Now that it’s December, I’ve got to be honest. I love reading romance in the winter. It’s similar to watching those cheesy Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies. The world is a tough place and sometimes you just want to end your year with good cheer, good news, and a little love.
So I’ve put together a list of my favorite romances I read this year. They may not fit into the perfect romance category, but I’ve loved them and I hope you pick them up and love them too.
This one was a slow burning contemporary romance with a little bit of the sads. It’ll definitely give you a boost this winter especially since the first scene is during the wintertime. I loved how they swapped music, shared stories, and almost lived the same life. Definitely one that will put a smile on your face.
I wouldn’t call this a straight-forward romance, but it does have romantic undertones. The story follows a young woman who is just diagnosed with the BRCA-1 gene. If you’re not aware, this is one of the genes detected in women who develop breast cancer. The best preventative surgery is to have a mastectomy, but as a young person, Lacey isn’t ready yet to part with her breasts. It’s such a good heartfelt story that many women will relate to and of course there’s sex.
This book blew me away. Yes, it’s a romance. Yes, it’s got diversity with a male escort taht Stella hires to learn to be a better girlfriend. But it’s also got a character who lives within the autism spectrum. It’s also got compassion and love and someone who loves you unconditionally. Get yourself a man who looks at you the way Michael looks at Stella.
If you’re a big book nerd like myself, then you’ll imagine yourself laying at the bottom of your closet with Elliot in this book. This romance was my absolute favorite from the year. It’s got a little bit of mystery, a really cute boy, and a relationship that I envy so hard. It’ll keep you warm on those chilly winter nights. I mean, who doesn’t love a nerdy bookish boy to read with everyday?
OMG, if you need sex in your reading this might be the one for you. While I’ve the tendency to blush every time I read a sex scene, this one topped it all. When Alexa and Drew meet for the first time in the elevator, you’re a little skeptical that Drew asks Alexa to join him at his best friend’s wedding. But what emerges from that encounter is a really great love story where people actually try and be there for one another.