I refuse to take notice of the fact that I’m listening to driver’s license amongst other songs that are considered “sad” this weekend, so do with that what you will.
Yes, I was being dramatic but also I am kinda only in the mood for sad music. Truly no idea why. Who else has been streaming driver’s license and acts indifferent but is also very invested in that drama?
Okay, I’ll stop now because we are here for happy books and smiles. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I mean, it’s technically tomorrow (in my time zone) but I’m trying to be slightly on time.
Before we start, wanted to let ya know I was going to make this part of the Distracting Yourself series however idk if it fits, but I would like to say that social distancing is still a thing my friends. I hope you’re listening and adhering to guidelines.
Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to do something fun for a Valentine’s Day post, and whilst this isn’t unique or anything, you may have noticed that I’ve been reading quite a lot of romance lately. Idk did you pick up on that? So I may have a few recommendations up my sleeve. This list consists mostly of adult romance however I threw in some YA romance, just for funsies.
Also, if you’re looking for romantic movie recommendations, I did do THAT post so you can click HERE to head on over there. I’m quite proud of that post. Enjoy xoxo
𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎, 𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚌𝚛𝚞𝚒𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚙? 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍
Shipped by Angie Hockman
Starting it off with a rather recent release that I had the pleasure of reading via eARC last year and lemme tell you, it is SO MUCH FUN. You’ll just be shipped off on this wondrous adventure. Ha, I’m funny, I know.
Anyways, this book just has all of my favourite elements. We got great banter, non-cringey pop culture references, sibling relationships and a fun romance. It was made for success. It’s about these two co-workers who work for a cruise ship company and they’re both after a promotion. It’s pitched as The Hating Game meets The Unhoneymooners, both of which I don’t like, but it is pretty accurate.
Shipped is just such a perfect form of escapism. I really enjoyed the writing style and relationship dynamics. Definitely recommend it for a feel-good romance that flies by super fast. Or should I say swims past?? Okay, that was bad.
𝚕𝚎𝚝’𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚋𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚗𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚒𝚗 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 , 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝’𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔
Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
The way I’m silently obsessed with this series truly boggles my mind but Talia is just a QUEEN. And I don’t know how she does it.
I,,, oof don’t how to describe this one. I kinda got it there, it’s literally about these two co-workers who decide to fake-date after a video of them goes viral at work. But then they realise there’s uh… sexual tension. And they don’t control the hormones and, well you can probably guess where it goes from there. It’s a fun time.
The banter is absolutely amazing and we love British humour in this household. It’s witty and fast and so much fun. Both this one and Get A Life, Chloe Brown are both packed with diversity. I also have an eARC of the upcoming finale of this series Act Your Age, Eve Brown and I CANNOT WAIT.
Oh and also, don’t be confused by the cutesy cover, these books are VERY steamy. That is all. Have fun <3
𝚢𝚎𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚏𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚐𝚊𝚢
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Eeeepp I am so excited to scream at you about this one. Because if you haven’t read it yet, then I can pretty much guarantee this book is going to fill a gooey hole you didn’t even know you had.
First of all, I just need to say that before you even start this book, GET THE AUDIOBOOK. Just do it, you can trust me on this one. It’s what I did and I’m telling you the experience is going to be 1000x better. The narrator just makes it so so so so much fun. That was a lot of so’s but it’s true.
I read along with the audiobook and it was like I was watching this hilarious movie. The humour is brilliant. Yes, it’s also British which is probably the reason why. It follows these two guys who have never really liked each other. They have mutual friends so spend time in their general vicinities upon occasion. Until they both land up needing dates for different events and have no other options, so they play fake boyfriends. The drama goes down. Maybe they’re not fake anymore? You get the drill.
Read it. Do it for me. Do it for society. Just read it.
Click here for a blog post review.
𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚠𝚊𝚛 𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚓𝚘𝚒𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚊𝚢𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚜 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚘𝚜 𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚞𝚎𝚜
Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington
Welp, I realised that this book is much harder to explain than I thought but it is literally what I said. We follow these two characters who go away to the same lake every summer, and it’s always been to the same neighbouring lake houses because the families are friends. Coincidence? Yes. Anyways, they don’t like each other and play prank wars every year, until one year when it turns out they need to work together. Drama.
This one was just… so much fun. Honestly, don’t know how else to say it and you would expect fun from the synopsis haha. I mean LOOK at that cover!! The banter is A+. The setting is transportive. It’s also kinda a sports romance as both the main characters are swimmers. And I really enjoyed the romance. This one is a YA contemporary btw and I was thoroughly shocked by how much I liked it because I hadn’t heard much.
Definitely recommend this one, especially for Valentine’s, as it’s easy to whizz through and will leave you with all the warm, fuzzy feelings.
Click here for a blog post review.
𝚊 𝚠𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 𝚠𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚕
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
When I say this book takes the sharing the bed trope to a whole new level, I’m not kidding. You probably already know what this one is about but I just love screaming about it so here we are. I’ll absolutely botch trying to explain the premise, so here’s what’s on the cover:
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
What a great time amirite? This one managed to make my 2020 favourites and just,,, it’s so good and I want more people to love it. I know it’s got rather polarising opinions, some love it and some hate it. But I want to scream at you anyways. This one was one of the first adult romances I read and I still think about it all time. It’s just so refreshing and in my opinion, one of the healthiest romances out there.
It deals with being in an emotionally abusive relationship (not between the main couple) and also about working in palliative care. I really loved the two main characters together and found the romance really sweet. Definitely give it a go if you haven’t.
𝚊 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚗 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚛𝚘𝚖-𝚌𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚟𝚎 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
I don’t know if my love for this book clear, but I love this book. I’ve read it twice now and ugh it just,,, means so much to me.
It may be a miss for some people but it came to me at just the right time. It’s a very “fluffy” YA rom-com but it also deals with academic stress and just general coming-of-age things, which is what stuck out most for me. It’s such a perfect blend of the absurd romantic comedy plot without it being too far-fetched and also relatable in a lot of ways.
It basically follows these two teens in their senior year of high school, that find themselves amidst a Twitter feud between their families’ respective food businesses, one of which is a huge chain restaurant and the other a small deli. So they’re rivals but also kind of best friends on an anonymous texting app aka they don’t know they’re texting the other. Sense the You’ve Got Mail vibes?
And in my opinion, it is GOLDEN. The author is young and manages to get the teen experience so spot on. Not only that but internet culture is so seamlessly integrated into the story. Which is not always the case and a lot of the times, is quite cringe. I found the romance super adorable and shipped them SO hard.
If you haven’t read, just do yourself a favour and pick it up. It’s one of the best YA contemporaries I’d read in a long time.
Click here for a blog post review.
𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚛𝚢 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Okay okay, hear me out. This may not be the ~perfect~ romance for this particular day because yes, it is sad. However, you should read it anyway because it’s one of my favourites and I have no shame in recommending it.
I have heard… mixed reviews so I mean it isn’t for anyone. But this book is exactly my kind of romance. Not in terms of it being very sad, because it is sad, but it’s a perfect balance. For me. I’m very picky with adult romance and I’ve come to realise that I need to have something else to balance out the romance. The plot can’t just be strictly romance for me. If that makes sense? Lmao, probably not.
Anyways, I don’t want to give too much away because I think it’s best going in rather blind. This one is about two writers who happen to be vacationing at neighbouring houses. THE COINCIDENCE. Both are dealing with writer’s block so they decide to try and “swap” genres (one writes romance and the other literary fiction). But our female main character also happens to be going through the death of her father and a… okay, I won’t say anything else. I want you to be surprised.
Not only did I ADORE this romance, like I LOVED the two main characters separately AND together. But the writing is absolutely beautiful and the banter is A+. It’s transportive and emotional and just oof such a good book. Highly recommend.
But prepare tissues. You will cry. I did and I don’t cry often.
Click here for a blog post review.
𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚟𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚕𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚏 𝚜𝚘, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚘𝚠𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
You probably think I’m joking but I’m really not. You should reread it. It only gets better. And it’s for the gays. Why are you not rereading already??
Do I even need to try and pitch this to you? I’ll be brief because I know you already know what it’s about. It’s an alternate reality: a woman won the 2016 USA presidential election. The prince of England is a closeted gay. They don’t like each other and accidentally make fools of themselves at the fake royal wedding when the cake is knocked over during an argument. Oops. Public relations makes forces them to make nice and be fake friends. But idk maybe it becomes more? Fun times.
There’s a reason this was my favourite of 2019. It’s THAT good. I reread it last year. Still good. It’s also one of my comfort reads and I cry. We love this alternate reality. The writing is witty and fun. The banter is off the charts. The romance is amazing and I’d jump off a cliff for them.
I recommend you read it. Like a lot. It’s amazing. I did you a favour.
Also, this Valentines is literally the perfect time to finally get around to it if you’ve been under a rock *wink wink*
Click here for a blog post review.
𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚐𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚔𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚒𝚍𝚗’𝚝 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎
From Lukov, with Love by Mariana Zapata
The amount of times I go back and reread my favourite scenes from this book is starting to become unhealthy and I need HELP.
I,, am literally obsessed and I don’t know what I’m doing with myself. I don’t know how Mariana Zapata did it BUT IT’S SO GOOD AND YOU ALL NEED TO READ IT SO WE CAN SCREAM TOGETHER. Please.
Let me pitch this to you: it’s about figure skaters, specifically pairs skating, and our main character needs a partner. She gets approached by her (normally) arch-nemesis, who also happens to be her best friend’s brother, who also happens to need a partner. So what do we have? A perfect match.
That was a bad explanation but oh well.
You’re not really interested in figure skating? Huh neither was I until I read THIS BOOK. It’s so unexpectedly good. The writing is great and so skilful. It’s funny and the banter is spot on. Banter is always important in romance, my friends. The characters are so well-written and fleshed out, they each have very distinct personalities and I love the development also. But the actual relationship between the two characters is what makes it so good. Their dynamic is just amazing, they fit so well and it’s literally *chef’s kiss* beautiful.
It’s also slow-burn perfection. Like the slowest slow-burn and exactly my kind of slow-burn.
Read it. Read it. Read it. Read it.
𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚢 𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚡𝚎𝚜
Always Only You by Chloe Liese
I think I’ve only talked about this book once on here but it was my first 5-star of the year and it was… brilliant. And I need more people to read and love it.
I say hockey romance, but only one of our two main characters is a hockey player. Don’t want to be misleading. Our other main character is the social media manager of the hockey team. And my friends, there is PINING. A lot of pining. Which is all you could ever need in romance. The two land up spending a lot of time together and become friends, later more. And it’s great.
This book has own-voices autism representation, which was one of my favourite parts. But I also ADORED the writing style omg. I find in a lot of contemporary, authors try to sound witty and modern, but it is hardly ever funny or “authentic” for me. But this was and I LOVED IT. I also loved the sports romance aspect of the story, the romance is also quite slow-burn, though there are sexy scenes throughout.
More people need to read it because I honestly think it’d be a favourite. I had the best time. I flew through it, I smiled and I swooned. All the best feelings and I definitely recommend <3
And there we have it. Romance is the absolute best and I hope you love these ones.
Please, I highly encourage you to come and shout at me if/when you do read them. Cry if you need to. I’ll be your emotional support.
Oh and hopefully, with these books, this won’t be us ahahah. Happy Valentine’s Day *nervous laughter* < 3
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ROMANCE BOOKS? OR JUST YOUR FAVOURITE COUPLES? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS? WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS VALENTINES? I’D LOVE TO KNOW!