Starting Your 2023 Reading List
Updated: Jan 17
Happy New Year! Have you put together your 2023 reading list yet? Need some inspiration? Then you've come to the right place. I thought it would be fun to give you a mini-tour of all the sweet romance variety available on our website over the next couple weeks. Today I want to share with you the most popular kinds of romances on our website.
Most Popular Tropes on "My Sweet Romance Books"
The 2 most popular tropes on our website are Small-Town and Regency. Let's check some out!
You can find "Small Town" romances in a few different places on our website:
In the Romance category, search under the trope "Small Town" and also under "Cowboy/Western" for books like:
My Forever by Abby Everheart
In the mountains of Colorado, love finds a way for the most unlikely of people.
Robin isn’t interested in another relationship, so when handsome, arrogant ER doctor, Anthony, shows up, she wants nothing to do with him. But as circumstance throws them together and their relationship deepens . . . [read more]
Coming Home to Maverick by Sophia Summers
Bailey has made mistakes, so many she doesn't think she'll really ever forgive herself. But her daughter deserves the kind of life Bailey had growing up. When she shows up on her parents' doorstep back to her hometown, the one person she isn't ready to see is Maverick. But will she ever be able to face him? . . . [read more]
In the category YA Romance, you can also find the tropes "Small Town" and "Cowboy/Western" but geared more for young adults, such as:
City Girl Vs. Country Boy by Jordan Ford
. . . I’ll go. Just for a couple of weeks. That’s what Mum and Dad would want me to do. What I don’t expect is for Tane to still be living on the farm. He’s grown up now. He’s gorgeous. I don’t have room in my life for this pull of desire, but his kind eyes and big heart . . . [read more]
Lucy's Chance by Brittney Joy
Sixteen year old Lucy Rose is spending her first summer away from home and she has two things on her mind: an abandoned, violent horse and a blue-eyed cowboy. Only neither is hers. . . [read more]
We also have a Women's Fiction category, with delightful small-town-esque tropes. Search under "Beach", "Small-Town", and "Southern Charm" to find romances like:
The Joy of Today by Charlotte Everhart
Summertime in Nicolet has always been idyllic, but for Heidi and Shelly Lakanen, the summer of 1994 brings just a little more than they’ve bargained for. When Steven Davis comes to town, the Lakanen girls know their lives will never be the same, but they have no idea . . . [read more]
The Cottage in Maple Hill by Michelle Leigh Miller
Liza Blackburn had long ago given up on being an artist as life took precedence over dreams. When her beloved grandmother passes away, she leaves Liza a generous, life-changing inheritance that takes her out of her comfort zone and drops her in a remote cottage in rural Ohio. She has one goal—survive the year and get back home.
Derrick Lowe’s life is simple, and he likes it that way. The last thing he wants . . . [read more]
Magnolia at Midnight by Anne-Marie Meyer
Even though she poses the job opening as a desperate need for help at the inn, I decide to take it as a temporary job until I can get on my feet. After all, I’m a Holt and Holt's don't need handouts. They also don't need the sexy chef that doesn't seem to want to leave me alone and is breaking down all the walls that I’ve put up. . . [read more]
Lastly, our Historical Romance category also has a selection of small-town reads. Search under the trope "Western" for American frontier charm, such as:
Hearts Abiding by Anna May Ashworth
Maggie Langley might be plain and mousy but underneath those hand-me-down clothes and that prim manner beats the heart of a woman longing for love and freedom. With every move controlled by her brother and his wife, she’s become no more than their servant and nursery maid. Not content to let life pass her by, Maggie seizes a chance to go West and marry a stranger. . . [read more]
2) REGENCY ROMANCE
Of course, you will find Regency romances in our Historical Romance category. But did you know that you can also filter for tropes like "Spinster/Widow", "Arranged Marriage", or "Classic Literature Retellings" in our Historical Romance section? Check out a sampling of these historical romance varieties:
Classic Regency Romance
On My Honour by Elizabeth Johns
When Lady Margaret Blake and her sister lose their parents in a boating accident they are left to the guardianship of their uncle. Disregarding their feelings for the price their beauty will fetch on the Marriage Mart, he arranges a match for both. Lady Margaret, however, has her own views on the matter and takes her Fate into her own hands . . .[read more]
The Merry Lives of Spinsters by Rebecca Connolly
Tony Sterling had no idea what to expect when he agreed to break up the Spinsters for his cousin, but he certainly did not expect Georgie Allen. From the very first meeting, she upends everything he thought a spinster would be, and her beauty and wit keeps him on edge in thrilling ways. The more he gets to know the Spinsters, the less he wants to break them up. And the more he wants Georgie in his life. Permanently. . . [read more]
Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother. . . [read more]
Classic Literature Retellings
Secrets of the Beast by Natalie Allen
What if there was a brother of the beast?
What if that brother had a run-in with Juliet, leading to her capture?
What if Juliet found a love deeper than she ever imagined? . . . [read more]
I hope this list is getting you excited for some new sweet romance reads this year!
Stay tuned next week for a list of 2022's most popular romance tropes and where to find them on our website.