Hi guys! I hope you’re not sick of seeing romance novels all over your feeds, cause you’re about to see ten more! I’ve never been a big romance reader, (Unless we’re counting that one year when I read all my grandmother’s Danielle Steel and Harlequin novels. But I was 12 – so we’re not) But I love love-stories. I watch The Bachelor. (And The Bachelorette. And Bachelor in Paradise.) I have been known to quit watching a tv-show if I don’t ship at least two of the characters. So according to all reason I should enjoy romance novels, and recently I’ve discovered that as a matter of fact I do. When I discover a new genre I really like, I always binge read it for a while – so I’ve been adding a bunch of romance novels to my TBR. And since I’m so excited about them, I wanted to share some of them with you guys. At least half of these were recommended by Joce from Squibbles Reads, so if you want to hear more about these books from someone who’s, you know, actually read them – she’s your girl.
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unusual plan. They decide to take a year off in hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other.
Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about marriage. This, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
At 29 Hannah’s lived in six cities and held countless meaningless jobs. On the heels of leaving another city, Hannah moves back to L.A and stays in her friend Gabby’s guestroom. On a night out Hannah meets her high school boyfriend Ethan.
Just after midnight, Gabby asks if she’s ready to go. Then Ethan offers to give her a ride if she wants to stay. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan? In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into very different stories.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated. Perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. Rachel may as well have a target on her back and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapat
If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After seventeen years, and countless broken bones and broken promises, she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. Including Ivan Lukov.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew that’s hard to resist. On the eve of his ex’s wedding, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend.
After a fun night, Drew has to fly back to L.A. and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other.
All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
When Liat meets Hilmi in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi’s a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing their love can only be temporary, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi. They explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the joy they share can’t overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family,community and sense of self for the love of one man.
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
During their senior year of college, in an NYU dorm tucked into the heart of the East Village, Grace and Matt struck up a friendship over Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, and the Ramones. She was going to be a world-class cellist and he was going to be a famous photographer, their paths destined to diverge after graduation.
15 years later, back in New York, Matt sees Grace as she boards the J train. But just as they recognize each other, just as he understands what he left behind all those years ago, the train pulls away. His only recourse is to send a missed connections letter out in the world.
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlin
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means the author must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade.
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
After 8 years of waiting for Piers Brandon to set a wedding date, Clio’s had enough. She’s inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement. Not if Rafe can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and rake, Rafe ‘s determined Clio will marry his brother, even if he has to plan the wedding himself. So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride’s cold feet?
He lets her know she’ll make a beautiful, bride – and tries not to picture her as his. He doesn’t kiss her. If he kisses her, he definitely doesn’t kiss her again. And no matter what, he doesn’t fall in disastrous, hopeless love with her.
Do you like reading romance novels? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you have any romance recommendations? I’m a romance-newbie so I’d love to hear them!