Top 5: Romance Books I Want To Read

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner what better time to talk about some of the romance books that I want to read. 

I have never been the type of person that is particularly interested in romance books as I thought they were super cringe. Well, I’m turning 23 this year and I’m now at an age where I don’t care what people think about the books I read. Give me that cringe-worthy soppy romance right now!

I don’t think I’ll get around to reading any of these before Valentine’s Day (I’m currently drowning in arcs because I’m a sucker for a pretty cover), but I definitely want to read these at some point this year. 

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Oh my have I heard so many good things about this book. I’m a bit obsessed with it and I haven’t read a single page yet. 

Firstly let’s talk about that cover. I love the new trend with romance book covers. The simplistic look with the block colours is so beautiful and right up my street. 

Secondly, the plot sounds amazing. From what I’ve heard it’s the right balance between fluff and swoon-worthy romance. Sign me up!

Goodreads synopsis: “First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?”

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

This book is everywhere right now and I’ve heard great things. I do really want to read this however, I did not get on well with The Flat Share. I found the different perspectives hard to keep up with and the way that the characters talked was strange. Thinking back it probably makes sense based on who they are and the jobs they have, but at the time it was not working for me. I’ll try it again at some point. 

I have no idea if this is going to turn out exactly the same, but as I said, I’ve heard great things so I want to check it out. 

Goodreads synopsis: “Eileen, newly single and about to turn eighty, would like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen. Then in bustling London, Eileen’s twentysomething, overachieving granddaughter Leena is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen will live in London and look for love. Meanwhile, Leena will rest and take care of things in rural Yorkshire.

But trading places isn’t as easy as either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find love?” 

The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson

I recently received an audio ARC for this and my god does it sound cute. Put dog in the title and I am there. I absolutely adore these fluffy romances that revolve around a dog in some way, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas was one of my favourite festive reads last year. 

I have plans to start listening to this either tomorrow or Monday so make sure to keep an eye out for the full review next week!

Goodreads synopsis: “Suzy Medley is having a bad day…

… when a shabby terrier turns up at her door. Just like Suzy, Scout has been abandoned, although only Suzy has been left with a financial mess and a business in tatters thanks to her ex.

Suzy takes Scout in and her chaotic world changes in unexpected ways: strangers have never been more welcoming and her teenage kids can’t wait to come home to visit.

Then a chance encounter on a windy Hebridean beach makes things more complicated because Suzy isn’t the only one who needs a friend.

Scout has plenty of love to go round… but does Suzy?”

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord 

Before creating this post I was adamant that I own this book. Turns out I don’t. I have no idea where I got the idea that I did from, but oh well. 

This is again a book that I have seen a lot of people talking about, so obviously, I want to read it myself. I haven’t looked too much into the synopsis as the name alone was enough to intrigue me.

Tweet Cute will definitely pop up again on my blog at some point. Whether it be for the lovely cover or it may be a really great standalone. I’m hoping for the second as I don’t read enough standalones. 

Goodreads synopsis: “Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and a constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.” 

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke 

Romance and astrology? Sign me right up. This has been on my to be read since it came out and I would be lying if I said I didn’t add it purely because of its name. 

I’m not even that hugely into astrology and all this business that people talk about with their star signs. I basically just know that I’m a Libra and that makes me indecisive (which is true).

Star-Crossed has been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time and I really need ot get around to reading it. This will most likely be the second book on this list that I read, so again keep an eye out for it in future posts.

Goodreads synopsis: “Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help. When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and more specifically, by the horoscopes in his favorite magazine. The same magazine Justine happens to write for.

As Nick continues to not fall headlong in love with her, Justine decides to take Nick’s horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars.”

Have you read any of the romance books mentioned? If yes, let me know which ones and what you thought of them!

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