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Romance books to break your reading rut

By Kobo • September 14, 2022Recommended Reading

Thousands of readers on Kobo have loved these books and we bet you’ll find a love match here too.

Romance comes in so many flavours, ranging from hilarious rom-coms to fiery erotica, and everything in between. Whether you're into exciting whirlwinds or anticipatory slow burns, there is something for everyone in this genre.

This makes romance the perfect place to start if you're looking to dip your toe into the world of reading, bounce back from a reading slump, or simply read more. There are so many books to choose from, which we know is exciting but overwhelming. Fret not, we are here to help. We've compiled a list of romances that have been loved by thousands of readers on Kobo, and we think you'll love them too.

And because we know you're busy, and making time for yourself is hard, we’ve made sure that an average reader can finish any of these books in a month by reading 15 minutes or less per day*. Before you know it, you'll be picking up your next read. Let the love affair begin.

*There are a few selections we just couldn’t leave out that might take a minute or two more than 15 minutes per day. But we promise they’re worth every second.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Poppy and Alex are a yin and yang pair of friends, and that contrast has sustained their friendship for years. Every summer they take a vacation together—until something between them went terribly wrong two years ago. They haven’t spoken since. Poppy wants to make things right with one (last?) trip together—but will she be able to patch things up with Alex? This is a slow-burn romance that you’ll be dying to race through.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 16

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood’s story about a fake relationship that triggers a volatile chain reaction features Olive Smith, a biochem PhD candidate, and Adam, a popular professor with a reputation for being a bit of a jerk. This phenomenal bestseller is just one of Hazelwood’s “STEMinist” romances, where women with scientific clout find themselves in all sorts of romantic situations.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 16

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Legacy by Nora Roberts

This standalone romantic suspense novel by Nora Roberts clocks in a little longer than most books on this list, but it’s here because we just know you’re going to be propelled through it to find out whether Lina and her daughter Adrian will ever find peace between them, what happened to Adrian’s menacing father—who nearly killed her when she was 7 but was thwarted by Lina—and what’s going to happen when Adrian and her childhood crush are reunited as adults.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 21

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The Deal: Off-Campus, #1 by Elle Kennedy

Hannah Wells decides to get the attention of a certain guy by feigning interest in the captain of the hockey team, Garrett. And Garrett’s happy to play along if Hannah agrees to tutor him to lift his GPA so he doesn’t get tossed off the team. The question is, do they have the resolve to keep their sticks on the ice through this whole game?

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 17

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa takes a job caring for a young man for who’s been turned bitter by an accident leading to disability. They have nothing in common and shouldn’t be anything more than a client and caregiver—and yet… Be warned, if you need a happily-ever-after in your love stories, this book will not cut it. On the other hand, if you’re looking to have a good cry, there are few books we’d recommend more highly.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 20

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Stella Lane is a brilliant data scientist who finds comfort in the predictive patterns of algorithms—and the lucrative career she’s built through her mathematical talents. At the same time, owing to her Asperger’s, she’s extremely uncomfortable with things like kissing. Stella decides to work through her discomfort by hiring an escort named Michael, with whom she practices all of the intimate physical things that don’t come naturally to her… until they do.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 15

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The Unmatchmakers by Jackie Lau

Can Leora and Neil find a way to act on their obvious chemistry with their fiercely independent and anti-relationship BFF mothers constantly trying to sabotage them at every turn? This is a fun and unusual rom-com set in Canadian cottage country.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 8

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton: Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Book 4 - Bridgertons

Skip ahead of the Netflix series and see how Colin Bridgerton, exhausted by his constant appearances in the gossip columns of Lady Whistledown, finds himself entranced by Penelope Featherington.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 18

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Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

This is the 3rd of Talia Hibbert’s books about the Brown sisters. In this book Eve Brown, a hot mess by any measure, is desperate to prove to her parents and herself that she can pull it together and act like an adult—by getting a job as a chef. B&B owner Jacob is hiring for his kitchen but in his highly curated world the purple-haired Eve seems like the worst possible applicant. But turning her down for the job is just the start of their story together…

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 15

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Craving by Helen Hardt

Jade is healing a broken heart on her friend’s ranch when her friend’s brother Talon catches her eye. Sparks fly and the two have to figure out whether they can be with each other and survive the secret traumas of their past.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 11

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Mischief and the Masters by Cherise Sinclair

Trying to rebuild her life after escaping a stalker, Uzuri Cheval joins a club called Shadowlands, governed by the mysterious Master Z. When her stalker emerges from prison, Shadowlands offers Uzuri help in the form of a pair of cousins who share… pretty much everything. Cherise Sinclair’s sense of humour and edgy eroticism isn’t for everyone, but maybe it’s for you?

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 18

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The Spy in 3B by Nana Malone

What do you put in your dating profile when you’re operating undercover? Lyra and Marcus have each, unbeknownst to the other, had to tackle the same problem and now that the two are dating it’s a constant secret struggle for each of them to keep their true identities under wraps. But soon they realize they have more in common than they ever would have imagined.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 8

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Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Four brothers bonded by their love of their adoptive mother must decide what to do about Strong Knits, the knitting shop she founded after she passes away. Jesse is adamant that the shop has to stay open, and he finds support in part-time store employee Kerry—who might have a bit of a crush on Jesse. The two are thrown together in the struggle to keep the shop open and reinvent it for the current generation of knitters, and feelings between them get increasingly entangled.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 14

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Haven: Beards & Bondage, #1 by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Freak events in the wilds of Northern California throw together city girl Claudia and grizzled mountain man Shepard in this very steamy start to the Beards & Bondage series.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 10

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An Extraordinary Union: An Epic Love Story of the Civil War by Alyssa Cole

A Civil War era espionage story about a remarkable woman who escapes slavery, only to return to the South as a spy for the Union Army posing as a slave woman. She finds common cause, and mutual (but forbidden) attraction, with a Pinkerton detective also working undercover. The two discover a Confederate plot that might turn the course of the war—and thwarting it could tear them apart.

Read for this many minutes per day to finish in a month: 14

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