If you’re a shameless romance novel addict like me, then you’re always on the lookout for the next book boyfriend to obsess over. Well, look no further. Below are my favorite *romance novels for your reading pleasure this Valentine’s Day.
*More like novels featuring a strong romance plot
*Some are YA. Some are adult. Some are VERY adult (marked with a *)
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Hands down the BEST romance novel of all time. Don’t let the size of the book scare you. It’s a must read.
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: An epic, highly-satisfying, sweeping romance. We’re talking spanning years and continents.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Classics aren’t really my thing so I never intended to fall in love with this book. But I did. A lot.
- Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte: Ditto.
- Unteachable by Leah Raeder ***: Switching gears here for a hot teacher-student romance. Like, sweltering hot. And sweet, weirdly. And kind of literary? Am I selling this yet? Basically I’m on a warpath to get every person I know to read this book because it’s just that good.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I’m a sucker for both the rags to riches and underdog triumps tropes, and this Cinderella retelling does not disappoint.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maass: Love triangle between a badass female assassin, a prince, and the prince’s captain of the guard. How could you not love it? (Unless of course you hate love triangles which pshhh.)
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: Easily my favorite book last year. ‘Nuff said.
- Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: Another favorite from last year. Lots of kissing. Lots of deception. (Gosh someone should just hire me for PR I’m so good at this).
- The Selection by Kiera Cass: Just plain addicting.
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: Road-trip romance with a bit of sweetness and a bit of edge. Read it in one sitting. Still think about it.
- Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: Edgy romance between a hotheaded former cancer patient and the loyal best friend who stuck by her side during treatment, only to get kicked to the curb when she recovered. Fans of flawed characters will eat this up (please tell me this is you because perfection is boring amirite?)
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a FUN romance. This one fits the bill. Read all 3 books in the series and enjoyed every one.
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: Maybe you’re in a weird mood this Valentine’s Day? Maybe you want to read about depressing incestuous romance?
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Modern classic YA. If you haven’t read this yet than we can’t be friends.
- (Bonus!) Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Thrilling squealy hot alien romance.
There you have it! What do you think of my choices? What are YOUR favorite romance novels?