There is NOTHING I enjoy as much as a Big Love Story. Preferably on the page rather than on a screen, whether the love is of the romantic, familial or friendship kind, I adore j'adore and have done all my adult life.

Which is why I feel so passionate (no pun intended) about the #RespectRomFic movement I’m leading, and why it’s so incredibly important to me. For far too long the contribution to the literary landscape of the books written by the authors writing in the Romance & Saga space has been at best ignored, at worst dismissed. And yet these are the books that dig into the very heart (every pun intended) of the human condition, love. Love is what makes the world go round and the novels in this Collection show us love in all its glorious forms; escapist, romantic, heart-warming, heart-breaking, laugh out loud funny, moving, poignant, silly and painful.

Particular favourites here are the phenomenal Again, Rachel - warm, real, achingly sad in places, joyful in others, with a big old bucket of second chances and happily-ever-afters thrown into the mix, Mike Gayle’s The Museum of Ordinary People a poignant, uplifting, thought provoking novel, with a gentle reminder that there is nothing ordinary about our connections to the people we love or how we grieve for them when they die, and crime writer Simon Booker’s debut rom-com (heavy on the rom and the com), the hilarious Three’s A Crowd, which is one of the funniest and smartest books I’ve read in a very long time. I’m talking snorting on the tube, and honking on the bus…

And, scroll down to see a collection of romantic fiction beauties that LoveReading has curated to celebrate recent offerings from the genre. We are sure you'll fully appreciate why I and LoveReading adore it so.