13 Diverse Romance Novels For Any Mood You're In
There are all kinds of romance novels out there, from intense stories about passionate affairs to charming tales about friends who fall in love. Whatever you're in the mood for, you're sure to find something that suits your needs on this list. These thirteen works cover everything from fresh starts to secret lovers to weddings that re-kindle old feelings. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
Romance Books: Our 13 Picks
Fun Date Ideas For Your Real-Life Romance
- Cook dinner together
- Go for a hike or a bike ride
- Get together for a karaoke night
- Go bowling
- Have a picnic on a sunny day
- Play a boardgame or video game together
- Go to a roller rink
- Have a candlelit dinner
- Join a book club together
8 Great Romantic Movies
If you enjoy reading about love, you probably have a good time watching it on the big screen as well. Check out these eight romantic movies (if you haven't already):
- Casablanca (1942)
- Love Actually (2003)
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- The Notebook (2004)
- Dirty Dancing (1987)
- The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
- Amélie (2001)
- Ghost (1990)
What is Love?
Whether you're looking for a steamy tale of erotica, a sweet friends-to-lovers story, or a gripping thriller full of tension, there's bound to be something for you among the titles on our list. In no particular order, here are 13 diverse romances to cuddle up with on a night in.
At #1 is "A Love Rekindled" by Myne Whitman. Efe Sagay returns to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, after living for a few years in the United States. On the heels of a major breakup, she is happy to move back home, closer to her family and away from Kevwe Mukoro, her ex-fiance. However, while working in a large hotel, Efe crosses paths with her ex's twin brother by chance, and she finds herself being pulled back into a relationship with Kevwe, a man she just can't seem to quit.
In the #2 spot is "The Heir Apparent" by Tere Michaels. Next in line to take over a successful corporation, Henry Walker does almost everything he can to impress his emotionally unavailable dad. Not wanting to upset his conventional father, Henry is unwilling to pursue anything more serious than an ongoing fling with his childhood best friend Archie Banks, who now works as his personal chauffeur. With Archie finishing college soon, their relationship looks to be petering out, until a shock kidnapping upends everything and forces both men to come face to face with their feelings.
With Archie finishing college soon, their relationship looks to be petering out, until a shock kidnapping upends everything and forces both men to come face to face with their feelings.
At #3 is "Sworn to Protect" by Jo Davis. When NFL star Brad Cooper dies under mysterious circumstances, Detective Shane Ford becomes the guardian of Brad's adolescent son, Drew, who knows more about his father's death than he's letting on. Daisy Callahan, in her role as juvenile officer, is assigned to look after Drew's well-being, a job that is complicated by the fact that she and Shane used to date. Both Shane and Daisy work to help Drew through his grief, all the while navigating their romantic feelings and investigating Brad's possible murder.
At #4 is "Spurs and Lace" by Bonnie R. Paulson. In the middle of a Montana blizzard, ranch owner Slate MacCallister ventures into town in search of medical assistance for Mac, a young boy staying at his home who is deathly ill. There he finds Dr. Becky O'Donald, a physician drowning in medical school debt, who agrees to help. Back on the isolated ranch, Becky tends to the sick child, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Slate, and questions both the identities of the ranch's other guests and her growing attraction to the rugged Slate.
In the #5 spot is Mari Carr's "Fix You," the first book in the "Second Chances" series. Zoey has been best friends with aspiring musician Rob for years, and has harbored stronger feelings for almost as long. After finally working up the courage to tell him how she feels, Zoey receives unfortunate news that throws a wrench in her plans: she has breast cancer. Upon hearing her tearful voice over the phone, Rob flies home immediately to offer support, and the two find their friendship transforming into something more.
Zoey has been best friends with aspiring musician Rob for years, and has harbored stronger feelings for almost as long.
At #6 is "Plain Jayne" by Laura Drewry. Jayne Morgan returns to her hometown, which she left when she was eighteen, to manage her grandmother's bookstore. Her thoughts quickly stray from her professional life when she runs into Nick Scott, her former best friend from high school to whom she has always been somewhat attracted. Unfortunately, the last time she saw Nick was four years ago at his wife's funeral, when he asked her to leave. In the meantime, Nick has realized just how much Jayne means to him, and asks her to stay at his place while she's in town, determined not to lose her yet again.
Coming in at #7 is "Weekend Wedding Deception" by Debra Andrews. Abby Warren travels to a lavish mansion to celebrate her best friend's wedding, going stag even though she's worried her ex-boyfriend will attend with a new woman. Sure enough, she runs into Jack McAlister, her ex, who brings Abby's former roommate as his date. Jack is struggling with problems of his own, including pressure from both his new girlfriend and his business rivals. Despite both being heartbroken from the end of their relationship, Abby and Jack still feel an undeniable connection.
At #8 is "Love Over Lattes" by Diana A. Hicks. After failing to secure her dream house, single mother Valentina, not wanting to move back home with her parents, takes a gamble on a stranger she meets in a coffee shop. Cole, a businessman who is trying to save his company after his recent divorce from his greedy ex-wife, offers to rent one of his properties to Valentina and her son. Valentina agrees, under the condition that she and Cole keep their relationship professional. But as Cole gets to know her more, he's unsure if he can ignore what his heart wants.
Valentina agrees, under the condition that she and Cole keep their relationship professional.
In the #9 spot is Kelsey Browning's "Personal Assets." To pursue his dream of restoring classic cars, Cameron Wright moves back to his tiny hometown in Texas. One day, sex therapist Allie Shelby, a woman Cameron remembers as a spoiled girl from high school, accidentally crashes her car into his. Much to his surprise, Allie, wanting to spice up her love life, seduces him. When she later experiences business woes, Cameron offers his help, but she is determined to shed her reputation of being a princess, instead wanting to do things her own way.
At #10 is Marilyn Brant's "Holiday Man." Shannon Quinn's busy job as the proprietor of a bed and breakfast that is only open during certain holidays means her love life is rather lacking. On a snowy Valentine's Day, Bram Hartwick, an attractive and affluent businessman, walks into Shannon's B and B, and the two fall for each other almost instantly. Over the course of the next year, Bram returns to visit Shannon periodically, and they have to decide if they want a long-term relationship or if they are, like Shannon's bed and breakfast, only a holiday occurrence.
At #11 is "Fate Hates" by Tina Saxon. Addison is determined to discover the identity of her mother's killer. While investigating someone connected to the murder, she ends up captured, looked after by a bodyguard to whom she feels intensely attracted. Unable to resist temptation, they give into their carnal desires, after which Addison escapes to New York, where she starts a job in the forensics unit of the NYPD. There, she learns that the bodyguard who was holding her captive is, in fact, an undercover FBI agent, and they must come to terms with their working and romantic relationship.
There, she learns that the bodyguard who was holding her captive is, in fact, an undercover FBI agent, and they must come to terms with their working and romantic relationship.
Coming in at #12 is "Clutch Endgame" by Tarrah Anders. Sawyer, a marketing executive, wins a chance to meet Gunnar Reynolds, the hottest catcher in all of professional baseball. Although she is hardly a fan of the sport, she can tell that she likes Gunnar, and their meet-and-greet feels more like a date. The two eventually become an item and have to adjust to life in the spotlight as a couple, confronting issues like tabloid rumors and the possibility of Gunnar being traded to a team in a different city.
At #13 is Marie Astor's "Thirsty for Payback." Allyson Roberts has everything going for her: she is engaged, she comes from a wealthy family, and she's about to graduate from Duke. However, when her father is arrested for fraud, she loses everything. With few other prospects, Allyson is recruited by an undercover agency within the Department of Energy. She accepts their offer, hoping that she can, in the process, clear her father's name. At a training program for her new job, she meets Jake Morrissey, who has left fieldwork behind for instructing and has all but given up on romance.