Whether you’re single or in a relationship, these romance reads will sweep you off your feet. Just in time for the sweetest day of the year: Valentine’s Day.
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What’s better than getting gobs of chocolate and a night out on the town with the one you love? Snuggling up in bed with a feel-good book. (Is my introvert showing?)
Ah, romance. Where happily ever afters are real, and love almost always finds a way.
In keeping with the sticky, syrupy sweetness of this holiday, here are some reads that will make you feel all warm inside.
Desperate Duchesses Series by Eloisa James
This series contains 9 books as of this posting. I’ve only read 2-4 and 7 at this point, so those are the ones I’m recommending. Because I never read books in order. Ever.
Beginning in the 18th century and moving into the Regency period, these books focus on British aristocratic romance. If you’re fond of historical romance but need a breather on the Victorian era, try this series.
The Rules of Scoundrels Series by Sarah MacLean
And here’s another historical romance series set during the Regency period. It’s only 4 books long, and I’ve read all of them. (Not in order, of course. I began with number 4.) What I love most about this series is how it focuses on redemption and justice in addition to the romance.
The First Freak House Trilogy by C.J. Archer
If you prefer your romance a little more on the supernatural side, this is a fantastic series. Set in Victorian England, this is a nice, clean romance. With plenty of fire and magic.
Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy by C.J. Archer
I’ve only read the first book in this series, but it was pretty compelling. It’s also set in Victorian England, and the heroine talks to dead people. As in ghosts.
The Bradens at Trusty, CO Series by Melissa Foster
If you’re in the mood for a modern romance firmly set in reality, this is a good place to start. I’ve only read one book in this series, but it’s fairly memorable.
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
If you enjoy romantic poetry, it doesn’t get much better than Neruda. Especially when read in the original Spanish.
Juliana Series by Vanda
Set in the U.S. starting in World War II, this series currently has 2 books. I’ve only read the second book, but it contains some of the most historically accurate and well-rounded depictions of queer romance I’ve ever read. If I had to choose my favorite book from this entire post, Olympus Nights in the Square would be it. Definitely an LGBTQ+ romance series to follow.
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