10 grossly underrated romance books with less than 5,000 reviews on Goodreads

Some people judge books by their covers, others by their blurb. But smart people rate books based on their reviews. Plus, it’s super easy to find reviews on a book’s Goodreads page.

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When people finish a book they always leave a review, but not everyone takes the time to write a review. Therefore, not all books get thousands of reviews, but that doesn’t make them any less special. While not all books make it to #1 in a Goodreads ranking, their ratings, albeit lower, can help you find your next great read. And while you’re at it, make sure to rate your favorite romance. However, avoid the bumpy path of spoilers.


“Something Wild” by Christina Lauren

A notorious treasure hunter and terrible father, Duke Wilder left Lily broke and without much patience for the profession. Fed up with her job as a tour guide and feeling miserable in life, Lily is worse off than ever when the man she once loved comes back into her life. Lily is determined to keep things in order until the journey goes horribly and hilariously wrong and the group wonders if the hidden treasure fable was a ruse after all.

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The latest creation from Christine Lauren, Something wilderis a popular book with just over 4400 reviews on Goodreads.

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

All Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot wants is to grow her internet business, but first she needs to get a college degree at her parents’ urging. And she agrees because she’s a philanthropist. If fulfilling her dream means moving to the beach town of Avalon Bay, then so be it. She soon befriends local bad boy Cooper Hartley, and their friendship is perhaps the most real thing in her life. But the only place she’s ever felt at home is threatened when the secret he’s been keeping from her surfaces.

One of the best books by Elle Kennedy, Good girl complexis a standalone book you could devour quickly, with just over 4000 reviews on Goodreads.

“A Brush With Love” by Mazey Eddings

Harper Horowitz is a dental student anxiously waiting to be accepted into a top oral surgery rehabilitation program, and contrary to the way everyone anxiously waits, she has full blown panic attacks. That’s when she (literally) collides with Daniel Craige. But she can’t let herself be distracted, not even by a twenty-six-year-old freshman slowly working his way through the high walls around her heart. Since the two have pledged to be “just friends,” do they have what it takes to deny such a strong connection?

With just over 2200 reviews on Goodreads, A brush made with love through Mazey Eddings is a delightful romance and a strong debut that everyone must be lucky enough to read.

‘Mister. Wrong Number” by Lynn Painter

Olivia Marshall is an unbeatable losing streak — or maybe she’s the loser her family thinks she is. Whatever the case, this time she’s ended up at her older brother Jack’s house, living with his jerk and horny, hot roommate Colin Beck. It’s sad until one night she receives a “What are you wearing” text message from a random wrong number, her Mr. Wrong Number. It doesn’t take long for Colin to realize that the Miss Misdial, with whom he has an anonymous relationship, is Olivia.

Mister wrong number through Lynn Painter is a cheeky, saucy and thought-provoking read for anytime you want to experience butterflies, with 3400 reviews on Goodreads.

“The Marriage Smasher” by Mia Sosa

As long as Pereira is willing to give up DC for greener pastures. But she’s busy helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s easy…until she realizes the couple doesn’t belong together. So, like a sane woman, she crashes the wedding. And now Dean Chapman, the groom from the wedding, begs Solange to be his fake girlfriend. She agrees to play because she feels terrible about ruining his bi. But how long can these two keep up the charade before blurring the line between fake and real?

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With a little less than 2000 reviews, The wedding cracker through Mia Sosa He gained notoriety thanks to the debut of the author, Worst groomsmanbut didn’t get as many reviews.

“Dating Dr. Dil” by Nisha Sharma

Kareena Mann is a hopeless romantic, but she’d rather restore her car than swipe straight on dating apps. But when her father announces that he is selling her mother’s house, she makes a deal to get engaged within four months if he gives her the house, unless her argument with Dr. Prem Verma, moderator of the Dr. Dil show going viral and the only man in her life is the one she doesn’t want.

The first book of If Shakespeare was an aunt Series, Dating Dr. dil, is an entertaining read, more than just a rom-com.

Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Weather Girl

TV meteorologist Ari Abrams loves the weather as much as the next man loves ice cream. But her boss, legendary Seattle weatherman Torrance Hale, is too attached to her ex-husband, the network’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she desires. The only person who seems to understand her is sweet but reserved sportscaster Russell Barringer. So they set about patching up their bosses, but discovered their own undeniable chemistry in the process.

An enchanting romantic comedy from the author of The ex talk, weather girl through Rachel Lynn Solomon has received over 3800 reviews on Goodreads.

“The Stopover” by Lacie Waldon

After a decade as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is ready to put down roots and marry her brilliant and successful fiancé. But then she discovers that former pilot Jack Stone – the beautiful but overbearing man she has harbored a grudge against for years – is on her flight. She wants to kick him out, but has no luck. To make matters worse, a quick stop at the Belize airport suddenly becomes a weekend layover. Ava may have to decide between keeping her feet on the ground or keeping her head in the clouds.

A fun and fluffy read, The stopover through Lacie Waldon has less than 2000 reviews on Goodreads.

“The Meeting Place” by Olivia Lara

After being released, Maya flies to San Francisco to surprise her boyfriend on her birthday. Instead, she finds out his phone is with an elevator driver and drum rolls… he’s cheating on her. But this weird lift driver tells her to get on the bus to discover Carmel-by-the-Sea and have a birthday to remember, so she does. Not only that, he offers her an itinerary for one of the best birthdays ever of her life. But maybe that’s not all they’ll share.

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With a beautiful setting that makes you want to teleport into the book, The meeting point through Olivia Lara has less than 1000 reviews on Goodreads, but mind you; it could make it into the top ten books of your life.

Faker by Sarah Smith

Emmie Echavarre is a professional counterfeiter. Working at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed mostly by rugged, burly men, would do that to anyone. She’s tough as nails every hour of the day, the complete opposite of her easy-going self. But there’s one thing she doesn’t feign at work: her disdain for her surly, hostile colleague, Tate Rasmussen. But things start to change when Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project.

A dizzying romance at work, impostor through Sarah Smithhas over 1300 reviews on Goodreads.

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