Hay rides, apple picking, pumpkin carving—is it just us or is fall the perfect season for dating? If you’re looking for a bookish beau to spend your cozy autumn nights with, you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up ten must-read fall romance novels that are packed with fun, flirtation, and happily ever after. So mull some wine, grab an apple cider donut, and settle in for a cozy season full of reading.
In case the title didn’t tip you off, Hazel Camille Bradford and Josh Im are not dating. In fact, when these two college acquaintances reconnect after seven years apart, Josh is in a relationship. But when he learns that his girlfriend is cheating on him, Hazel offers to help him bounce back by setting him up. Since Hazel is also single, they decide to double date. The only hitch? Hazel and Josh enjoy spending time together so much that they intentionally send the other on bad date after bad date. How many bad dates does it take to find true love? You’ll have to read to find out. Christina Lauren is a Bookish favorite, and we know you’ll love their latest romantic comedy as much as we do.
On shelves: September 4
This fall, Alexa Martin is delivering a sports romance that football fans won’t want to miss. Marlee Harper dated an NFL player for ten years, only to have her heart broken when she discovered that he was fooling around behind her back. Marlee vows to never let another athlete near her heart again, but that’s before she connects with Gavin Pope, a quarterback who can’t seem to take his eyes off of her. Marlee is wary of being hurt again, and the other team players’ wives seem to get enjoyment from keeping her out of their tight-knit group. Even as the reasons to stay away from Gavin stack up, Marlee still believes he might be worth the risk.
On shelves: September 11
Lady Christina Barclay arrives in New York with parents who are determined to marry her off as quickly as possible. Their family is in desperate need of money, and Christina’s marriage to a wealthy suitor could solve their financial woes. But her parents’ idea of a good match sends Christina running into the arms of Oliver Hawkes, her cousin’s wealthy and deaf neighbor. The two agree to a marriage of convenience, one that will last exactly one year. As they grow closer, they learn that some promises are made to be broken. The third book in Joanna Shupe’s Four Hundred series is sure to charm fans and encourage new readers to dive into the first two installments.
On shelves: September 25
After attending the funeral of a childhood friend, all Ava Breevort wants to to do is get back to Boston. Unfortunately, Caleb Scott seems determined to make her flight back as miserable as possible. An argument over a first-class seat escalates into sabotaging each other for the remainder of the flight. But then their mutual sniping turns to sexual chemistry during a layover in Chicago and they spend an incredible night together. When Caleb finds himself in Boston for work, he suggests that they turn their one-night stand into a week-long hookup while he’s in town. Ava is completely game until she realizes her growing feelings for Caleb. Does he feel the same? Readers who crave enemies-turned-lovers romances won’t want to miss this new release.
On shelves: October 9
Maya Rodale kicks off her Gilded Age Girls Club series with the love story of Brandon Fiennes and Adeline Black. New York society names Brandon, the Duke of Kingston, the most eligible bachelor in the state when he arrives from England. He must find a wealthy wife if he hopes to save his estate, but he can’t seem to stay away from Adeline, a local seamstress with hopes of owning her own dressmaking shop. Intending to continue his search, though unwilling to be parted from Adeline, he asks her to join him at society events where she can show off the gowns she creates and give him insight into the American heiresses vying for his attention. As they grow closer, Brandon and Adeline begin to dream of designing a future together, no matter what society may think.
On shelves: October 23
Jasmine Guillory stole our hearts with her debut novel The Wedding Date, and now she’s back with a new swoon-worthy tale. Nikole Paterson has only been dating her actor boyfriend for five months when he decides to pop the big question. It’s no intimate ask either. He proposes on the scoreboard at a Dodgers game… and he spells her name wrong. Thankfully, Dr. Carlos Ibarra jumps in to whisk her away from the crowd and cameras, and he sticks around afterwards to use his charm to distract her from her failed relationship. What starts as a simple hookup soon spirals into something real that neither Nikole or Carlos were expecting. Guillory’s latest is another home run!
On shelves: October 30
Sophie Jordan continues her Devil’s Rock series with a story of a journalist who is given a second chance with her high school crush. Newly exonerated for a crime he didn’t commit, Cruz Walsh returns to his hometown Sweet Hill, Texas in the hopes of starting fresh. It’s there that he runs into Gabby Rossi, a former classmate who is also a reporter determined to score an interview with him for the local paper. Gabby’s teen years were marred by bullying, and she doesn’t believe that Cruz ever gave her a second glance in high school. But when they find themselves trapped together, Cruz’s hidden feelings come to the surface.
On shelves: October 30
Army veteran Travis Blake didn’t believe that he would ever return to Big Verde, Texas, but when he’s called on to take care of his five-year-old nephew, he heads back home to his family’s ranch. Travis hopes to sell the ranch and move back to Austin, and the only thing standing in his way are his growing feelings for Maggie Mackey. The two met at a Halloween party (Travis dressed as a wolf, and Maggie as Little Red Riding Hood), and haven’t been able to stay apart since. As they grow closer, Travis must decide if he’s ready to put down roots in his old hometown. A starred Publishers Weekly review praised the novel for its “overt and subtle takedowns of toxic masculinity.” Readers looking to head to the ranch this autumn will want to pick up Carly Bloom’s debut.
On shelves: October 30
Julia Quinn continues her Rokesby series with an installment filled with adventure, pirates, and passion. Poppy Bridgerton is thrilled to find a hidden pirate cove while visiting the Dorset coast, but her discovery leads to trouble when she’s kidnapped, dragged aboard a smuggler’s waiting ship, and left tied up in the captain’s quarters. Little does she know, the captain is Andrew James Rokesby, a privateer working for the British government. Andrew can’t afford to abandon his mission to Portugal, which means Poppy is along for the ride until he can safely return her home. Quinn is always a fan favorite, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this time.
On shelves: November 20
Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki is a grinch. At least that’s what Teddy MacNally thinks when the two meet. Nick is playing Santa Claus at an event hosted by Teddy’s charity, but he’s anything but jolly. He only agreed to help because his commanding officer asked him for the favor. But Teddy, who happens to be cast as Santa’s elf for the event, believes he can get this Scrooge into the Christmas spirit. When a snowstorm hits and traps them together, things go from nice to naughty (in the very best of ways). But can this festive fling last through the new year?
On shelves: November 27