10 Romantic Reads this February

If you are anything like me, you are a good sucker for a romance novel. I just can’t live without them and I always find myself coming back time and time again, maybe it’s the happy endings or the weird, wonderful world of romance that captures hearts like no other.

I wanted to make this list as inclusive as possible, because there is more to romance than both heterosexual relationships and white couples. And there is a cheeky one for those singletons out there in the world of dating, experiencing all the triumphs and disasters that come from the dating world. So without further waffle, here are ten romance reads you should give a go this romantic season.

  1. Never Greener: Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones (Nessa in Gavin and Stacey!) really debuted her book career with a bang. The book is a spirited self-love story, but is both utterly hilarious and spectacularly saucy, it will leave you with blushing cheeks and large smile lines. It’s a love affair which breaks two marriages, but it is more than a lustre of infidelity, its about discovering the grass can be greener where you are. It discusses mistakes, second chances, and the ideas that we are all flawed in our own ways, a spectacular read.

2. Ghosts: Dolly Anderton

One for singletons that are still yet to find the one, when the main character Nina finds herself single, she is thrown into the world of online dating. She is matched with a tirade of ghosts and bizarre men whilst dealing with the pressure society throws on women’s natural biological clocks. Worth a read if you haven’t, as it is both funny and relatable and very in keeping with the times. Maybe not a romance book in the ways one may hope, but a different kind of romance, nonetheless.

3. Billy and Me: Giovanna Fletcher

This book has a little piece of my heart, and quite frankly, is a part of every person’s little dream. A hot-shot celebrity comes to town and sweeps an overlooked barista off her feet and they fall all sorts of in love together. However, she struggles with the pressures of high-profile dating life. It’s the sort of Harry Styles esque dreams you wish would happen to you, all conveniently written in a non-creepy non-Wattpad way.

4. When Katie Met Cassidy: Camille Perri

A fun read and a woman on woman loving romance. It’s refreshing to see an adult have conflicting battles with their sexuality, when they fall for someone other than the opposite sex, and this book explains those feelings perfectly. When it comes to Cassidy, Katie battles with what she always believed to be her sexuality, having met a sexy lady in a suit. It’s funny, fast paced and a little sexy in places, but worth your time if you have a minute.

5. Carry On: Rainbow Rowell

This is one of those books that will make you feel true love is inevitable and meant to be for everyone. It’s the soft love between two guys, one a moody vampire and the other, the ‘chosen’ one. But it’s the sort of utterly heart wrenching storyline that will have you crying, laughing and screaming. If you are someone who enjoyed fan fiction in your youth, this book will tick all the boxes and then some.

5. Meet Cute Club: Jack Harbon

This one is just a sweet book that is full of love, understanding and cuteness, if you couldn’t tell by the title. It could be raunchier, and could be a lot sexier, but if that’s not your thing it’s the perfect, happy book that will have you smiling and not cringing. It’s the tale of two men, one an avid reader and the other a book seller, representative and respectful to the LGBTQ+ community.

6. Carrying Albert Home: Homer Hickman

This book is one of my favourites to date and tells the tale of how two polar opposites end up together, carrying a massive alligator they got as a wedding present, across America to Florida. There are ups, downs and all arounds, but the message of love is always behind them. An excellent read that will have you sobbing, laughing and feel all the feels you need this Valentine’s.

7. The Things We Left Unsaid: Emma Kennedy

A story of family loss, grief, being left at the altar and the love between a mother and daughter who never seemed to grow together. Although it is a little predictable and maybe the love interest was a little much for the book as it breezed on by, it’s nevertheless a great read that is light, enjoyable and tackles the love between parent and child.

8. Out of Love: Hazel Hayes

A book that isn’t perhaps for everyone, but excellently written, Out Of Love tells the story of a character in reverse. So, it starts with their breakup and ends with them meeting. It’s weird, confusing in parts, but is really wonderful. It’s a ride, with lots of important lessons on love, heartbreak and the journey of relationships. It’s refreshing to read a book where it shows love is hard and this emulates that idea entirely.

9. Out of Love: Hazel Hayes

A book that isn’t perhaps for everyone, but excellently written, Out Of Love tells the story of a character in reverse. So, it starts with their breakup and ends with them meeting. It’s weird, confusing in parts, but is really wonderful. It’s a ride, with lots of important lessons on love, heartbreak and the journey of relationships. It’s refreshing to read a book where it shows love is hard and this emulates that idea entirely.

10. Love from A to Z: S.K. Albert

This book is just fantastic and deals with issues of both islamophobia and multiple sclerosis. It’s not often books represent Muslim beliefs, and this book did that gracefully, whilst pulling off a beautiful story of both love and intense rage for the world we live in, to this day. Definitely one to read if you haven’t done already, as the author writes straight to the point, making it a quick read. Like Hemingway!

Published by Heather Dalgleish

21-year-old journalism student.

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