I love romance.
And on the fifth anniversary of the day I said those words and committed to a lifetime of marriage to my best friend here are five 2018 romance novels to curl up with in front of the fire this weekend.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This is the only book on this list that I have already read. The rest are all on my TBR and I may just have to sneak into a bookstore on our romantic weekend away to pick one of them up…
The Kiss Quotient is the story of thirty-year-old Stella, a woman on the autism spectrum who realizes she needs more practice in the realm of relationships. Ever the logical person, she decides to get help from a professional. So she hires an escort named Michael to teach her. Michael needs the money and and sees that Stella really does need help in that realm. Soon though, Stella realizes the she doesn’t want to get better at kissing so she can find a man, she wants to keep kissing Michael. But how does he feel?
This book was hilarious and sweet and so much fun. It is an own-voices novel, which I always look for in books that feature characters with autism.
Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
This title and one glance at the cover was all I needed to be interested in this book. It looks quirky and weird and a lot of fun.
Dr. Strange Beard tells the story of Simone and Roscoe. Roscoe maintains that Simone broke his heart ten years ago. But he still can’t stop thinking about her. Simone still wonders why her best friend Roscoe ghosted her all those years ago. She’s totally over him now. What happens when they suddenly start bumping into one another and somebody needs a favour?
This book is number five in a series but can be read as a standalone. I may just need to read the entire series…
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Who doesn’t love a good fake date to a wedding story?
The Wedding Date is the tale of Alexa and Drew, who meet in a broken down elevator on the eve of Drew’s ex’s wedding. For some reason, Alexa agrees to go with him as his fake girlfriend. What happens when they go back to their lives on separate sides of the country?
My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
Remember the choose your own adventure books from elementary school silent reading time? Here’s a romance one!
You start this novel as a penniless heroine in an eighteenth century story. Courtship season has begun. You get to choose if your character does A or B, and then flip the pages to see what the result of that choice is. Every different choice means a different story! I’m not doing this justice. Read the description on Goodreads. You’ll thank me.
This book is at the top of my wish list.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Friends to lovers trope anyone? Not realizing they are perfect for each other trope anyone?
Hazel and Josh have known each other since college. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating tells the story of how these two set each other up on blind dates. They’ve never been a couple and have no desire to be one, that’s why they’re doing this right?
I can’t wait to see how this one unfolds!
What are your favourite new romance reads?