Time flies when you’re listening to good books! And it’s time to round up the – for me – best Romance audiobooks of 2022 so far. Let’s shine a spotlight on these utterly delightful stories that are brought to life by fantastic narrators!
Be ready for a mix of Contemporary, Historical, and Fantasy Romance that you really need to listen to!
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The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes
Cat Sebastian (Author), Joel Leslie (Narrator)
I cannot put in adequate words how much fun I had with Cat Sebastian’s latest Historical Romance, The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes! Marian and Rob are such a perfect match and are both so wildly lovable. Even though Marian talks a lot about how she’s perceived as distant and cold, I had nothing but empathy and love for her and found her very admirable. Joel Leslie did a fantastic narration for these two people who seem so different on paper, yet are so alike. And I adored the beginning of the book in epistolary form! Who says blackmail can’t turn into more, right?!
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You Make a Fool out of Death with Your Beauty
Akwaeke Emezi (Author), Bahni Turpin (Narrator)
This book… This BOOK!! Is this title intriguing, or what?! Feyi is a party-going introvert – which made her for me as intriguing a character as the book’s title. She’s an artist who keeps her pain, and her heart, behind walls. And I loved her even more for it! The story is about her way back into the dating pool and evolves into a forbidden older man / younger woman Romance with a bisexual hero. Bahni Turpin did the narration which is, as you would expect, absolutely amazing! I find the cover and title both breathtaking and they really give you an idea of how beautifully written this book is! No doubt that this is one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2022.
A Lady for a Duke
Alexis Hall (Author), Kay Eluvian (Narrator)
Alexis Hall is one of my favorite authors and it’s no surprise that A Lady for a Duke is getting a lot of attention. This is a beautiful love story! In the past, Viola was a soldier who everyone believed fell in Waterloo. She used this situation to transition and live as a woman. Her sister-in-law takes her on as a companion. But when her best friend, who Viola believed would be better off assuming her dead, continues to struggle badly, even two years later, she gives in and visits him. A Lady for a Duke is a sprawling, enthralling Historical Romance with a wonderful cast of characters and a very lovable hero and heroine. Kay Eluvian is an amazing narrator who truly understands how to bring the characters to life! Her narration made this an extremely enjoyable audiobook!
TJ Alexander (Author), Em Grosland (Narrator)
Chef’s Kiss is a captivating slow-burn F/NB Romance! The book is entirely from Simone’s point of view. And to be very honest, Simone is not exactly the most lovable of heroines initially. She is very high-strung, a bit self-centered, and all in all, the grumpy to Ray’s sunshine. This is very much enemies to lovers from Simone’s side, but at the same time, Simone wants nothing else than to be close to Ray. And it is so romantic to see them make their way to one another! I absolutely adored Ray and it’s so great that they get to be such a happy-go-lucky character. I haven’t seen such a cheerful nonbinary love interest like Ray before. And the narration was wonderful! I love Em Grosland’s voice!
Seducing the Sorcerer
Lee Welch (Author), Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Seducing the Sorcerer is the new Fantasy Romance audiobook by Lee Welch. It’s a weird and wonderful story about a down-on-his-luck groom who happens to get himself a magical horse. A magical flying horse! Made of sack! A magical flying horse made of sack that takes him straight to the country’s magician in his dark tower!! Ooh, did I have fun with this book! The story is wonderful and absurd and unexpected and so raw, and I never saw that resolution coming but it made me so happy! (I feel like I’m maybe using too many exclamation points here, but… I don’t know how else to express how this book made me feel!) It’s also seriously steamy, I might even call it dirrrty! There’s a lot of rough smexy times here (smack-sy times? haha) And it’s narrated by Joel Leslie who brought Fenn and Morgrim to live so perfectly. H’s one of my all-time favorite narrators and so absolutely amazing!
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Part of Your World
Abby Jimenez (Author), Julia Whelan (Narrator), Zachary Webber (Narrator)
I will never not immediately buy a new Abby Jimenez book! I have loved every one of her books so incredibly much and her newest might well be the best one yet! Part of Your World is incredibly romantic, it deals with heavy topics and yet manages to balance that out with warm, laugh-out-loud funny humor. This range of emotions is everything I want in a Contemporary Romance novel! And the older woman, younger man pairing in a small-town setting is wonderful. Both characters are so lovable and utterly perfect together. The love between them is palpable! Julia Whelan and Zachary Webber did a fantastic narration and really brought out all these emotions. I’m absolutely sure that Part of Your World is one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2022!
The Romantic Agenda
Claire Kann (Author), Adrienne Walker (Narrator)
The Romantic Agenda is absolutely charming and captivating, just like its heroine! Joy is indeed a pure Joy and so lovable! She is asexual and has to deal with many prejudices both from outside and inside the ace community. Joy loves her best friend, Malcolm, who is also ace but has always had an active dating life – with everyone but Joy. When Joy meets Fox, she finds herself in a bit of a love triangle. She can’t let go of Malcolm but notices how her feelings for Fox keep growing. The Romantic Agenda is so well written and the characters so wonderful! Fox is gruff but such a sweetheart. And Malcolm, for all his shortcomings, has this deep connection with Joy that I found very moving. And then there’s Summer who is also thoroughly likable even when you think she wouldn’t be. I could not put down my earbuds while listening to Adrienne Walker’s fantastic narration of this amazing book!
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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
Ashley Herring Blake (Author), Kristen DiMercurio (Narrator)
I crushed hard on Delilah! Delilah Green has been through a lot and has built up a very badass, tough outer shell to hide her soft, mushy, artist soul center. Both her love story with Claire, the girl she had been pining for since they were kids, and the journey she takes with her step-sister are heart-wrenching! All characters in this story are so lovable and I enjoyed the build-up very much. In the first chapter from Delilah’s point of view, we hear about her terrible step-sister and her awful friends. Just to jump to Claire’s point of view, the step-sister’s best friend! While not every dysfunctional family is only based on misunderstandings, it worked so well here and I loved to see an all-around happy ending for Delilah. Kristen DiMercurio was new to me and absolutely fantastic to listen to!
Rachel Lynn Solomon (Author), Sarah Mollo-Christensen (Narrator)
Weather Girl gave me so many feelings! Ari has depression and doesn’t think someone can love the real her. She believes she constantly has to wear a cheerful mask to be palatable for partners. Russell is a single dad with a dad bod and doesn’t think he is a good catch for any woman. The two keep being thrown together and their friendship and attraction keep growing. The romance between Ari and Russell unfolds slowly and it feels incredibly real and relatable. It’s steamy and tender, at the same time! Ari and Russell both show their vulnerable sides and it’s just so incredibly sweet! Sarah Mollo-Christensen did a wonderful narration with such amazing voices for all characters.
Cara Bastone (Author), Amanda Ronconi (Narrator), Zachary Webber (Narrator) and a full cast
Cara Bastone writes romantic comedies like few others! And I love how Audible turns them into these fantastic audiobook productions. Seatmate is RomCom perfection and for me one of the best Romance audiobooks of 2022! The characters are so lovable and fun and adorable. The heroine is this very cool yet approachable woman. The hero is a total cinnamon roll. And I love the flow of the story, accompanying them almost in real-time while they get to know each other, become friends, and find out things about the other person few people know. It’s insanely romantic and Zachary Webber and Amanda Ronconi did such a wonderful narration. And they’re supported by a full cast!
What are your favorite Romance audiobooks of 2022 so far?