Well folks, it’s less than 2 weeks until Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I love to devour some great romance novels! I did another Top Ten Romance novels post last year, but figured that I should do a new one to include some of the great books that I have fallen in love with since then. I’ve tried to include a bit of variety to meet the wide range of romances that are available for reading. Hopefully you’ll find something great to curl up with this Valentine’s Day!
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
If you follow my blog regularly, then you already know how much I adore this novel! This was the book I couldn’t help but hug when I was finished reading! The story follows Don Tillman, a genetics professor who is looking for the perfect wife. His “perfect wife” will be punctual, tidy, intelligent, logical, and definitely not a smoker, drinker, or a late arriver. Then Don meets Rosie, who is nothing like his ideal woman. As Don helps Rosie to track down her biological father, however, he finds himself slowly falling for her. If you are looking for a cute and addicting read, The Rosie Project is for you!
Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones
This is the perfect novel to read in February, as it takes place during Quebec’s Carnival! I LOVED all of the French Canadian references, and the romance that develops between the two main characters was cute! The story focuses on a travel journalist named Krista, who is writing an article about Quebec as a tourist destination. When Krista meets Jaques, a dog sled trainer, the sparks begin to fly! If you are Canadian, or find Quebec romantic, then you will adore this novel!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You is far from your typical romance novel, and I almost considered not putting it on this list. After some thought, however, I decided to include it anyways as love is still at the heart of this story. The novel focuses on Lou, who is starting a new job as a caregiver for Will. Once a bright and active man, due to an accident, Will is now trapped in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Although the two don’t get along at first, a relationship between Lou and Will slowly develops. Warning: Get your kleenex box ready for the end!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
When Rachel Chu agrees to visit her boyfriend’s family in Singapore, she envisions a humble home and a relaxing vacation with the man she loves. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home is practically a palace, he has private planes at his beck and call, and he just happens to be one of Singapore’s most eligible bachelors. This funny family drama was full of fun, and I loved watching Rachel try to navigate her way through this crazy clan of characters!
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This contemporary YA novel was just fantastic! When Allyson travels to Europe before starting college, she finds herself running away to Paris with Willem, a handsome young dutch guy, for just one day. When the two become separated with no way of contacting each other, Allyson spends the rest of the year wondering if the connection that she felt with him was real. A great story full of travel and romance!
Revealed by Kate Noble
This regency romance actually ended up being more addicting than I initially expected! Phillappa Benning is a young, wealthy widow with her eye on a handsome Marquis. Phillappa’s plans to rendezvous with the Marquis are foiled, however, when she stumbles upon The Blue Raven, Britain’s most famous spy. The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot, which is supposed to unfold at an upcoming event, and requests Phillappa’s aid to help him infiltrate London society. What follows is a fun and lighthearted suspense with the perfect mix of romance!
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
This new adult novel is both cute and moving! When Julie moves to Boston for college, she unexpectedly finds herself without a place to live. Luckily, she’s invited to move into the home of her mother’s best friend from university, Erin Watkins. The Watkins family, however, is a bit eccentric. Erin and her husband are never home, Matt, the middle child, is an MIT geek, and Celeste, the youngest, insists on caring a life-size cardboard cut-out of her eldest brother, Finn, wherever she goes. Determined to better understand the Watkins, Julie begins talking to Finn online, and slowly starts to find herself falling in love with him.
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger
As in the case of Me Before You, this book is a bit of a tear-jerker! Eternal on the Water tells the heart-wrenching story of Mary and Cobb. When Cobb meets free-spirited Mary during a kayaking trip, he knows almost instantly that they are meant to be together. He soon discovers, however, that his future with Mary could be threatened by forces out of their control. Filled with stunning imagery, Eternal on the Water is a beautiful love story that will fill you with awe and wonder.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
This new adult romance has been a hit with my friends! The story focuses on Kacey, whose world is torn apart when both of her parents are killed in a drunk driving accident. Running away to Florida with her little sister in tow, Kacey tries to start a new life where no one knows about her past. When Kacey meets her new neighbour, Trent, however, she finds herself slowly opening up to him like no one else before. Full of drama, secrets, and romance, Ten Tiny Breaths is a book that you won’t be able to put down!
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
To be completely honest, this is a romance novel that annoyed me a little bit, but there is no denying it’s popularity! With a Goodreads rating of 4.23 (and 93% of people giving it 3 stars or more), this book has been extremely popular over the past year. Beautiful Disaster follows good girl Abby as she starts her first year at University. She soon meets Travis, a handsome student who makes money in a floating fight ring and is known as the college campus charmer. Travis tricks Abby into making a bet with him: if he loses he must remain abstinent for a year, but if he wins, Abby must spend the rest of the year living in his apartment with him. While I personally did not enjoy this one, chances are you will love it if you are a fan of the 50 Shades trilogy!