Prepare to live happily ever after all autumn long. We’ve rounded up fall 2019’s must-read romance novels, and we know you’re going to love them. From an 1879 tale of a suffragette and a duke to a modern day story about seizing the day, these novels are filled with unforgettable meet-cutes, heartstopping flirtation, and endings sure to satisfy. Like the autumn leaves, you’ll soon be falling for these romances.
This debut historical romance is the first in Evie Dunmore’s League of Extraordinary Women series. The University of Oxford is opening its doors for female students and, thanks to a scholarship from the National Society for Women’s Suffrage, Annabelle Archer is among the first to enter its hallowed halls. In exchange for the scholarship, Annabelle must convince influential gentlemen to help support the suffragette cause. She focuses her attention on Sebastian Devereux, the Duke of Montgomery. Sebastian is currently supporting any movement he believes will endear him to the Queen, so he may ask for the return of the family home his father lost gambling. If you’re looking to kick off the fall with a romance, Bringing Down the Duke has our vote!
On shelves: September 3
If you prefer your romance novels blended with fantasy, you won’t want to miss the newest entry in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. This action-packed installment picks up after the dramatic cliffhanger at the end of Archangel’s Prophecy. The world is plagued by deadly storms, but Elena needs time to recuperate if she’s going to be any help to those she loves. But there’s precious little time to rest when it becomes clear that the even archangels are being taken out by a new evil. Longtime fans will be itching to get their hands on the twelfth book, while newbies might want to start the series from the beginning to savor every twist and turn.
On shelves: September 24
Adriana Herrera returns with another captivating installment in her Dreamers series this fall. Patrice Denis feels like his hard work is finally paying off when he accepts a job as a professor at an Ivy League college in Ithaca, New York. The one catch? His move places him in close proximity with Easton Archer, local assistant district attorney and former hookup. Patrice doesn’t need any distractions right now, especially when he notices a disturbing trend of police stopping boys of color. But no matter how he tries, he can’t seem to stay away from Easton. As they start to fall for each other, the traffic stops sit heavy between them: Easton is frustrated by the lack of response from the sheriff, and though they’re in agreement that the stops are driven by ingrained prejudice, Patrice thinks it’s Easton’s responsibility to make a public statement and take a stand. Herrera’s latest delivers a sensual romance between two men trying to find the best ways to care for their community, each other, and themselves.
On shelves: October 7
After giving us all of the warm summer feels in The Unhoneymooners, the dynamic duo behind Christina Lauren is back with a romance sure to leave you starry-eyed. Tate Jones fell hard and fast for Sam Brandis when she was 18 and vacationing in London. She even thought she could trust him with her best kept secret: She’s the long-lost daughter of Hollywood’s favorite heartthrob. When Sam leaked the news to the press, Tate was heartbroken. Years later, their paths collide again on the set of a film that Tate hopes could be her big break. Fans of second chance romances will adore this story.
On shelves: October 22
The first book in Kate Bateman’s Bow Street Bachelors series introduces readers to shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed and rake Benedict Wylde. After serving as a sharpshooter in the army, Benedict Wylde now works for London’s police force. His latest mission sends him undercover as a criminal at Newgate prison. It’s there he meets Georgiana, who’s decided to wed a condemned man to gain her independence and keep her fortune safe from a scheming cousin. Georgiana proposes marriage to Ben, incorrectly believing he’s soon being sent to Australia. The two wed, only to later cross paths again in a society ballroom, where his true identity is revealed. In a starred review Publishers Weekly called Bateman’s latest a “scintillating [romance] full of intense emotions and dramatic twists.”
On shelves: October 29
After nearly getting hit by a car, Chloe Brown realizes that life is too short to spend each day caught up in the same boring routine. Chloe, a computer geek living with chronic illness, quickly draws up a “Get a Life” list packed with big and small ways to change her life: ride a motorcycle, travel the world, have amazing no-strings-attached sex, and more. But letting go of control isn’t easy for Chloe, and she finds that she may need a little help from her building’s cute superintendent, Red Morgan. We guarantee at the end of Talia Hibbert’s latest, you’ll be swooning over the love story and inspired by Chloe to write your very own Get a Life list.
On shelves: November 5
Bookish readers know that book clubs are our jam–so if you combine book clubs and romances, we’re completely sold. Lyssa Kay Adams’ is the first in a new series that follows the love stories of members of a male book club. On the baseball field, Gavin Scott feels like he’s on top of the world. But at home, his life’s been falling apart. After a major fight, his wife Thea asks for a divorce. Gavin is determined to make amends and win her back, but to do that he needs help from his book cub. The men in the club recommend he use the historical romance Courting the Countess as a playbook for wooing his wife. Readers who adore both contemporary and period romances are sure to love this tale that blends both for double the happily ever afters.
On shelves: November 5
Fans of How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days will not want to miss Andie J. Christopher’s take on the beloved 2003 rom-com. Jack Nolan steps into Kate Hudson’s shoes as the aspiring journalist hoping to show his boss that he’s ready to ditch the how-to series he’s known for and dive into the politics beat. He agrees to write a final dating piece: How to Lose a Girl. Enter Hannah Mayfield, an event planner looking to score a big promotion. She needs to fake the perfect relationship to convince her boss she’s ready to take on wedding planning. There may not be a love fern, but reading along as these two fall for each other is sure to satisfy.
On shelves: November 12