Whether you're lucky in love, letting love happen naturally or aromantic, one thing's for sure, we still love a romance.
With Valentine's Day coming up: a day that is celebrated by millions of us each year, we have some brilliant romantic reads here for you to cosy up with, whether you have a love interest or not.
We’ve chosen some stunning relationship tales to sit beautifully beside the heartfelt romance and fantastic reads where love looms large. So light some candles, grab a box of your favourite chocs and get comfy. There's something here for everyone.
Whether you love historical romance that takes you back to days of yesteryear, you love to binge a romcom or you adore a beautiful love story, there are plenty of book recommendations here to sate you.
Romance is a diverse and expansive genre with household names like Mills & Boon delivering breezy, modern escapist romances alongside lively historical novels. There's so much more to explore in this genre than the types of books you may have seen next to your mum's bed including a dip into the paranormal and YA feminist reinventions of a fairy tale classic.
Some of the brand new titles on the shelves this month deserve a mention here.
Boasting the entertainment value of a magazine-style quiz, this unpacks personal psychology to help readers enjoy more fulfilling relationships, How Ready Are You For Love? by The School of Life is a must-read for all you romantics out there looking for love.
Self-professed rom-com devotees like us will love Amy Lea's books. After adoring her playful and steamy second novel Exes and O's, we were super-excited to see The Catch hitting the shelves this February. Sweet and steamy they are perfect reads if you fancy a bit of a swoonfest.
If you are looking for a kind-hearted and tender romcom for fans of Ali Hazelwood’s geeky romantic men and Beth O’Leary’s heroines overcoming difficult pasts. In Rebecca Ryan's The Philosophy of Love, two former philosophy students make a bet about whether love is a function of the brain, rational and predictable or creative, irrational and unable to be studied. Check out who wins.
We are huge fans of Alexander McCall Smith here at LoveReading HQ and so were excited to get our grubby little hands on his latest offering The Perfect Passion Company. Just gorgeous, this clever and gently amusing relationship story revolves around a dating company in Edinburgh. Highly recommended, it's oh-so engaging and enjoyable as it explores our human need for love and companionship.
Green Dot by Madeleine Gray is a fiercely funny and brilliantly observed, travel with Lucie as she greets office life and finds a love affair. Well now, this is utterly fabulous, it’s sharp and pointed, amusing and witty, and full of the deeply emotional chaos that comes from travelling through joy into heartache.
Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead just had to have a mention here: in workplace battle of the exes where our biting heroine prioritises her career over anything else – including love. Many romance writers worry about how to have a likeable heroine, and sometimes the way to try to do this is to have a character who is a goody-two-shoes, never doing anything morally grey and are generally gooey and kind, with only bad things happening to them, not because of them – this is not the approach Winstead has taken here! A cracking read.
And we can't help but shout about Big Date Energy by Bethany Rutter as LoveReading expert Lily Lindon shared: "Greedy bisexuals rejoice! This fun, playful, and very horny romcom is absolutely delicious."
Sarah J Maas’ eagerly awaited House of Flame and Shadow shifted just under 45,000 units in its launch week to easily claim the official UK top 50 number one and become the third fastest-selling Science Fiction and Fantasy title since records began. Wowsers! In case this series has passed you by, this is the stunning third book in the sexy, action-packed Crescent City series, following the global bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath.
If romantasy is your poison, dive into our collection of romantasy reads to sate the most ardent of reader. Whether you're a Sarah J. Maas fan or new to the magical world of fantasy and romance, take a look and see what all the fuss is about.
Wanting more of a literary bent? Check out This Love by Lotte Jeffs. Spanning ten years of an extraordinary friendship, this is an epic tale of finding your soulmate and creating a family out of expansive, boundary-breaking love.
Whilst we're on the subject of love, take this quiz to help you choose your fictional love match. We can hold your hand and help you choose your next favourite love-fuelled novel.
If you love a romance, let us know which book you'll be reading this Valentine's Day and which books you believe deserve to sit on this list.