Recommendations

Romance Recommendations

Today I wanted to join the bandwagon of seasonal recommendations and talk about some of my favourite romance-heavy novels.

Although I’ve always really enjoyed the romance element in books, I just got into regularly reading the romance genre fairly recently. This is actually not 100% true, I did read LGBT+ romance but I always found straight romance to put me off, as I thought it would contain lots of toxic behaviours and lack of representation. But that hasn’t been the case, and I thank Talia Hibbert for introducing me to this genre in all its glory and beautiful diversity. Romance has actually turned into a truly comforting genre for me. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I always turn to a romance book. I also really enjoy consuming these types of books in audiobook format, and I will often gravitate towards it. It just feels like someone’s telling you a story and it’s very convenient because you can listen to these while you do other stuff—it’s usually cleaning for me, heh.

I’ve tried to focus on books that are romance-centric rather than contemporaries with a romance element, hence why I didn’t really mention Felix Ever After or I Wish You All the Best—I’ve now sneaked them in, mission accomplished. So, without further ado, let’s jump into some recommendations

Young Adult Books

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

Starting off with one of my favourites. This is a sapphic rom-com novel that is genuinely super fun to read. It is technically the second book in a series, but they’re more like companion novels, so it can be read on its own.

My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley Fitzpatrick’s book were actually my first contact with the romance genre. I remember these two books were extremely popular in Booktube back in 2014/2015. Although I cannot remember much of the plot, I know I read them at times when my anxiety was through the roof and they helped me feel better. They’re both cute summer reads that will just put you in a good mood.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Well, you have heard me talk about this book a lot. I wrote a full review for it and it even made it into my favourite books of 2021 list. This is a gorgeous story about self-discovery, and it’s filled with romance—after all, the protagonist gives out love advice to her fellow high schoolers.

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

This one is a super fast read. It’s genuinely just a soft and sweet love story about two boys. It heavily focuses on family and self-discovery. There are admittedly some aspects of this that I didn’t love but overall it was a very enjoyable fast-paced read.

Adult Books

A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings

I just finished this book recently and wow. I was hoping to like it but it surpassed my expectations. This is a romance set in dental school with a protagonist that suffers from anxiety, and it deals with that very realistically.

This comes out on March 1st, so keep your eyes peeled for it!

The Brown Sisters trilogy and The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

At this point in time I don’t know what more I can say about Talia Hibbert’s books. Every single one of these has made me smile way beyond what should be humanly possible. They’re all extremely sweet and interesting, filled with fascinating characters that all have their own troubles to deal with. And obviously, the romance aspect is absolutely fantastic.

How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days by K.M. Jackson

The best way to describe this book is that it was very camp. This was a fun read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is very ridiculous at times but it keeps you engaged and intrigued waiting for what shenanigans are to come. I wrote a review of this, in case you want to learn more about it.

The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

This, alongside Perfect of Paper, is possibly the least romance-heavy read on this list. However, it is still considered romance—I talked about this in my review. If you are in your twenties or are the child of immigrant parents, I think this one will resonate a lot.

One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Well, I don’t really think I need to recommend these books, as they’re extremely popular, but they’re some of my favourites, so I must. Both of these are queer love stories and both of these are extremely fun to read—I have laughed out loud many times in the process of reading them. Also, if you like your romances on the steamier side, these, alongside Talia Hibbert’s books, are the perfect ones for you.

Do you usually read romance novels? What are some of your favourite books that fall under this genre?

See you next time, Maria

22 thoughts on “Romance Recommendations

  1. I don’t usually read a lot of romance, but then exam time rolls around and I’m suddenly craving it 🤣 It’s such a cute, fluffy genre that it can’t help but take your mind of other, exhausting things!

    I haven’t read that many of your recommendations, but I do agree that Huntely Fitzpatrick’s and Casey McQuiston’s books can’t fail to put you in a good mood! (Although if you like Huntely Fitzpatrick and haven’t already, I highly recommend you also check out Morgan Matson’s books 😉 They have similar cute summery vibes with a bit of depth, but, are, in my opinion, even better! Especially The Unexpected Everything and Second Chance Summer 🥰) I also had a lot of fun with Talia Hibbert – I’ve read Chloe and Dani Brown – but sometimes, I find it a bit overwhelming just how much these characters zero in on each other’s body parts 😳 Like, oh my lord, are you really constantly turned on by the way these person’s fingers wrap around a pen or something?!? Still, I really enjoy Hibbert’s characters and how fluffy those stories are!

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    1. YESS! When my mind is exhausted all I want is romance novels. They’re easy enough to digest and generally uplifting, so it feels healing 😂

      I’ve read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and loved it (let’s pretend I didn’t totally forget to add it to this post, whoops)!! It was on my TBR for the longest time and when I finally got to it I enjoyed it waaay more than I was expecting to.

      Also, that comment about Talia Hibbert’s characters actually made me laugh. But I agree, sometime we don’t need that much detail about certain body parts 😂 But these books must be laced with something, because I’m kinda obsessed!

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  2. Great list! I’ve started reading so much more romance these days and y’know what? I’m living for it. I’m here for all the happy, heartwarming feel-good and steamy vibes! Talia Hibbert is a queen and I’m slowly making my way through her backlist. Her characters never fail to make me laugh and swoon so hard 😍 I would defo recommend checking out The Roommate Risk and Guarding Temptation by her—so good!

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  3. Really nice recommendations! I enjoyed Casey McQuiston and Talia Hibbert’s books. I have A Brush With Love ARC and I really should get to it. Have you tried books by Rebekah Weatherspoon? I especially recommend Rafe.

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  4. Thanks for all the great recs! I also absolutely adored Talia Hibbert’s book – all their book are fantastic and make me feel so happy and full of love and its just the best thing ever???

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