February has a reputation for being the month of love…so thought I would share 6 of my favorite RomCom books/love stories with you.
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6 of My Favorite RomCom Books
Made in Manhattan
Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne
This one came out last month, I had pre-ordered it and I read it in two days. I love all of Lauren Layne’s books.
“Violet Townsend has always been a people pleaser. Raised in the privileged world of Upper East Side Manhattan, she always says the right things, wears the right clothes, and never rocks the boat. Violet would do anything for the people closest to her, especially her beloved grandmother. So when she asks Violet to teach the newly-discovered grandson of her friend how to fit in with New York City’s elite, Violet immediately agrees. Her goal? To get Cain Stone ready to take his place as heir to his family company…but to say he’s not exactly an eager student is an understatement.Made in Manhattan – Lauren Layne
Born and raised in rural Louisiana and now making his own way in New Orleans, Cain Stone is only playing along for the paycheck at the end. He has no use for the grandmother he didn’t know existed and no patience for the uppity Violet’s attempts to turn him into a suit-wearing, museum-attending gentleman.
But somewhere amidst antagonistic dinner parties and tortured tux fittings, Cain and Violet come to a begrudging understanding—and the uptight Violet realizes she’s not the only one doing the teaching. As she and Cain begin to find mutual respect for one another (and maybe even something more), Violet learns that blindly following society’s rules doesn’t lead to happiness…and that sometimes the best things in life come from the most unexpected places.”
A Billion Reasons Why
A Billion Reasons Why by Kristen Billerbeck
This one was recommended to me by my sister years ago. I read it and loved it. It is a clean romance – Christian fiction – that is swoonworthy.
“There are a billion reasons why Katie should marry her current boyfriend. Will she trade them all to be madly in love?A Billion Reasons Why – Kristen Billerbeck
Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter. She can think of a billion reasons to marry Dexter. He’s everything she wants in a husband.
And then, in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. And now he’s a millionaire. Luc wants her to go home to New Orleans and sing at his brother’s wedding. As his date.
But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years prior when she fled her hometown after a very public and humiliating breakup. Yet there’s still a magnetism between them she can’t deny.
Katie assumed her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasting, Christian marriage. But what if there’s more? And what if Luc has offered it all along?”
Four Doors Down
Four Doors Down by Emma Doherty
This book is an enemies-to-more, easy read. It is witty and sweet. There is a darker sequel, Four Years Later that is also a good read, but as I said it is darker, less fluffy, and more gritty.
“Becca McKenzie is just trying to make it through her senior year of high school. She has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend but Ryan Jackson, the bane of her existence, keeps popping up everywhere. She doesn’t care that they were best friends for years. She doesn’t care that their moms are close and therefore she hears more about him than she’d ever care to know. She doesn’t care that their mutual friend, Jake, keeps pushing for them to all hang out together, and she especially doesn’t care that the rest of the school bows down and worships him. Becca decided years ago that he wasn’t worth her time and nothing, NOTHING, is going to change her mind.”Four Doors Down – Emma Doherty
99 Percent Mine
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Like Sally Thorne’s other two books (The Hating Game, and Second First Impressions), this one is funny, poignant, and sweet.
“Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.”99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne
Much Ado About You
Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
I had pre-ordered this one which came out early last year. Samantha Young is a wonderful storyteller – she has a way of drawing you into the book so that you feel like you are there with the characters. This cozy book has wit, drama, twists, and turns.
“At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for [a] promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.Much Ado About You – Samantha Young
Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.”
Neighbors Like That
Neighbors Like That by Carina Taylor
I picked this one up because it sounded kind of cute. I was right – it is a cute story. Packed with wit, a prank war, and even a little mystery…
“KYLIE – He started our war–I intend to finish it. Buying a house in the suburbs was supposed to be low stress: my own little haven to decorate and landscape exactly how I want. Instead, I find myself locking my garbage can to keep pests out–pests that are six-foot-one, green-eyed, and far too good looking. My trespassing neighbor is rude and entitled. It isn’t long before war is declared and I find myself stooping to immature pranks. When trouble lands at my door, my unlikely neighbor starts knocking on my heart. Was I ready to answer?
HAGEN – I will win no matter what it takes. I moved to this neighborhood for a fresh start. The one thing I’m not looking for is a relationship, so when I mistakenly assume my neighbor is hitting on me, I lash out at her. I didn’t mean to start the war, but now she taunts me from across the street. Our harmless pranks have become the highlight of my day. I should stay away–but I can’t. I want to spend more time with her. When a stalker begins sending Kylie a series of notes, I’m only too willing to help protect her. Maybe I’m looking for a relationship after all.”Neighbors Like That – Carina Taylor
What are some of your favorite books, perfect for the month of love (or any time)?
Let me know in the comments below.