Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Romance Recommendations for Valentine's Day!

Love it or hate it, it's almost impossible to avoid the pink-and-red explosion of goodies that invades our lives every February so why not make the most of it and also treat your shelf  and yourself to some romance?

Romance gets a bad rap for being formulaic and homogeneous but I'm here to tell you that's not the case! Romance has something for everyone and then some. Not sure where to start? Below are some of my favorite romance reads so far:

New to Romance and not sure where to start? Try the Scandal and Scoundrel series by Sarah Maclean?

Sarah Maclean is a great gateway drug into romance. Her series always feature kick-ass feminist characters, a side of sass and are just all-around fun. Not up for a whole series? try the second book in the series: A Scot in the Dark (my personal favorite). You can normally read romance series out of order or as standalones!  

Are you a fan of YA? Try: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh!

This is a YA retelling of 1001 Nights and is actually the first part of a duology. It follows Shahrzad as she volunteers as tribute to be the Caliph's bride, except the Caliph kills his brides one day after their wedding, but not all is as it appears...

Do you enjoy heart-pounding historical fiction adventure stories? Try An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole!

Civil War spies! Adventure! Tension(sexual and otherwise)! and by far one of the most amazing kick-ass heroines I've read in a long time. This story will have you biting your nails until the last page!

Do you like PoC centered narratives and/or westerns? Try the Old West series by Beverly Jenkins!

Well, really try anything by Beverly Jenkins but this is her most recent series and it is as hot as the southwestern setting that her stories take place in.

Do you like suspense/thrillers? Try Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole!

Yes, I am recommending a second Alyssa Cole book because she is just that good! This book is set in a (dystopian?) setting where the US has lost all reception, and wholly mole does Cole put you through the wringer as we follow our protagonists trying to survive in the frigged woods of upstate New York.

Do you like intergenerational family with a good dollop of drama? Try Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai!

Alisha writes more 'angsty' romance than average if you are not into the sugary sweet but like complicated, fully developed characters grappling with deeper issues like family relationships and mental health this is the one for you.

Looking for something to give you the warm and fuzzies? Try Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan!

If angst is not really your wheelhouse try Sarah Morgan's Manhattan series, I have only personally read Moonlight over Manhattan but if it's any indication of her writing the whole series should be amazing. This book follows an overworked ER doctor and the dog-walker turned dog-sitter he hires to watch his sister's dog for a week. It is just adorable.

Looking for something sweet but feeling meh on the sexy? Try Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber.

Debbie is a bit of a legend for the sheer number of books she produces especially her Christmas-themed books which she has published each year, pretty much consistently each year since 1986. Although Christmas has passed, I think this one can be read all year around. It centers on Christmas grump whose next door neighbor decides to 'kill him with kindness' and blog about her experience but then feelings happen.

What am I reading next in Romance? I am picking up The Wedding Date by debut novelist Jasmine Guillory! Getting stuck in an elevator and a fake date to an ex's wedding turns into something more? I can't wait to find out! 


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