It’s that time of year when we all start looking back at the things we did (and maybe didn’t do!) during the past months, and when sites such as ours start putting together lists of what we consider to be “The Best of 2020”.  This has certainly been a most unusual year, but we’re not planning on breaking with that tradition, so here without further ado, is our first “Best of” list, from Charlotte Elliott.  Watch this space over the coming weeks for more, and please do drop by in the comments to let you know what YOU’d pick to grace your own Best of 2020.

The Happy Ever After Playlist (audiobook) written by Abby Jimenez; narrated by Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon

This was the first audiobook I’d listened to in a hot minute and it snagged my first DIK grade ever. I’m not usually a rock-star romance kind of girl, but this one got me. An artist who hasn’t dated since the death of her boyfriend meets an (alt) rock star who is more Bon Iver than boy band material. I loved the characters’ commitment to each other and the HEA that didn’t shortchange anybody.

Buy it at: AmazonAudible, or your local independent bookstore

The Sight of You by Holly Miller

British-published WF consistently receives some of my highest grades, but this one got the DIK. A lost young man meets a somewhat lost long woman. The speculative twist: he can see the future and he sees a very Sadly Ever After for them. One of the few tragic love stories I’ve read that made me feel heart-warmed instead of heartbroken.

Buy it at: AmazonAudible, or your local independent bookstore

Tools of Engagement byTessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey’s Hot and Hammered series ends with a small town, enemies-to-lovers winner between an interior designer and the (slightly) younger rodeo cowboy she falls for. When you just really need to feel the (loin)burn, Bailey is there for you—and with an HEA, too.

Buy it at: AmazonAudible, or your local independent bookstore

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Cocks and Morgan’s Royal We duology – and homage to Kate Middleton – is one of the most (re)readable things I’ve ever read. The seamless first-person narration and an ability to walk the fine line between exaggerated fun and annoyingly nonsensical that runs straight through the Kingdom of Women’s Rom Coms got this sequel on my list.

Buy it at: AmazonAudible, or your local independent bookstore

500 Miles from You by Jenny Colgan

Colgan’s fiction is like a good dancer—it won’t step on your toes by trying too hard and it’s good company as it takes you for a spin. Two nurse practitioners liaisons temporarily swap jobs—he goes to London, she goes to rural Scotland. Calling it women’s fiction doesn’t really do it justice since the story focuses on both main characters. It’s just a darn good book.

Buy it at: AmazonAudible, or your local independent bookstore

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Part-time cowgirl, part-time city girl. Always working on converting all my friends into romance readers ("Charlotte, that was the raunchiest thing I have ever read!").