Top romance novels of 2022: My personal favorites

As 2022 winds down, those gorgeous book-cover collages of the year’s "best" books are everywhere. They inspired me to create my own "Top romance novels of 2022: My personal favorites" cover collage. Enjoy.

Top romance novels of 2022: Personal favorites from Talya Blaine
My "Top romance novels of 2022" personal favorites

It’s that time of year, the one when you can’t look at a news, culture, or media website and not see one of those gorgeous book-cover collages at the top of a blog post or article about the year’s top or best or favorite books.    

I love—love—looking at book-cover collages. Books. Books! So. Many. Books to look forward to reading. So many stunning covers to ogle. So much visual and narrative creativity to appreciate.            

This year, I decided to create my own collage of book covers—covers of romance novels as well as a couple of love stories I read in 2022. They may not all have had the romance genre-defining “happy ever after” (or happy-for-now) ending, but they still struck me as excellent reads about relationships and love.**              

I hope you enjoy looking at it and that maybe it inspires you to read a new-to-you book. Personally, I always discover new titles when I see these collages.

Not all the books were published in 2022. Below is the list of titles and authors, in case it’s hard to read them in the image, along with the (ebook) year of publication. Titles in the list below and in the collage appear in no particular order.

  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri (2018)
  • The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (2022)
  • Ever Rest by Roz Morris (2021)
  • Birds of California by Katie Cotugno (2022)
  • Seoulmates by Jen Frederick (2022)
  • Heart & Seoul by Jen Frederick (2021)
  • Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren (2021)
  • The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen (2022)
  • Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci (2016)
  • Bound by Lorelei James (2014)
  • Unrestrained by Joey Hill (2020)
  • Wicked Sexy by J.T. Geissinger (2018)
  • Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre (2019)
  • The Idea of You by Robinne Lee (2017)
  • The Wedding Date (2018)
  • And because I read it a gazillion-million times getting it ready for publication a few weeks ago, Silently (2022)

What are your favorite romance books of 2022? Drop me a note and let me know. To be notified when I post reviews of these and other titles, follow me on BookBub and/or Goodreads.

📚 Happy reading, and happy New Year! 🥂

**About the books in the collage: I sample and begin a lot of books that, for many reasons, I end up DNF’ing (DNF = did not finish). The books in the collage above are titles I finished and really liked–in many/most cases loved. (Reviews to come.)