1. Poppy – Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Poppy is still my favorite female character ever. I just absolutely adored reading from her perspective. If you haven’t checked out this sports romance series, definitely add it to your list! They don’t need to be read in order so you can jump in where you want!
2. Bree – Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Bree is that perfect balance between believable, flawed teen and badass warrior. If you want an amazing take on Arthurian legend with an amazing female protagonist – this book is it. It’s worth every bit of hype it’s received!
3. Dr. Garrett Gibson – Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Garrett is such a unique historical romance heroine and I absolutely adored her. As the first and only female physical in London, she is perspective we don’t see very often in the genre. This series as a whole has amazing characters, so if you’ve been on Bridgerton kick – add this one to your list!
4. Veronica Speedwell – A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Another historical series with a unique and intellectual heroine. Veronica Speedwell is a lepidopterist and forgoer of social norms. She is extremely logical and witty and just a really fun perspective to read from. This series has great mysteries and fantastic slow burn romance.
5. Fortuna – Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton
If you like fantasy romance and haven’t checked out this series yet, add it to your list immediately! Fortuna is such a great character – she really flawed and headstrong but also so relatable and powerful. I like that she doesn’t always have the right answers in these crazy difficult situations – I know I’d be floundering too!
Naya is such a complex and wonderful main character. She has a lot of past trauma she’s working through throughout this story along side an absolutely epic romance. She’s intelligent and someone you’d genuinely want to know in real life.
7. Grace – Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean
Grace is such a badass. You get glimpses of her throughout the first 2 novels, but this 3rd book is her love story and it is epic. She is so headstrong and powerful and stands on her own during a time women weren’t allowed to be.
Oh Addie. Addie is such a complex character and this entire book is essentially one giant character exploration. Addie is definitely flawed and makes some pretty terrible decisions. But you also can’t help but love and feel for her.
This female friend group is everything I wanted from this gritty, dark YA novel. They are ride or die to the extreme. And I just loved how they supported each other throughout this entire story.
10. Emmie – Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis
Emmie is a character that will forever hold a place in my heart. Despite not having gone through any of the same situations, she’s a character that really resonated with me. Her struggles throughout this emotional novel will ring true for so many people. If you want a touching contemporary- please, please check this one out.