Pick up one of these novels to fill your need for romance this Valentine’s Day.
Love is in the air! It’s February, which means candlelight dinners, love potion lattes at 918 Coffee and, of course, adding romance novels to your bookshelf. This is the perfect time to start a novel full of fluff, enemies-to-lovers, angst or any of your favorite tropes.
A lot of great romance novels have been published in the last few months, and I would love to share with you some of my favorites as well as ones that I cannot stop hearing about on Instagram and TikTok. This is your guide to romance novels for the 2022 season of love.
“People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry: Although I have not read this novel yet, it won Goodreads’ Best Romance Novel of 2021, and I see it all over the blogs of book influencers on social media. It’s a sweet second chance romance for two best friends, and the wholesome connection explored between the pages can make anyone feel the love.
“One Last Stop” by Casey McQuinston: McQuinston is a goddess when it comes to LGBTQ+ romance novels, and “One Last Stop” is no exception. A girl-loves-girl romance that completely takes place on a train full of magical elements and drag queen neighbors, what more could you ask for? This book will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside from themes of found family and recognizing your dreams. While you are in the neighborhood for LGBTQ+ romance novels, I also highly recommend her debut novel, “Red, White & Royal Blue.”
“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood: I just finished this novel, and I cannot get over it! There is nothing better than a main character who is a woman in STEM, and this novel was equal parts scientific facts and steamy romance. Full of the best banter I have read in a while and the most fun cast of characters, you will not be able to put it down. In fact, this was a top runner for Goodreads’ Best Romance, only placing in second by around a thousand votes.
“The Spanish Love Deception” by Elena Armas: This was another very popular read of 2021, and it has been all over my Instagram page since I have finished “The Love Hypothesis.” Fake dating, enemies to lovers and incredibly witty writing, this novel has everything you need to enjoy two people coming together even though they insist they never would.
“It Happened One Summer” by Tessa Bailey: I have been told that if you enjoyed “Schitt’s Creek,” especially the character of Alexis, then you would love this novel. The reviews for this are absolutely raving, with everyone talking about how it was the novel that got them out of their reading slump or how much they love the bearded fisherman love interest. I can certainly say this is a novel that has caught my attention.
“Honey Girl” by Morgan Rogers: Once again, I want to express my love for novels set in academia, especially women pursuing doctorate degrees, and this is such a fun read in that category. Another woman loves woman romance, this is a sweet novel that shows the importance of reflecting upon our lives and ourselves to see what we are truly seeking in life.
“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller: This has to be one of the most romantic novels I have ever read, especially when it comes to the entire plot revolving around soulmates and an eternity in the afterlife. The love story of Achilles and Patroclus is beautiful and heartbreaking, a tale of pride, honor and companionship. Be warned, though, this novel will absolutely devastate you so be sure to keep a box of tissues close by.
“Heartstopper” by Alice Oseman: If you prefer books with stunning illustration, this graphic novel series is definitely for you. This boy loves boy novel has been described as cute, precious and downright sweet, making it the perfect cozy read to make your day better.
Anything by Colleen Hoover or Adam Silvera: To finish this list, I must include the two authors who always have novels roaming the latest reviews and blogs. Both have written an assortment of plots and characters so you can find whatever fits your fancy. Known for being big in the field of romance novels, I feel like you can never go wrong with them.
Hopefully you found something new to add to your bookshelf, and, if not, there is always plenty of fanfiction online. Though some romance novels can be an acquired taste based on the level of spicy content, the relationship being highlighted and the way it is written, it is such a broad genre that there is something for everyone. Happy Valentine’s Day!