Okay, so this was supposed to be a Valentine’s post originally, but obviously that didn’t work out 😛 Anyway… I’m kind of a sucker for addicting romances, so I wanted to recommend some to you today!
PICK 1: URBAN FANTASY
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
“Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realises she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way… ” (Goodreads)
I’m giving you fair warning now: I generally prefer books where something else has equal focus as the romance (makes things more interesting) which means I’m a sucker for fantasy novels with a heavy dose of romance. I was actually really strict with myself for this post and only included two but well. Anyway, if you like shapeshifters (and not the werewolf kind) then the love interest here might be for you. And if you like really fascinating fantastical worlds, then this might be for you, too.
PICK 2: YA CONTEMPORARY
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
“A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.” (Goodreads)
Okay, here we have the very necessary LGBTQ representation, because Valentine’s day, and love, is for EVERYONE. Additionally, this book is just so fascinating… being a set designer would be so interesting and it’s a job most people don’t probably think about.
PICK 3: NA FANTASY
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
“In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.
Stuck in the middle is Cat – circus performer and soothsayer – safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she’s more than she seems . . .
Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat’s careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can – or should – she conceal the true extent of her power?…” (Goodreads)
In addition to be an absolute sucker for fantasy book romances, I also love when the book has incredible friendships… so read this book if you want steamy love and the good old platonic love of people playing pranks on each other and generally just loving each other to bits.
PICK 4: HISTORICAL FICTION
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
“Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.” (Goodreads)
This is the first book in an incredibly addicting series. It’s quite different from any of the other book on this list, too. It’s set in London during the time of Jack the Ripper and follows a young woman who is determined to investigate the murders. It’s actually more of a historical fiction/mystery/detective novel than a romance but… well the romance is too good not to include 🙂
What are your favourite easy-read romance books? Please share the love 😉
And if after this you, like me, are feeling sad about being lonely (or maybe just want a good dose of self-love) head over to the post I actually posted on Valentine’s day!