Monday, December 28, 2020

Favorites of 2020: Contemporary Romance & Romantic Suspense

 Can't believe were at the end of 2020, but I'm happy for it! For the next few days I'm featuring my favorite reads of 2020 (not necessarily published in 2020) starting with the Contemporary Romance & Romantic Suspense categories.

I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday today because the topic is Top Reads for 2020 so it works along nicely.

Favorite Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction of 2020:
Click on covers for Goodreads link:

Secrets From a Happy Marriage by Maisey Yates:
A heartfelt story about being yourself, accepting past mistakes, forgiving yourself and moving on. Of course there was romance!

The Reckless Oath We Made:
A hard book to categorize it was so original, but it boiled down to family love, bad choices and falling for the last person you'd expect.

Her Christmas Cowboy by Jessica Clare:
Love these shy Wyoming cowboys with a fierce protective streak!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Dreamy, steamy romance in a magical wintery/holiday setting. 

Beach Read by Emily Henry:
So much fun, full of soul-searching, longing, and lusty encounters, but also serious with some heavy emotions. So much more than just a "beach read".

Cowboy Come Home by Carly Bloom:
Well-written with just the right amount of sizzle! And omg was it laugh-out-loud funny in parts!

Favorite Romantic Suspense of 2020:

Unforgiven by Jay Crownover:
Unrequited love, mystery, and danger. Loved the whole series!
Mackenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard:
Few do romantic suspense as well as Linda Howard and this one is an oldie (written in 1989!) but goodie!

After Sundown by Linda Howard & Linda Jones:
Yes, another Linda Howard! Read this one at the beginning of the pandemic. Riveting with just the right amount of urgency without sending me into a panic. More end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it story than post-apocalyptic and a little outside the box as far as romantic suspense goes, but I wasn't sure where to put this one, lol.

A Change of View by Freya Barker:
Mature romance, bossy, protective alpha hero with a big heart. Sweet, sassy heroine. The rustic lake setting was just a cherry on top for me!

My favorite Historical, Fantasy/Urban Fantasy and Mystery/Thrillers are next. 

What were your favorites from 2020?


  1. I'm SO glad 2020 is almost over! In A Holidaze looks so festive- I love that cover! The Linda Howard book sounds great too.

  2. Excellent! Here's hoping that 2021 has many more great books in store for you!

  3. I think I will have to add In a Holidaze to my Christmas reads for 2021. I missed it this year, but it does seem worth the read.

    I hope 2021 will bring some great books for you.

    Happy New Year!

    Elza Reads Favorite Top Top Ten for 2020

  4. Beach Read disappointed me a bit, but hoping I'll love In a Holidaze. Happy holidays and happy reading!

  5. In A Holidaze is going on my reading list for next Christmas.
    I'm super interested in the fantasy/urban fantasy favourites coming up! :)

  6. In a Holidaze is such a cheerful title.

    My post.

  7. I loved In A Holidaze! I definitely have cut back on my contemporaries but I still do like to read them. I will definitely be trying to read a few more this coming year.

  8. Holidaze and Beach Read were favorites of mine this year too. Holidaze was just so fun, and Beach Read had me laughing and sobbing.

  9. I've heard so many good things about In a Holidaze, but it will have to wait for next year. I've heard so many good things about Beach Read. Maybe summer 2021?

  10. The Reckless Oath We Made was a really good book. It made my list last year. I am glad to see it on yours this year!

  11. I loved Beach Read and After Sundown, too. And I can't wait to read Her Christmas Cowboy! Glad we at least had good books to read this year. :D

  12. I love that you're choosing to separate this into categories and I kind of wish I had thought to do the same. And what a great set of books! I'm adding The Reckless Oath We Made to my TBR pile now.

  13. Some really great reads! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  14. I truly loved The Reckless Oath We Made. I wish Greenwood had a bigger backlist because I'd read it all. And I just purchased Mackenzie's Mountain last week and am excited to dive in!

  15. I can't believe I haven't read a Linda Howard or started that Jessica Clare series. Good picks, Rachel!

  16. I haven't read any of these but I've seen a few of them making there way around the blogs.

  17. I still need to get to Beach Read - but I own it! And I'm currently reading In a Holidaze.


  18. I loved the oldie but goodie feeling that was Mackenzies Mountain!! So good. I was shocked by how much I fell in love with it.

  19. I have read one yay, I see some interesting cowboys there

  20. Beach Read and Holidaze are on a ton of “best” lists this year. I’m glad you liked them. Have a good 2021!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  21. I'm hoping to read Beach Read this year. It has made a lot of lists!