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Find more Must-Listen Romance
This year’s selection of must-listen romance on audio has something for a wide range of teen and adult fans of love stories, from classic tropes to fresh new combinations.
Cool for the Summer. By Dahlia Adler. Read by Natalie Naudus. 2021. 6.5hr. Macmillan, DD, $19.99 (9781250803498). Gr. 9–12.
A warmly narrated and charming queer romcom about first love and self-discovery that is lighthearted yet tackles serious issues.
The Ex-Talk. By Rachel Lynn Solomon. Read by Emily Ellet. 2021. 11hr. Books on Tape, DD, $85.50 (9780593346754).
Coworkers pose as exes for a radio show in this enemies-to-lovers story. Ellet shines, performing a range of accents for the diverse cast and adding zing to text exchanges.
How to Catch a Queen. By Alyssa Cole. Read by Karen Chilton. 2020. 11hr. HarperAudio, DD, $26.99 (9780062933980).
Shanti is a queen in search of a kingdom (and king) in this perfect blend of royal politics and fiery romance, and Chilton’s narration brings the passion to a boil.
How to Fail at Flirting. By Denise Williams. Read by January LaVoy. 2020. 9hr. Books on Tape, CD, $66.50 (9780593291207).
LaVoy makes text exchanges feel snappy and conversational; love scenes are breathless; and tense moments of fear ultimately illustrate the main character’s inner-strength.
Instructions for Dancing. By Nicola Yoon. Read by Bahni Turpin. 2021. 8hr. Listening Library, DD, $40 (9781984839213). Gr. 9–12.
Evie has sworn off romance, but ballroom-dance lessons with handsome Xavier tug at her heartstrings. Turpin’s smooth voice captures all of Evie’s emotions, immersing listeners into her world.
A Lady’s Formula for Love. By Elizabeth Everett. Read by Elizabeth Jasicki. 2021. 10.5hr. Books on Tape, DD, $85.50 (9780593346792).
At Lady Violet’s retreat for women of science, her Scottish bodyguard tries to keep his distance, but the chemistry is undeniable. Jasicki’s sultry, sexy tones easily shift to depict meddlers, society matrons, and scientists.
Love Curse of Melody McIntyre. By Robin Talley. Read by Jennifer Jill Araya. 2020. 12hr. HarperAudio, DD, $29.99 (9780063033641). Gr. 9–12.
Araya’s spirited performance will delight theater lovers, keeping listeners on their toes as disasters stack up and student stage manager Melody reconciles her developing feelings for castmate Odile.
Pride and Premeditation. By Tirzah Price. Read by Morag Sims. 2021. 8.5hr. HarperAudio, DD, $23.99 (9780063061477). Gr. 9–12.
Classic characters break through stereotypes of time and place in this playful spin. The clever banter will appeal to teens and adults, mystery fans and Austen addicts alike.
Red, White, & Royal Blue. By Casey McQuiston. Read by Ramon De Ocampo. 2020. 12.5hr. Macmillan, DD, $26.99 (9781250233950).
In McQuiston’s breakout debut, Ocampo conveys both the toughness and the tender emotion between First Son Alex and British Prince Henry in this roller coaster of denial, yearning, and sizzling lust.
While We Were Dating. By Jasmine Guillory. Read by Janina Edwards. 2021. 10.5hr. Books on Tape, DD, $76 (9780593409817).
For this sexy, funny, and body-positive romance, series narrator Edwards’ smooth, dulcet tones extend her stellar performative streak. A warm and authentic romance that fans will embrace.
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