As a romance author, it should come as no surprise that my favorite books to read are love stories. And there’s no better time to dive into one—or a pile—than the month of February! Whether you’re new to the genre and looking for a love story to read this Valentine’s Day, or an avid romance reader already, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites that I hope will help you find a new favorite love story of your own.
The queen of romance novels, Colleen Hoover delivers page-turning love stories that are impossible to put down. There is not a single book of hers that I haven’t finished in less than twenty-four hours. While you can’t go wrong with any, I’d say my personal favorites are her latest book, Reminders of Him, followed by November 9, It Ends with Us, and Slammed.
This book has been the talk of TicTalk and for good reason. If you’re a fan of the fake-dating trope, you will love this STEM novel about a Ph.D. candidate and her professor pretend boyfriend.
Did I uproot my entire life and move to the setting of The Notebook to write the first draft of my first novel? Yes, I did. So, it should come as no surprise that Nicholas Sparks’ novels are high on my list of love stories that I’d recommend. While my favorite is Safe Haven, followed by Nights in Rodanthe and The Notebook, his most recent book The Wish hit shelves this past holiday season.
Though not known for her love stories, my favorite book by the author of Big Little Lies is What Alice Forgot, about a woman who takes a fall during a spin class and forgets the last decade of her life. She thinks she’s childless and happily married, when in reality she has three kids and is getting a divorce. What follows is a hilarious and sweet story that will leave you feeling appreciative of all the people you love in your life.
This book alternates between the past and the present and is a second-chance love story just like Waiting at Hayden’s. Fifteen years after their romance comes to an abrupt end, Matt spies Grace boarding the subway in New York City. Desperate to find a way to connect with her again he writes a “missed connection” post on Craigslist in the hopes she will see it. This book was recommended to me by a friend and it’s one of those stories you will fly through quick!
I cannot wait to share my new love story with you in September: Waiting for December! If you loved Waiting at Hayden’s, I can guarantee you will love this feel-good love story.
As always, please share any recommendations or books you’re reading below. I’m always looking for my next read!