Let’s talk about: Romantic novels!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating or not, here are thirty books that will give you serious 😍.

romantic comedy:

💞 The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey
💞 The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
💞 Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
💞 Slightly Stalky by Amy Vansant


💞 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
💞 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
💞 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💞 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
💞 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
💞 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

young adult:

💞 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
💞 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
💞 Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
💞 The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
💞 The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers
💞 The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

new adult:

💞 The Deal by Elle Kennedy
💞 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💞 Remember When by T. Torrest
💞 Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

on the steamier side + some erotica:

💞 Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin
💞 Frenched by Melanie Harlow
💞 Personal Escort by Ainsley Booth

enemies to lovers:

💞 Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey
💞 Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
💞 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

contemporary romance:

💞 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
💞 Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon
💞 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher
💞 Roomies by Christina Lauren

What are your favorite romantic reads? Do you have any Valentine’s plans? (I don’t since it’s a Wednesday and I work.)

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten favorite romances

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! In honor of Valentine’s Day, today is all about romance! Specifically, favorite romance tropes.  I have a few favorite tropes, so I’ll break it down by category.  I also want to say that it was so hard to choose just ten books overall, so please please please, if you want more examples, let me know!

Imagine not only living by someone your own age, but having that person be utterly adorable and having them feel the same about you.  Never happened to me, but it seems like it would be great.


I love a book (and a guy) that can make me laugh. Sometimes I’m up for some serious heartache, and other times I just want something light.  It’s very, very rare that a rom-com will disappoint me.


I don’t know if I’d go for my opposite in real life, but sometimes reading about people who are like night and day that actually end up falling in love is great.  It’s particularly great when one is a grumpy jerk and the other is a ray of sunshine.


Is there anybody alive who hasn’t fallen in love with their best friend at some point? Whether anything came of it or not, I think we all have a soft spot for these stories.


I swore I would never get into “those stepbrother books.”  Well, I did.  Oops.  It’s not so much the taboo for me, but they always have such good buildup before anything happens!  These authors make you work for it! There’s none of this sex-by-page-two nonsense with this trope.


Honorable mentions (or, if this were called Top Twenty Tuesday):

  • rockstar romance
  • best friend’s brother
  • brother’s best friend
  • unexpected coworkers
  • roommates

What are your favorite tropes?

ARC review: The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonGoodreads
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Source: ARC via Netgalley


Her bosom heaved at an alarming rate as his rough hand found its way down to her soft, yet wiry briar patch…

Can you say briar patch in a romance novel? What about meat sword? That’s what it is…a meat sword, right, all meaty and sword like, slaying through the inner dungeons of a woman’s dark desires. What about breasts? Do bosoms really heave?

God, I have no idea what happens when private parts touch.

I’m a virgin trying to write a romance novel and can’t seem to write past a sex scene thanks to my lack of experience.

My two best friends encourage me to drop the pen for a while and gain some real life practice through multiple dating facets such as blind dates, online profiles, and random hookups.

But losing my virginity is proving to be tougher than expected…

Rosie Bloom loves to escape in a good romance novel. She’d love even more to write them. But she’s unable to even utter the word “sex” (she prefers “friskiness”), and she’s recently found out from her roommates that “briar patch,” “pleasure garden,” and “lady folds” are not good euphemisms. Consequently, Rosie’s finding that her virgin status might be impeding her future career. With help from her two best friends, Henry and Delaney, Rosie sets off on a whirlwind dating tour, trying whatever she can to gain some experience. She goes on date after date with co-workers, dating site matches, friends of friends, and even random strangers – each one ending worse than the last. Her hilarious, cringe-worthy dates are bad enough that any sane person would give up… but not Rosie.

The Virgin Romance Novelist has to be the most hilarious book I’ve read this year. From the first page, the easy writing style and witty dialogue won me over. I laughed so hard that I woke my boyfriend up. I may have even woken the neighbors up. I wouldn’t be surprised – that’s how funny this book is. But it’s not just funny. It’s also heartwarming. And a little angsty. Very embarrassing. And romantic. Not to mention sexy. It’s a little bit of everything, really. But mostly funny.

Throughout the book, I knew exactly how it was going to end, but getting there was a great ride. I was rooting for her love interest all along, and I’m so happy that she ended up with him. I know this is a standalone, but I would not hesitate to read another book about Rosie.

Even though it’s only March, I have no doubt that The Virgin Romance Novelist will be one of my favorites this year.

For my 2015 reading challenge, I’m crossing off #8: a funny book.