2021 Romances to Add to Your TBR


February is the month of love. And as someone who loves love I thought I'd find some romances I think I would like (and you too!). I love slow-burn romances, foodie romance, unexpected love interests, enemies to lovers, and sweet romances. I'm very particular with my romances so it's always a treat when I find a premise I enjoy and an adult romance I like. I hope this lists inspires you read romances you will enjoy. 

Chloe Wynchester is completely forgettable—a curse that gives her the ability to blend into any crowd. When the only father she's ever known makes a dying wish for his adopted family of orphans to recover a missing painting, she's the first one her siblings turn to for stealing it back. No one expects that in doing so, she'll also abduct a handsome duke.

Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is tortured by his father's mistakes. To repair his estate's ruined reputation, he must wed a highborn heiress. Yet when he finds himself in a carriage being driven hell-for-leather down the cobblestone streets of London by a beautiful woman who refuses to heed his commands, he fears his heart is hers. But how can he sacrifice his family's legacy to follow true love?

The Duke Heist - I'm not sure if the main character truly has a curse on her or not but this premise sounds so interesting. I love how the guy crushes on the girl right away. I am hoping this will be a more endearing male protagonist to go with a tenacious female protagonist.

Release Date: February 9th

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution.

He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other. It’s as simple as saying “I do.” But the off-the-cuff wedding has all of Honey Creek talking—and Sophie and Holden realizing that their perfect arrangement is working too well. If they’re not careful, this marriage could turn into a love story.

Like You Love Me - I love the idea of a marriage of convenience especially when they unexpectedly get along and fall in love. I don't usually care for best friend love stories but I can see myself falling for these two love stories. I've also never read another Adriana's work so that's a bonus.

Release Date: February 16th

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.

Honey Girl - This is my most anticipated romance of the year. I love unexpected romance where there was absolutely no desire to fall for this person but it just happens. I really like that this one sounds like such a 20's book. It feels like what new adult was trying to be by discussing things like the struggles of work, dating, and friendship in your 20's. I'm so looking forward to this one.

Release Date: February 23rd

Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall--with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.

As cooking at home together brings them closer, things turn physical, but Reena isn’t worried. She knows Nadim is keeping secrets, but it’s fine— secrets are always on the menu where her family is concerned. And her heart is protected… she’s not marrying the man. But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved.

Accidentally Engaged - I have to put it out there that I don't like how the characters are drawn on the cover. With contemporary romance as of late some of the cute style that you can recognize easily is very good and some of it could use polishing. Now, the actual plot sounds perfect. Unexpected love and food. Yes, please.

Release Date: March 2nd

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.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown - I'll just come right out and say that I have not read any of the previous books in this series. But, I guess I win because if I love the first one I can binge the others so there! A cute little bed and breakfast setting, food once again as a main topic, and an enemies to lover trope... I am in! I've been wanting to try Talia Hibbert's books for a while now. I tried one of her small novellas and had to stop because boy was that a little too steamy *raises eyebrows*. But I'm thinking these mainstream books will be a little tamer. Her male MC in the one I tried was adorable so I'm expecting top notch romance in this one.

Release Date: March 9th

May the best chef win…

After four years at the country’s top culinary school and several years as head chef in her mother’s restaurant, Rowan Townsend has built a notable reputation. Her farm-to-table collard greens have long been bringing everyone to the yard, but limits on the restaurant’s size have led to long waits. Looking to expand the restaurant, she enters a televised chef competition. The problem? Her infuriatingly-talented nemesis from culinary school also enters.

To the culinary world, Knox Everheart is restaurant royalty. As much as Rowan wants to deny it, he’s a gifted chef. Rowan knows her arrogant arch-nemesis is confident he’ll win—he’s certainly given her a run for her money more times than she’d like to admit. But this time, she’s ready to show him who’s boss.

Their rivalry soon sparks fireworks in the kitchen and, as the competition heats up, so does Rowan’s attraction to Knox. And somewhere between pasta and gumbo, they both need to decide what’s worth fighting for.

An Acquired Taste - Did I just find all of the foodie romances and add them on my list? It seems that way doesn't it? This sounds so cute. It reminds me of a book I just read but it seems to have more competition which I love. Foodie romances and enemies to lovers... I couldn't ask for anything better.

Release Date: June 8th

Jasmine Tran has landed herself behind bars—maple bars that is. With no boyfriend or job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work at her parents’ donut shop. Jasmine quickly loses herself in a cyclical routine of donuts, Netflix, and sleep. She wants to break free from her daily grind, but when a hike in rent threatens the survival of their shop, her parents rely on her more than ever.

Help comes in the form of an old college crush, Alex Lai. Not only is he successful and easy on the eyes, to her parents’ delight, he’s also Chinese. He’s everything she should wish for, until a disastrous dinner reveals Alex isn’t as perfect as she thinks. Worse, he doesn’t think she’s perfect either.

With both sets of parents against their relationship, a family legacy about to shut down, and the reappearance of an old high school flame, Jasmine must scheme to find a solution that satisfies her family’s expectations and can get her out of the donut trap once and for all.

The Donut Trap - I base all my decisions to try out a book based first on the cover and then second on the summary so for me to want to read this book is high praise. A donut shop. She's going to be working at a donut shop. And dealing with cultural parental expectations. Ugh. Why does it come out in November?

Release Date: November 2nd

What 2021 romances have you added to your tbr?


  1. I want to read Get a Life, Chloe Brown - I've heard those are good books!


  2. I have been so into romances lately, and Like You Love Me is definitely one I'm looking forward to reading!


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