Yeah, I know. February=Valentine’s Day=Romance. How cliched, right?
But lets face it–aside from Westminster (do yourself a favor and
go watch. I’m not attending this year, but we have a couple of MW-adjacent dogs and owners competing), about all February has going for it is Valentine’s/Galantine’s Day.
Since I’m still on a reading binge, the least I can do is help you guys find a romance that fits your interests, or point you at one that might suck you into the genre. Below are some of my favorites, everything from multicultural Pride and Prejudice retellings to Space Opera. Feel free to drop any of your recommendations into the comments section.
Appetites & Vices. If you love historical fiction, this is you’re gateway book into romance. It’s our American version on Downton Abby, with class and caste struggles. The heroine is Jewish, and the hero is the son of a prominent Philadelphia family. Full disclosure–I am ridiculously excited about this debut, since the author is one of my fabulous criteria partners, and I got to read the first three books in the upcoming series.
Intercepted. Football fanatic? Any given Sunday? Tailgating and Super Bowl your thing? Love HBO’s Ballers? This is your romance, featuring the Maverick’s team, wives, drama, and #girlfriends.
I loved Intercepted so much, that I immediately preordered Fumbled, the next book in the series.
Still swooning over last year’s royal wedding (I am, and #NotAshamed)? Once Ghosted, a F/F novella from Alyssa Cole’s M/F Reluctant Royals series keeps the fairy tale going.
Looking for more underwater adventures after watching Aquaman? Try Hook–The Lure of the Mer.
Old School? Adore all things Pride and Prejudice? Grab a copy of Unmarriageable, a P&P set in contemporary Pakistan.
Pointe Noire is the first book in the erotic The Noire House series, this one set in the world of professional dance, with a ballerina heroine and a choreographer hero.
Tikka Chance On Me is a fun novella from Suleikha Snyder with a foodie twist (my catnip). The heroine is Indian American, and works in her family’s restaurant.
Fan of rom coms? The Proposal is the funny, quirky summer romance for you.
The Bride Test. From the author of The Kiss Quotient, one of my favorite reads last year. This one features an autistic hero and is set between Vietnam and the US.
Cosplay and love at a Con. What else do I have to say? Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale. This is a great intro to romance for the nerdy at heart. Book 2, The Princess and the Fangirl, is already out.
Into all things NOLA or harbor secret rock star dreams? Moonlight and Whiskey features a take-no-shit curvy heroine and a rock god hero. Preorder that puppy now.
YA fan? Theater fan? Hearts Unbroken is a YA about a Muskogee teen, by a Muskogee author, set against a school theater backdrop.
SciFi fan? Love Killjoys? Polaris Rising. A hot new Space Opera series, blurbed by Perdition authors Ilona Andrews? Yes, please.