Hey Y’all! So you all know that I have really gotten into adult romances this year. They serve as really great escapes and I do tend to run through them very quickly when my schedule allows. Getting wrapped up in other’s love stories is almost like an addiction for me. I absolutely live for the banter and tension, especially if there are laugh out loud moments and some (okay, a lot of) spice too.

Romances really are! No one warned me of this!

With all the things that adult romances offer, the HEA (Happily Ever After) being the guarantee and all, they feel even better when they are centered around books/bookish people…it gives my secretly romantic and easily melty heart hope. There are a few that I read in recent months that I really enjoyed. All of these are out now so you don’t have to wait!

Meeeee when I read a bookish romance!

Booked On A Feeling by Jayci Lee: I’m a sucker for a series/companion novels and am so glad that I got to read the first two books, A Sweet Mess and The Dating Dare, especially when this one had cameos with characters from them. Who wouldn’t love reading a book where there is a lot of time spent in a bookstore? The entire time, it just felt right between the two main characters (which this was dual POV, so SCORE) who are 1) best friends, 2) seeking something new and 3) finding the beauty of what has always been there. This was such a great book with lots of lusty thoughts, especially when toolbelts are involved (you have to read to understand, lol), some spicy moments and nosy family & friends.

It wasn’t quite like this but the energy is kind of there, lol

The Very Secret Society Of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna: Another type of book I love is one that involves magic so if you add a potential love story to it, then I’m sold! While one main character is a, you guess it, a witch, the other is a (grumpy) librarian in terms of the romance in the story; we get multiple perspectives, not just the main characters and how various relationships blossom throughout the story. I do love a story where there are layers to it and love grows in different & beautiful ways! There were also some funny moments because whenever children are present in a story, you are bound to be entertained in some way, shape or form (I know this all too well)! There are also some secrets to uncover as well. What are they might you ask? Well, you just have to read to find out!

There are quite a few to feel in different ways, if I’m being honest!

The Boy With The Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre Smith: There are 2 things that always go well together in my mind and that is books & baked goods, so when a book delivers BOTH of these things, it makes me extremely happy (and hungry). With one MC owning a bakery and the other a bookstore (and from what I read, that “boy” is definitely a man my friends), it’s truly like a match made in heaven. We also get cameos from beloved pets (shoutout to my fellow furparents out there). There’s mutual crushing, heated moments, funny banter, family interventions and plenty of book & food talk throughout the book! Definitely have some snacks nearby while reading!

Me, stuffing my face then reaching for my book

The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale: If you’re a fan of stories where there is mistaken identity, identity switching and even a bit of identity “borrowing”, this is a book that you will really enjoy! One main character is an author and the other is an actor & both seem to be in career and/or personal life slumps. When these two characters meet, the tension begins to build right away. This book had some really hilarious banter (with things that I totally could see myself saying), I laughed out loud quite a lot. There is also more spice in this book than Lillie’s first book, which shocked the ish out of me in the best of ways (I really love when books do that)! Anyways, two characters finding their way to each other (so to speak) while also finding themselves no matter the pretenses, I’m here for it!

There are a few moments of this sentiment/reaction

By The Book by Jasmine Guillory: If you are a fan of Beauty And The Beast as well as Black Love, this would definitely be the book for you. I remember seeing the cover and instantly knowing that I wanted to read it. We get an MC who is a publishing professional that is attempting to help a reclusive & surly author finish his book so you know there are moments of bookish banter, grumpy but potentially heated glares/glances and change of hearts. This is not a super steamy book (it is published under Disney after all) but it will leave your bookish heart filled (as it did mine).

With a capital L and a capital B (Black), I truly do!

So those are 5 books that left my heart wanting more bookish love stories (which I do hope for in the future) but still feeling full. Are there any adult romances that you have read that meet the bookish criteria in one way or another? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments or on social media on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic, Twitter @bookishgrlmagic and Clubhouse @bookishgrlmagic where you can find me mostly in book centered clubs/rooms (primarily on Tuesdays and Fridays). Also please subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already because it makes me feel like I’ve read a bunch of bookish romances! Yet again, thank you so much for being here and hope you continue to be! As usual, I’m sending you tons of bookish love and wish you happy reading!


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I’m reader who has a fierce love for books written by authors of color & belief in the importance of supporting them! My mission is to amplify their voices and work so this generation and all the others after them will have literature that will reflect them.

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