Can you believe that we’re in the last full week of February? I’ll miss this month of snow, love, and the end of winter. I thought February would be an appropriate time to suggest some great romance novels. These are different from the Books on Love that I recommended because the books in today’s post fall under the romance novel genre.
I enjoy reading romance novels and particularly love ones set in the Regency era. I know that some people like to mock romance novels and the people who read them. But I think that’s ridiculous! Romance novels are fun, engaging, and full of witty banter and dynamic characters. Yes, romance novels are predictable, but that’s a component of the genre. It’s refreshing to read a book and know from the start that the book will have a happy ending. I also think that romance novels provide a safe place to explore your sexuality and be exposed to new situations. I have five books to recommend today, so let’s get to it!
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
This was the first book of Quinn’s that I read! This is a fun story about two families united when one child from each family falls in love with the other. Quinn does a great job with the banter here and the main characters are fun, charming, and endearing as they learn to see a lifelong friend in another light. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The Duke & I by Julia Quinn
This book is actually the first in Quinn’s long running Bridgertons series! In this novel, the oldest Bridgerton daughter makes a pact with one of her brother’s friends to save one another from the perils and anxieties of the marriage market. But of course, their pact quickly turns to romance and the two must navigate their new situation. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
You’ll probably remember how much I gushed about this book last month! This is probably my favorite romance novel. Needless to say, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and you can read my full review post here, where I go into more detail about the book.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
This is actually the first romance novel I ever read! This is the first book in a fun series that features two timelines: one in the past that features a spy network and one in the present in which a researcher is determined to learn one spy’s true identity. This is a really delightful and engaging read with lots of action and fun characters. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
And last but certainly not least, The Wedding Date is a lovely, sexy, and charming contemporary romance novel. This is a great book that stars a mixed race couple. I recommended this book earlier this month and you can read my full review post here. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
That’s it for today! Do you enjoy reading romance novels? What romance books would you recommend?