Romance is one of the leading genres in books. I like romance but I don’t really read books that are purely romance. I’m not saying that I don’t read any romance but I like it more as a secondary plot in a book or mixed with other genres, particularly YA. I also think that with the rise of erotic romance, I’m seeing all romance books as that and I’m not about that life. It’s just not my thing. But of course, making them synonymous is my mistake and I really need to just separate the two. This post idea originally came from Danni Mae who used it as a freebie for Top Ten Tuesday! It was such a great post that I wanted to make a list of my own.
If you aren’t a fan of romance (or even if you are a fan), here are some of my recommendations:
**Caution: if you haven’t read the book, do not read the side note after the recommendation because they may contain spoilers**
Contemporary romance is the most common kind of romance novels. They’re set after World War II.
Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
You’ll be delve into the whirlwind romance between Allyson and Willem! Allyson has always had her life planned out. That is until she meets the laid-back Willem and they take an unplanned trip to Paris where sparks fly! It’s not just about their love story, it’s also about Allyson finding and loving herself.
Read the rest of their story in Just One Year and Just One Night.
Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
Isla has been in love with Josh for as long as she can remember. A chance encounter in a café, appropriately named Kismet (translation: fate), brings them together and starts the romance that she’s been dreaming of. When they go back to school, they face the typical hardships of being in a relationship.
Read the other companions to Isla in Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Lara Jean writes love letters to past crushes as a way to get over them. However, they somehow get sent out and she needs to do damage control because one of her letters goes to her neighbor/best friend/sister’s ex-boyfriend!
Read how it all ends in P.S. I Still Love You.
Side Note: I love Lara Jean with Peter! I hope that they end up together! I haven’t read P.S. I Still Love You and I’m nervous about the introduction of another love interest!
Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were kids. Everyone thought they were meant to be together. Right when they finally start seeing each other in ways other than friendship, Alex’s family moves away and Rosie gets pregnant while on the rebound from Alex. Told through emails, letters, and instant messaging, this book shows all the missed opportunities, misunderstandings, and what happens when time doesn’t quite align with fate.
Side Note: Anyone else angry with how long it took them to finally get together?! It was such a cute story but I wish that they got together sooner!
Historical romance books are set before World War II. I haven’t read many from this sub-genre, though.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin’s #1) by Robin LaFevers
Set in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, major historical events and people in the book were based on true events surrounding Anne of Brittany. Ismae escapes from an abusive arranged marriage and finds herself at the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters she gets trained as a deadly assassin.
Read the companion books Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart.
Side Note: I love the slow burn romance between Ismae and Gavriel! I also love the possibility of marriage between the two!
Fantasy romance have supernatural phenomena in its plot. This is where you find the magic, myths, and legends. There might be a fictional and imaginary world that you’re in. There might be vampires, demons, ghosts, witches, and other magical creatures.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Tessa Gray is invited to live in London by her brother, the only family she has left. Soon she discovers that her brother is has been taken hostage by something dark and supernatural. She finds aid from demon-slaying Shadowhunters (angel/human species) Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs.
Read the rest of the trilogy in Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.
Side Note: Who else loves Will and Tessa together? If you haven’t finished the trilogy, just don’t give up on Will yet!
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most notorious assassin! She has been serving her sentence in the Endovier salt mine when the Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard offers her a way to freedom: become the king’s Champion in the competition he’s holding. As the competition ensues, the competitors start getting gruesomely killed one by one. Will Celaena become the king’s Champion or will the evil dwelling in the castle get to her first?
Read the rest of Celaena’s story in The Assassin’s Blade, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire.
Side Note: Who do you ship? I love love love Dorian and Celaena! They’re so much fun and cute!
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines follows the story of Alchemist Sydney Sage. They keep the vampires a secret from the humans. Now she’s sent out on a mission to Palm Springs to protect vampire royalty Jill Dragomir from being murdered by her own kind. With the Alchemists’ extreme distaste for vampires, Sydney is worried about being accused of sympathizing with them.
Read the rest of the Bloodlines series with The Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows, and Ruby Circle. Meet Sydney Sage in the prequel series with Rose Hathaway in The Vampire Academy.
Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
Ellie Monroe is your normal teenager .. or so she thought. She starts having nightmares of monsters and reapers coming to kill her. On her 17th birthday, Will awakens her powers. She’s never met him but she feels like she’s known him for centuries. He tells her that she can wield angelfire that can kill these monsters that hunt humans. Little does she know that she’s actually a part of a war raging for centuries between angels and the fallen.
Finish up the trilogy with Wings of the Wicked and Shadows in the Silence.
Science Fiction romance has more of a futuristic feeling with parallel universes, aliens, time travel,and so on. We’ll also see dystopias on here!
Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katy and her mother move in to a new state to start a new life. While moving in, she meets her new neighbor Daemon. He is drop dead gorgeous but his attitude and arrogance erases that all away. Then he saves Katy from an attack by freezing time because .. well, he’s apparently an alien! However, the more she hangs out with Daemon and his twin sister Dee, the more danger she and the twins are in.
Read more of the alien sci-fi in Onyx, Opal, Origin, and Opposition.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
In a futuristic Cinderella fairytale retelling, Letumosis has been ravaging the population of New Beijing where Cinder works as a renowned mechanic. When the handsome Prince Kai asks for her help with his cyborg, her life changes and she becomes involved in politics, love, and an intergalactic power struggle.
Read the rest of the series and other fairytale retellings in Scarlet, Cress, Fairest and the upcoming Winter.
The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
The bachelor meets dystopia when 35 girls are randomly selected for a chance to win the heart of the Crown Prince Maxon Schreave and a chance to the future queen of Illea. America didn’t want to be selected. She wanted to stay in her caste and one day marry her boyfriend Aspen. When she becomes part of the selection, she finds that her life will never be the same.
Read the rest of the series in The Elite, The One, and The Heir.
These are some of my favorite books with my favorite love stories! What are your go-to romance novels? Have you read any of the books I’ve recommended? Let me know below in the comments section! I’d love to hear what you thought of them.