Love is in the air for this weeks Top 5 Tuesday where Shanah at Bionic Book Worm has asked us to let the world know about our top 5 Romantic Reads.
Now I love love. I am totally and always here for romance in every story I read. In fact, I don’t like it when there isn’t a love story. Don’t get me wrong, I want to read about friendships and family and all of that glorious stuff but nothing makes my heart flutter like a romance.
It’s strange to say then that I don’t read a great deal of books that would technically fall in the romance shelves but I have managed to find a few today.
It’s a bit of a cheat because I haven’t read it yet but if The Princess Bride doesn’t end up being on my top 5 Romantic Reads in my lifetime then I’ll give up all hope now and live in a hut in the middle of the woods for a year with nothing but my sorrows and dreams for company.
I have seen the movie though and love the love between Westley and Buttercup.
I’m a sucker for Connor and Rose which is why Kiss the Sky is on here. Witty, sarcastic, know-it-all Connor has a huge soft side for witty, sarcastic, painfully anxious Rose who (despite herself) feels the same way back.
Because I love witty, sarcastic assholes I kind of love this book. I kind of love Connor and Rose and they kind of love each other.
There’s only two contemporary romances on this list and The Hating Game has made it to be the second.
I must ‘fess up now – I adore enemies to lovers and The Hating Game has this as a very much tongue in cheek way because…. how strong ‘enemies’ are Josh and Lucy really? This book is incredibly tropey but I enjoyed it very much as the sweet and yummy strawberry shortcake that it is.
The Winner’s Trilogy is full on enemies to lovers but with a bite to it.
Arin and his people have been usurped from their homes and enslaved by the Valorians. Kestrel was a child when her people decided to conquer other countries but as a young woman she has privilege and wealth and doesn’t think anything of buying a handsome slave at auction.
And so… Arin and Kestrel meet.
This story-line could have gone so horribly wrong with a master/slave set up but luckily we have sensitive portrayals and an appropriate slow burn to a romance that is fundamentally built on a power imbalance.
What follows is a sweet, sorrowful and surprisingly passionate romance.
Don’t let the awful book cover fool you (no seriously, I hate it) because Trick is both delightful and delightfully naughty.
What do you get when you cross a flame haired princess with a sharp tongued jester in the frivolous kingdom of Spring? Well I could tell you but then I’d ruin the surprise.
In (yet another) enemies to lovers story (I have a type guys) we meet Briar and Poet as they navigate tricky waters of forbidden romance with a deeper, more complex political intrigue.
Do you love love? Are you romantic for romantic?
If so does contemporary romance tickle your fancy or are you more of a fantasy romance kind of person?
Are you a sucker for any particular romance tropes? It’s quite obvious by now that enemies to lovers is my thing. Or at least belligerent gits to lovers.
If anyone has any recommendations for me on grouchy people that fall in love please, please send them my way!