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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Romantic Reads

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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.

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One

 

 

the princess bride

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.

Two

 

 

kiss the sky

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.

three

The Hating Game

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.

Four

 

 

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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.

Five

 

 

Trick

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.

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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!

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17 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Romantic Reads

  1. Wow, VERY interesting choices! I’ve heard Princess Bride is way better as a movie than a book (not to crush your dreams or anything haha), but I hope to read it one day too; I’m sure it will live up. 😉

    Hating Game is on my TBR as well (I don’t think I’ve seen a single bad review for this one), although I never planned on reading the Winner’s trilogy. Would you recommend it? The enemies to lovers trope is my weakness too, but I’d heard kinda negatives things about this one, so I’d put it on my never-to-read list. Maybe it was hasty of me to do that?

    Oh, I’ve never heard of Trick, but it sounds delightful! I’m always out to discover underrated reads, so I’m definitely putting it on my TBR. The premise sounds super fun! 😀

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    1. Hehehe, glad I’ve thrown in some interesting selections!

      I’ve heard the same re. The Princess Bride so I’m going in with my eyes open not to expect it to be like the movie. I’m still a bit nervous though because I love the movie that much. I hope I just see it as a continuation/ alternative version of the same universe. Separate but connected.

      The Hating Game is a fluffy, feel good (massively tropey but I really didn’t mind) contemporary rom-com. It is pretty much a vanilla and strawberry cupcake. No nutrition but enjoyable.

      Hmmm. The Winner’s Trilogy. That’s a hard one to predict. I can see where and why people wouldn’t like it and I was cautious reading it because of the whole slave/ master thing. I thought I would have a bad taste in my mouth about it but I thought the romance was handled quite well and I was on board with Arin and Kestrel. That is because of Kestrel’s character development though, if she didn’t change it wouldn’t have worked. I wrote a review but never posted it in the end.

      If you don’t like the main characters and don’t agree with the romance than this won’t be for you because the romance is essentially the most prominent plot (there’s still plot involving war, colonialism and slavery – the latter two are never presented as positive by the narrative FYI).

      Book one was an intro, book two was my favourite as the story got sharper and book three didn’t fulfil the promise of book two (do they ever?!) but was still enjoyable.

      Yes, read Trick – good fun and well written!

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      1. Ah, that makes sense. I think I may have been reading some of the more hyperbolic rants reviews for The Winner’s Trilogy, so maybe that’s where the negative stuff got stuck in my mind. I look forward to romances that are handled well, so I may give this a shot someday now. But lol nope, book three of a trilogy never fulfills its promises! But I shall go in with lower expectations for that one as usual. 😉 Thanks for the advice Gerry!

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        1. There’s some stuff that isn’t great and if either of the main characters or the romance doesn’t work for someone then the book/ story as a whole will not work for that person because it really is more about the characters and the romance than war etc. I liked that Kestrel was a more a strategist than a fighter because a) I’m sick of female main characters having to be physical fighters and b) it means that we don’t see a great deal of the active war scenes because Kestrel is pulling strings (or trying to) then getting all stabby stabby.

          I’d say give it a shot but don’t necessarily move it to the top of the pile 😉

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          1. Haha noted 😉 I also am becoming rather tired of female badasses having to be physical fighters; I much prefer reading about strategic/intellectual women, so I totally see where you’re coming from.

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  2. OH MY GOD I DIED AND WAS REVIVED WHEN YOU LISTED THE HATING GAME AND ROSE AND CONNER!!!!!! LITERALLY LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE CALLOWAY SISTERS AND ROSE IS A 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND. UGH. I CAN’T EVEN LOWER CASE THIS BECAUSE MY HEART IS SO FULL.

    AND THE HATING GAME IS LIKE ONE OF MY FAVORITE ENEMIES TO LOVER TROPE BOOKS EVER. LIKE I WILL COLLECT SMURFS IF THAT MEANS I CAN HAVE MY OWN JOSH. WOW. OKAY. ILL STOP NOW.

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    1. Hahahaha! I’m glad you approve 😉

      The Hating Game was a sugary cupcake of joy and Rose/ Connor are just…. well I love them. I truly love Rose and think she’s the best but I’m a fan of female characters like her. She’s just great and her and Connor – well I could read about them doing the grocery shopping because it would be 100% entertaining.

      I haven’t read Sally Thorne’s second book but I need to get on that! I doubt it will top The Hating Game though because what can?!

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  3. Enemies to lovers is definitley my kind of thing too, so it’s kind of weird that I haven’t read any of these books! Most of my favorite romances are in fantasy books, but I wouldn’t enjoy a fantasy book that was only about the romance. I need there to be some scheming and intrigue and adventure as well. I don’t mind a contemporary that’s all about the romance though, I think they’re really fun, light reads. 😊

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    1. Aurora please read Trick! I think you may well enjoy it! If you don’t I will send you a hundred apology notes!

      I enjoyed The Winner’s Trilogy but I know some people felt they were average and if you don’t like Kestrel than it will be a hard slog but I really liked reading them.

      The trilogy and Trick have romance as the first plot but the subplots are very interesting so there’s more to them than romantic angst which is good because I can’t handle books if its only romantic angst!

      I’m enjoying contemporary romance more and more and I think it’s just great to have fluff!

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