Gateway Romance Drugs

As I’m ramping up for the release of my wonderful, wonderful book LOVE. SET. MATCH. on August 28, I thought I’d take this opportunity to offer recommendations for my friends who haven’t ventured into the wonderful realm of Romancelandia. There’s a dedicated page on this site, but I wanted to share what I’m calling the “Gateway Drugs” here. There’s a longer list of overall amazing books that I think everyone should read on the “My Recommendations” page. I’ll eventually add non-romance books, but for now, gotta stay on brand.

Also in the “Books” section—PREORDER LINKS for my pretty, pretty book!

Note: nonbinary/trans/genderqueer friends (and everyone else) pick which sounds best. Just broke it down by gender-identifiers to signify tone.


Sports Fan - Male

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Sports Fan - Female

Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

Geeks - Male

Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Night of Fire by Nico Rosso

Status Update by Annabeth Albert

Geeks - Female

A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Dark/Thriller/Suspense - Male

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Naked in Death by JD Robb

Dark/Thriller/Suspense - Female

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

The Collector by Nora Roberts

History Buff - Male

His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

The Chief by Monica McCarty

History Buff - Female

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Other Entry Level Books

The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James