Fall is here! That means the nostalgia of the beginning of the school year returns, even for those who aren’t lucky enough to still be in college. The good news is that college romance books let you relive the magic of falling in love between classes, in the lab, on the quad, and of course, in the library among the stacks.
It feels almost impossible to pick a short list of our favorite steamy college romance novels; there are so many good ones in this genre. But we think this is a pretty cream-of-the-crop selection.
1. See You Yesterday
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Barrett Bloom’s first day of college is off to a terrible start. She embarrasses herself in class, bombs a job interview at the school paper, accidentally starts a fire at a party (literally), and gets locked out of her dorm room. But when she wakes up the next morning… it’s the first day of class all over again. Turns out her cute classmate Miles is having the same problem, but he’s been trapped in the first day of school for months. Barrett and Miles set off on an adventure to free themselves, but if they finally wake up on the second day of class—will their romance still be there?Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
2. Leo Loves Aries
by Anyta Sunday
Theo is having a lousy semester. He’s still hung up on his ex-girlfriend who dumped him, and now his sister wants him to find her a date for a wedding. Theo decides to make the best of it and use the challenge as an opportunity to make new friends and move on from his ex. There’s this new roommate, Jamie Cooper, who also happens to be Theo’s old economics tutor, who would be the perfect date for Leone, but maybe Theo isn’t ready to give up that easily—perhaps Jamie is a better match for him.Buy on Amazon
3. Be with Me
by Jennifer Armentrout writing as J. Lynn
Teresa Hamilton is not going to have the career she dreamed of. When an injury prevents her from becoming a professional dancer, Teresa heads off to college. Perhaps this isn’t such a bad back-up plan after all—she’ll now have the chance to make a play for Jase Winstead, her brother’s best friend she just happened to share a life-changing kiss with. But Jase is hiding something, especially from Teresa…Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
4. Ben and Beatriz
by Katalina Gamarra
In this modern recasting of Much Ado About Nothing, Katalina Gamarra gives us Beatriz Herrara and Ben Montgomery, two Harvard students whose backgrounds couldn’t be more different. Beatriz is a queer biracial woman and Ben comes from a privileged white family—but they have a history. Ben still can’t stop thinking about Beatriz after hooking up with her freshman year. When the two spend spring break on Cape Cod, they share vulnerabilities and their hook-ups start turning into something more.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
5. Emergency Contact
by Mary H.K. Choi
Aspiring writer Penny Lee goes to college in Austin, Texas, finally able to leave her boring and completely unstimulating high school years behind her. In Austin, she meets Sam, an aspiring film director who is, presently, a cafe employee who also lives where he works—broke, stalled, and discouraged. They’re awkward together in person, so Penny and Sam start texting, and texting, and texting until they’re inseparable, at least, digitally.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
6. The Love Hypothesis
by Ali Hazelwood
Olive Smith doesn’t have the time or patience for romance. She’s in the third year of her Ph.d. program, so dating is the last thing on her mind—only her best friend won’t leave her alone about it. So, Olive kisses the first man she sees: Adam Carlsen, a famously cocky young professor. Adam agrees to help Olive by keeping up the charade, and she’s surprised to find that he’s not a jerk at all. Their chemistry seems undeniable, but is Olive ready for Adam?Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
7. Let’s Talk About Love
by Claire Kann
After her girlfriend broke things off, Alice had just one thing planned for her summer: binge tons of TV and great food with her best friends. On the matter of making money, Alice has a summer job lined up at the library. That’s where she meets Takumi, and soon Alice is thinking she might not be so love-lorn after all. One problem, though: Does Takumi share her swoony feelings? Can Alice risk another heartbreak and tell Takumi how she feels? Couldn’t he possibly even think of her that way?Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
8. Tell Me Lies
by Carola Lovering
Long Islander Lucy Albright sees her small California college as a fresh start from her past, which includes a mother who betrayed her in one of the most personal and painful ways. Enter Stephen DeMarco, a devastatingly magnetic match who comes with his share of baggage, betrayals, and hidden wounds. But Lucy likes the person she is with Stephen, and he helps Lucy see herself in a new way. Will she be able to resolve her past and see herself the way Stephen believes her to be? Is Stephen really all that good for her after all?Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google
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