20 Favorite Standalone Romance Novels of 2020

The entire month of January will be dedicated to my favorite books of 2020!

Today I’m sharing my favorite (mostly) standalone romance novels along with a few that are in series, but I either didn’t read the whole series or I didn’t consider the entire series a favorite.

There will be a separate list of my favorite series of 2020 because I’m the worst at narrowing down lists.

Of you’d like to watch this video, you can check it out here:

Heartbreak Warfare

Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M Orgeron & Kate Stewart

Super emotional military romance with one of the best love triangles I’ve ever read!

Transcendence (Transcendence, #1)

Transcendence by Shay Savage

An adorable caveman romance!

The Forbidden Man

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

Age gap forbidden sports romance where the heroine is older than the hero. I love love love how the hero worships the ground the heroine walks on!

Sea of Ruin

Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin

The dark pirate romance I didn’t know I needed in my life!

Hands Down

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

MZ always makes it to my year-end favorites list, and this year was no different. This is the slowest burn friends-to-lovers yet!

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn, #1)

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

One of the few billionaire romances I love because the hero is pining after the heroine and she has no idea.

Fall Back Skyward (Fall Back, #1)

Fall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey

An emotional second-chance romance with an epic love (and a deaf hero that I adore!)

Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)

Wolfsong (Green Creek #1) by TJ Klune

This is super popular for a reason! This m/m shifter romance was so swoony and sweet..

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered, #2)

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey

I adore how obsessed the hero is with his wife in this marriage in distress romance!

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1)

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Ian is one of my favorite historical romance heroes. He’s on the spectrum and the heroine is a widow.

Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1)

Radiance (Wraith Kings #1) by Grace Draven

Quite possibly the best friends-to-lovers romance I’ve ever read between two beings who aren’t attracted to one another, but become very good friends.

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1)

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

I loveeee the pining in this small town romance and the hero is such a great bearded southern gentleman.


Smitten by Lauren Rowe

SUCH A SWEET low-angst contemporary romance between two musicians.

Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1)

Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love #1) by Anyta Sunday

This was such a fun new adult romance that took me by surprise!


Credence by Penelope Douglas

I didn’t think I’d love this super taboo romance as much as I did.

Behind the Bars (Music Street, #1)

Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C Cherry

My favorite BCC of all that follows a couple’s super emotional journey from high school to adulthood.

The Doctor (Nashville Neighborhood, #1)

The Doctor by Nikki Sloane

This is the perfect blend of Your Dad Will Do and Birthday Girl.

Xeni (Loose Ends #2)

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

My favorite Rebekah Weatherspoon so far with a steamy marriage of convenience.

The Rakess (Society of Sirens, #1)

The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham

The perfect feminist historical romance for those who don’t like historical romances.

Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling

Love in the Wild by Emma Castle


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