Six romances to spend Valentine’s Day

Are you a hopeless romantic who always reads about all things love? Whether you’re single or in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, the Daily Book Review has you covered. Some of these books are fantastic, while others are contemporary romances that deserve all the hype. With a wide variety of romances and tropes galore, here are six books we think you’ll love.

“Love and Other Words” by Christina Lauren

“Love and Other Words” by best friends and the co-writing duo who go by the name of “Christina Lauren” will not only bring you to tears, but restore your faith in the trope of friends to lovers.

Macy Sorensen is the woman with a plan. All she has to do is focus on her job, marry her older (and financially stable) fiancé, and, most importantly, push the mere thought of Elliot Petropoulos to the back of her mind. Her plan is going perfectly until she meets him for the first time in 10 years.

After Macy’s mother died, her father bought a summer house outside of San Francisco where she spent all her weekends and summers growing up – with Elliot. Still locked in reading and discussing words together, the two formed a seemingly everlasting friendship. When their friendship turned into something more, it didn’t take long for everything to be ruined in one night.

Told in two timelines — from when Macy and Elliot meet as teenagers to when they reunite as adults — “Love and Other Words” is a heartwarming tale of second chances, first love and loss. As we put down roots for Macy and Elliot to find their way, we too yearn for a love that can stand the test of time.

— Ava Seaman, Daily Art Editor

“Take a Hint, Dani Brown” by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert’s “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” is about how a woman who doesn’t believe in romance ends up in a fake relationship with her friend from work after she accidentally goes viral.

As a doctoral student, Danika Brown is a focused and career-oriented woman. She doesn’t have time for relationships, especially after the way things ended with her last girlfriend. Plus, she prefers to have something casual with no commitment required. Former rugby player Zafir Ansari works as a security guard at Dani University. Although he has a brooding exterior, he is a hopeless romantic who just wants his own happiness forever. Her heart, however, is guarded since an accident that devastated her family.

Dani and Zaf are just friends, but after Zaf heroically saves Dani during a fire drill and the rescue is caught on video, the two go viral. With everyone – including the universe – encouraging them to make it official as #DrRugbae, they start to pretend. Zaf needs the publicity for his kids’ sports charity, and Dani could definitely benefit from the friends-with-benefits situation they agree on. What do they have to lose?

This hilarious and sexy contemporary romance explores the idea of ​​vulnerability in relationships while tackling heavier topics like anxiety and grieving the death of loved ones. Filled with diverse and lovable characters, “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” is the romantic comedy you won’t want to put down.

— Ava Seaman, Daily Art Editor

“It Happened One Summer” by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey’s “It Happened One Summer” is perfect for anyone looking for a fun, spicy romance in the vein of “Schitt’s Creek.”

Piper Bellinger is a Los Angeles socialite known for her nightlife and short-lived relationships. After her last adventure goes wrong and she ends up behind bars, her stepfather puts his foot down. He sends Piper and her sister Hannah to spend the summer learning responsibilities in a small fishing town where their late father grew up. When the sisters arrive, they meet local fishing boat captain Brendan Taggart, who doesn’t like newcomers but can’t seem to stay away from Piper. Brendan is too grumpy for her and Piper is too spoiled for him – they’re the perfect match.

As Piper finds herself living in a mouse-infested apartment above their father’s old bar, she sets out to restore the bar to its former glory and prove to everyone around her, especially Brendan. , that she is able to do something on her own.

“It Happened One Summer” is an interesting summer romance peppered with authentic self-discovery and characters with chemistry that dances across the page.

— Ava Seaman, Daily Art Editor

Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

(TW: sexual assault)

Lily King’s fifth novel is just as gripping and well-delivered as her previous work and perfect for anyone hoping to read about love but also about loss, grief and hardship.

“Five Tuesdays in Winter” features 10 short stories all focusing on different characters that are written with immense care and complexity. Among other exciting characters, the reader discovers a bookseller trying to find love again, a mother-daughter couple going through loss, and a woman pulled in two different directions when it comes to her love life. “Five Tuesdays in Winter” doesn’t just cover romantic love — although there are plenty of them — but instead delves into the desire and need for love at all costs, whether platonic, familial or otherwise. share.

This book is not easy to read, far from it. Some stories are difficult to read as the characters come to terms with the sometimes violent events of their past and present. However, what shines through is King’s ability to leave the reader feeling hopeful, not just for the characters, but for humanity itself.

— Isabella Kassa, daily arts writer

“Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell

For Harry Potter fans, Rainbow Rowell’s “Carry On” is the romance JK Rowling never gave her readers.

Simon Snow is the “chosen one” who returns to the School of Sorcery for his senior year. While everyone is hoping Simon can save their world from the evil Insidious Humdrum, Simon is upset because he just went through a breakup and his vampire roommate Baz, who he claims is his “nemesis”, has been missing. for the first two months of the school year, much to Simon’s dismay. The story really begins when Baz enters and joins forces with Simon to help defeat evil – while becoming “friends” and ultimately, more than that.

If any of this sounds familiar, you’ve probably read Harry Potter. While “Carry On” may very well stand on its own, it is enhanced with some background knowledge because it is essentially well-written fanfiction – superior to anything you might find on Wattpad. While the plot is quite interesting, what really shines is Simon and Baz’s relationship, which is every bit as romantic as a good enemies-to-lovers trope should be.

— Isabella Kassa, daily arts writer

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” stands out not only as a solid addition to the fantasy fiction genre but also as a love story worthy of hype he received.

Told in flashbacks between early 1700s France and present-day New York City, “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” spans many historical events and time periods. When Addie LaRue is forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she makes a deal with the god of night that will allow her to escape the nuptials and give her all the time and freedom she desires, on the condition that no one does. never remember her – until someone does.

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” is a testament to the power and intimacy of being truly known to another person and is a perfect read for someone looking for an epic love story with a plot twist. support.

— Isabella Kassa, daily arts writer

Daily Arts writers Isabella Kassa and Ava Seaman can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected].

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