Book List

24 Swoonworthy Romances

December 11, 2017
Janine Perez
Riveted Editorial Board

If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you that I am a huge romantic (it’s even in my bio)! Though I’ll read any genre, I really prefer that every book I read have some type of romance in it. I love seeing the grand gestures of romance, and the cute little interactions between characters. I relish seeing sparks fly in arguments before they understand their feelings, and then following along as they realize the sparks aren’t hatred, but a connection. I even enjoy seeing them go through their classic misunderstandings only to realize that they’re way better off together than they ever were apart. Romances make me happy, and restore my faith in humanity, so I’ve put together 23 books that are sure to make you swoon!

Am I missing any major YA romances? Let me know in the comments!

Come Back to Me by Mila Gray


In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

Emma Carstairs is determined to discover the truth about who killed her parents. Luckily, she has Julian, her parabatai to help her sort out the truth. But as Emma and Julian get caught up in several dangerous plans, they start to realize that their strictly platonic friendship may very well be something more. Too bad parabatai are strictly forbidden from being in love…

 Stay with Me by Mila Gray

Stay with me

From the author of Come Back to Me comes a heartwrenching novel about a forbidden romance, a wounded marine, and the girl who’s determined to save him.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Unexpected everything paperback

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.

Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).

Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Boys

Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Wake by Lisa McMann


For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can’t tell anybody about what she does — they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control. Then, Cabel comes along and changes everything.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex Approximately

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” (SLJ) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

Compulsion by Martina Boone


Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Elixir by Hilary Duff


Clea Raymond is a talented photojournalist and the daughter of high-profile parents. Usually she’s in total control of her camera, but after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and handsome young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life.

Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Last Year's Mistake Cover

Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

love and gelato

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward


Samantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a charming and humorous romantic trilogy.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

since you've been gone

Right before what should have been an epic summer, Emily’s best friend Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane? Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

Under the lights

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

Little Black Dresses Little White Lies

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume…

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast


Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world amidst its invasion by murderous creatures, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels

26 Kisses

After unexpectedly getting dumped by her boyfriend, Veda decides to kiss her way through the alphabet in order to forget about Mark and move on. But just when Veda thinks she has everything all figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down in all the best ways.

Night World by L.J. Smith


Poppy has always been secretly in love with her best friend, James. Unfortunately, she’ll never have a chance to do anything about it now that the doctors have told her she’s dying. But then James walks into the hospital room and offers her eternal life. He’s been keeping secrets of his own…like that they’re soul mates and he has the power to spirit her away into the Night World to save her life.

Run Away with Me by Mila Gray


Run Away with Me is an adorable romance between two best friends who are torn apart by a tragedy, only to reconnect seven years later. It’s an adorable romance you don’t want to miss!  Not to mention, Jake is a popular ice-hockey player which is totally swoon-worthy.