Happy Valentine’s Day – Lesser-Known Romances

Hey all. Happy Valentine’s Day ❤ I hope you’re all having a lovely day!

However, if this day has got you down in the dumps, just remember that you are worth far more than a commercial holiday created by capitalism.

And, if you’re like me, and hate capitalism and commercialism to your core and refuse to recognize silly holidays, Happy Tuesday.

(Did I cover all the bases?)

Today, even though I’m the exact opposite of what would be defined as a romantic person, I’m bringing you a list of some of my favorite lesser-known romantic reads, because who doesn’t enjoy a good love story every now and then?

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

This novel is so underrated. Yes of course love P&P, but this is actually probably my favorite Austen novel. It’s quietly beautiful and will have you smiling from ear to ear by the end. Such a pure romantic story.

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Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos

I picked up this book in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble when I was 17, but didn’t read it till I was 18 or 19. It was my first look into contemporary romance, and, honestly, I was not expecting this book to hit me as hard as it did. Even though I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters, this story was beautiful. Like Persuasion, this is a romance that felt quiet, almost subtle, yet I was bawling my eyes out by the end because it was just so freaking happy. This was such a feel good book.

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37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon

This was a great YA Contemporary. I really liked the romance and how it focused on the MC struggling with her sexuality and not fully knowing yet not feeling the need to blatantly define it at the same time. The best part about this was that it was LGBTQ+ and it also deals with coping with grief. Overall, this was an incredibly touching book and another one that I sobbed uncontrollably over.

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A Taste of Chardonnay by Heather Heyford

This one is for you if you’re looking for something light and fun. There’s not too much substance here, but it worked well for the story. I really enjoyed reading this one. Even if parts of it felt totally unbelievable, I was easily able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy this crazy ride.

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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

This is the second book in a series, but I don’t feel that it’s necessary to read the first one beforehand, but, if you want to start with Garden Spells, of course I’m not going to stop you. However, if you’re solely looking for a light romance, I recommend this one, which I actually liked a bit more than the first one. But, in all honesty, they’re both lovely.

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Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

I talk about this book enough that you’re probably all sick of it, but I don’t care. This is more of a gritty romance, so don’t read it if you’re looking for something light, but, it’s definitely for you if you want a feel-good book yet also want something a bit more substantial. Also, it has lots of nerdy references and realistic characters.

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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

This is also a bit of a grittier romance. THe MC is dealing with a lot and so is the love interest. It’s the type of book that will give you a good cry before the end and then will give you an even better cry after it’s all over with. Basically, if you want to cry a lot, this is a the book for you.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

This one is more so a romance buried inside a fantasy novel that is also an allegory for the way we, all of us but especially teens and young adults, deal with loss/greif. If you look beneath the surface of this story, you will find a lot of deep and real issues with characters that you are constantly rooting for. The romances are interwoven into the story so they don’t take a front and center role, but this book definitely offers new ways to look at romance, how we cope, and lets us know that it doesn’t always matter how it works, it just matters that it works for you. Plus, another LGBTQ+ romance! I will highly recommend this one till I die and will probably use my last breath to tell you to read this book.

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