20 Best Romance Books Like Regretting You (by Colleen Hoover)

If you find yourself flying through your collection of Colleen Hoover’s books, then you are likely on the hunt to find something to keep your reader’s heart sated. Hoover delivers hit after hit — and Regretting You is no different!

20 Best Romance Books Like Regretting You (Colleen Hoover)

If you need more unforgettable characters that pull at your heartstrings, you need one of these 20 books that are great follow-ups to Regretting You

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

The Housemaid

An addictive thriller and USA Today bestseller, The Housemaid follows recently-paroled Millie as she makes a fresh start working for the Winchesters. But as Millie cooks and cleans for the family, she starts to uncover some dark secrets.

Is the lady of the house trying to make Millie lose her mind? This psychological romp will have you wondering which character should come out on top!

Find out who has more skeletons in her closet here

The Goal by Elle Kennedy

The Goal (Off-Campus, 4)

While The Goal isn’t the first book in the Off-Campus series, Kennedy’s college romances can be read in any order. 

Sabrina knows what she wants — law school, a high-paying job, and an escape from her sordid past. She doesn’t want a complication, even if it comes in the package of a sizzling hot hockey player, but one night with Tucker may be enough to derail her carefully laid plans. 

Will Tucker’s romantic nature be enough to breach Sabrina’s guarded heart? Grab the Kindle version and find out!

Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino

Wish You Were Here: A Novel

When you combine top-notch storytelling with a beautifully woven plot, you get a book you simply can’t put down. Wish You Were Here is one such novel!

Charlotte hopes her one-night stand with Adam is the start of a storybook-style happy ending, but he doesn’t seem to be on the same page. Charlotte moves on but can’t seem to forget that one fateful night. Searching for answers, she finds things may be more complicated than she imagined. 

Will Charlotte be left heartbroken? Snag a copy of Wish You Were Here and find out. 

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Seven Days in June

A literary event brings teenage lovebirds Eva and Shane together — and the sparks are still flying years later. While they both want to pretend they are strangers, the chemistry between them is undeniable. 

Summer in Brooklyn gets a whole lot steamier as Eva and Shane reconnect, bringing old passions and traumas to the surface. Eva may want Shane out of her city, but she also has questions she needs answers to first. 

Find out how Seven Days in June ends here

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

A Thousand Boy Kisses

If you love your romances with a side of tears, A Thousand Boy Kisses will be right up your alley. 

Norwegian Rune thought he and Poppy had an unbreakable bond — one that could survive being an ocean apart. But a decade later and Rune is getting nothing but silence from his Georgia peach. 

Rune heads to Blossom Grove to find his soulmate and get an explanation for her broken promises. 17-year-old Rune gets the truth, but it may come with more heartbreak than he was prepared for. 

Can their bond survive after all?

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

Better Than the Movies

Painter’s humorous teenage romance follows Liz, a hopeless romantic, as she attempts to snag long-time crush Michael as her prom date. Liz even enlists the help of her annoying, albeit attractive, neighbor Wes in her pursuit of the elusive Michael. 

But in the process of scheming ways to get her crush to notice her, Liz starts noticing how much she likes being around Wes. Will she need to rethink her happily ever after?

Find out if Liz snags Michael or sticks with Wes here

When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

When We Were Infinite

If the deep friendships are what draw you to Hoover’s work, then When We Were Infinite is an excellent addition to your personal library. 

High schooler Beth has a strong group of friends who help her to deal with her less-than-ideal home situation. However, when one of her friends experiences a violent incident at home, it disrupts Beth’s sense of safety and stirs up memories she’d rather forget. 

You can discover the struggles Beth and her friends go through on Amazon.

Conviction by Denise Mina


What started out as an ordinary day of making lunches and getting the kids to school was turned on its head when Anna’s husband made a shocking announcement. The reeling Anna turns to her favorite distraction: true crime

But when her favorite podcast starts exploring a mystery a little more personal to Anna, she teams up with an unexpected visitor. Meddling neighbors and secrets be damned, Anna pursues the truth — hoping to outrun the dangers of her past. 

Will Anna solve the mystery? Grab your copy of Conviction and find out!

The Inmate by Freida McFadden

The Inmate: A gripping psychological thriller

McFadden offers another twisty thriller full of vengeance, secrets, and obsessions with The Inmate. 

Brooke may be the new NP at the men’s prison, but the staff has no idea she has been breaking the rules from day one. Brooke is more than friendly with one of the inmates. In fact, the notorious Shane Nelson was her high school sweetheart. And her testimony is what put him away for murder. 

This cat-and-mouse psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the very end!

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

Dear Aaron

A slow-burn romance that is as unique as it is enchanting, Dear Aaron follows Ruby as she writes letters to a deployed soldier through the Help a Soldier program. While Ruby initially intended her letters to be a joyful distraction from the bleakness of war, she finds their exchanges becoming more and more personal. 

As the bond between them grows, honesty gives way to vulnerability. Will their friendship turn into something more, and will it ever move off the page into the real world?

Dear Aaron is available on Amazon. 

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In Five Years: A Novel

Readers of In Five Years seem to agree that it is best to go into this book without knowing much about the plot. The story development and the conclusion are all the more satisfying, the less you know when you dive in. 

The novel is one part love story, one part time travel, and a whole lot of feelings. Protagonist Dannie wakes up one morning, five years in the future. She finds the man lying next to her is not the fiance she left behind five years prior. 

Find out what happens to Dannie here

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Happy Ever After Playlist

Sloan has always had difficulty keeping her life on track, but a random puppy that jumps in her car may be the change she needs. Unfortunately, the puppy’s owner, a rising musician, eventually wants his dog back. 

Sloan isn’t too happy about losing her new-found friend, and she decides she’s not letting the pup go without a fight. But the puppy may not be the only new-found connection in her life. 

Will Sloan be able to handle another possible heartbreak

If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin

If He Had Been with Me

Nowlin’s New York Times Bestseller is a YA romance that follows Autumn as she struggles with her feelings for Finn. Once inseparable, the two have followed their own paths, but Autumn can’t seem to put her feelings aside even though she has a boyfriend. 

A BookTok favorite, If He Had Been with Me is a captivating read made all the better by the heartbreaking turn of events. 

Grab your own copy of this bestseller on Amazon.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

You Deserve Each Other

Everyone enjoys an enemies-to-lovers romance, but what about a lovers-to-enemies-and-then-back-to-lovers romance? You Deserve Each Other offers a complicated but hilarious take on the genre!

Naomi and Nicholas may be on their way down the aisle, but things are certainly not a bed of roses. The two are planning a lavish affair, but there is only one catch — they are sick of each other! However, the one who breaks off the engagement will also have to pay the bill on the wedding’s non-refundables. 

Each attempts to get the other to break the engagement, but with each prank, they seem to be drawing closer together rather than farther apart.

Find out if they two make it down the aisle or if someone winds up with a hefty bill!

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep

In an attempt to escape her abusive father, April “borrows” a car from a neighbor and makes her way to Ithaca, New York. In town, the budding songwriter makes friends with the local coffee shop owner and its regulars. 

Her newly found family taught her all the things her father couldn’t like how to trust and love. April finally feels wanted for the first time in her life, which Larkin artfully displays by adding snippets of the protagonist’s songs throughout the tale. 

Follow April’s journey — both physical and emotional.

Six Days in Rome by Francesca Giacco

Six Days in Rome

In the midst of heartbreak, Emilia lands in Rome. Making a solo trip out of what was supposed to be a romantic getaway, she wanders the ancient city enjoying music, art, and delectable Italian food. 

Her experiences in the city have her contemplating life and digging through her memories. But Rome has plans for Emilia, and they don’t all involve being stuck in the past. 

Read about Emilia’s chance meeting with ex-pat John and the paths their connection will take them both down. 

Never Lie by Freida McFadden

Never Lie: An addictive psychological thriller

A remote manor house seems like the ideal home for the newly wed Tricia and Ethan, but a violent storm traps the pair in the estate until the blizzard passes. 

Trying to keep boredom at bay, Tricia discovers a secret room in the house that contains audio tapes made by the previous owner, the missing psychiatrist Dr. Hale. The more Tricia listens, the more terrifying the audio files become. 

What starts as an engaging love story adds twists you’ll never see coming!

Credence by Penelope Douglas


When 17-year-old Tiernan is orphaned, she is sent to a remote area of Colorado and left in the care of her step-uncle. This dark romance veers into taboo as Tiernan bonds with her step-cousins and uncle. 

Tiernan’s inexperience and lack of guidance lead to mistakes, but her decisions are often very relatable. The reader is whisked away on a journey of growth and transformative family dynamics. 

Grab this standalone novel from bestselling author Penelope Douglas today!

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams


After a breakup, Queenie is left feeling insecure and like her friendships, family connections, and even her work situation are unstable. In an attempt to find herself, she does what she does best — chase after mistakes!

Called “2019’s answer to Bridget Jones’ Diary”, Carty-Williams gives readers a nuanced character who is as relatable as she is funny. You’ll be rooting for her one minute and ready to shake sense into her the next. 

Join Queenie on her journey here

At Home on Marigold Lane by Debbie Mason

At Home on Marigold Lane

Brianna may be a marriage therapist, but that didn’t keep her from the embarrassing fate of moving back to her hometown after a disaster of a divorce. While helping people is her second nature, her failed marriage leaves her with doubts that she is qualified to keep counseling. 

When her newest client incidentally reconnects her with her first love, Brianna finds herself dealing with feelings she thought were buried in the past. They know the timing is terrible, but being together feels right. 

Will Caleb be able to convince Brianna to take a second chance? Get a copy of At Home on Marigold Lane on Amazon.


What should you read after Regretting You?

Any of the above 20 books make an excellent choice to follow up Colleen Hoover’s Regretting You. If you want a slow burn go with Dear Aaron, and if you want something with a major twist, go with Never Lie by Freida McFadden!

What else should you read if you like Colleen Hoover?

If you are a big fan of the author Colleen Hoover, you are highly likely to enjoy other authors on this list, such as Elle Kennedy,  Rebecca Serle, or Penelope Douglas.

What Colleen Hoover books can a 14-year-old read?

Regretting You is one of the books rated as YA in Hoover’s repertoire. Other books included in the YA category are Heart Bones and Never Never. Of the 20 books listed here, Better Than the Movies and If He Had Been with Me are listed as teen/YA novels.

Are Colleen Hoover’s books inappropriate for teens?

Hoover’s books often tackle heavy subjects — some of them delving into what would be considered traumatic. For this reason, many of her books are recommended for those 17 and older. 

What genre is Colleen Hoover?

Hoover is published as both an adult and YA author. Many of her books are considered to be in the romance genre, and the others fall into the psychological thriller genre.

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