, putting everything she cares about in jeopardy, she’s left wondering if Teddy’s magic was all just a façade.
Release Date: April 13th, 2021
I am one of those people who loved The Hating Game, but I had heard mixed things about 99 Percent Mine, so I never picked it up. I have high hopes for Second First Impressions because the early reviews have been amazing!
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.
Release Date: March 9th, 2021
Talia Hibbert is one of my favourite romances writers and I just adore this series! I cannot wait to read Eve’s story. Also, can we talked about how Take a Hint, Dani Brown was robbed in the Goodreads Choice Awards!
Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.
But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.
The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .
Release Date: April 6th, 2021
I was surprised by just how much I adored The Happy Ever After Playlist when I read it earlier this year. I cannot wait to read more from Abby Jimenez. The premise of Life’s Too Short intrigues me and I love that the main character is a famous YouTuber!
To most people, Quan Diep is nothing but a surly-looking, underachieving playboy. The problem is he’s not any of those things. And now that he’s the CEO of an up-and-coming retail business, he’s suddenly a “catch,” and the rich girls who never used to pay any attention to him are looking at him in a new way—especially Camilla, the girl who brushed him off many years ago.
Anna Sun dislikes Quan Diep almost as much as germy bathroom door handles. Or so she tells herself. She will never admit that she has a secret crush on him, especially because he only has eyes for her charismatic and newly engaged younger sister Camilla. Over the years, Anna has worked hard to overcome her OCD, but she’ll still need to find a way to bury her anxieties and seduce Quan so he doesn’t ruin her sister’s engagement, and with it, a crucial real estate development deal.
Slowly, Anna breaks down Quan’s dangerous and careless exterior while peeling off her own tough, protective shell. But when Quan discovers Anna’s true intentions, he’s forced to confront his own hurtful past and learn to forgive, while Anna must face her greatest challenge: truly opening herself up to love.
Release Date: August 17th, 2021
I cannot tell you how excited I am for The Heart Principle. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for ages! If you asked me my favourite romance series, I would have a hard time choosing between this one and The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert. I absolutely adored Quan, and I cannot wait to read his love story.
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
Release Date: February 23rd, 2021
Honey Girl is a sapphic novel with another main character who works in STEM! It also has one of my favourite covers ever. It sounds like the main character is a on path to self discovery, and I am personally drawn to books like that.
There are so many intriguing YA romances coming out in 2021, so I will share some of those in another post soon!
Are any of these on your radar?
32 thoughts on “My Most Anticipated Adult Romances of 2021 (Blogmas Day Eleven)”
Great list! Some of these are on my TBR 🙂
Amazing! So excited about them!
Wow! I added three books to my shelf because of you, Kristin💜 (Second First Impressions, The Heart Principle & Life’s Too Short)
I already had three added earlier. This is wonderful!
Yesss! That makes me so happy!
Awesome list! I am really looking forward to The Dating Plan.
Me too! It sounds amazing!
Besides Eve BrownI hadn’t heard of any of these.. Adding quite some to my TBR!
Love hearing that!
Oooo I love a Christina Lauren book! I’ll have to add this to my countdown app!!!
Yes! It sounds like a good one!
Thanks for posting it!
Great list! The Dating Plan and Second Firs Impressions sounds o good! Can’t wait to read them!
I’m really excited about them as well!!
Great List! I’m really looking forward to the new Helen Hoang next year, and I didn’t know Jenny Murhpy was publishing an adult romance, that’s exciting! The Sally Thorne release I’m on the fence about…. her second book really turned me off of her writing even though I enjoyed The Hating Game.
I’m so glad I read reviews before picking up her second book. I have seen some early reviews for Second First Impressions and they seem to be much better!
Such a great list! I’m also looking forward to Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation and Rachel Lynn Solomon’s adult rom-com, The Ex Talk!
I have both on my TBR! Should have included them. I haven’t read Beach Read yet!
Half of these weren’t on my radar but now they’re high up on my TBR! Omg, so many exciting and awesome sounding romances 😍 I can’t wait!
Right?! There were even more I could have added!!
This is an excellent list!! I’ve added If The Shoe Fits to my TBR! 💕
Awesome! Cannot wait for that one.
The Dating Plan and Act Your Age, Eve Brown would definitely be on my most anticipated adult romance 2021 reads too.
I’m cannot wait for them both!
Yes to your comments on Talia Hibbert, I love her books! I really liked The Hating Game and didn’t love 99 Percent Mine, so I’m hoping this one is better! Right now my other favorite is Jasmine Guillory. I seem to be the only person on the planet who didn’t care for Playlist.
Talia Hibbert is amazing. I also adore Jasmine Guillory. I have to read her latest release!
I too am really impatient for If the shoe fits, and Honey Girl! And I just read my first Christina Lauren’s book and I wanna try others, and The Soulmate Equation sounds good! It makes me thing of the webtoon Luff, I don’t know if you heard of it? It’s set in a society controlled by a matching system – those who match with a high score will get a perfect life, meanwhile those matching with a low score will struggle endlessly to make ends meet – and the main character is a girl who isn’t really into dating but if she wants to get the scholarship of her dream, she needs a Luff number. And just like The Soulmate Equation’s Jess, she gets an unheard score of 98% with TWO men.
Sorry I’m just rambling now haha but it made me think of it! Anyway, thank you so much for your list, I’m sure adding some of these books to my wishlist!
Ah I haven’t heard of Luff! Sounds amazing. Thanks for putting that on my radar!
Ahhhh how did I not know that Julie Murphy was coming out with an adult romance??? Also, SO many of these titles look good, I struggled with romance books this year but I feel like the premises continue to get more and more creative!
I do think the genre is doing some amazing things. So excited to be getting an adult romance from Julie Murphy!!