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The Best College Romance Books That Will Have You Swooning

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

In 2019, 19.6 million students were enrolled in universities across the world. While you'll spend a ton of your time reading boring material for class, we're providing you with a reading list that's going to have people in your dorm room talking.

If you've been looking for a series of college romance books to check out, you've come to the right place.

After you read these college romance novels, it's going to restore your faith in all things that have to do with love and lust.

Get ready to fall in love with a bad boy in these college romance books!

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#1 Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi

Book Cover of College Romance Book Emergency Contact

When you fill out any type of form, there's always a place to list your emergency contact, and while you don't want a reason to have them called, this novel will quickly change your mind.

The main character Penny Lee finds herself attending college in Texas, pursuing a career in writing. She wants to seemingly reinvent herself and lead a more exciting life when she meets Sam.

Sam works in a café doing what he can to survive and pursue a career as a film director. What begins as a friendship turns into romance, and they spend their time contacting each other via email and text.

It might not seem like an emergency, but these two refuse to stop communicating. If you need a page-turner, this book is one to add to your collection.

#2 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cover of the College Romance Novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, one of the best College Romance Books

We've all had a fangirl moment at least once in our lifetimes, but never like this. Cath, the main character, is a writer of fan-fiction novels that center around Simon Snow.

Simon Snow is something she remembers from her childhood, talk about nostalgia. Cath has taken it upon herself to create a burning and passionate love story between Baz and Simon.

The thing is, in reality, Cath is in college with her twin Wren, whose having an easier time connecting with others than Cath is. Rowell takes you down a path on which we've all been where what's in our imagination is better than reality.

But, for Cath, Levi might be the one thing that helps her linger in reality for a bit longer before diving into some of her own collection of best college romance books.

#3 Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Cover of the College Romance Book Let's talk about Love by Claire Kann

Alice will plan a summer that, unlike other people, will find her in the library or spending time catching up on all her favorite shows. While the summer, including spending quality time with her girlfriend, plans change when their relationship ends.

Seeing their coworker in need, Takumi does what she can to be the shoulder Alice needs to lean on as she heals from her breakup. Instead of spending more time mourning the loss of her former girlfriend, Takumi helps Alice view love differently.

Let's Talk About Love embraces the topic of asexuality and what that means in terms of sexual relationships. It puts into perspective that there are other ways to love a person than through sexual contact.

#4 Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Book Cover of the College Romance Novel Don't Date Rosa Santos

When it comes to dating and successful relationships, Rose Santos doesn't have it figured out. In fact, some people that have heard of her would say she's cursed.

Rose is struggling to decide where to go to college in a bid to escape her seaside town. Because of her culture and responsibilities, the last thing on Roses' mind is starting or looking for romance.

Moreno unwraps the life of a young woman who's doing her best to stay afloat in a family that has complex inner-workings while being captivated by Alex Aquino, a new mystery man in her life.

Think of these pages as the written rom-com you didn't know you need, but are desperate to have.

By the way: we suggest you check out the audible book here. It is just sweet, great and really entertaining to listen to Don't Date Rosa Santos when your commuting to work - or to college!

#5 Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

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This book takes magic to another level and is the graphic novel to add to your collection of LGBTQ literature.

In this novel, you'll find a group of friends that do what we all do when in college, and that's embark on a long journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

Along the way, they learn lessons and teach others things that could've made the journey easier if they'd known in the beginning.

By the way: if you like illustrated novels, check out our Top List of Steamy illustrated Stories here! But be cautious: these stories are more explicit than Moonstruck...

#6 Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivsion

Book Cover of the YA, Rom-Com College Romance Novel Freshmen by Tom Ellen and L. Ivsen

Freshmen year is the year that sets the tone for the rest of your collegiate career, but little did Phoebe know her college 'freedom' is going to take on a different tone.

When she gets to school, someone she's had a crush on for a long time makes their appearance on campus.

Even if you're not a freshman, we know you're going to enjoy what the authors of this erotica novel have to say.

#7 Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Cover of the Lesbian College Romance Novel Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Alexis finds herself having fun during her sister's bachelorette party and letting loose after the year she's had. The only thing is once the night ends, she's forced to deal with reality and go back to the issues that have plagued her throughout the year.

She faces the fact that her parents are disappointed in her endless list of failures and therefore doesn't think college will be much different for her. But things change when Treasure, a stripper that was at the bachelorette party, ends up in the same class.

Although this seems crazy, it's another stripper named Trisha that falls in love with Alexis. As their love continues to grow, it's Alexis who finds herself struggling to embrace their budding love in its entirety.

#8 The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Remember when we talked about running into and falling in love with the bad boy on campus?

This Bad Boy College Romance Book will take you for a ride as Hannah Wells starts getting turned on by the bad boy on campus.

Hannah is confident about everything in her life, except her ability to get the attention of her new crush. She finds herself having to tutor the school's hockey team captain, and payment for this is going on a date.

Not an actual date, but you get where this is going. Garrett Graham is being tutored because he won't have the grades needed to take the ice if he continues the way he's going.

He will help Hannah make her crush jealous, but they both bite off more than they were expecting.

A pretend kiss becomes so much more, and as you continue reading this novel, you're going to find yourself wrestling between the sheets with them having the best sex you've ever had.

#9 Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

Cover of the Lesbian College Romance Novel Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

The main character Frankie has a bit of a strut about her because she knows that if she sees something she wants, she can have it. But, her confidence is put to the test when she sets begins to feel attraction for the mayor's daughter Samara.

While Frankie fights off these thoughts, she almost succeeds until she finds out that Samara wants her just as much. The difference between Samara and Frankie that Adler makes clear is Samara wants a lasting relationship, whereas Frankie is used to hooking up.

Frankie decides Samara is worth giving monogamy a try for thirty days without sex. The twist comes into play when Frankie begins to feel something she didn't know she was capable of.

Will she end up fighting for the girl she loves, or will it be the other way around.

#10 Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

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If only finding and having a boyfriend was as easy as going to a store to rent one.

Sounds crazy? But that's the thought when Chloe finds her parents talking to her and expecting an engagement in the near future.

The only thing is Chloe isn't feeling the idea of marrying a family friend's son. To avoid this, Chloe hires Drew to act as her boyfriend.

The only thing that will leave readers angry is that the way Drew portrays himself to Chloe's family isn't the real him.

This is pretend, right?

While it's supposed to be fake, Chloe brings Drew home over the holidays and finds herself developing feelings for him.

College Romance Books: Novels to Add to Your Class Load

There are tons of college romance books you're going to have to read to believe. If you're looking for a novel that helps aid in your own journey of self-discovery, there's a book above for that.

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