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Looking for college romance books? You’ve come to the right place! What do I mean when I say college romance books? Simply that it’s a romance novel—where the romantic storyline is the main plot—that takes place primarily in a college/university setting with at least one main character who is a college student. You might be wondering if romance books set in college are the same as new adult romance books, to which I would say: yes, sometimes, but not always! You might also be wondering: does this list include college sports romance books? Yes, yes, it does, more than one!


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Enjoy and let me know in the comments which college romance books I had the audacity to leave off this list!

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treasure by rebekah weatherspoon from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comTreasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Alexis is a baby butch lesbian and college freshman who has been struggling lately with her mental health and parental disappointment. Trisha is a slightly older femme and a new transfer student who shows up in Alexis’s computer science class. Trisha also happens to be the stripper that Alexis couldn’t keep her eyes off of a few weeks earlier at Alexis’s sister’s bachelorette party. Their mutual attraction is undeniable. But can their romance fit into Alexis’s mental health recovery plan and Trisha’s packed schedule of school, work, and family obligations?

as-she-fades by abbi glines from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comAs She Fades by Abbi Glines

On the night of high school graduation, Vale and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident. Now instead of preparing for college, Vale is spending her summer with Crawford as he lies in the hospital in a coma and she prays that he is going to wake up. She’s hardly expecting to make friends with a college friend of Crawford’s older brother named Slate, who is also at the hospital visiting his dying uncle. But she does, and is shocked to find she is developing romantic feelings for him. When complications after Crawford wakes up destroys Vale’s plans, she ends up going to college on her own—where she again finds Slate. But their story is about to take a very unexpected turn.

Well Played by Katrina Ramos Ztienza cover from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comWell Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza

This modern-day Pride and Prejudice re-telling is set in the Filipino city of Los Banos. “Elizabeth” in this story is Patrice Reyes, who is a junior at university and a star football/soccer player. Patrice is convinced this is going to be her best year yet: her team is set to win the championships, her grades are looking up, and she might be getting somewhere with her rock star crush. But being paired with the unbelievably nerdy and arrogant math geek Paul for a semester-long project is throwing a wrench in her great school year. You can guess what happens next.

out on good behavior dahlia adler from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comOut on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

Frankie is the kind of young pansexual woman who can date anyone she wants (and not commit to them for long); but even she knows that eyeing the daughter of a southern Republican mayor is probably a bad idea. But Samara, the daughter in question, appears to have feelings for Frankie too: feelings that tell her wants a real relationship, not just a hook-up. Can Frankie figure out how to do a committed relationship and fight for the HEA she never knew she wanted? Can a party girl and a girl who likes to stay in her dorm and read YA make it? if you like this stand-alone novel in Adler’s new adult Raleigh University series, read the others!

let's-talk-about-love-claire-kann from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comLet’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann

Alice has her summer all planned out: working at the library to pay rent while prioritizing marathons of her favorite TV shows with delicious snacks and her BFFs. Her girlfriend was supposed to be a part of the plan, except she broke up with Alice when Alice told her about she was asexual. Alice has decided to swear off romance, until…she meets Takumi, a fellow library employee. Alice can’t stop imagining him in her life. But it’s a pretty scary risk to take: should she jeopardize their friendship for a potential romantic relationship? Not only might Takumi not reciprocate her feelings, he might not get her ace identity either.

make-it-count-megan-erickson from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comMake It Count by Megan Erickson

Kat usually goes through tutors the same way that she goes through boyfriends: they bail once they realize how hopeless Kat is, whether it’s how her learning disability affects her school work or how the person she really is never seems to measure up to guys’ expectations. Right now she’s got a new boyfriend…but she’s having inappropriate thoughts about his best friend Alec, who just happens to be her new math tutor. When some secrets come to light, Alec is going to have to realize you can’t solve real-life problems with math equations and Kat is going to have to learn to trust that some people might like her not despite, but because of who she is.

trade me by courtney milan cover | from 15 Must-Read College Romances on BookRiot.comTrade Me by Courtney Milan

Tina is dead-set on earning her degree and getting a good job so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. Blake is a sexy billionaire who’s set to inherit a technology company. When Blake makes an off-hand comment about what life is like as a poor person, Tina tells him he wouldn’t last one month in her shoes. To her surprise, he offers her a trade; she’ll live his life—including his income, car, and house—and he’ll live hers, for a month. But soon they’re trading kisses and personal secrets in addition to lives. With such different realities, is it even remotely possible they might have a future?

undecided-julianna-keyes cver From 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comUndecided by Julianna Keyes

Nora’s first year of college didn’t go so well, what with her all-partying-no-studying strategy that landed her with criminal charges and failed classes, so she’s determined second year is going to be different. Her attraction to her new roommate’s best friend, Crosbie—a well-known party king and player—is not part of her new plan, which, as it turns out, is kind of boring. When Nora and Crosbie become friends, she’s surprised to find she likes who he is beneath the cocky veneer. But once Nora finds herself really falling for him, her biggest secret of all—which makes her misdemeanors and Fs look like nothing—threatens to ruin everything.

all-of-you-christina-lee cover From 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comAll of You by Christina Lee

Nursing student Avery is determined not to follow in her mother’s bad-decision-making footsteps when it comes to dating, so she restricts herself to uncomplicated hook-ups. When she meets her new hot tattooed upstairs neighbor, Bennett, she’s dying for a one night-stand. But Bennett’s the exact opposite of Avery: he’s looking for long-lasting love only, a resolution he’d made based on his own troubled upbringing. And he sees something special in Avery. Can both of them work through their childhood trauma? Can Avery finally open up to someone?

charade-nyrae-dawn cover From 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comCharade by Nyrae Dawn

It’s the beginning of the unraveling Cheyenne’s perfect life that she has so meticulously crafted to bury bad memories of her past when she walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her at the beginning of her freshman year of college. She decides she needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex, and Colt might be the perfect guy for the job. Colt doesn’t even want to be going to college, but it was his mom’s dying wish that he got his degree, so he could hardly refuse. Soon Colt and Cheyenne’s fake relationship is becoming remarkably real as they try to forget about their pain by losing themselves in each other.

the-hook-up-kristen-callihan cover From 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comThe Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

Anna wants to just finish college already so she can figure her life out. Dating sexy star quarterback Drew is definitely not going to help anything, but when a chance encounter leads to a mind-blowing one-night stand, Anna figures she can keep it casual, no harm done. Drew, however, is totally enamoured with Anna—especially how much she couldn’t care less about his fame and football trophies. He sets his sights on convincing her that he’s more than a hook-up and he’s sure that he has no option other than to succeed, as long as he treats it just like a football game: where he always wins.

the royal we cover image | From 15 Must-Read College Romances BookRiot.comThe Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

In this Kate and Prince William inspired romance, American student Rebecca finds herself living down the hall at Oxford from Nicholas, the future king of Great Britain. Bex can’t help falling for the person behind the title. But dating him brings her into the spotlight in a way she could never have imagined and into a world that is unlike anything she has ever known. Dating Nick means adventurous ski trips and glamorous dinners at Kensington Palace, but it also means being swept up in a royal family with dark, tragic secrets and dealing with the horrible, invasive tabloid reporters. Is everything she will have to sacrifice worth it for love?

smut-karina-halle coverFrom 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comSmut by Karina Halle

Blake just needs to pass this elective creative writing course so he can graduate and move on to save his family’s flailing business. Amanda wants to graduate at the top of her creative writing class and prove to her family that writing is a viable career. When Amanda and Blake are forced to collaborate for a class project, neither is expecting how well it turns out. Given their resounding success, they decide to start publishing erotica to make money using a secret pen name—even though they can’t stand each other as people. When writing about sex turns to having sex and then turns to serious feelings, will their relationship survive being exposed as the authors of smut?

i-want-it-that-way-cover From 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comI Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre

Nadia is a serious student with big dreams who’s working hard to keep her scholarship and to support herself by working at a daycare. She doesn’t have time for a relationship. Daniel, aka Ty, has even less time: he works full-time as a construction manager, takes night classes, and became a single parent four years ago when the mom of his son left him and broke his heart. When Nadia and Ty’s paths cross after Nadia moves into Ty’s building, their mutual attraction is undeniable. But how on earth are they going to make time for a relationship, even if Ty could get past his baggage?

catching-liam-cover From 15 Must-Read College Romance Books | BookRiot.comCatching Liam by Gennifer Albin

Jillian and her friends like to catch and release boys: you get all the fun and none of the heartbreak. When by her junior year of college her BFFs are all dropping like flies and entering real relationships, Jillian is the only one left standing and committed to their principles. Unfortunately visiting British student Liam doesn’t seem to be taking the hint, and keeps doing sweet things like staying the morning after sex and cooking her waffles. But, Jillian tells herself, he can only stay as long as his school visa allows, right? Should Jillian finally break her rule, and if she does, is she going to break her heart too?

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These are the best college romance books that I have read over the years and you are sure to find a book that is brimming with drama.
These are the best college romance books that I have read over the years and you are sure to find a book that is brimming with drama.
These are the best college romance books that I have read over the years and you are sure to find a book that is brimming with drama.
These are the best college romance books that I have read over the years and you are sure to find a book that is brimming with drama.
These are the best college romance books that I have read over the years and you are sure to find a book that is brimming with drama.

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You know what my favorite thing about college romance books is? The drama! You know people think of high school and drama, but that level just ramps up when these teens are away from their families for the first time. All the hormones and teen angst. It all adds up to great story!

These novels are my favorite college romance book, from sports to fake relationships there is something here for everyone!

These are the best college romance books that I have read over the years and you are sure to find a book that is brimming with drama.
So, That Got Weird by Amelia Kingston is a funny college tutor romance that will have you laughing and falling in love from the beginning.

o, That Got Weird was a story that hooked me from the beginning and was light with just enough angst that I was able to read the story quickly without that unsettling feel in the pit of my stomach.

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The Perfect First by Maya Hughes is a college football friends to lovers romance and the first in The Fulton U series! It's cute and witty!

I freaking loved the meet cute between Reece and Seph! The moment they met is both awkward and endearing all at the same time. The each of the them were just so baffled adorable. And the way that Reece was instantly protective of her, GAH! 

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Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills is a college sports romance, with a fake relationship that will make you laugh and swoon!

I loved the slow burning sexual chemistry these two had in Fake Fiancee, the flames were being fanned when they fire caught they were explosive! Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills is a college sports romance, with a fake relationship that will make you laugh and swoon!

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The way that Theo and Laney met had me laughing, although OMG POOR THEO! I honestly don’t know how many times I felt bad for this sweet young man. He put his heart on the line and had it ripped out multiple times. Gah. I don’t know how he managed that and still held his head high.

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One thing that I really loved about The Risk was the depth of the story. So many book endings have felt rushed to me and she could have easily ended it at one point and called it a day and it still would have been a good book. But she plowed on and answered questions and kept the story going, it pushed this book from good to a exceptional. 

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Lust, the first book in The Elite Seven series, a friends to lovers romance that will put you through the emotional wringer.

The first book in The Elite Seven series, was a roller coaster of emotions from tears in the beginning to frustration and falling in love and feeling proud of characters to wanting to scream. 

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Jock Rule by Sara Ney is the second book in the Jock Hard series. It's a sweet opposites attract college romance that you will adore!

I love this opposites attract trope and these two together even as ‘just friends’ was adorable. I particularly enjoyed Kips relationship with his sister and how she ‘called it’ before he even realized what was happening himself.

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Exquisite Taste is Fifty Shades meets Criminal Minds in this sultry tale of finding love in the last place you expect to find it.

What could have easily stayed a simple, easy smutty read became complicated and twisty with an ending that I never saw coming! I thought I had if figured out but dang it man. I was shocked!

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills was such a fun and flirty read that had me sweating from the heat and intensity between Delaney and Maverick.

I was in love with this book from the prologue. I enjoyed Delaney’s wit and intelligence and Maverick’s cocky attitude and that he was just as witty was Delaney. It may have been the first time they met but it definitely wouldn’t be the last. Even if it took them a while to get back to each other.

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Rebel Heart has spunk unlike anything we have seen from LK Farlow yet! It's an amusing and sexy opposites attract college sports romance.

What I love about Rebel Heart is that, as it’s tag line states, is not your typical jock / tutor romance! Abby Jane and Brock have this past together and it’s obvious that AJ isn’t fully over it and that’s where the real fun begins. I love when a characters mind tells them one thing but, their body.. their body! is was telling them yes! The push and pull between these two is perfect, it hurt so good! They were fire and ice..

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Truly Yours by Mia Miller was an emotionally charged second chance college romance with a plot twist that I didn't see coming.

Delia and Oscar didn’t have your traditional childhood romance, but the uniqueness I found in Truly Yours just delighted me. Texting is a very popular trope at the moment, and this story had the old fashioned style texting, you know. Writing letters. I just simply adored the pen pal element. It made what could have been a very average story up to the five star level for me.

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The Hardest Fall is a must read college sports romance that will make you, rip your heart out and put you back together better than you started.

The Hardest Fall is such a sweet romance that dealt with so much, from rough college relationships to broken families. Through it all the love that Dylan and Zoe had for each other, even when they were ‘just friends’ shined so bright. Zoe is shy and quirky in the most adorable way, you just want to be her best friend and hold her hand. Which is exactly how Dylan felt too.

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Spring Break will bring the sizzle and will have you ready to party like you are in college. Get ready for a fun, quick brothers best friend college romance

Spring Break is a quick sweet read that is gearing up for great things! I just really really hate that I have to wait until this summer for more! I mean, isn’t cruel and unusual punishment against the law?

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Drumline by Stacy Kestwick is a college drama romance filled with angst and it is sexy and hot. I never realized that band could be so hot.

I was expecting light and funny, but not. It did have some comic relief, but it dealt with a lot of deeper, sadder story lines and I’m not going I cried my eyes out while also having a sense of joy and triumph.

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Hate to Love You by Tijan is a college friends to lovers romance will keep you on the edge of your seat in classic Tijan style.

It is everything I expected from her and more. I know this book will not be for everyone. It deals with some difficult, hard hitting issues, but a lot of Tijan’s books do deal with them. It has a dark feel to it because of these issues. But that will not keep you from falling in love with Kennedy and Shay.

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For readers who're interested in romance, a quintessential college campus setting, and, OK, some sexy scenes (because 2020 is rough), there are a ton of interesting NA and YA reads out there. In order to survive social distancing and virtual learning, consider beefing up your Goodreads shelf with some action amid leafy Ivy League foliage or in the low-lit library halls of academia. College-set books, or books just north of the traditional YA readership, often unpack interesting themes of self-discovery and sexual experimentation. Yes, please.

Whether you're looking for some seriously steamy scenes, a sweet, romantic page-turner, #OwnVoices, LGBTQ+ stories, women-led tales, or some combination of them all, this list has you covered.

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Heading off to college can be a really exciting time full of firsts--first time on your own, first time in a new setting, first roommates, and for many, first loves and first time having sex. College romance books can be really tricky to find because they often fall in that nebulous age between adult and YA, and while New Adult was popular for a brief period, that age categories never really took off the way it should have. So this list is a nice mix of YA and adult books, all set in college, with some great romances that run the range from sweet to very sexy! Note: There is a notable lack of queer love stories set in college. Hopefully publishing will address this lack in the future.

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

When Chloe wants to get her parents off her back about getting engaged to the odious son of their family friends, she makes a drastic move and hires Drew, a professional stand in boyfriend who aims to please demanding Asian parents. Chloe brings Drew home for the holidays, but is surprised to find that she likes him for real...and so do her parents! But that could be a problem, because Drew's parent-pleasing persona is not at all his real self.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A classic college romance book, this novel is about Cath, a shy college freshman who is upset when her twin sister Wren decides she doesn't want to room with her. Now, Cath is navigating freshman year by mostly never leaving her room except for class, until her bossy older roommate and her friend Levi intervene...and she finds herself falling for charming, easy-going Levi.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Penny is starting college in Austin, TX, and Sam is barely getting by working at a cafe. When their paths cross unexpectedly, they become each other's emergency contacts, and embark on a text-based relationship. But as their lives get complicated and they come to rely more and more on each other, can they move their new romance IRL?

Fresh by Margot Wood

In this fresh and exciting retelling of Emma, Elliot McHugh is excited to dive into all that Emerson College has to offer...socially, anyway. But when her exploration of freedom, love, sex, and friendship is roadblocked by harsh reality, Elliot will have to re-evaluate to figure out who she really wants to be, and maybe find love in the process.

Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman

You'll need to pick up both books to get your HEA, but this is a great duet of novels about Allyson, who is about to start college but first is embarking on a rigidly planned three-week European tour. She longs to be the type of girl who just travels without a plan, and she gets her chance when she meets Willem and impulsively ditches her group to spend the day with him. After a perfect night, she wakes up and he's disappeared. Allyson spends the next year trying to find herself, and her way back to him.

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Technically, this is the third book in Jenny Han's trilogy, but if you read all three you'll be treated to the sweeping love story between Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah. Belly grew up spending summers with the brothers and always thought that she knew which one would be for her. But when tragedy strikes, Belly finds her life leading her to unexpected choices and places. And now that she's about to graduate from college, who will be her forever boy?

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Lea and Gabe meet in their college creative writing class, and it's immediately obvious that there's something between them. A little something different. They seem meant to be according to everyone around them, and in fourteen unique viewpoints, Hall tells their charming and fated love story.

Check Please! by Ngozi Akazu

In this charming graphic novel romance series, Eric is a new freshman at Samwell University, and he's just joined the hockey team. A former ice skating champ, he's completely unprepared for the roughness of hockey....and for his crush on the hockey team captain.

9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

In this sequel to 99 Days, Molly is. business major in Boston and she's got a great boyfriend. When they head on a European vacation together, the last thing she expects is to run into her ex and his new girlfriend...and things get very complicated when they merge trips, but don't tell their significant others who they are to each other.

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice is a college student with her summer planned out: working at the library and hanging with her girlfriend. But when her girlfriend breaks up with her when Alice comes out as ace, Alice swears off dating. Enter Takumi, who is very hot and sweet and makes Alice's heart flutter. But will she want to risk a romantic relationship with him if he learns that she's ace?

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz

Gena is a new college student and Finn is a twenty-something woman who is thinking about marrying her long-time boyfriend. When they meet online and bond over a shared fandom, they find friendship and connection and maybe something more...but they live on opposite ends of the country,

Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

The third book in Adler's Radleigh University series, this book follows Frankie, who is usually pretty successful at wooing any girl she sets her sights on. Only this time she wants someone she can't have--Samara, the daughter of a Republican politician. Only, Frankie is shocked when Sam wants her too. The only problem? Frankie is looking for a fling and Sam wants the real thing.

The Professor by Charlotte Stein

Esther is a mediocre student in Professor Halstrom's class, but one day she accidentally turns in an erotic fantasy about the cold, handsome, and demanding professor in an essay. Humiliated, Esther expects that he'll grow angry at her, but instead he offers her private lessons in sessions that are about to get very sexy.

How Not to Fall and How Not to Let Go by Emily Foster

This is another case where you have to read both books to get your HEA, but it's a great duet about Annabelle, who is about to graduate from college when she propositions Dr. Charles Douglas, a man she meets in the lab. He rejects her at first, but the chemistry between them is undeniable as they embark upon a passionate affair.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

August is a twenty-something living in New York City, taking college classes, who doesn't believe in true love and all that so-called magic. But then she meets Jane, her subway crush...and learns that Jane is from the 1970's, and she's been displaced in time. And in order to help her, August will have to start believing in magic.

And They Lived... by Steven Salvatore

Hitting shelves in 2022, this novel is about Chase, a hopeless romantic, Disney fan, and aspiring animator. When he starts college at a competitive arts school, he feels like a fish out of water. Then he meets Jack, a poet who hasn't quite figured out his sexuality yet and the sparks fly...but do they have what it takes to go the distances and live happily ever after?

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Discover all the college romance books worth reading in this epic book list! If you’re a fan of this romance book category you’re sure to find your next great read in this list of the best college romance books, college romance series, college sports romance, and the best MM college romance books.

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Book list of college romance books worth reading.

57 College Romance Books That Make the Grade

This is THE book list of the college romance books worth reading. So if you’re looking for new adult romance books about college students, then I have your back. These are the best college romance novels that make the grade in my book.

Why You Should Read a College Romance

I love reading college romance books because they take me back to some of the best years of my life.

There is just something about being a college student, living it up on campus with your friends, and making those four years some of the greatest memories you’ll ever have.

They are full of first times and first loves, new relationships and forever friendships.

Variety in College Romance Books

Many college romance books feature college athletes so rest assured that this book list contains all the college sports romance books you could dream of reading.

If you like college football romance books featuring the star quarterback, or even hockey sports romance books, I have you covered.

You’ll also find baseball, water polo and wrestling romance books. All of these bad boys are here!

These college romance books also include MM romances and stories of first loves and first times. Basically, if the love story takes place during college, then you’ll find it on this book list.

Ready to relive the life and times of a college student? Check out these best college romance books worth reading.

Here’s what you’ll find in this epic book list:

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If you have a college romance book that you feel deserves to be on this list, let me know in the comments!

College Romance Books

Daisy Payton is a freshman at college ready to start a new chapter in her life, on her own and away from the pressures associated with the family name Payton.

On move in day she meets senior Trevor Boone. Neither expected or anticipated their instant attraction but barriers ultimately arise that try to block their potential start at something more.

This was a tender novel that had me believing in love at first sight and the power of friendship from a debut author that I cannot wait to read from again!

It delved into friendship, the bonds of family, the importance of loyalty, honesty, forgiveness and grace. It also peered into the different social stratas, familial expectations and grief.

Now that is A LOT to cover in one book but Edwards does it so brilliantly that I didn’t want the book to end. [Read More]

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The last thing on Allie’s mind now that she was in college was dating. Yet Jesse, the cocky bad boy and star athlete couldn’t help but catch her eye.

I enjoyed Rose’s writing, dialogue and story flow in this college romance. Jess and Allie had their own brand of banter that seemed to be their form of foreplay, but the back and forth at times could be hurtful.

This book definitely fits the bill of new adult romance.

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Cassidy is finally in college as a 21 year old freshman. She’s trying her best at acclimating to college life and society in general having run away from the cult she was raised in back in Wyoming. Now she just has to convince her friend Dylan to tutor her outside the classroom and in the bedroom.

This was a fun, friends to lovers college romance mixed with a relationship coach story line!

I enjoyed how this focused mostly on Cassidy’s intimacy exploration after having grown up in such a repressive environment and how she manages her feelings for her best friend. A great book in a great series. [Read More]

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Mick and Jolie met over the summer while both are working as counselors at summer camp. Those days were spent watching kids while sneaking off and humping like rabbits whenever and wherever they could.

Who knew they’d meet up again at college where Jolie is a returning junior and Mick a new transfer student.

This was a cute, new adult romance where the nerd scores the beauty. I liked how this was told from both points of view but Mick was my favorite.

He may consider himself a nerd (just because he’s smart and doesn’t party), but he’s far from it and quite the perfect boyfriend. [Read More]

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Dani is a college student who decides to be carefree for a night and hooks up with a player. She shouldn’t be surprised when they run into each other again and he doesn’t recognize her.

This was my pick for college romance book for the 2020 Romance Book Reading Challenge! I liked the angle of this story where the guy forgets the girl. If you like instalove and college drama this is a pick for you.

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College Romance Book Series

Elements of Chemistry in the Hypothesis Series
by Penny Reid

Katlyn’s always been the invisible girl until her chemistry lab partner, wealthy bad boy notices her. He entices her to a spring break getaway but can their attraction lead to more?

A college romance book featuring an intelligent heroine the hero can’t resist, yes please! Reid delivers on smart romance where both characters push each other to grow and this was a great new adult romance series from her.

This was a great bad boy college romance book worth reading.

Her Elements of Chemistry series is one continuous story in three books so know that books one and two end on cliffhangers!

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This is the continuation of Kaitlyn and Martin’s story where things heat up between them and they must navigate forces that threaten their newfound relationship. A forbidden romance that ends on a cliffhanger so you’ll be reading book 3!

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This is the finale to a great college romance book with all the chemistry! A lovely second chance romance book to close out a fantastic book series.

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Dear Professor Series
by Penny Reid

Emma went on a blind date, not realizing it was with the wrong person. Only months later she runs into him again on campus – he’s her Russian Literature professor.

If teacher student college romance books are your favorites, then this is it. I particularly liked how the ethics of their relationship was discussed and addressed instead of just brushed aside.

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Emily is a college student who also works as a lingerie model to make ends meet. She just didn’t anticipate her college professor seeing her half naked when modeling but when that happens, they become friends and then maybe more.

Reid writes a completely different hero than I was expecting in Victor, the college professor. There’s definitely a thread around body image and self esteem in this college romance book as well as the teacher student relationship.

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College Sports Romance Books

Anna didn’t have plans to fall for college star quarterback Drew Baylor. It was just supposed to be a hookup.

I love it when the hot guy on campus pursues the girl who thinks she’s anything but worthy of his attention. This was the perfect new adult romance book with a devastatingly worthy book boyfriend that you’ll love.

If you’re a fan of college sports romance books, this is a must read as are the following books in this series.

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Knox is a hot baseball player on campus and he has his sights set on Emory. She brushes him off so he may just have to up his game and take her to the baseball locker room to make her his and his forever if the superstition is true.

Knox made this college romance. He was so patient with Emory, empathetic and just all around awesome. This is the first book to a FANTASTIC series from Quinn.

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Carson is recovering from an injury that may derail his senior year season and his chances in the draft. His only hope is the baseball whisperer – a girl on campus who may know more about baseball than he does. She may even become more than his fairy ballmother.

I absolutely loved The Dugout and it solidified Meghan Quinn as one of my most favorite authors. From the story, to the budding relationship to the secondary characters – this book had it all.

Plus, there were just so many lines that had me laughing out loud making it so much fun college romance book to read. The texting exchanges among friends were just priceless and any mention of “man dangles” had me in hysterics. [Read More]

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Zack, a college hockey player, is tired of dealing with all the puck bunnies chasing him. He’s game to take on Sugar’s proposal to pretend date so that they both can benefit from the deal. Only the rules they establish for this fake relationship are so easily broken.

This is one of my favorite fake relationship romance books with all the feels of a great college romance. I love how easily the line is crossed from fake to real and how they both realize they are meant for more.

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Max, the university’s star quarterback, is a shoe-in for the Heisman trophy if he can stay on the straight and narrow. Sunny, his new neighbor, agrees to be the distraction he needs by becoming his fake fiance.

This is one of my most favorite fake relationship romance books where there is so much more behind their attraction. I loved their chemistry and connection that runs much deeper than either realize. A must read for college romance book fans as well.

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He’s captain of the university’s hockey team and the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman. Danny’s from the opposite side of the tracks on a mission to build her own success. But can their relationship last when their different worlds collide?

I’m a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett so I can’t wait to read this college romance book. Plus I’m a sucker for opposites attract love stories so this is a must read for me.

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College Romance Book Series: Football

The Underdog Series
by Kate Stewart

Theo may be considered a geek since he’s in the college’s marching band, but he knows what women want. What does he want? Laney. His hot shot football roommate might also have his eye on her but he’s not going down without a fight.

This 5 star book hit so many boxes for me. It had me sighing from the sweet romantic gestures, it had me laughing out loud with its many hilarious moments, it had me fanning myself with its hot, panty melting s-e-x and overall had me rooting for Laney and Theo’s HEA in this opposites attract, new friends to lovers story.

This was the perfect kick off to a fantastic college romance book series. [Read more]

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All it took was one night for Troy and Clarissa to be forever linked, but that’s not what’s supposed to happen between a teacher and student. Now Troy’s in his senior year at college and willing to do anything to get her back and to gain redemption.

There’s nothing like a little kid who melts your heart in a romance book. Dante was the highlight of this book.

On the outside Troy may be the star football player on campus but you get to see a completely different side to him in this book – as someone trying to make it for the sake of his family.

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Lance has everything riding on his senior year football season. He needs to prove himself so he can get drafted and save his family’s ranch. The only problem is that he didn’t anticipate falling for the coach’s daughter.

This college romance book was absolutely wonderful. Stewart wrecked me with this book. My heart had all the feels after reading it that I wanted to reread it and reread it again and again.

To say I consider it to be one of the best romance novels of all time is an understatement. And the book’s epilogue is the best I’ve ever read. [Read more]

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The Hook Up Series
by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Delaney has sworn sworn off football players, especially the cheating kind. When Maverick, the captain of the college’s football team finally sees his chance, he dares her to give him one night. She can’t help but accept.

I love bad boy athlete – nerd girl college romance books. Especially those with girls who love Star Wars and The Princess Bride! Madden-Mills writes new adult, college romance books unlike any other and this one delivers on the dare.

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Golden boy quarterback of Waylon University, Ryker has had his eye on Penelope. She’s the sweet yet nerdy girl who seems to have it out for him because she can’t stand man whore jocks. But when Ryker’s college teammates set up a bet he can’t refuse, will he win or lose?

There’s something about romance books where a bet is involved. I loved the chemistry between Penelope and Ryker and devoured this book.

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Charisma, a senior at Waylon University, is still reeling from a humiliating and very public break up from her short time hook up, Blaze, the star football athlete who just helped his team win the national championship. Blaze, despite his actions to the contrary, wants her back – if only she’ll forgive him.

This is a book where you wish you could just jump into their world and give both main characters a big hug and never let go.

I’m not sure I’d call it an enemies to lovers story (more people with a history together that left them both raw), but it was a heartwarming journey of two people learning to trust in love and to ultimately let go of the fears holding them back from it.

A perfect, second chance college romance book worth reading.

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Dylan McQueen is Waylon University’s hot shot quarterback who’s just trying to make it to the NFL.

He didn’t anticipate running into the quirky girl he kissed at the freshman bonfire who’s since haunted his every waking thought. She’s not his type, so why can’t he stop trying to win her?

Madden-Mills brings it again with this college football romance. Dillon is a different kind of hero – a cocky, take charge athlete but one who is shy and a bit tongue twisted around Serena. I loved that! [Read more]

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Fulton U Series
by Maya Hughes

Persephone is a 19 year old genius about to graduate college who’s ready to check off a bunch of “firsts.” Reece, the college’s star receiver, mistakenly walks in on her interviews for candidates to “be her first” and decides to help her with her list.

This is a fun, opposites attract, new adult romance with characters you can’t help but love. Seph is adorable in her quest for experience and self-discovery and Reece is the perfect friend who can’t help but fall for her and her quirks.

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Nix is a big man on campus and a football god. Too bad his neighbor didn’t get the memo. She’s nothing but a pain, calling the cops on his party, and now he’s stuck doing community service with his neighbor as his boss.

I really liked Nix from the first book in this college romance series so I look forward to seeing this enemies to lovers story play out.

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Berk is a star football player on campus who gets a mysterious, HOT letter from an anonymous sender. He’s desperate to find the girl who’s become his new pen pal and has enlisted his sweet neighbor in his search only to find he’s falling for her.

The letter Berk receives is enough to get me to want to read this college romance – the girl who wrote it does not hold back what she wants to do to him. I can’t wait to see what happens when he uncovers her identity.

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Why did I have to go and fall for my best friend? My coach’s daughter? And will I have to choose between my football dreams or our friendship?

This is LJ’s story which looks to be a great friends to lovers romance. Add in the forbidden element in that he’s falling for the coach’s daughter and it’s going to be hot and fun!

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College Romance Book Series: Hockey

The Off-Campus Series
by Elle Kennedy

Hannah will tutor the failing hockey stud in this college hockey romance book if he helps her get the attention of the football player she’s after.

I love this kind of fake relationship romance where both people realize the one they really want is right in front of them, not the person whose attention they had wanted from the start.

Since Hannah was initially after someone else, I love how she can just be herself and gain some confidence whenever she is with Garrett.

Garrett was the playboy not looking for a relationship but neither could resist the other the more they hung out together. Such a perfect romance book!

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John Logan can get any girl he wants but it’s freshman Grace Ivers that catches his eye.  But when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

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College hockey star, Dean Di Laurentis is big man on campus and impossible for the ladies to resist. Even though Allie is nursing a broken heart even she falls for his charms but only for one night. Now she just wants to be friends but Dean is going in for the score of a lifetime.  

A college romance where the girl has the upper hand after a one-night stand? I love it and can’t wait to check this one out.

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Sabrina has her whole future planned out once she graduates college and it doesn’t include a hot hockey player. But when one night of passion forever ties her with Tucker she’s going to have to learn to become a team player.

Surprise pregnancy romance books aren’t typically my jam, but the first book in this series was so good that I’m going to have to finish the series no matter what!

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Briar U Series
by Elle Kennedy

Summer can’t help but be drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. The tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jock is SO not her type so it shouldn’t be hard resisting him now that she’s his new roommate, or is it?

Fan of opposites attract love stories will enjoy this college romance book between the beauty and the quiet hockey player. After reading it you’ll won’t be able to resist reading the second book in the series.

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Desperate to claim a sports broadcasting internship, Brenna has no choice but to ask hockey star Jake to pose as her boyfriend. Not sure it’s the best idea to fake date the coach’s daughter from a rival school, Jake still accepts with one caveat: She must give him one real date for every fake date.

This is a fantastic read. Both a fake relationship and enemies to lovers story – it sizzles with heat. Brenna is a strong heroine and Jake is the type of romantic hero that I adore. The perfect book boyfriend. This is a must read college romance book. [Read More]

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Hunter is the new captain of the hockey team at Briar U and is determined to make up for last season. To stay focused, he’s going celibate – until he’s tempted by Demi.

You can’t help but come to care for Hunter after reading the first two books in the Briar U series and want him to find his happily ever after! This college sports romance book can easily be read as a standalone however.

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Taylor is in a college sorority filled with mean girls who dare her to seduce the hottest new hockey player on campus.

I have yet to read the final book in this college romance series but I do love a romance book where a bet is involved. I may have to check it out just to see that the sorority girls get what’s coming to them.

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The Ivy Years Series
by Sarina Bowen

Corey expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that she will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the dorm hall, she meets Adam, another would-be hockey star who has a broken leg. They may both be out of their sport, but he’s way out of her league. Plus, he’s already taken.

I haven’t read this college sports romance series by Bowen but I know she sure can write incredible hockey romance books so these books are on my to be read list for sure.

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She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Bridger is a hockey star on campus but right now his focus is hiding his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Scarlet is a freshman at Harkness College who’s also hiding something, her identity, even if it means lying to the green-eyed boy she’s falling for.

Two people with hidden truths – what could possibly go wrong? I can’t wait to see what happens in this college sports romance book.

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Michael has made an art of hiding his orientation from everyone. Including himself. Only his former best friend, John, is now his new teammate and has the power to out him.

A MM romance book by Sarina Bowen?! Sign me up. I can’t believe I haven’t devoured this college romance yet so it has moved up my list!

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Bella, the student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, loves sex and isn’t shy about it. So she can’t understand why her neighbor is acting weird after their hookup.

I love how Bowen turns stereotypes on its head with this college romance book where it’s the girl who sleeps around hooking up with the virgin boy.

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Freshman Lianne Challice is finally at a real school and trying to shed her famous persona. She’s been burned before whenever she’s gotten close to guys but she can’t help but feel a pull toward Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games.

Just when you think you can’t get a new take on a hockey sports romance, you have one featuring a hockey game DJ. Love it!

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College Romance Book Series: Water Polo

Malibu University Series
by P. Dangelico

Reagan is a water polo god at Malibu University – just not the world’s best driver. After almost running over Alice and jeopardizing her college scholarship, she has no choice but to accept his help, even if she knows he’s nothing but trouble.

Dangelico is a favorite author of mine because she writes such great slow burn romances with wonderful characters. This is one of my favorite new adult romances of hers where the heroine is not impressed by the hottie athlete, but in great, slow burn fashion – he wears her down.

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Dallas is a senior on the water polo team who has a reputation for being a wild man and his wild ways have finally gotten him into hot water. Dora is the shy wallflower who’s gotten roped into helping him serve out his plea deal.

Who knew that he’d also be the perfect person to help her with her checklist of new experiences.

This college romance book was a great, opposites attract, new adult romances for those who love a happy ending for two very deserving people. I loved seeing how both characters grew over the course of the novel. [Read more]

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College Romance Book Series: Wrestling

How to Date a Douchebag Series
by Sara Ney

Sebastian is the wresting team captain at Iowa and better known as the douchebag on campus. Studying at the library with his teammates he catches sight of Jameson, a fellow student dressed in a cardigan and pearls.

Taking a bet, he approaches her but is soon surprised that she is not the stuffy, studious prude he pegged her for.

In this college romance book, Sebastian lives up to his douchebag reputation more times than not, but it’s also sweet to see how these two apparent opposites grow to care about and fall for each other.

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Zeke Daniels is an a$$hole – even his friends call him one- but he’s in need of a biology tutor. Enter Violet DeLuca- a sweet, caring, stuttering girl who at first is intimidated by Zeke but soon brings this tough guy to heel.

If you love tortured heroes and soft heroines who rehab their tortured hearts then this college romance book is for you. It is the best of the series.

The Failing Hours explores how these two seemingly opposites actually find common ground, trust and love one another. I absolutely loved Zeke and Violet.

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Rhett’s college teammates are so determined to get the wrestler laid they plaster fliers all across campus with his phone number. He just didn’t expect the hot girl to respond and want him.

I liked the change up in this novel where the college hero is practically a virgin, lacking confidence and experience when it comes to girls, but scores the beauty on campus.

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The How to Date a Douchebag series takes a turn with this novel and focuses on the wrestling coach’s daughter. Coach’s orders are to steer clear of her but douchebags will be douchebags. Luckily she finds herself the last nice guy on campus.

I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet! I need to get on it because I like sweet, friends to lovers stories and especially those that involve roommates so this is on my must read college romance book list.

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Abe is the wrestler each of his teammates turn to for every need. Helping to mend his roommates broken heart and find him a girlfriend, he impersonates him on the college’s dating app and connects with Skyler. Only Skyler doesn’t know that she’s falling for Abe, not JB.

Oh how texting and emailing can get us into trouble!

You can never be sure who you’re communicating with and I loved that set up in this story. The lie doesn’t go on forever which was refreshing and I liked how Abe had to work to gain Skyler’s trust and her heart.

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College Sports Romance Series: Multiple Sports

Jock Hard Series
by Sara Ney

Scarlett likes to keep her friends out of trouble but guys call her the jock blocker so she’s been banned from Jock Row. The job to keep her out of the baseball house falls to the university’s hot shot short stop.

I really liked this college romance because it was unlike so many romance books. It’s SIMPLE (and I mean that in the best possible way) in that you are along for the ride in “watching” how Scarlett and Rowdy meet, connect and fall for one another over a period of weeks. [Read More]

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Teddy keeps getting dragged to the rugby house on campus by her friends but there she just gets ignored by guys. Kip has been watching her crash and burn for weeks and decides to offer his services as her hairy godmother to help her get noticed.

I’m a sucker for romance books where the hunky hero takes pity on the unassuming heroine and decides to help her out with her lackluster love life (of course assuming he will just stay friends and not develop feelings for her- yeah right!).

This college romance book had the best banter and the best characters making it one of my favorites.

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Jackson is all about football on campus so rather than party, he cruises the strip on campus every Friday night. But one Friday night he has an unsavory run-in with Charlotte. He may push her buttons but neither one can’t help but fall.

This college romance book is such a funny, sweet and loveable enemies to lovers story. The honesty Charlie and Jackson shared between them was very special and the highlight of the book for me.

Ney writes phenomenal dialogue for her characters that just makes them shine.

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MM College Romance Books

Keaton wants to give his college girlfriend a birthday present she always wanted and will never forget – a threesome.

Looking for a guy to join them, he turns to a hookup app. Yet he soon discovers that texting with SinnerThree turns him on a little more than he’s willing to admit.

Bowen and Kennedy are the queen duo of writing MM romance. I loved this MM enemies to lovers story between college housemates that neither guy ever expected.

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Nate is taking a study break in his room and takes things in his own hands to provide some needed relief when his roommate, Eric, walks in on him catching him in the act but not necessarily looking away. Nate likes the attention, making him think he’s maybe not as straight as he thought.

Let me just say that this MM college romance book was HOT. It’s truly an erotic romance between two juniors, sharing the same house, who explore their sexuality and chemistry everywhere but a bed. I loved it. [Read More]

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Marc and Chet’s childhood friendship all but ended when their fathers had a falling. Now at the same college, they have been able to steer clear of one another until they end up interning at the same law firm.

Ever the competitors, the tension to one up each other is turned on, but the tension between them is just as strong.

This is a great friends to enemies to lovers story with a great push-pull dynamic between the characters. The prologue really sets the stage for their connection followed by great will they or won’t they moments until they stop fighting their attraction.

Another great MM college romance book to check out! [Read More]

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Popular College Romance Novels That I Haven’t Read
(and probably won’t)

These books are some of the most popular college romance books that fans of this genre have read.

I personally haven’t read any of them and probably won’t because many delve into topics that I steer clear of in my romance book reading such as rape, sexual assault and abuse.

If you don’t mind these topics then check out these popular college romance novels. Just know that they should carry trigger warnings.

Abby is in college hoping for a new beginning, only Easton University’s walking one-night stand challenges her straight and narrow path with a bet she doesn’t refuse.

This is one of the most popular college romance books and I’ve yet to read it! I’m not quite sure it’s for me given the heavy subject matter but for those who love a college bad boy who’s drawn to the good girl – this is your book.

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Jacqueline is in college hoping for a new beginning – only Easton University’s walking one-night stand challenges her straight and narrow path with a bet she doesn’t refuse.

Webber’s book is another favorite college romance book I haven’t read and probably won’t given the sexual assault content. If you’re cool with it, it’s worth checking out.

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Gabriel is a professor who lives out his nights trying to escape his dark past. When Julia enrolls as his graduate student, his connection to her not only jeopardizes his career but exposes his past as well.

The Dante references in this book may be enough to keep me away on this college romance as well as the virgin- bad boy references. This book has been made into a movie on Passionflix so you may want to read it and then watch it! [Movies on Passionflix]

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Livie is starting her freshman year at college and embarking on the plans laid out by her father, completely ignorant of her own desires. She falls for Ashton, the playboy with his own secrets but he’s already taken.

I love coming of age, new adult romance books to a point but not ones with cheating so this will stay a pass for me even though I love Tucker’s books. If you enjoy love triangle romance books, check it out.

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There you have it! The ultimate list of college romance books you’ll ever want or need to read.

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