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Love is in the Air: My Favorite Romance Books!


Hey lovelies! With January officially behind us and Valentine's day right around the corner, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to compile a list of some of my all-time favorite romance books. Romance is one of my main genres and they're the kind of books I tend to gravitate towards when I have a lot on my mind, or when I just want something quick and easy to read, so I have an extensive list of them in my "read" pile. Among many trashy ones, there are a few that stick out, so let's get into the list!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I'm gonna start off with a book that I never shut up about. I feel like I always mention The Hating Game whenever I get the chance, but it's just that good. The Hating Game centers around Lucy and Josh, who hate each other. The two of them work at the same publishing company, and are both up for the same promotion. This hateful tension between them reaches a new height and not everything might be what it seems, which means that all kinds of yummy tropes ensue. 

This book is my go-to when I'm feeling sad or I'm having had a bad day, and I think I've re-read it at least 10 times in the past 3 years. Also, Sally's newest novel 99 Percent Mine contains an epilogue about Lucy and Josh, so make sure to check that out if you're in need of more of these two!

Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie
This sports romance centers around the gymnast Thora James, who has dreamt of joining the Circus ever since she was little. Thora pursues her big dream and auditions for Aerial Etherial, the most renowned circus company in Vegas. When she encounters top-of-the-bill athlete and "God of Russia" Nikolai Kotova, sparks seem to fly between the two of them. But her techniques aren't good enough, and the only one who can help her be better is Nikolai. With his help, can Thora fulfill her dream of becoming a performer? 

I recently re-read Amour Amour and it's shot back onto my list of favorite romances. The dynamic between Thora and Nikolai has that partners-in-crime feel that I love. I love sports romances and this one is near the top of that list!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient is a book that I've mentioned numerous times. This romance is about Stella, who is a mathematician at a big company. Stella has Asperger's syndrome, which causes her to struggle with physical intimacy. To deal with this issue, she decides to a hire male escort named Michael to teach her the ropes of sex. Despite the fact their relationship starts out as a business arrangement, the two end up catching feelings for each other.

This book is filled with steamy, but also soft scenes. The reason why The Kiss Quotient is extra special is because it is an own voices novel written by a Vietnamese author who also has autism herself. This one won last year's Goodreads Choice Awards for best romance, which is certainly no surprise because this book is an absolute romance gem! 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is another sports romance, and not the only Zapata novel on this list. This author is an automatic read for me when it comes to romance books, so it's not a stretch that she made it on here twice. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me features Vanessa, who is the personal assistent to Aiden, also known as "the wall of Winnipeg." Aiden, however, treats her like sh*t, so Vanessa decides to quit on him. BUT, when Aidan shows up at her door, wanting her to come back, is Vanessa really able to tell him no?

The Wall of Winnipeg is one of the first books I read when I started reading new adult literature, and I haven't come across a lot of books that were able to top this one. Aidan and Vanessa are such a cute couple, which makes this book a perfect read for the Valentine season!


Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
It's no secret I've been really liking Christina Lauren's recent books, and the most notable one is Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. Hazel know's she's very intense; with a lack of filter, a legion of pets and a ton of weird hobbies don't make her the easiest person to deal with. Hazel meets Josh in college, but the two of them don't hit it off until after Josh breaks up with his cheating girlfriend. The two of them find each other blind dates to find that perfect someone. But what if they're perfect for each other?

Josh and Hazel is sweet, funny, painfully relatable, and very very cute. If you're looking for a quick, witty and breezy read, check out this awesome book!

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
This is the second Mariana Zapata book on this list, and again the absolute top of the romance genre. I always call this book a combination between Yuri on Ice (if you've seen that one, it's GREAT) and New adult romance. This book centers around figure skater Jasmine, who, after her old one quits, is in need of a pair-skating partner. When ice-legend and archenemy, Ivan Lukov, makes her an offer to skate together and win the championship, she really wants to say no.... but will she?

This book is a delicious winter-y read. I read this right when it came out during the winter olympics last year and I absolutely ADORED it. This book has so many different elements; hate-to-love, competition, self-reflection, that all make this into the amazing book it is. 

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
This book is a very recent release, but already made it to my top romantic favorites. Tangled Like Us is the fourth book in the Like Us series, but farout the best one. This book is set around Jane Cobalt, who is America's celebrity princess. When an advertisement goes out in the newspapers to find Jane a potential suitor, all of single America goes crazy and ends up on her doorstep. To prevent any threats from coming in, her boyfriend Thatcher Moretti, needs to do the unthinkable: fake-date his client. But can the two of them ignore their sizzling attraction to one another and keep things platonic, or will their fake relationship throw things off-kilter?

I didn't love the previous books in this series, but this one really stayed with me (I still reread passaged every now and then). If you're looking for a soft relationship and some great characters, definitely check out this book!

How To Fall in Love by Cecilia Ahern
This book is one I read when I just got into reading (new) adult books. How To Fall in Love centers around Christine, who, when walking around town late at night, stumbles upon a man trying to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. Adam has had a rough few weeks and doesn't think life is worth living anymore. Christine, however, is determined to make Adam fall back in love with his life before his 35th birthday. 

How to Fall in Love is not only a love story between two people, but also a love story for life itself. Despite it being a long time since I've read this gem, I still think the message and the story are beautiful and worth a read. Excuse me while I go reread this myself now, thank you.

Beard Science by Penny Reid
Beard Science is a fairly recent read for me. It's the third instalment in the Winston Brothers series and focuses on Cletus Winston, who is considered a bit of an oddball around town. Meanwhile, Jenn Sylvester is known as the Banana Cake Queen. She is collapsing under the social media pressure and high expectations of her parents. When Cletus offers her his help in exchange for something Jenn has that could destroy him, who is she to say no?

While I loved the whole Winston Brothers series (Beard in Mind, Dr Strange Beard, etc were all amazing!), this one stood out to me the most because of the characters and relationship. Nice to note is also that this series contains a lot of rep (mental health, diverse characters) that has actually been diligently researched. In short, not a single reason to not pick up this book ASAP! 

I think these should be enough to last throughout the rest of the month. I read a lot of romances (a lot of them hits, most of them misses) so this list keeps expanding. These are definitely part of my top favorites, though! To end on a lovely note, I hope everyone has a nice Valentine's day (in my case Galentine's!) or just a good regular ole' Thursday! ♥



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