When Shanah announced April’s Top 5 Tuesday topics, I had no idea how I wanted to write today’s topic or even if I wanted to (my love life is currently nonexistent and I’m not feeling particularly romantic because of it). I consider myself a hopeless romantic, yet I was never drawn to novels where the plot was all about the relationship. I definitely avoided those cheap-looking mass market paperbacks with the half-naked men and women on the cover or the ones with the really, really cheesy titles.
However, in the past few months, I find myself adding more romantic reads to my TBR on Goodreads, even buying them. The ones that don’t have the cheesy titles or terrible covers (or they’re not that bad of covers). The most romantic-sounding books on my TBR pile that I currently own are:
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
On this list, The Last Letter from Your Lover is the book I’ve owned the longest. I bought it back in 2015, when I was first introduced to Jojo Moyes after reading Me Before You and was obsessed with reading every single one of her books. This one follows dual timelines, the first in 1960, where a woman wakes up from a coma after a car accident with no memory of who she is and then finds love letters addressed to her from someone called “B,” who is not the man she is supposedly married to. The other timeline is set forty years later, where a lovelorn reporter finds the letters and investigates the story of the star-crossed lovers in hopes of she might also find a happy ending in her own unconventional love story.
Vanilla by Megan Hart
I bought Vanilla when the movie for Fifty Shades of Grey came out and I wanted to dip my toes into the waters of erotica fiction. Though I haven’t read it still, from the synopsis, it is more about an adult romantic relationship than kinky sex. Alex is a strong woman who likes to be dominant in and outside of the bedroom. Then she meets sweet Niall, who should not be her type at all as he is too “vanilla” for her tastes. But when he takes a chance on wooing her, the lovers find themselves struggling to find common ground in the relationship when both are so used to taking the lead.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient is another adult romance novel following a young woman on the Autism Spectrum who really wants to be in a romantic relationship but lacks dating experience and struggles with intimacy. So, she hires a male escort to teach her the art of the bedroom. That is all I wanted to know about The Kiss Quotient. That is all I needed to know about The Kiss Quotient. Reminding myself it is on my TBR, sitting up front on my bookshelves, only makes me want to read it this second.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Manon
A popular young adult novel that took the book world by storm a couple of years ago, When Dimple Met Rishi follows two Indian-American teenagers who meet at a STEM camp through an arrangement made by their parents in hopes of making a match. The girl, Dimple, rejects everything her Indian upbringing represents and just wants to focus on her education while the boy, Rishi, is a hopeless romantic that embraces his Indian culture. Naturally, love and chaos ensue. Better believe I will be reading When Dimple Met Rishi this year.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Another book I want to read this year, Autoboyography is an LGBTQ+ young adult romance following two boys. Bisexual Tanner is forced back into the closet when his family moves from California to a conservative town in Utah. In his senior year, he takes a creative writing seminar where he meets Sebastian, the class mentor. Sebastian is a Mormon and the son of missionaries. He’s too scared to come out to his family and the community, but when he begins a secret relationship with Tanner, things get way more complicated. And can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this cover is?