With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a selection of books for adults and teens that explore love in its many forms, from steamy romances to heartwarming friendships.
Romance Novels That Want to Be Your Valentine
Looking for a love story to set your heart aflutter this Valentine’s Day? Check out the romantic reads from this new collection for adults and teens!
99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne – Darcy has been in love with her brother Jamie’s attractive, kind, and totally off limits best friend Tom for as long as she can remember. When Darcy and her brother Jamie inherit a run-down cottage from their grandmother, Tom pitches in to help them fix it up and make the sale. Sparks fly, and Darcy decides to try to win Tom’s heart, making him 99 percent hers.
Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks –No romance collection is complete without a heart-wrenching tale from Nicholas Sparks. In this newest installment from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Notebook, follow the protagonists as they navigate love, loyalty, and regret in this heartbreaking love story that takes us from Zimbabwe to North Carolina.
What if it’s Us, Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda (made into the major motion picture, Love, Simon), teams up with critically acclaimed and bestselling author Adam Silvera to tell this heartfelt tale of “two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han – This book series turned Netflix feature film is sure to warm your heart. 16-year-old Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the secret letters that she’d written (and never ever planned to send) are mysteriously mailed to all five boys she’s ever loved.
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Pride in Romance
Fall in love and find your happily ever after. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this new collection of LGBTQ+ adult romances!
When Katie Met Cassidy, Camille Perri – One of NPR’s best books of 2018, this delectable rom-com presents the story of two women who couldn’t be more different. Katie Daniels, a Kentucky transplant who has just been dumped by her fiancé meets Cassidy Price, a confident, sexy New York native. Though unsure of each other at first, sparks fly as they develop a romance that challenges their preconceived notions of sex and love.
Sutphin Boulevard, Santino Hassell – This romantic drama follows two best friends, Michael and Nunzio, who feel a sudden romantic connection following a hot night out on the town. As Michael’s life is beset with tragedy and complication he must choose between a path of self-destruction and opening himself up to the love of the man who has been there for him for the past 20 years.
Coffee Cake, Michaela Grey – This thrilling romance turned thriller follows Bran Kendrick as he feels his way through new love. Bran is asexual and never expected he would find love, but when he develops a crush on Malachi Warren, they form an intimate relationship that brings them both joy. When Malachi is struck by a series of dangerous accidents, they begin to suspect a malicious actor. Can Bran find the would-be killer and keep Malachi safe for their happily ever after?
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What is Love? Non-fiction Reads That Explain the Science Behind the Sparks
Love baffles even the brightest of minds. These thought-provoking reads explore the science, psychology, and philosophy behind love, lust, and romance.
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari and Eric Klineberg – In this hilarious sociological study, Ansari takes us through an in-depth exploration of love and romance in the 21st century. From the rising role of technology to larger cultural shifts, Ansari provides an insightful, data-backed analysis of human behavior, delivered in his characteristically irreverent voice.
The Mathematics of Love, Hannah Fry – Mathematician, Hannah Fry reveals the hidden patterns that define our love lives. What’s the probability that a new love will laugh? How do online dating algorithms really work? Fry answers these questions and more with an excellent combination of math and wit.
All About Love, Bell Hooks – In this piece, renowned feminist, scholar, and cultural critic, Bell Hooks turns society’s conventional definition of love on its head. In 13 insightful chapters, she critiques what it means to love in the modern age, and provides a path towards a new model of love.
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