So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day (and if I see another pink flower, my eyes will cross and I will begin a campaign to eradicate all pink flowers) (I’m just kidding) (really) and those of us who are without significant others (and by that, I mean that the pretty boys on TV/movies/behind microphones? They’re not your boyfriends. Yes, shocking, I know.) will have to turn to books for romance (or you could go out and meet someone new, really, but it’s cold outside and my bed is hella comfy). So I, always in the mood for civic duty, have compiled a list that um, lists (what else would it do?) books that have romance that made my toes curl.
(Important note: Twilight is not on this list.)
Now admittedly, I don’t read many books that have romance as a central theme but I like books that have a certain glimpse of it. The toe curling kind. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the list of lurve:
- Skip Beat- Yoshiki Nakamura
Okay fine, this is a series and manga at that but people, it has Ren. No wait, let me say it properly.Ren. Look, I know he’s 2-D but damnit, I wish he wasn’t.
- The Ghosts of Ashbury High – Jaclyn Moriarty
This book is awesome on its own but the subtlety and the beauty of the romance between the two titular characters (er, the ghosts) made me swoon a little bit.
- The Agency Series – Y. S. Lee
James is bloody awesome. So is Mary but that was a given because I wouldn’t read a book without an awesome protag but James? Sweet, nerdy, awesome.
- The Bride of the Water God – Mi-Kyung Yun
Okay, so, the art in this book is divine. And while it is rather complex, the romance (what I read of it) is delicious in a manhwa kinda way. Plus the art!
- Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances – Masami Tsuda
This manga series is intriguing in that it gives you the same situation twice. Once from the viewpoint of the guy and then again from the girl’s perspective. I liked it.
- Oyayubihime Infinity – Fujieda Toru
Okay admittedly, even though it may not look like it, the book was a lot more intellectual than I had thought it would be. It takes a long look at what real love is, of course in a manga-ish way.
- Gakuen Alice – Tachibana Higuchi
You know what’s galling? An elementary school kid’s love life is way more exciting than mine. That’s just sad but this series is like Harry Potter set in Japan. Honestly, if this was made into a movie…okay no, they would kill the fun in it, Hollywood would.
- Cold Fire – Kate Elliott
So the romance was barely present in the first novel but boy did the second one amp it up. I literally swooned multiple times.
- Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
You already know how much I love the romance in this. Subtle, deep, the stuff ever afters are made up off. Sighhhh.
- Keturah and Lord Death – Martine Leavitt
I must thank my friend Emily for bringing this to my attention. The book’s out of print but I think the e-book is available for purchase on Amazon and guys, you need to go out and read this. It is freaking beautiful. So unexpectedly compelling.
- Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
Duh. (Sorry Krystle, haha.)
- In the Forests of the Night – Kersten Hamilton
Finn! Irrepressible, wonderful. I must reread this series just to make myself ready for the last book in the series. So very gorgeous, this book.
- Nevermore – Kelly Creagh
You just need to read this and figure it out for yourself. Honestly, I’m forgetting why I liked this because it’s been a while since i read it but I did like it and I wish they’d hurry up and release the next one.
- Eona – Alison Goodman
Kygo and Eona’s love story is a messy one with blood and betrayal but it’s got lots of toe curling moments that will make you wish the book wouldn’t end.
And there you go. Oh no, wait, one more thing.
Hee. Happy Valentine’s Day.