I know. Literally two months ago I talked about how I struggled to come up with a list of books that even include romances I love, but there has been a bit of a development so I’m back to talk about romance.
After finishing Act Your Age, Eve Brown, I was *ready* for some more romance books so I’ve been buying them even though I have about a million other books to read. I want to just share the romances I’ve acquired recently in the hopes that I can share with you what’s on my radar and maybe get some additional recommendations because I can’t stop thinking about romance books.
I got The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang at the end of February and I pretty much immediately read it. I didn’t love this one. I talk about it here, but I just had some issues with the hero, Michael, and how he treated Stella. I did really like the characters individually and the general writing so I went ahead and picked up the next book in the series, The Bride Test. I don’t know much about this book apart from the fact that it follows Michael’s autistic cousin, Khai. I’m nervous because I had some issues with TKQ but I still want to see more from Helen Hoang.
I also picked up Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. I’ve never been into fanfiction or Game of Thrones-type things BUT I am intrigued to read a romance surrounding those things. Marcus is on a show and writes fanfiction about it while April is a plus-sized cosplayer and there is some online flirtation before things progress. I am hoping and excited for some positive fat rep in books, especially in the romance genre.
Another romance I picked up recently is The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. People kept recommending it to me on Instagram when I first started posting about contemporary romances so I finally picked it up. This is about a man going through marriage troubles and he joins a romance book club with some other men in his city to improve their relationships. I think this book sounds so cute and I appreciate that this book deals with a man trying to save his marriage. They have an established past and as someone who’s been in the same relationship for eleven years, I think I’ll relate to this one a little more than the others. I’ve heard great things about it but not so much about the rest of the books in the series so I’m not sure if I’ll read more after this first one but we’ll see!!
Lastly, I was browsing the Kindle daily deals, as one does, and saw The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on major sale. I know this is an office romance and the reviews I’ve seen from people I follow are either WONDERFUL or they HATE it. I’m always intrigued when there’s such a big divide with any book but I’m nervous since romance is so touch-and-go for me. This will honestly probably be the last one I pick up of these unless someone can convince me otherwise.
Those are the romance books I’ve picked up over the past couple of months and I am torn between marathoning them back to back and saving and savoring my new love for contemporary romance. I currently have my eye on The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon and will honestly probably buy it before the end of the week because I can’t stop thinking about it but do you have any other romance recommendations? It doesn’t have to be contemporary! I’m also interested in historical but I don’t know where to start because I’m nervous about the older ones and the dubious consent that sometimes pops up. Let me know your thoughts!