Romance Novels to Read this Winter

Romance Novels to Read this Winter

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.

Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton

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.

The Bucket List by Georgia Clark

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.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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?

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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.

2017 Valentine’s Day Reads

I don’t know about you, but I had a lot of fun watching 50 Shades Darker this weekend as my own little Valentine’s Day gift!

With the opening of 50 Shades Darker over the weekend and a very popular romantic holiday coming up, I figured I’d give you a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day reads.

Whether you’re spending the day solo or with someone you love, nothing gets you in the mood like a good old fashion romance novel. The idea of quivering members and heaving bosoms doesn’t really get me in the mood, but if you’re in the mood for love you should definitely check out these reads. I decided to go with the ones that have a little bit of complication, but in the end everyone gets that happily ever after.

Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

33037374Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good. 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

17788401When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

25486998While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

 

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

13132816Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

17838528Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

 

Also, you can just read 50 Shades of Grey if you’re not doing anything special and have a few hours to waste :/