Plan a Date With a Romance Book for Valentine’s Day

This week’s Three to Read offers you some recommendations for romance and looks at one staple theme that stands the test of time.

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Fourth Wing cover by Rebecca Yarros, The Valentine's Hate cover by Sidney Halston, and The Seven Year Slip cover by Ashley Boston in front of a sunset background.

This week’s Three to Read is about how romance novels are evolving and changing, but there is one thematic message that will stand the test of time.

Modern-day romance novels are increasing in popularity as authors adapt their plots to the digital age. With them, fantasy romances are advancing and drawing in readers who want to see similar tropes play out with an imaginative spin. Yet, between all eras and genres, one truth stands the test of time: the heart wants the heart wants.

This week’s Three to Read gives you heart-warming, smile-turning books of 2023 that are perfect to cuddle up with this Valentine’s Day. Each of these books addresses relatable challenges such as parental obligation or one’s fight with timing. While all very different styles, these three novels all portray the persistence of the heart, which is a plotline nobody can resist. 

Hot Pick

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SYNOPSIS:

Violet, the lover of books, is forced to follow the path of her lineage. Her mother, a well-respected general, insists she attends training at a Basgiath War College to become a dragon rider. She undergoes dangerous tests to appease her mother and must fight to obtain one of the selected positions. While trying to turn her book-worm tendencies into battle skills, she also is fighting to ignore her romantic feelings. The reader is glued to the page as Violet navigates treacherous situations and a daunting relationship that emerges amid the “violence.” 

WHY:

A hesitancy to pick this book up may arise because of its setting and mystics. It can be difficult to get invested in fantasy romance books with world-building that is too far-fetched. That being said, this book does it well. Rebecca Yarros tastefully brings together a plethora of themes, tropes, and aesthetics. There is something for everyone in this book. The world-building is intricate and alluring and is perfectly balanced with a fast-paced plot. 

Coffee Shop

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SYNOPSIS:

Maid of honor, Lissette Alonso, is working hard to complete tasks before her best friend’s wedding day, set for the date of February 14. On the way to the wedding’s destination, she is bombarded with her childhood enemy Brian Anderson. Lissette despises him for how he ruined her Valentine’s day many years ago. However, she is pressured into helping him with an outlandish favor that will last the weekend. Being forced in close proximity, the reader gets to watch as they rekindle their fire. But will their bond survive the flight home? When the weekend is over, their relationship sees a new set of complications, and new acts of kindness. The author begs the reader to question the bounds people will stretch themselves to for love.

WHY:

The plot of this story may be more relatable to some. The story, being far more realistic, is a unique twist on the traditional concept of Valentine’s Day. Lisette’s deep hatred of February 14 is bound by a long-held grudge against Brian. The enemies to lovers trope never fails to entertain. The point of view changes and well-placed quips kept me interested in the comedic revival of Lisette and Brian’s relationship. If you’re looking for a fast read with some simple and sweet romance, this is your book.

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SYNOPSIS:

Clementine lives in her late aunt’s apartment and is married to her work. Her well-enjoyed solitude is abruptly interrupted when a roommate appears in her home. Iwan’s charming accent and doe eyes have her cold heart melting. He is seemingly perfect, other than the absurd fact that he lives seven years in the past. Only within the magical walls of the apartment does this past form of him exist. The plot twists as their timelines coincide in a newfangled way. Clementine gets to see a different version of him and has to navigate her tangled emotions. This book exemplifies the power of emotions and what love can overcome.

WHY:

The Seven Year Slip is an amazing rendition of the idea of divine timing and soulmates. It tests the boundaries of the phrase “right person, wrong time.” Potson effectively executes the plot despite the obvious inconsistencies between the lives of both the main characters. Watching their paths surprisingly align was heart-warming. This is a very creative and sentimental read. 

These stories are attracting readers for their relatability. With touches of their own creativity, these authors adapt common themes within unique plot lines. Tying them together, though, is the discernment and persistence of the heart. Romance novels are reimagining classic tropes, and bringing a fresh spin on the journey of falling in love. There is something for everyone within these three books.


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