15 Angsty Romance Books In Best-Seller List

Angsty Romance

Every relationship has some angsty moments and memories because humans are different, and the opposite gender has many clashes. So in love or romance, without angsty, it seems unfinished or unsatisfaction.

Love creates our insecurity to lose our partner, and we often feel unsafe. As a result, an angsty situation occurs, and sometimes it makes a breakup or creates more romance, which is called angsty romance.

15 Angsty Romance Books

Every couple or relationship passes through rough and tough ways. It is like a mental war between two couples. In this situation, anger, depression, anxiety, insecurity, and other negative emotions feel painful and sad. Now I am going to review 15 angsty romance books for you. Let’s go!

1. A Love Letter to Whiskey

This is about a girl and a guy who meets, and instantly the guy starts dating her best friend. They become good friends with this guy. But this whole book is about them not being able to be together. They have this undeniable chemistry. But it’s so angsty that they are never in the right moment to be with each other and makes you want to throw the book across the room.

They’re so toxic for each other because they can’t be together, and it’s always the wrong time. It starts when they’re in high school, when they meet, and then it goes on later.

A Love Letter to Whiskey

Author: Kandi Steiner
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

2. Paper Princess (The Royals)

The main character, Ella, is uprooted from her life by some mysterious guy who says that he was her father’s best friend of a dad. She’s never met before, and she moves in with the royal brothers and instantly is ostracized by them. There’s insane chemistry between Ella and Reed. This is hate to love romance, and that’s where you get so much angst. But they wanted to be together, and it’s so hard for them to deal with.

Reed has his brothers gang up against Ella, but they start breaking down their walls and accepting her. So Reed is losing control of his hate for her. It does occur in their senior year of high school, but it’s a note.

Paper Princess

Author: Erin Watt
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

3. Bully (Fall Away)

This is Jared and Tate’s story, and it’s bullying because Jared is Tate’s bully. He bullies her so much in high school. They were close when they were younger, but then Tate goes away. One of them goes away and comes back. Then Jared hates Tate. We understand why. So we get a lot of Jared’s perspective in this book and why he is so angsty.

There’s another hate-to-love romance because Jared bullies Tate and Tate is finally like him. Then they find themselves in situations together, and they end up falling for each other.


Author: Penelope Douglas
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

4. Punk 57

This is a story about a guy and a girl with gender-neutral names, Misha and Ryen. Misha is the guy, and Ryen is the girl. Their teachers pair them up thinking that they were the same gender. Also, they keep on writing to each other, but they agree never to meet and never look each other up.

Misha shows up at Ryen’s school, and Misha knows Ryen. Ryen has no idea who she is because he has a different name and he is shocked to find who she is. Ryen feels this angsty need to be with Misha and that animalistic chemistry you need to be with someone, and he hates her. It is so mean to her, and she is drawn to him and doesn’t understand why he hates her. She is a different person than she is in person, and in her letters, Misha is mad about that. So she’s dealing with who she is as a person. Why didn’t you stop writing her back and who is this mysterious man?

Punk 57

Author: Penelope Douglas
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: New Adult & College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

5. Something in the Way

This book is about a girl named Lake, who is 16 years old. She gets older as the series goes on. Moreover, she meets a guy working at the next-door construction site, and her sister is like him (Manning). So her sister is super annoying. She’s not even in college, but she’s out of high school, mooching off her parents and being a total horrible sister.

Lake sets the side when it comes to her sister being with that guy, and she’s longingly looking at them and hanging out with operating a lot. But she’s too young. There’s a big age gap, Lake goes off to a camp, and Manning ends up being a counselor there. So the ending of this huge cliffhanger. It is a super angsty romance, and you will feel obsessed.

Something in the Way

Author: Jessica Hawkins
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Fiction Sagas, Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

6. Birthday Girl

This is about Jordan, who is dating a guy (Pike). Pike does not take his life seriously. He likes to party and doesn’t care about money. Jordan is working hard at the restaurant she works at and still goes to school in college. It’s the night of her birthday, and she goes to the movies by herself after work because her boyfriend bailed on her again.

Jordan meets this hot guy, and they spend the evening watching this movie together, and it’s an eighties movie. She loves eighties culture, and they click so well. She likes him, and he seems a little older, but she has a boyfriend. She doesn’t do anything about it. Then she figures out that guy is her boyfriend’s father. So this is super angsty love because there’s a huge age gap that can’t be together. After all, it’s her boyfriend’s father.

Birthday Girl

Author: Penelope Douglas
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

7. Destroy Me (Shatter Me)

This book is about Juliette and Warner. Warner brings the angst, and everyone loves Warner. You get that angst if you read this novella from Warner’s perspective. The romance goes through the roof, and you’re going to love Warner.

So this is about a dystopian society, and Warner is the leader of their sector. He is a super macho man, and he shoots people in the head because he can. He tries to show that he’s a dominating man, so he captures Juliette. It is because she cannot touch people or kill them.

Destroy Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Science Fiction Action & Adventure
Available: Paperback | Kindle

8. Addicted to You

We have Loren and Lily, and they are have been best friends, and they are dating. But they are dating to throw their parents off because they each have their addiction. Lily is a sex addict, and Loren is an alcoholic. They are drawing a line, which is a fine line between their friendship and their fake romance and real romance. So they’ve been doing a lot together, but it’s an act. So this angsty in that sense where they’re selfish but fell in love with each other.

Addicted to You

Author: Krista Ritchie
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Billionaire Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

9. Pretty Reckless (All Saints High)

It’s about Daria and Penn. Daria is a very careless protagonist. But Penn isn’t an angel either. They both have very terrible pasts. Especially Daria has a very complicated family, and she doesn’t have friends. She’s the popular girl at school, but they’re so much going on with their life. Penn is so fricking broken, and there is a meaning to everything in this book.

A few years back, Penn saw this girl, and she was very frustrated and sad because her mom was bad. Then he kisses Daria, asking her to save all her first times to him. But Penn is not a random person. So what he did was twist his future and not in an excellent way. After that, he doesn’t see her, but he is looking for revenge. Her mom feels guilty about his situation, so she decides to do a charity case and take him to live with her.

So this is filled with high school angsty drama in general. All the friendships are fake, and there are many dramatic and realistic moments.

Pretty Reckless

Author: L.J. Shen
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Sports Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Mp3 CD

10. Blind Kiss

This is about two people who met in college because they were doing a psychology experiment where two people were supposed to kiss with blindfolds and see if the chemistry was still there. Our hero and heroine were paired together. They had the blindfolds on, and it was the best kiss of their life, and there was a ton of passion. But the heroine was focused on school and didn’t want to date, so she friendzone the hero and continued being friends.

There was always a spark there, and each of them dated people, and when one of them was single, the other person wasn’t. Further, there was always something getting in the way of their possible relationship. We follow them over the years in college, as well as at least ten years after college ended, and they’re dealing with as many things in life that are keeping them apart. So this one is a very angsty relationship. You want them to get together, but there’s always something keeping them apart.

Blind Kiss

Author: Renée Carlino
Average Customer Review: (4.2 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

11. Manhattan (Becker Brothers)

This is the third book in the Becker Brothers series, but you could read it alone. It is about two childhood best friends who have graduated high school. Their names are Kylie and Mikey. Mikey is the youngest Becker’s brother, and Kylie has been secretly in love with Mikey for years, but he has no idea he’s been oblivious. He’s dated other girls, and he’s completely friends with Kylie and has never seen her as a woman. After high school, he’s announced to his family that he would move to Manhattan at the end of the summer.

This heart breaks Kylie because she’s never had a chance to tell him how she feels. So she vows to tell him her feelings by the end of the summer and create this adventure list for them to do before the summer is over. Also, this one had so much angst because it was unrequited love, and he didn’t see what was sitting right in front of him all along. Then even once they figured out the feelings between them, there was a lot of tension there, and Mikey was making many stupid decisions.


Author: Kandi Steiner
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

12. Something That Could Last (Wild Hearts)

This is the first book in a duet. It is about the hero, a rich, privileged guy (Jacob). He’s in college. He and his best friend decided to go away to the small town for the summer. It’s a beach town, and they need to get away, and he ends up meeting a girl (Abby) there who is a waitress at a restaurant that he goes to. Moreover, he and she could not be more different.

Jacob is very privileged, and Abby works hard for everything she has. She’s struggled verses he’s had a lot handed to him, and she feels like she’s not good enough for him. So it’s angsty romance, and the story does leave off on a cliffhanger.

Something That Could Last

Author: Ashley Cade
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Small Town & Rural Fiction Romance
Available: Paperback | Kindle

13. Disgrace

This is about a woman who was recently divorced. She discovers her husband has been cheating on her with her best friend. So she moves back to her hometown to be closer to her family and start fresh. Moreover, she ends up meeting a guy who was the town pariah. He owns a mechanic shop. He’s very brooding, and you can tell he’s unhappy. Also, her family and his family are rivals, and they do not get along.

So it’s a Romeo and Juliet situation, and they have instant sparks between them. They decide to have this sexual relationship with no feelings involved. But feelings do develop, and it is a lot of angst because they know they shouldn’t be together. They both have things from their past affecting them that make them not want to open up to love. If you love a Romeo and Juliet situation type of book, you would love this one.


Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

14. Drive

This is a love triangle book. It is about a girl (Stella) who’s in college, and she goes to stay with her older sister one summer. She ends up developing feelings for her sister’s best friend. Also, he doesn’t want to like her because she is his best friend’s little sister, but they can’t help but like each other. There’s a lot of angst there, but also, she ends up wanting to work as a music journalist for this one magazine. In addition, the boss who owns it ends up wanting to have a relationship with her.

So, It is a love triangle, but Stella doesn’t date the two guys. At the same time, you’re trying to figure out who she will choose because she dates them at different times. It doesn’t overlap, but she struggles with who she wants to choose. The whole time you don’t know who is the right choice.


Author: Kate Stewart
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

15. Turbulence

Turbulence is about Gillian Taylor, who is broke, and works cleaning apartments. She sees that there’s one luxury apartment that the guy is never there. Also, she found a way to go through security so that she couldn’t be detected. This guy has been noticing a few different things. He doesn’t know if someone is entering his apartment or not.

One night, Taylor goes to a party. She sees this super cute guy. He is very straightforward. She doesn’t know that he is the owner of her apartment, and he is completely pissed at her with reason. She did break into his apartment, so he’s not very forgiven at first. Anyways, they argue and sleep that night, but they don’t have any intentions and see them again after that. He does see her working at his building a few times, and they have this very public sex scene.

Then after that, she decides to get a new job as a stewardess in a very fancy company, but she doesn’t know what the guy works with. When she’s going for her first flight, she’s super excited about it. She sees him, and he’s the pilot. They make a deal that they have a few rules like they’re exclusive, and he doesn’t want to get involved with her at all. So, it’s interesting to see him falling in love with angsty moments.


Author: Whitney G.
Average Customer Review: (4.8 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Erotica Romance
Available: Audiobook | Kindle

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