Romance is by far my most read genre. I’m just a romantic person by nature and I love to read love stories that make my little heart swoon! Since Valentine’s day is tomorrow, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you some of my favorite romances of all time – and maybe you can find one or two new books to read!
So I went to my Goodreads account and I put together a list of my favorite romance books to share with you today! Please note that since this is a list of some of my favorite books, you’ll find a lot of young adult and new adult books with slow burn romances and the enemies-to-lovers trope. Not all the books I mention follow this, but a lot of them do so keep that in mind. Still, I hope you enjoy it… here we go!
My All Time Favorites
I had to start this list with some of my favorite romance books of all time! In this list I want to share with you six books in the new adult and young adult genres that I absolutely love. If you love romance, you need to check these out!
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
If you like to read new adult romance, there’s a big possibility you already stumbled across this book. It has a similar plot to After (I prefer this one, though): both books are about good girls that go to college and fall in love with bad boys. It’s steamy, fun and intense! What some people don’t know is that there is a second book named Walking Disaster that follows the same story, but it’s told from the boy’s perspective. I haven’t read that one so I don’t know if it’s good, but I would definitely recommend this one if you never read it.
- Bully by Penelope Douglas
Bully is part of a series, but I only read the first book so I’m only referring to that one. This story is about a boy and a girl who were best friends once but now they can’t stand each other. He always picks on her and he pranks her constantly… until she decides she had enough. It’s a great option if you like young adult romance with the enemies-to-lovers trope. It’s intense and a slow burn, and I enjoyed every second of it!
- The Deal by Elle Kennedy
I love this series with all my heart. Seriously, if you like new adult books and you never read this one… you need to. The Deal is the first book of the Off-Campus series which is a companion series of four books. The books in this series follow four friends who play hockey (one friend per book), and their respective love interests. They all have different personalities and relationships, so I guarantee you there will be at least one book you’ll love. It’s worth it and I can’t recommend it enough!
- Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
This is one of my favorite companion novel series of all time! The Field Party series is about a group of high school football players and their respective romantic interests. I really like how the romance is mixed with sports in this series, because the result is a very fun young adult series.There’s parties, sports and a lot of romance. One of my favorites!
- Lucas by Jay McLean
This series is super good! Lucas is the first book of the book companion novel series The Preston Brothers. There are three books in the series (Lucas, Logan and Leo) and each book follows a different brother and the respective love interest. I love the family dynamics in this because they have a huge family and they spend a lot of time together! And not only the family dynamics are amazing, but the romances are just as good. Each book is swoony, steamy and just beautifully written. If I had to pick a favorite I would pick the book Leo, but I genuinely love the entire series just as much.
- A Bad Boy Stole My Bra by Lauren Price
Don’t be fooled by the title, because this is a cutesy young adult romance book. It all starts when a girl is sleeping and wakes up in the middle of the night to see her new next door neighbour escaping her bedroom window with one of her bras in his hand! Fortunately, it was only a bet… but what a way to meet someone new, right? This book is super fun and I loved the characters and their personalities.
Lately I’ve been in a big fantasy mood, so most of the romances I’ve read lately are part of the fantasy genre. I think overall fantasy romance is more intense in comparison to contemporary romance, and it definitely shows in the selection I’m bringing you today. So here are a few of my favorites.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Who am I kidding, this series needs no introduction. A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my most recent reads, and I fell in love with the story and the romance. If you don’t know the story, it’s about a human girl who kills a faerie and as a consequence she is taken away from her family to live in the faerie world with her captor. At first she hates him, but the inevitable happens and they fall in love. The romance for me is one of the best parts of this story, but the plot is also really good and interesting. And the crazy thing is that I’m currently reading the second book and I’m loving it even more than the first one! I didn’t even think that was possible…
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I didn’t hesitate for a single second when I gave this five stars. Heartless is a retelling about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. It’s a take on her backstory and how she became so cruel. I don’t even have words to describe how much I loved this book. It’s an amazing, creative, dark book with a beautiful romance. If you’re into retellings, this needs to be added to your TBR!
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Another popular series that needs no introduction. The Cruel Prince is an amazing fantasy trilogy about the romance between a human girl and a faerie prince. Of course the story is so much more than that, but the romance was the best part for me. Again, it has an enemies-to-lovers trope and a slow burn romance. If you’re a fan of those, you should really read this.
Unique Romances by Colleen Hoover
I’ve said this a million times before and I’ll say it again: NOBODY writes romance like Colleen Hoover. I still haven’t read all of her books, but I’ve read a good amount of them to say with confidence that she is a great writer. All of her books are very unique and she always adds an element of mystery to her books and a lot of surprises and twists. Needless to say it’s very difficult to be bored while reading her books! She is very talented and if I’m going to write a romance recommendation list, of course she’s going to be there.
- Confess by Colleen Hoover
This was my first ever Colleen Hoover book, and to this day I still think of how amazing this story is! They say you never forget your first, and this book is no exception. The concept for the book is very original and the plot is different from anything I’ve read before. The romance is great, the dramatic twists are crazy and the confessions aspect brings the story to the next level. If you never read it before, I’m telling you right now: you are missing out!
- Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
This book is also very unique because you get not one, but two romance stories! In this book you follow a mother and a daughter and not only you get to see their points of view of their own romantic relationships, but you also get a wholesome story about a mother and daughter relationship. So you get both an adult romance and a young adult romance in the same book. Unique, don’t you think? It’s a very wholesome book with great plot and great romances!
- Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
I feel like most of Colleen’s books are considered romance but they’re a little bit more focused on the dramatic plot, and to me Heart Bones felt more like a true romance story. Of course there is some mystery and twists like you usually get with Colleen’s books, but the focus here is definitely on the romance. The book is young adult and it has a summer feeling to it, but it also has some sadness to it because the main character goes through a lot. But it’s one of my favorites from her and it’s definitely worth checking out, in my opinion.
The Fluffiest Fluff by Kasie West
Kasie West is one of my favorite romance authors of all time, so I had to mention her here. If you don’t know her, she writes the most amazing, cute and fluffy contemporary YA romances. I’ve read all of her books and I honestly can’t find another author that writes like her. All of her books are lighthearted, romantic and fun, and they always make me smile. I only picked three books to feature on my post, but I honestly would recommend any of her books! So here are three of my favorites.
- On the Fence by Kasie West
This is my favorite book from her! It’s about this tomboy girl who falls in love with her next door neighbour – who is also her brothers’ best friend. She hangs out with them a lot, so she’s used to being treated like a boy and she is not used to girly things. What I love so much about this story is the main character’s personality, the romance itself and the sibling dynamics. It’s super cute and completely worth checking out! Oh, and did I mention all of them play soccer? Yes, including the girl.
- P.S. I Love You by Kasie West
I love this book! This is a story about a girl and a boy who accidentally start to exchange messages on her school desk. She started writing lyrics from a song and the next day she saw someone wrote back… and that’s how it started! As the time goes by, they start to share secrets and personal things about each other, until the inevitable happens… they fall in love. But the thing is: she doesn’t know who he is! There’s this little mystery to unfold, so you’ll have fun guessing who he is – and the romance aspect is *chef’s kiss*!
- By Your Side by Kasie West
Another favorite of mine! This one is about a girl and a boy who get stuck in a library for the weekend. Their lives are completely different and at first it seems like they don’t have a lot in common, but over that weekend they get to know each other better and they fall in love slowly. It’s swoony and sweet, and a great option if you like cutesy young adult romance!
So, I have a confession to make: I’m not a huge chick-lit/adult romance fan. I know it’s a very popular genre but when it comes to romance, I’m more inclined to young adult and new adult – as you can probably tell by this post and my reviews. But with that said, I still stumble across a few good adult romances from time to time and I want to share with you three of them I’ve enjoyed in the past.
- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
This book was a pleasant surprise! This story is about a woman and a man who start to share a flat (and a bed), but they never see each other. The guy is a doctor so he works during the night and the girl works during the day, so they never cross paths… until they do. It’s a very fun book with great humour!
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This book is perfect to read in the summertime! This story is about a woman and a man who were at a wedding and everyone except them – including the bride and groom – got food poisoning. The problem is that the honeymoon trip was already paid and since they were the only ones that didn’t get sick, they took the bride and groom’s place! Oh, and did I tell you they hate each other’s guts? Well, we all know how that ends! Another option if you like the enemies-to-lovers trope!
- The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
This book is part of The Bromance Book Club companion novel series and I only read the first two books, but I really enjoyed what I’ve read so far. What’s so cool about this series is that it’s about a man trying his best to get back to his wife. His wife wants the divorce so his last resource is to join this book club where men read romance books together to understand their wifes and girlfriends better. This book is incredibly funny and wholesome, and I truly believe you’ll have a great time reading it like I did!
Other Honorable Mentions
Here are three more romances I thought I should mention!
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This is one of the first young adult romances I have ever read, and I fell in love with it. This story is about a girl who is fascinated by her next door neighbours. They are a big, loud family that always seems happy and having a good time. On the other side, her mother is very strict and she has a lot of rules, one of them being: don’t talk to the next door neighbours. But when she finally meets the boy next door and his family, her life gets filled with color again! If you like the boy-next-door trope, this is one to check out!
- You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn
I thought I should mention this book because I loved it’s theme. It’s about two very different country singers that have to go on tour together and work as a team. They don’t like each other at first and there is a lot of bickering, but they eventually get to know the other one better and they fall in love! I loved the country music themed romance, so if you like it as well then you should consider picking this one!
- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Poston
Another cutesy book to add to your TBR! This one is about a girl whose boyfriend just broke up with her, and her family decided to set her up with ten blind dates (each one set by a different family member) to cheer her up. This book is super fun and since she’s going on different dates you’ll be wondering which boy she’ll pick! It’s set on Christmas/New Year’s Eve time, but it’s not strongly themed so I feel like you can read this at any time.
And that’s it for today folks! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you got a few new book recommendations from this list. When I was writing this post I kept thinking about how much I loved these books and how I would love to revisit them, so now I’m feeling very inclined to reread some of them again. Like I said, romance is my most read genre so if you have any romance recommendations, please share them in the comments! I’m always looking for new books to read, so I appreciate it! If you read any of the books I mentioned, let me know your thoughts as well. 🙂
Stay healthy and have a happy Valentine’s day!