Being on vacation can sometimes mean a road trip. In many ways, road trips are the perfect formula when it comes to romance books.
For the most part, road trips are used a lot in historical romances. It makes sense because you’ve basically been forced together if you want to go on any kind of long journey. However, in contemporary romances, road trips can also work.
There’s something about the two people being stuck in the car and it makes for such a delicious tension, especially as the two try to fight their attraction. Coupled with the myriad of variables in the car, including the radio, number of stops, and ongoing conversations, road trips bring so much more to the table than just a car ride together.
Since summer is when most of us go on vacation, it’s only fair to recommend a few road trip novels to read, whether you’re traveling or not.
These 4 love books on the road are solid if you like the forced closeness trope.
The first is actually the second book in a series, but it can be read on its own. Managed by Kristen Callihan is a unique take on this trope. This book follows Gabriel Scott who is the manager of a famous rock band and the romance he has with Sophie. The catch between these two is that Gabriel can’t sleep without her, so she’s basically summoned to his bus to cuddle and sleep. It’s as cute as it sounds, but it also creates a lot of sexual tension that they also give in to.
If steaming isn’t your thing, then Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson might be for you. It is a young adult romance between Amy and Roger who travel together to bring Amy to her new home. While the two have a plan, things quickly take a turn and they can open up to each other. This book is about a lot of grief, including the loss of a parent and the guilt that comes with it. Either way, this book is perfect for summer and a Morgan Matson classic.
These last two books are actually both f/f romances. The first is No ring attached by Rachel Lacey. This one follows Grace and Lia who fake dates for Lia’s brother’s wedding, then go on a journey to help Grace learn more about her family. This book is about Grace’s grief over the loss of her parents and the trauma/guilt she clung to. Although this book is intense, the road-trip element was unexpected but a lot of fun.
Last but not least is Hairpin curves by Elia Winters. This is a love story between two old friends who go on a road trip for the wedding of their mutual friend. The book starts in Florida and they travel to Canada so that’s a lot of travel, but this book does a great job of creating such delicious tension and lust between the two characters. Of all the books on the list, this one is the shortest if you’re just doing a day trip.
Whichever route you choose, road trip romances are perfect to listen to as you drive to your destination. On the contrary, it makes you feel less alone, especially if you are alone or can still share the story with your fellow travelers. Either way, I hope one of these romance books helps cheer you up before the summer ends.
Do you have a favorite road trip romance? Be sure to share some of your favorite road trip romance books below.