- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
I am sure most are familiar with this book trilogy, if not by the books themselves then by their very popular film adaptations on Netflix. Even if you already know the story from having seen the movie, I would still recommend reading the books. The books go into more detail than the movie (in my opinion) and elaborate further on the character development than the films. Jenny Han writes such sweet, lovable characters and provides a fluffy romance that any reader would love. I guarantee you will fly through these books and be left feeling much lighter and happier. A great Valentine’s Day activity would be cozying up in your bed with some chocolate and reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to see the adorable romance unfold between Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
If you aren’t the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day and find yourself cringing at hopeless romantics and cheesy rom-com’s, Normal People is the perfect romance book for you. The novel follows the relationship between Marianne and Connell through high school and the years beyond. Marianne and Connell have an unexplainable connection, that never truly fades throughout the years even as they both attend college at Trinity College in Dublin. They keep finding their way back to each other, although their relationship is unconventional and messy. Rooney does an amazing job of writing a realistic, messy love story, that the reader roots for nonetheless. This book is perfect for those who are feeling a bit more cynical this Valentine’s Day but still want to read a book with a romance they will be extremely invested in.
- Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
Bringing Down the Duke is the ideal book for anyone recovering from a Bridgerton hangover. The historical romance follows Annabelle Archer, one of the University of Oxford’s first female students. She is able to attend the university through a scholarship granted by the Woman’s Suffrage Movement and has to help the organization achieve its goals in exchange for the funding. When attempting to convince influential, powerful men to support the suffragist cause, Annabelle finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the Duke of Montgomery. This novel will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page, as you are hoping these two characters will find a way to be together, despite their differences in status that make it seemingly impossible. The mix of feminism, romance, and historical drama will leave you wanting more once you’ve finished this book.
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red, White & Royal Blue is a fresh and funny romance novel that is an absolute must-read. The First Son of the United States, Alex, and the British Prince Henry have been nemesis’ for years. After they have a confrontation at a royal wedding, the two are forced to endure a fake friendship to assure the tabloids that American/British relations are friendly. The more time the two spend forced together, the more they begin to actually enjoy each other’s company, and the platonic nature of their relationship begins to blur. Alex and Henry are such lovable characters and their banter is so funny and entertaining. This modern romance is guaranteed to make you laugh and smile at the sweet romance. I highly recommend this book, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pick it up.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone has a happy and healthy day!