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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the mood of love than with a good romance novel? Whether you prefer forbidden love, second chance romance, friends to lovers, or any of the classic love tropes, there is a book out there that will sweep you off your feet and make you fall in love all over again. In this article, we'll explore some of the best romance books to read for Valentine's Day based on classic love tropes. Get ready to swoon and fall in love with these page-turning romances!
Friends to Lovers: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Are you a fan of the slow-burn romance? Then this book is perfect for you! "People We Meet on Vacation" (Check out our author interview with Emily Henry) follows two best friends, Poppy and Alex, as they embark on a two-week road trip. As they travel across the country, they start to realize their feelings for each other are more than just friendship. This heartwarming novel is perfect for those who love a good slow-burn romance, and it's the perfect read for Valentine's Day.
(Honorable Mention: The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adam)
Enemies to Lovers: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Do you love the thrill of a good, old-fashioned hate-to-love romance? Then "The Hating Game" is your book! [Editor Note: Also, a movie on Hulu and Prime Video) ! This book follows the love-hate relationship of Lucy and Joshua as they compete against each other in the workplace. As they spend more time together, they start to realize that there might be more to their relationship than just hatred. Get ready to fall in love with this witty and fun read this Valentine's Day. [Editor Note: Check out our interview with Sally Thorne]
(Honorable Mention: Bench Read by Emily Henry)
Second Chance Love: Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Do you believe in second chances? Then you'll love "Fumbled." This book follows the story of Marlee as she reconnects with her former love interest, T.K., after many years apart. With all the love, drama, and heartbreak, this book is perfect for those who believe that love can conquer all and that it's never too late for a second chance. Get ready to fall in love with this emotional and heartwarming read this Valentine's Day. [Editor Note: Check out the two part 'Thank You For Asking Podcast' Episode with Alexa Martin]
(Honorable Mention: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune)
Fake Dating: Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Do you love the idea of pretending to be in love with someone? Then "Take a Hint, Dani Brown" is your Valentine's day read! This book follows the fake dating relationship of Danika and Zafir as they try to convince the public that they're in love. With all the love, drama, and romance, this book is perfect for those who love a good fake dating romance. Get ready to fall in love with this steamy and fun read this Valentine's Day.
(Honorable Mention: Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren)
Forced Proximity: The Bride List by Helen Hoang
Do you love the idea of being stuck with someone and falling in love with them? Then "The Bride List" is for you! This book follows the forced proximity relationship of Khai and Esme as they are stuck together on a journey to find a suitable bride for Khai. With all the love, drama, and romance, this book is perfect for those who love a good forced proximity romance. Get ready to fall in love with this sweet and heartwarming read this Valentine's Day.
(Honorable Mention: Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey)
Office Romance: Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
Do you love the idea of falling in love with your office rival? Then "Dating You, Hating You" by Christina Lauren is your choice! This book follows the office romance between two co-workers, Carter and Evie, as they navigate their intense professional rivalry and growing feelings for each other. With its steamy chemistry, witty banter, and realistic workplace dynamics, this book is perfect for those who love a good office romance. Get ready to fall in love with this swoon-worthy read this Valentine's Day. [Editor Note: Check out our author interview with the Writing Duo Christina Lauren]
(Honorable Mention:The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas)
Royalty Romance: American Royals" by Katherine McGee
Do you have a love for all things royalty? Then look no forward then "American Royals" by Katherine McGee! This novel takes us on a journey to a world where George Washington became king instead of president and the American monarchy still exists today. Follow along as Princess Beatrice, the first-born daughter of the American king, navigates the pressure of her royal duties and the complicated world of palace politics, all while falling in love with someone she shouldn't. With its juicy royal drama, steamy romance, and strong female characters, this book will have you captivated from start to finish.
(Honorable Mention: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston)
Whether you're a fan of friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, second chance love, fake dating, forced proximity, office romance, love triangles, royal romance, wealthy romance, or single parent romance, there's a book out there for everyone. This Valentine's Day, why not celebrate by diving into a heartwarming, steamy, or even laugh-out-loud love story? These classic romance tropes are sure to satisfy your cravings for all things love and romance. So grab a glass of wine, snuggle up with a blanket, and get ready to get lost in some of the best romance books out there. Happy reading!