Valentine’s Day is almost here and love is in the air. What better way to get into the spirit than with some romance novels. Whether you’re happily in a relationship or not, we could all use a little romance this time of year. Even if that’s a ‘what happened to my husband?’ kind of romance.
There are so many different types of romance genres out there. Everything from rom-coms to suspense and historical romance to smut (aka erotica). While I’ve read a little bit of everything, my top three favorite genres are historical romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense.
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30 Romance Novels to Read
Did you know that most of your favorite binge-worthy shows started as books? Shows like Virgin River, Outlander, Bridgerton were all book series before they were shows. The idea for Grey’s Anatomy even came from a medical book.
This list of romance novels is a compilation of books I’ve read or ones I want to read. You won’t like them all, but I’m sure you’ll find something you’re interested in! If you want to know which ones I’ve read and how I rated them, check out my goodreads profile.
There are a few authors who I LOVE and would read all of their books. You’ll see that I’ve shared some authors more than once. But for the most part, I tried to give a variety. I know that not everyone has or enjoys the same writing style.
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In my opinion, romantic comedies are a great way to get into reading. It’s safe to say all love those cheesy hallmark Christmas movies. Even though the all have basically the same plot and are totally predictable, we watch them every year. Rom-Com novels are a lot like that. They are light-hearted, easy reads. You fall in love with the characters and can’t stop reading.
Last year I really got into historical fiction, specifically the World War 2 era. I’m also slightly obsessed with the Victorian and Regency eras. Now throw in a romance and I’m hooked! If you love watching Bridgerton, you’ll enjoy these historical romance selections. Most of them are very similar.
I’ve been listening to Chanel Cleeton’s novels about Cuba on audio and I’m really enjoying those. I’m not sure they are really considered historical romance because of the time period. But theres a ton of history and romance, so we are going to to go with it.
Side Note: If you are watching Bridgerton on Netflix, the first two seasons correspond with book 1 (The Duke & I) and book 2 (The Viscount Who Loved Me). Season 3 will follow the story of Penelope and Colin, which is book 4 (Romancing Mister Bridgerton).
Not feeling the love this season, but still want to read a romance, try a suspenseful romance. These have characters who are/were in love, but with a little mystery and thrill added in. It’s the perfect combo if you’re not into all that cheesy romance stuff.
Verity by Colleen Hoover was one of my top 5 favorite books last year. If you read anything this month, let it be that one!
Audible Exclusive Romances
Don’t have time to sit and read? No problem. Try an audiobook! You can download apps like hoopla and libby that allow you to check out audiobooks for free using your library card. Or, my personal favorite, download Audible.
Audible is a monthly subscription through Amazon Prime that gives you a monthly book credit to listen to any book you’d like. You also get access to an entire library of Audible Exclusives with unlimited downloads. You can try out a seven day free trial and listen to these valentine’s day exclusives.
What Romance novels am I reading this month?
How could I recommend all of these romance novels and not tell you what I’m reading this month?!
I’m kicking off the holiday season reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. I’m the girl that has to read the book before I can watch the tv show. So before season 3 comes out on netflix, I have to get this one in. Truthfully, I have no idea when the next season comes out. But Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse for this one.
I’m reading One Day In December by Josie Silver with my book club. It’s a cheesy, light hearted rom-com.
On my audible queue: The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh, Beauty and the Mustache, Sex, Lies, and Online Dating.
And then there’s the stack I picked up at the library that I may or may not get to: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, Lease on Love by Falon Ballard, Royal by Danielle Steel.
Here’s to Reading More This Year!
If you’re not a big reader, now is the best time to start. Not because it’s Valentine’s Day, but because these are really great books. And why put off until tomorrow what you could start today?!
I like to buy one book a month to build up my at-home library. All the other books I read are from the library or borrowed from friends. The library is the best place to start if you’re new to reading. But if you’re like me and wanting to add more great books to your home library, you can shop all these books and more on my Amazon Storefront.
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