Manga’s Hottest Summer 2023 Romance Reads

By Kat La Mantia | August 25 2023 | Manga, Manhwa, Manhua

Looking for a new beach read during the waning days of summer? Grab a feel-good manga title to throw in your bag!

Check out some of our current best-selling romance manga series below.  Volume 1’s are all listed and series can range from all-in-one editions to titles that are 20 volumes and counting! Everything from massive hits like I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Rent-A-Girlfriend, and Wotakai: Love is Hard for Otaku, and newcomers rising up our charts such as Who Made Me A Princess and A Condition Called Love.

All titles are rated for teenagers and older, either 13+ or 16+.  Browse the titles below and add a little romance to your summer!

The Ancient Magus' Bride Vol. 1
978-1-62692-187-0
The Ancient Magus' Bride is an all-new manga series that features a fascinating relationship between a troubled teenage girl and an inhuman wizard. Enter the Magician's Apprentice Her name is Chise Hatori, a penniless orphan troubled by visions. Sold as a slave to an inhuman mage, she is about to begin a strange new life, filled with magic, fairies, and other beings of a fantastical nature.
$12.99 US
On sale May 12, 2015
Paperback
176 Pages
Seven Seas

Anti-Romance Vol. 1 Special Edition
978-1-63858-588-6
An engrossing tale of friends to lovers unfolds in this Boys’ Love manga by the creator of Blue Morning!
$15.99 US
On sale Sep 20, 2022
FOC May 02, 2022
Paperback
228 Pages
Seven Seas

The Apothecary Diaries 01 (Manga)
978-1-64609-070-9
After breaking a "curse" on the imperial heirs, a palace servant with training in herbal medicine is promoted up the ranks to food taster...and right into the thick of palace intrigue in this lushly illustrated period mystery series!
$12.99 US
On sale Dec 08, 2020
Paperback
176 Pages
Square Enix Manga

A Condition Called Love 1
978-1-64651-756-5
Hotaru doesn't need a boyfriend. But an act of kindness to a classmate going through a breakup opens a door she never thought to step through, in and everything begins to change... A sweet new shojo romance manga from the creator of Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty!
$10.99 US
On sale Jan 24, 2023
FOC Sep 05, 2022
Paperback
192 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk Vol. 1
978-1-63858-584-8
In this LGBT+ high school romantic comedy, a nerd and a delinquent find themselves attracted to each other, but only when they're cross-dressing at a maid cafe!
$13.99 US
On sale Sep 27, 2022
FOC Jul 11, 2022
Paperback
156 Pages
Seven Seas

Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro 1
978-1-947194-86-1
Nagatoro is a freshman in high school who loves teasing and torturing her older male classmate (Senpai). What is her motivation and why does Senpai put up with her? Does Nagatoro just want to create misery for Senpai? Or maybe she secretly likes him?
$12.95 US
On sale Nov 19, 2019
Paperback
160 Pages
Vertical Comics

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas: The Complete Manga Collection
978-1-64275-032-4
Also known as Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, the manga version of the coming-of-age novel that inspired two films! In this deeply moving first-person story, an introverted high school boy finds his classmate’s diary—and learns her biggest secret. Yamauchi Sakura is dying from a pancreatic disease and now he is the only one person outside her family to know the truth. The last thing the boy wants is to be her friend, but Sakura’s cheerful demeanor and their shared secret draw them together in this heartrending tale of friendship and mortality.
$19.99 US
On sale Jan 22, 2019
Paperback
442 Pages
Seven Seas

In the Clear Moonlit Dusk 1
978-1-64651-494-6
"Prince" meets prince in this offbeat high school romance, where two picture-perfect teens must see past appearances to understand what being in love really means. Don't miss out on another unique offering from the author of Daytime Shooting Star, perfect for fans of Horimiya and Ouran High School Host Club.
$12.99 US
On sale Nov 29, 2022
FOC Apr 25, 2022
Paperback
192 Pages
Kodansha Comics

My Happy Marriage 01 (Manga)
978-1-64609-146-1
A "Cinderella"-inspired slow-burn historical romance with a paranormal twist set in Taisho-era Japan!A browbeaten and mistreated daughter is cast out of her home and sent to audition as a bridal candidate for the heir to one of the most powerful families in the land…
$12.99 US
On sale Sep 13, 2022
FOC May 02, 2022
Paperback
192 Pages
Square Enix Manga
Age 13 and up

orange: The Complete Collection 1
978-1-62692-302-7
EISNER-NOMINATED SERIES A Plea From the Future On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she recieves a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? The heart-wrenching sci-fi romance that has over million copies in print in Japan!
$19.99 US
On sale Jan 26, 2016
Paperback
384 Pages
Seven Seas

Paradise Kiss
20th Anniversary Edition
978-1-947194-93-9
One of the most popular comic artists in the world, Ai Yazawa, returns with a 20th anniversay edition of the fashion-inspired comic that made her an international sensation, Paradise Kiss.This new edtion celebrates 20 years since Paradise Kiss began serialization in Japan and combines the original 3 volume release into 1 beautiful package.
$29.95 US
On sale Dec 03, 2019
Paperback
858 Pages
Vertical Comics

Rent-A-Girlfriend 1
978-1-63236-997-0
Catch up on the manga before Season 2 of the hit anime, coming soon! You can rent a girlfriend, but can you buy love? Reeling from a bad breakup, Kazuya rents the beautiful, polite Chizuru for a date. But rock bottom might be so much lower than he thought! Chizuru is much more than the pretty face and sweet demeanor he thought he'd bargained for...
$12.99 US
On sale Jun 02, 2020
Paperback
208 Pages
Kodansha Comics

A Sign of Affection 1
978-1-64651-184-6
Yuki is a typical college student--it's just that she can't hear. A chance encounter on a train leads to a serious crush...but will he give her a chance? A sweet and relatable manga romance from the creator of Shortcake Cake!
$12.99 US
On sale Feb 23, 2021
Paperback
192 Pages
Kodansha Comics

A Silent Voice 1
978-1-63236-056-4
A Silent Voice is a thought-provoking, dramatic story of a deaf student and the boy who bullies her. 16 and up. Four volumes and ongoing in Japan. Shojo.
$10.99 US
On sale May 26, 2015
Paperback
192 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Skip and Loafer Vol. 1
978-1-64827-588-3
The award-winning romantic comedy about a country girl chasing her dreams in Tokyo--and don't miss the anime!
$12.99 US
On sale Aug 10, 2021
FOC Jul 12, 2021
Paperback
180 Pages
Seven Seas

The Two Lions
978-1-64827-383-4
Opposites attract in this friends-to-lovers Boys’ Love tale!
$13.99 US
On sale Dec 14, 2021
FOC Nov 15, 2021
Paperback
258 Pages
Seven Seas

Unofficial Hatsune Mix
KEI, KEI
978-1-61655-412-5
The Hatsune Miku PhenomenonHatsune Miku has traveled an interesting path from vocal synthesizer product to beloved collaboratively constructed cyber celebrity with a growing user community across the world. She is also often called a global icon because the culture around her encourages a worldwide creative community to produce and share Miku-related content. With the increase of remix works and the steadily growing global demands, Crypton Future Media, INC. engages consciously in the promotion, support and cultivationof the Hatsune Miku community.Hatsune Miku: The Unofficial Hatsune Mix is a collection of manga stories based on the adventures of Hatsune Miku, the extremely popular Japanese virtual singing superstar.
$24.99 US
On sale Sep 09, 2014
Paperback
480 Pages
Dark Horse Manga

Who Made Me a Princess Vol. 1
978-1-68579-678-5
The hit full-color fantasy webtoon/manhwa (comic)--in English print for the first time! When a modern woman is reincarnated as the doomed princess in a romance novel, she reaches out to grab a new future with both baby fists!
$19.99 US
On sale May 16, 2023
FOC Apr 17, 2023
Paperback
272 Pages
Seven Seas

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku 1
978-1-63236-704-4
A geeky girl whose life revolves around yaoi manga and a quiet gamer boy are old friends, but when they start working in the same office, they decide to date. It's a relationship of convenience at first, but could it become something more? This manga comedy is now a hit streaming anime!Extra-long book includes 2 Japanese volumes!
$17.99 US
On sale Apr 17, 2018
Paperback
256 Pages
Kodansha Comics

You Like Me, Not My Daughter?! (Manga) Vol. 1
978-1-63858-672-2
A beautiful mother, a pining tutor, and romantic hijinks await in this hot mom romcom!
$13.99 US
On sale Nov 22, 2022
FOC Jul 04, 2022
Paperback
176 Pages
Seven Seas