Sunday, February 14, 2016

You've Got The Love // Romance Recomendations

*cuddles up with laptop and chocolates and cake*

Happy Valentine's Day! (Or rather, end of Valentine's Day cause I'm posting this late as usual.) I hope that you all have had a wonderful day of love.

In honor of the holiday, I thought that I'd share with you some of my favorite romance reads that YOU NEED TO PICK UP NOW. Of course, these books don't necessarily have to be read during February (when we're all really feeling the love). I tend to be a seasonal reader, but Romance (especially New Adult) is a genre that I read all year long. (I lean towards contemporary romances in the summer time. I've only just gotten in the mood for something romantic, so I'm currently reading Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry.) So, these are books that you might want to pick up at any time. They might also make great gifts for that special someone in your life! ;)

Before we jump into the recommendations, I also wanted to mention that this post is kind of special because I am joined by my self-titled "Co-Host", Cheryl (aka the Beyonce to my Rihanna -- we argued about that one for a while. But, I'm the gracious one so I let her be Queen Bey.) Not only did she help me come up with some of the picks for the recommendations listed below, but she also designed the beautiful header for this post. I gave her a simple (aka not-helpful) description of what I wanted and she worked her magic like:


Cheryl's recommendations will appear in this funky yellowish gold color.

One more note: the theme of this post comes from one of my favorite songs, "You've Got The Love" by Florence & The Machine.

Now, on with the recommendations...

"You've Got The Love I Need To See Me Through"

Books Featuring Slow Burn, Swoony Romances

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski // In this story, a girl and her slave develop a strong attraction for one another. With each of them belonging to opposing sides of a treacherous war, their love is dangerous and destined to fail. Or can these two find a way to bring their people together for the sake of their love? The Winner's Curse, the first in a trilogy, is a romantic read that will leave you swooning and dying to get your hands on the sequel!
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman // Who would have imagined that the story of Blackbeard's early life would have featured a heartwrenching love story? Nicole Castroman did! Blackhearts tells the story of Teach (Blackbeard) and Anne, a young man who wants nothing but to escape his lackluster life in Bristol and take to the seas, and a girl who wants to see the world. They have everything in common, minus the fact that she is considered lower than him because of her race and social status. This is a love story of two people who fight to keep their flame alive when the world constantly tries to smolder it.
Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan // This is my favorite New Adult book. When Bree and Archer meet, they have an instant connection. But Archer is voiceless in more ways than one and shunned in his small town in Maine. Witnessing his journey of learning how to find his voice again, with Bree's love and support, is a treasure.

"Sooner Or Later In Life The Things You Love You Lose"

Romantic Books That Will Make You Cry

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // Utterly heartbreaking. The trailer for the movie starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke released a couple of weeks ago and I was near to tears yet again. I don't like to go into detail about this story on my blog, because I think that it's one of those books that you should go into blind. I also feel like the trailer is a bit spoilery, so watch at your own risk! But, this is one of my favorite books ever. 
The Time of Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // Another one of my favorite books. This a love story that defies time. Clare and Henry's love story is gripping and detailed, a story about a man who travels through time, visiting the woman he loves during different periods of her life. It's a lovely story about the resilience of love. And, the ending will leave you in plenty of tears.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson // A story about a toy soldier with one leg who falls in love with a toy ballerina. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking, a story that's stuck with me since I was a child and a story that I always return to. 

"Sometimes It Seems That The Going Is Just Too Rough"

Books With Unconventional Love Stories

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh // This is a gorgeous love story filled with enchanting magic and stunning Arabian culture. I love it's unconventionality -- at the start of the story, the main characters (Shazi and Khalid) want to kill each other. Khalid has been killing his brides off one by one, and Shazi is next. Shazi wants to avenge the death of her friend (one of Khalid's murdered brides). They toe the line of love and hate throughout the story, and readers are left dying to know how their story ends.
Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski // An incredibly twisted and bloody romance. Sarai has been held captive by a Mexican drug lord for years. When she crosses paths with Victor, a deadly assassin, she enlists him to help her escape back to her home in America. But, their journey is a long one, filled with twists and turns and a slowly blooming romance. Sarai soon finds that she might not want to return to a normal life in America when a life of love and killing with Victor is calling out to her.

"Lord, I Just Don't Care"

Books Featuring Women Who Can Do Bad All By Themselves

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen // There is no romance in this story, but there are a lot of hot, manly men. Kelsea Glynn Raleigh is the new Queen of the Tearling. For years, her people have been sold off to the Red Queen of Mortmesne. But, when Kelsea takes the throne, she changes that. When she decrees that no more slave shipments be sent to the Red Queen, the tides shifts, and all hell breaks loose. Kelsea is surrounded by her merry band of misfits, the Queen's Guard. And yet, she doesn't have time for love. It's refreshing to read a fantasy story with a female heroine who don't need no man.
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare // If you've read this one, you're probably thinking: "Teisha, what?" I know, I know. The Taming of the Shrew is a story about a man who marries a woman and 'tames' her. (10 Things I Hate About You is the modern retelling of this classic tale.) But, I totally analyzed this in one of my billion Shakespeare classes that I took in college. Kate is badass. She doesn't take any of Petruchio's crap, and she would honestly be better off without him. The question of whether she has actually be 'tamed' by the end of the story is debatable, and there is no clear answer. But, I say NO! (You'll have to read for yourself and decide.) Kate can do bad all by herself. But, the expectations of the time wouldn't allow her to do so.

"I Know I Can Count On You"

Romantic Books That Will Make You Smile & Laugh

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // Levi and Cath are absolutely adorable. I love first-love stories, and theirs instantly sucked me in. It feels real and relatable. Cath and Levi are navigating trying to navigate through life and college, helping each other along the way. Fangirl will make you squeal and laugh and FANGIRL over Cath and Levi! 
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // This story is everything. It's another first-love story that I thought was precious. Maddy is allergic to everything, and she's spent her entire life shut off from the rest of the world. And, she's accepted that. But, when Olly moves in next door, Maddy finds that she's not okay with just living in her bubble anymore. And, thus begins their love story. It's infinitely cute and you should definitely pick it up!

"Time After Time I Think It's Just No Good"

Classic Stories Featuring Romantic Struggles

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // Do I really need to explain this one? The ultimate classic romance. I've only read it once. But, I've seen the movie a million times. So, if you're lazy like me, kick back and watch the film. (I prefer the Keira Knightley version.)
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare // This is my FAVORITE Shakespeare play. (The movie, starring Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompson and Denzel Washington is pretty great, too!) The story is witty and fun. The romance isn't exactly swoonworth but it works! I think it's an entertaining read and you all should check it out!
A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare //This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I think that it's hilarious because everyone falls in love with the same person. Also, I've acted in this play three times, and one of those times I got to faint on stage!

Co-Host Spotlight

My BFF. The Clear Eyes to my Full Heart. And, an awesome graphic designer. I consult her for help on a lot of my blogging ideas and posts. And, she's always willing to listen to my book rants!

She's the mastermind behind many of the beautiful graphics you see here on my blog (including my Girl Writes Reviews logo at the top of the page).

To check out more of her lovely work, visit her website!

Spread The Love

  1. Have you read any of these fabulous romances?
  2. What are some of your favorite romance books?
  3. Do you have any recommendations for badass, single lady reads?
  4. How did you spend your Valentine's Day?


  1. I spent my Valentine's Day waiting for you to finish this post.

  2. I kind of love this post a whole lot! I think it's so great that you were able to break down the books into such clever categories, and I see a bunch of my favorites on there!

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