Romance! Bah, who needs it?
So in honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a list of books that have many, many excellent qualities, but are seriously worth reading for the romance alone. Squee and enjoy!
The Clearing, by Heather Davis
Time-travel romance! Modern-day girl falls for a 1940s guy, and his old-fashioned speech patterns are downright swoon-worthy. Also, his mother bakes biscuits. This book made me swoony AND hungry.
Forgive My Fins, by Tera Lynn Childs
Despite herself, a half-human, half-mermaid finds herself falling for a total bad boy with a heart of gold when they become inadvertently bound together by mermaid law. Yes!
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
Oh, the banter- the witty, charming, adorable banter! I could read Katsa and Po dialogue forever and not tire of it.
The Mediator series, by Meg Cabot
He’s a hot cowboy ghost, and he haunts her bedroom. He calls her “querida.” Commence the swooning!
The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
The romantic leads in this lyrical fairytale retelling are both hiding their identities and are so obviously MFEO.
The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare
Forbidden romance in the most forbidden way possible. But you know it’ll work out somehow- it HAS to!