We are halfway through 2021 and I already had the pleasure of listening to some of my highlights of the year, in my opinion the best Romance audiobooks of 2021!
Some of these books were among my most anticipated releases of the year. And even though I went in with dangerously high expectations, they managed to even exceed my hopes and just blow me away. Other books were completely unexpected finds that I fell in love with and that I simply can’t stop talking about!
Act Your Age, Eve Brown
Talia Hibbert (Author), Ione Butler (Narrator)
Act Your Age, Eve Brown was one of my most anticipated Romance books of the year and it was even better than I had hoped! Talia Hibbert can write Romantic Comedies like nobody else. This book is like the warm and cozy blanket on a beautiful, comfy sofa, in that adorable inn… wait, where was I going with this? Anyway, Eve and Jacob are both utterly lovable, real, believable, and they make such a perfect match! Jacob is grumpy, Eve is sunshine, and she secretly lives in one of his rooms. Is this the best Romance audiobook of 2021? Well… yeah. Yes. It really is. Also thanks to the absolutely wonderful Ione Butler who narrates this audiobook.
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The Queer Principles of Kit Webb
Cat Sebastian (Author), Joel Leslie (Narrator)
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by one of my favorite author/narrator teams, Cat Sebastian and Joel Leslie, was another highly anticipated release for me. Kit Webb is a retired former highwayman who might or might not have some quite revolutionary ideas about society and the distribution of wealth. Percy is the aristocratic son of a very questionable character and tries to hire Kit for a job. The chemistry between these two is insane! And their adventure is entertaining, captivating, and fun. This Historical M/M Romance is all-around wonderful and for me one of the best audiobooks of 2021!
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting
KJ Charles (Author), Cornell Collins (Narrator)
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting was KJ Charles’ pandemic surprise book for us and I most certainly appreciated it! This is the story of a brother and sister who enter the London season to find good matches and “marry up”. The siblings are not what you would expect, and neither is the man who uncovers their secrets. Marrying a lord is also discussed in much more realistic ways than we usually see in Historical Romance. This is such a fascinating, gentle Historical M/M Romance and Cornell Collins really brought the characters to life!
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Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake
Alexis Hall (Author), Fiona Hardingham (Narrator)
In Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake, Alexis Hall has given us the bisexual single mom in a love triangle and on a baking show that we all wanted and needed! I loved Rosaline and her little chosen family. And the baking show, Bake Expectations, is ridiculously entertaining! I loved this beautiful, tender love story and that the book doesn’t shy away from discussing serious issues without coming off as preachy. And this doesn’t take away from how insanely funny Alexis Hall is, quite the opposite actually. It’s these depths that make this story more relatable and realistic. Fiona Hardingham perfectly brings these characters to life and has a big part in making this one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2021.
Cara Bastone (Author), Lidia Dornet (Narrator), Chris Brinkley (Narrator)
Sweet Talk was such a surprise hit for me! This title is included in Audible Plus and has a fantastic audiobook production with duet narration and small sound effects. Cara Bastone’s book is incredibly funny, cute, and simply delightful! This is the perfect Romantic Comedy when you need light, fluffy, and sweet entertainment. And I adored the trope of hero and heroine only talking through texts and on the phone for a long time before meeting for the first time face to face. Definitely one of the best Romance audiobooks you can listen to this year!
Life’s Too Short
Abby Jimenez (Author), Christine Lakin (Narrator), Zachary Webber (Narrator)
Life’s Too Short first breaks your heart and then gently mends it. This is such a beautiful, emotional romance that manages to feel both raw, brutally real, and at the same time, funny and hopeful. The characters are complex and insanely lovable. Abby Jimenez treats the topic of illness and death with a lot of care. And Christine Lakin’s and Zachary Webber’s narration manages to bring you to tears and make you laugh out loud the next moment. A truly wonderful book!
Hana Khan Carries On
Uzma Jalaluddin (Author), Ulka Simone Mohanty (Narrator)
Hana is without a doubt one of my favorite heroines of the year! She is such a wonderful main character and I was very invested in her journey. Hana Khan Carries On is a beautiful Romance / Women’s Fiction novel and I loved her family and community. The story is so captivating, warm, and light-hearted, and it has the internet love trope I enjoy so much. This brings such nice elements to the story because the characters really get to know each other’s personalities first. Ulka Simone Mohanty did a fantastic narration with a great range of voices. And you can’t help but feel like you are right there in Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the family’s restaurant.
First Comes Like
Alisha Rai (Author), Saira Ayers (Narrator), Neil Shah (Narrator)
First Comes Like is the warm and romantic story that we all need in 2021. And I loved that this Romance novel has its entirely own theme. While Alisha Rai touches on different tropes, they never dictate the story. Jia and Dev get their entirely unique love story that is just them and that is absolutely wonderful! Saira Ayers and Neil Shah are the perfect voices for this wonderful dual point of view love story. First Comes Like is one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2021 for me!
Kacen Callender (Author), Commarrah J. Yochanan (Narrator)
I loved Felix Ever After and was very intrigued by a Kacen Callender Audible Original. And it completely exceeded my expectations! Sunset Springs is a raw, yet beautiful Adult Trans M/M novella. And even though this is a quick listen, this Friends to Lovers Romance is completely captivating and emotional! I enjoyed the narration by Commarrah J. Yochanan very much. The perfect voice to bring this story to life! This was one of the most touching books I have listened to so far this year and it is definitely a new favorite!
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The Hellion’s Waltz
Olivia Waite (Author), Morag Sims (Narrator)
The Hellion’s Waltz was one of my most anticipated Historical Romance novels of the year. And it was even better than expected! This is a fast-paced adventure with two wonderful main characters who have insane chemistry. I adored Maddie and her crazy plan. And Sophie makes the perfect match for her. The two have such a wonderful relationship! But I also loved the side characters who all bring their own skills to the plan. And Morag Sims brings them all to life! A completely captivating story and definitely one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2021!
An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler
Vanessa Riley (Author), Bahni Turpin (Narrator)
I had mixed feelings about adding this book, simply because this is a second in a series and you really want to read the first book, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, before starting An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler so you can better understand and fully appreciate the amazingness that is The Widow’s Grace, a secret society that protects women. But the thing is, I absolutely loved this book! Even more than the first in the Rogues & Remarkable Women series. An adorable toddler, a righteous barrister, and a reckless woman with a very mysterious and worrying past are in the center of this is a gripping story. There are lots of secrets and mysteries, and the ending is absolutely beautiful and made me tear up a little bit. The audiobook is narrated by the amazing Bahni Turpin!
Kim Hartfield (Author), Abby Craden (Narrator), Angela Dawe (Narrator)
I adored Flipcup so very much! Kim Hartfield’s book was an unexpected hit for me. The story is adorable and fun with a bisexual party girl, who falls for a woman for the first time, and an androgynous bookstore employee. And the narration was incredible! Angela Dawe and Abby Craden did such a beautiful job copying the other narrator’s voice during dialogue scenes. They really brought these two women, their emotional depth, and their connection to life. And that really made this one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2021 for me! It is such an immense pleasure to listen to this story.