If you read as much as I do, you'll know that many romance authors love to t̶o̶r̶t̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶u̶s̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ write series. Whether you're someone who waits until after every book is released to read your favorite series, or you patiently wait for each book to drop, the end of a series can be very emotional for readers.
Here are my Top 5 Series of 2020:
5. The Havoc Boys by CM Stunich
Tropes: reverse harem, enemies-to-lovers, bully
# of Books: 5
Notable Book of the Series: Chaos at Prescott High (#2)
Why It's On the List: This author holds a special place in my heart because she wrote the first reverse harem I ever read, and I've been hooked ever since. If you are unfamiliar with CM Stunich's work then buckle up! She writes beautifully even when tackling the darkest of themes. And this series is dark. It is certainly not for the faint of heart or for those who are not a fan of reverse harem or bully romance.
4. Untouchable by Heather Long
Tropes: reverse harem, friends-to-lovers
# of Books: 12 total, 7 released so far
Notable Book of the Series: Hangovers and Holidays (#5)
Why It's On the List: Heather Long has me completely invested in this High School RH that follows Frankie and her four guys as they navigate their budding friends-to-lovers relationship. There are mature themes in this series, including elements of bullying and assault, though none of that comes from the guys themselves. They are Team Frankie all the way!
3. Royal Hearts Academy by Ashley Jade
Tropes: bully, enemies-to-lovers, bad boy
# of Books: 4
Notable Book(s) of the Series: Ruthless Knight (#2) & Broken Kingdom (#4)
Why It's On the List: Another darker set of stories makes the list in this heart-wrenching series by Ashley Jade. While this series does deal with some pretty heavy-hitting subject matter (suicide, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, just to name a few) I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, constantly wondering if the couples in these books were going to make it. I also enjoyed that each book focused on a different trope for each couple.
2. Boys of Preston Prep by Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue
Tropes: bully, brother's best friend, enemies-to-lovers
# of Books: 3 so far
Notable Book(s) of the Series: ...All of them
Why It's On the List: Y'all...I can't with this series. When I sat down to compile my Top Reads of 2020 list, all three of the books released in this series so far received 5 stars from me on Goodreads. These books serve all of the high school drama and angst you could ask for, on top of weaving really meaningful romances between each couple. Book #4 is slated to release in March 2021 and I'm scared TBH. My poor heart might not be able to take it.
1. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Tropes: LGBT+, friends-to-lovers
# of Books: 3 so far
Notable Book of the Series: Volume 3
Why It's On the List: Ok, so I'm kind of cheating with this one because only one of the books in this series of graphic novels actually released in 2020, but Heartstopper by Alice Oseman might just be one of my favorite series PERIOD. Volume 3 won the Graphic Novel and Comics category for the 2020 GoodReads Choice Awards by a landslide. Seriously, it's that good. Originally a web comic that began in 2016, Heartstopper follows the friends-to-lovers story of Charlie and Nick. While it does deal with very real subject matter teenagers face daily, it's also the kind of wholesome AF romance I feel like we needed twenty years ago when my generation was in high school. #AgingMyself But for real, check it out. Volume 4 releases in May 2021.