Love is in the air, and it’s time for a romance novel! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate love than with a romantic novel? Whether you're looking for something new to read, or you're an experienced reader with a favorite author on your bookshelf, here are five romance novels you can start reading with your significant other.
From Blood and Ash
Poppy's life hasn't been hers to live. She was chosen by the gods to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, yet she has lived a life of
loneliness and isolation. Not a day goes by where she's not fighting back evil. Her life's mission isn't to find some kind of reward from the gods; it's to thwart their plans.
The future of the kingdom rests upon Poppy’s shoulders. Something she's not quite sure she wants for herself. When a golden-eyed guard, bound to uphold her duty, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire. He incites her anger and makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with forbidden desires.
Even though they live in neighboring beach houses, these writers are very different. They each have their own style, passions, and motivation for writing. And since the lives of this pair of writers are intertwined for three months, we can expect them to connect with one another on a personal level.
In Five Years
When Dannie Kohan gets asked a question at an important interview, she has an answer
mentally rehearsed. Later, after her boyfriend proposes and a successful interview in which she nails the answers she prepped for, Dannie is confident in her plan to achieve her five year plan. She crawls into bed.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background and it’s the date that’s scrolling. She can just make out “December 15” but then it says “2025.” She has a brief moment of disorientation before her mind goes blank.
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
Luc O'Donnell is tangentially--and reluctantly--famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad's making a comeback, Luc's back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.
To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship...and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He's a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he's never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.
But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that's when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don't ever want to let them go.