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7 Best Romance Novels That Warms the Cockles of Our Hearts

August 25, 2020
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Romance is something that many ladies crave. The desire to be intimate with someone and share the same feelings is the reason why our favourite books centre around love. Authors are consistently upgrading their skills with many fresh faces bursting into the scene. This means more books to read, and more stories to unravel.

Hence, we have compiled a fabulous list of romance books that will allow you to explore more stories in the palm of your hand. With tears, laughter and everything in between, these 7 best books are guaranteed to keep you on your toes!

1. If I Never Met You

Mhairi McFarlane is here to bring us a new beginning after a heartbreak. If I Never Met You is about Laurie who recently has gotten out of a decade long relationship. Although this is tough enough, she has to face her ex every day at work which adds to her turmoil. After news of her ex’s infidelity surfaced, she attempts to get back at him by dating the ‘office playboy’.

If I Never Met You is all about self-discovery. When women get into relationships, we tend to get too comfortable after a certain amount of time spent together. Often, the comfort stops us from reaching our full us from our full potential, be it in personal or corporate life is where we need to do some soul searching. All in all, the novel is a great example of resetting your life whilst finding love along the way.

“In this moment, she made herself a promise: in the very unlikely event she found herself in love with anyone again, she’d assert herself.” – Mhairi McFarlane

We rate it 4.5 out of 5 hearts!

2. The Bride Test

Helen Hoang’s highly anticipated sequel to her debut book, The Bride Test is not one to, miss out on! This novel centres around Khai Diep, an autistic man, who believes he can never truly find love. Khai’s mother takes matters into her own hands and brings back Esme Tran, who sets out on a quest to make him fall in love with her.

Esme’s journey in The Bride Test is relatable to women on many levels. Having been whisked away to a foreign land, she overcomes her loneliness by making new friends. From her insecurities to learning how to accept flaws, it is only then she truly blossoms into the women she was meant to be.

“Warm. Content. Safe in his arms. Him safe in hers.” – Helen Hoang

We rate it 4 out of 5 hearts!

3. The Girl He Used to Know

As one of the most refreshing romantic reads in a long time, The Girl He Used to Know is perfect for those who adore the idea of ‘first love’. Set in Illinois, Annika and Jonathan met and fell in love during university. However, a tragic incident struck, forcing them to walk different paths. A decade later, they reunite and decide to give their relationship one more shot.

Tracey Garvis Graves writes this book in a way that leaves you with lingering feelings. The main character, Annika, is presented as a sweet and genuine girl, which earns her a soft spot amongst the readers. This book proves that no matter how many adversities we may face in life, staying true to our character is highly important.

“I want to work at a library someday,” I said. “I want to spend every waking day of my adult life surrounded by books.” – Annika Rose

We rate it 4.5 out of 5 hearts!

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

This award-winning romance novel is no longer a stranger to most. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a charming book written by Jenny Han. Taking place in high school, Lara Jean secretly writes letters for her 5 crushes but never plans on sending them out. However, when they all mysteriously land in the 5 guys’ hands, she found herself faking a relationship to avoid humiliation.

Lara Jean’s courage is what many ladies can take from this romance novel. As many of us can be met with unfavourable circumstances unknowingly, Jenny Han puts this play in a lighthearted manner to showcase her perspective. From this book, we can learn to be bolder in our decision making which will lead us to a more exciting and fruitful life!

“If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms.” – Lara Jean

We rate it 4 out of 5 hearts!

5. The Hating Game

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are office enemies that just can’t agree on anything. At work, they try their best to outwit each other and get ahead in the game. With a big job promotion for only one lucky person, they will stop at nothing to get what they each believe they deserve.

Although love and hate may be on the opposite spectrums, Hutton was able to show how the two can create a dynamic force when matched. On the other hand, Lucy is shown to be the ‘nice girl’ with her determination to create a name for herself, is something that we can learn from. By working hard, you too can adopt this attitude to further your career!

“Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game – and you have to win.” – Sally Thorne

We rate it 3.5 out of 5 hearts!

6. Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell’s coming of age story is about Eleanor and Park, two high school students who meet on a school bus. Through their shared experience, they bond over mixtapes and comic books. While navigating their way in the world, they become each other’s confidantes as they face their own battles.

Eleanor comes from a troubled background and lives with her mom who’s remarrying to her awful stepdad. What makes it worse is, her stepdad stops at nothing to get rid of her. One of the most admirable parts of the book is that it shows us that life may not be all picture-perfect. However, it teaches readers to take control and make every day count no matter the circumstances.

“Don’t get so hung up on gender roles…” – Eleanor Douglas

We rate it 4.5 out of 5 hearts!

7. Love at First Like

After discovering her ex-boyfriend got engaged recently, Eliza Roth comes up with a brilliant plan to save her jewellery store. By posting a fake engagement on Instagram, she plans to get back at her ex which poses many difficulties for her love life. What started as a mere joke became a viral hit as more people flood the store for their rings. How will she get out of this sticky situation?

Love at First Like details one of the most common problems you see on social media. With glamorous shoots and heavily filtered pictures, it’s no wonder why many people are miserable on the inside. As Eliza begins to fall for Raj, a bartender, she has to muster up the courage to tell the truth before it’s too late!

“That was all you. And I was happy to say yes.” – Eliza Roth

We rate it 3.5 out of 5 hearts!

 

Conclusion

So ladies, if you’re in need of the best romance book recommendation, look no further as these 7 romance novels are highly-raved worldwide. From high school to adult relationships, the full spectrum is covered. Even if you have very particular tastes in books, there must have been one that caught your eye!

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