HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, friends! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite romances and why I loved them!
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle — While I would argue that this book isn’t solely about the love between romantic partners but it is also about the love shared between friends. Especially life long friends that we would do anything for. I read this book in one day and was left a blubbering mess on more than one occasion.
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley — Oh, my heart! This book was so much more than I anticipated it to be. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning to finish this book and, as I closed the last page, I couldn’t stop the tears from falling. Colleen Oakley managed to write this incredible book and bring to life characters with such sincere depth that it blew me away.
Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne — what a fun book this was! This is the second installment in the Central Park Pact series. I fell head over heels in love with Claire Hayes and Scott. While there were instances that frustrated the heck out me, why can’t they just admit that they have feelings for one another?? Those instances are what made me love the storyline; it kept me interested and made me keep reading so that I could see where Claire and Scott ended up.
This is Not How it Ends by Rochelle B. Weinstein — This is another one that requires tissues and… I mean a lot of tissues. This story is truly a beautiful testimony to love, loss, and forgiveness. I’m not talking about just the forgiveness of others but also the forgiveness of ourselves. Charlotte is the perfect example that we can’t be perfect and despite having a perfect life, sometimes our heart is just led someplace else.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams — I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I ADORED this book! It was hilarious, witty, touching and brilliant. I was constantly laughing, out loud, at all of the antics that ensued in the 339 pages of this book. I could picture every single character so vividly that I felt like I was watching a movie unfold before my eyes. I could not get enough of the characters and I haven’t loved a main male character in a long long time but I have a serious crush on Gavin Scott. He reminded me a bit of my husband and that just made me love him even more.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker — It has been a long time since a book made me truly cry real, lip trembling, unstoppable tears. I knew what direction the storyline was likely to go about halfway through but the last 30 pages or so completely wrecked me. Honestly, I was grateful to have been reading the book at home, alone because my husband probably would’ve thought something was wrong. No, it was just this profoundly moving storyline transpiring before me and making me feel so many different emotions at the same time. It may have been my favorite book of 2019…
From Scratch by Tembi Locke — While this book was not intended to be solely a romance, I took a lot from the words of Tembi Locke as she described her life with her husband and the pure love that they felt for one another. This memoir is not solely about the love Tembi had with her husband but the love that she feels for her daughter, her mother-in-law and her life.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver — For those of us who have lost someone, someone who we deeply loved, I’m sure the thought has crossed our minds as to how much we would love to have just one more day… one more conversation with our loved one. But, can you imagine being able to live a life with them as though nothing had happened? To be able to see where their life took them? The person that they grew to become? To have the opportunity to hug them or look them deep in the eyes? That’s the gift that Lydia Bird was given after losing her fiancé.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore— What a fun romance story this was! I was hesitant at first as it is not from a period that I normally read but once I was able to adjust to the dialogue between characters, I fell in love with the story. This book is full of humor, romance and lots and lots of steam.
Well Met by Jen Deluca — This book has been all of bookstagram lately and I finally read it this week! It was worth all of the hype surrounding it. I loved the setting the storyline and instantly fell in love with Simon despite his tough exterior. Jen Deluca knows how to write a romance that holds your attention and has you falling for all of the characters. If you haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, I highly recommend that you add it to your list!
Some honorable mentions that I don’t have copies of as I have lent out to my friends are Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and Happy Friday!!