Readers love a good love story. readers love to read about love. if you look at the best-seller lists at any time of the year, you’ll usually find one or two romance novels making their way up the charts.
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Romance novels are often dismissed as trivial, but we know that couldn’t be further from the truth. writing is about attracting the reader and making them feel something; And what genre does that better than romance?
But with so many amazing titles out there, and we haven’t even mentioned the classics like Pride and Prejudice or Gone with the Wind yet, choosing your next romantic read is tough.
Don’t despair, dear reader: we have the definitive list of the best romance novels to keep your heart racing.
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the best classic contemporary romance novels
Contemporary is the largest subgenre of romance. is a general term for romance novels set at the time the author was writing, from about the 1970s onward.
You will find stories about modern issues, challenges and society, with most of the contemporary stories rooted in the real world. We’ve broken this list down into modern classics and rising stars.
Let’s start with the classics.
blank vision by nora roberts
always the wedding planner, never the bride. Emmaline, Mackensie, Laurel and Parker are surrounded by love seven days a week in their successful wedding planning business.
But just because romance abounds at work doesn’t mean you’ve been lucky in love. Follow Mackensie as she navigates her way through a romance of her own that turns out to be a little more treacherous than she initially expected.
nicholas sparks notebook
Nicholas Sparks is, without a doubt, a great author of romance novels: this man can write a love story. the notebook draws the line between contemporary and historical romance.
An elderly man visits a woman with memory problems every morning to read her a worn notebook. The notebook she reads contains the love story of Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson and details Allie’s dilemma: marry her fiancé or leave everything for Noah.
tonight and forever by brenda jackson
Loren just wants to leave California behind after a bitter divorce changes her life. she decides to move to her home in texas and never give her heart to another man.
but widower justin madrais is unlike any other man i’ve ever met. Justin has his own scars and had resigned himself to being alone. But together, Lorren and Justin might discover that love doesn’t have to be a cancellation after all.
marisa de los santos’ love came in
cornelia brown’s life changed forever when martin grace walked into her coffee shop. meanwhile, eleven-year-old waif clare hobbs searches for her father.
She and Cornelia cross paths when she runs into him at the coffee shop, forming an uncommon bond that helps them both navigate the waters of family, life, and love. the complex character dynamics make it one of the best romance novels to read.
nine lives of danielle steel
Danielle Steel is almost synonymous with the romance genre, writing some of the best adult romance novels. But beyond the romance, these are stories of women discovering who they are in the midst of life-altering family and personal drama.
nine lives follows maggie kelly, a woman who has done everything she can to prevent tragedy from reaching her door. But when tragedy strikes and Maggie loses the secure suburban life she built with a confident and dependable man, the lure of her reckless high school crush rears its head and pulls her in new directions.
confessions of a shopaholic by sophie kinsella
becky has it all. a fancy apartment, a glamorous social life, designer clothes… and a huge credit card bill. Her writing job doesn’t pay much and bores her to tears, until she finds a story that finally catches her attention and changes her life forever.
nobody’s baby but mine by susan elizabeth phillips
genius physics teacher dr. jane darlington desperately wants a baby. but finding a father will not be easy. Jane’s super-intelligence made her feel like a freak, and she’s determined to spare her own child that suffering. Cal Bonner, the legendary Chicago All-Star quarterback, seems like the perfect choice.
dr. Jane is about to learn too late that this good boy is much smarter than he seems, and that he’s not going to be used and abandoned by a clever, baby-mad schemer.
virgin river by robyn carr
When newly widowed Melinda Monroe answers an ad for a midwifery position in the remote, sleepy town of Virgin River, a bitter boss and a dilapidated cabin is not what she had dreamed. But her plans to leave are thwarted by the arrival of a baby on her doorstep, and ex-Marine Jack Sheridan.
carolyn brown’s ladies’ room
Secrets told in the church ladies’ room are supposed to stay there. But the shocking revelation Trudy hears at his great-grandmother’s funeral keeps creeping into his outside life.
A beautiful home and a budding relationship grow out of the dilapidated house she inherited in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, but can Trudy keep Billy-Lee, knowing what she now knows?
lighthouse road 16 by debbie macomber
welcome to cedar grove, washington. You don’t know its inhabitants yet, but soon you will know everything about them and their secrets. Olivia Lockhart is a family lawyer with a nosy mother, an ex-husband, and a strained relationship with her daughter.
And now that a local reporter has written about his decision to deny a local couple a divorce, he also has to deal with the media attention. but the attention he really wants is from the reporter who started it all.
new contemporary romance novels
get a life, chloe brown by talia hibbert
chloe brown decides to “have a life” after her chronic illness almost kills hers. She has a six-step plan and a positive attitude, but she needs a little help along the way, especially for number six: “do something wrong.”
the man for the job? local handyman by day and artist by night, redford “red” morgan. can chloe work her way under his rough exterior?
hate loving you for alisha rai
once a year, livvy kane and nicholas chandler share a night of forbidden pleasure that helps them forget the tragedy that haunts their past and the family ties that make them enemies. Once a year, that’s the deal. until livvy doesn’t show up.
When she returns to town, Nicholas can’t help but be distracted by the woman he shouldn’t want. Livvy didn’t come back for him, but she can’t seem to stop thinking about how good they feel together. His wish can’t fix the gap between their families, but being apart is impossible.
the wedding date by jasmine guillory
is there anything that intrigues a reader of romance novels more than the classic “will you be my date to this wedding”? It’s a tale as old as time, but this is a great version.
alexa monroe normally wouldn’t agree to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck in an elevator with. But there’s something about Draw Nichols that she just can’t resist. If she’s looking for a fun new series to dive into, Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date Trilogy is great.
the quotient kiss by helen hoang
If you haven’t heard of this book, where have you been? let us introduce you. Stella Lane’s life has always revolved around mathematics. it has brought incredible success in her career, but has left her with no dating experience.
Always willing to solve problems, Stella hires bodyguard Michael Phan to help her navigate a world of firsts. but what will she do when her association starts to make too much sense?
seven days of june by aunt williams
When reclusive author Shane and bestselling erotica author Eva run into each other unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly and not only their buried traumas in the past, but also the eyebrows of New York’s black literati.
What they don’t know is that twenty years ago, teenagers Eva and Shane spent a crazy week madly in love. Sure, they pretend that everything is fine in the here and now, but they can’t deny their chemistry, or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since.
the ex speaks for rachel lynn solomon
shay goldstein needs to come up with a quick plan to save the local radio station where she works. your winning idea? a show hosted by exes who used to date.
the only problem? She and her assigned co-host (the annoying know-it-all Dominic) have never dated and have to fake everything. but as they begin to unravel their “relationship”, could they be building something real?
best historical romance novels for adults
historical romance is just what you’d expect: romance set in the past. This generally includes anything prior to World War II, so you’ll find everything from medieval knights and damsels to American Civil War spies.
here are some classic and lesser known titles that prove that love really is timeless. writing historical romance is a great opportunity to explore a wider variety of romantic conflicts and obstacles.
Do you love historical reading? check out our list of the best historical fiction of all time.
outlander by diana gabaldón
Claire travels back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she meets Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior who teaches Claire about a love she never knew. but she still has a husband in her own time, one distinctly different from the wild and wonderful Scotsman. Who will she choose?
gone with the wind by margaret mitchell
Bratty and headstrong Scarlett O’Hara finds herself in dire straits during the civil war. Her family’s fortune and plantation are in tatters, and Scarlett uses every trick in her toolbox to keep her family and her land out of poverty. The infamous butler Rhett offers her a way out of her, but will she lose her heart in the process?
indigo by beverly jenkins
As a child, Hester Wyatt escaped slavery. Now the dark-skinned beauty is a member of the Michigan Underground Railroad, offering other fugitives a chance at the freedom she’s grown to love.
When one of her fellow directors brings an injured man to her to hide, Hester doesn’t hesitate…even after being told the price on his head.
The man in question is known as “Black Daniel”, a vital member of the Northern Underground Railroad network. but hester finds him so rude and arrogant that she questions her promise to hide him.
gentle rogue by johanna lindsey
Disturbed and desperate to return home to the United States, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never imagining that she will be forced into intimate servitude to the whims of the ship’s irrepressible captain, James Mallory.
the bronze horseman by paullina simons
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during the summer of 1941, the metanov family lives a hard life in leningrad. as the German armies advance, their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love comes in the guise of Alexander, who hides a deadly and extraordinary secret.
texas destination by lorraine heath
houston leigh survived the civil war, although he had many scars, both inside and out. But will she survive a perilous journey through the wilds of Texas with Miss Amelia Carson, the mail-order bride of her handsome brother?
judith merkle riley’s snake garden
Indebted when her womanizing artist husband is murdered by her lover’s jealous husband, Susanna Dallet must rely on her skills as a miniature painter to survive her new position at the court of twisted Cardinal Wolsey. Luckily, there is a wayward angel and a handsome but easily irritated court clerk taking care of her.
tipping the velvet by sarah waters
Set in Victorian London, oyster girl Nan King is captivated by music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a man-stomping-boards impersonator extraordinaire. This is a story of Ella’s love and Nan’s journey of self-discovery.
an extraordinary union by alyssa cole
Former slave turned spy elle burns returns south to gather intelligence for the union army. When she meets fellow undercover agent Malcolm McCall, they come together in a plot to preserve the union.
the flame and the flower by kathleen e. woodwiss
A lecherous adventurer wedded to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts contempt and danger when he kidnaps beautiful fugitive Heather Simmons from London’s tumultuous wharf.
but no power on earth can force him to give up his exquisite prize. for he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed beauty his woman…and take her away to faraway, uncharted realms of passionate, sensual love.
jude deveraux’s black lion
The English conqueror was called Lyon for his ferocity. he has never met his partner, until he meets the energetic Lyonene. Her whirlwind romance and her turbulent marriage ultimately lead her across the Irish Sea and into grave danger that only Lyon can save her from. Will her love be triumphant?
an invisible attraction for k.j. charles
Victorian boarding house owner Clem Talleyfer prefers the quiet life. quiet, unpretentious and irresistible lodger rowley green suits him perfectly. Rowley wasn’t interested in friends until he met Clem. but what if they both expect something more?
The setup seems perfect, but the corpse of a former tenant being dumped in the doorway quickly puts a stop to that. Now Clem and Rowley face violent men and an impending deadly fog as they try to solve the mystery together.
something like beverly jenkins love
On the run from a nasty match made for her by her father, Olivia Sterling seeks out the black town of Henry Adams, Kansas. Before she can get there, her train is stopped by Neil July and her gang of outlaws. Olivia quickly finds herself longing for a wanted man.
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By edict of the King, Alec Kincaid, the most powerful of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jamie, Baron Jamison’s youngest daughter, is his choice.
Ever since he first saw the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. But with the wedding vows, he jamie swears his own secret oath: he will never give his love to this highland barbarian.
the best regency love story books
Regency romance is a subgenre that falls under historical romance, but it’s so popular that we think it deserves its own section. These novels are set in the British Regency era and include the works of Jane Austen. expect elegance, opulence and a foray into high society.
georgette heyer’s grande sofia
Fresh back from her travels in Europe, Sophy is sent to live with her aunt in London while her father is away on business. when she arrives, she finds her cousins stuck in a variety of sticky situations and goes to work fixing her heart and pocketbook problems.
But his older cousin, Charles, wants to rid his family of his nosy ways. Did Sophy finally find her match?
sense and sensibility of jane austen
Another amazing story from the teacher Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility shows us two women in love. Marianne Dashwood is impulsive in her love for the charming Willoughby, and Elinor Dashwood is level-headed but tries hard to hide her angst with her love for Edward Ferras.
me and the duke by julia quinn
Simon Basset is by all accounts about to propose to his best friend’s sister, the lovely, and almost on the shelf, Daphne Bridgerton. But it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society moms.
and as for daphne, she’s sure to attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes through ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that her courtship is a complete farce.
pride and prejudice jane austen
By far the most beloved love story of all time, Pride and Prejudice is a great starting point.
elizabeth bennett. Mr. Darcy the situation is established in the first line: “it is a universally recognized truth, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in need of a wife.”
the thrust? Do you marry for love or for money?
storm flowers by laura kinsale
the duke of jervaulx was brilliant and dangerous. considered dissolute, reckless, and flamboyant, he was referred to transparently on scandal sheets as the “d to the j”.
but sometimes the most womanizing rake can be irresistible, and even his most casual attentions fascinated the maddy timms protégés. Maddy knows it’s his destiny to help her and her only chance to find the real man behind the evil facade.
whitney, my love for judith mcnaught
After her triumphs in Parisian society, Whitney Stone returned to England to win the heart of her childhood sweetheart Paul…only to be haggled by her bankrupt father to the handsome and arrogant Duke of Claymore.
Even as her fiery passion seduces her into a mounting storm of desire, Whitney can’t, won’t, give up her dream of perfect love.
devil in winter by lisa kleypas
evangeline jenner will be rich once her inheritance expires. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the Rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most scandalous proposal: marriage!
but evie’s proposal comes with one condition: not to make love after the wedding night. Sebastian will simply have to put more effort into seducing her…or perhaps give his own heart away for the first time in the name of true love.
lord of the scoundrels of loretta chase
The headstrong Jessica Trent’s sole intention is to free her idiotic brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquis de Dain. she never expects to desire the arrogant and amoral scoundrel. And when Dain’s mutual passion puts them in a public and scandalously compromising position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction.
best-selling romantic suspense books to read
For those who like romance with a side of emotion, romantic thrillers combine romantic plotting with elements of mystery and suspense.
Definitions vary, but in most romantic suspense novels, romantic tension equals the tension surrounding the central mystery. These are some of the best romantic thrillers to investigate.
Always looking for your next suspenseful read? here are our must-read thrillers.
rebecca by daphne du maurier
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where the heroine falls in love with the handsome widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden marriage proposal. Orphaned and working as a maid, she can hardly believe her luck.
It is only when they arrive at Maxim’s sprawling country estate that she realizes the long shadow his late wife will cast over their lives, presenting him with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
rebecca zanetti dead silence
paralegal zara remington just wanted to help out a friend. but now her career and her life are in danger. she has nowhere to turn, or so she thinks. ryker jones, pi, is running from her own past.
Despite the danger he’s in, he can’t let Zara down. he might be the only one who can save her, if her own mortal past doesn’t destroy them both.
zero to the bone by jane seville
this is a crossover of suspense, romance and lgbtq that will keep you turning the pages. Surgeon Jack Francisco witnesses a mob hit and is placed in protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify.
A hitman known only as “D” is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his conscience won’t allow him to pull off the hit. in fact, it turns out to be the beginning of a completely different relationship…
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don’t say it about karen rose
Karen Rose’s immensely popular romantic thriller series spans 25 titles. If you’re looking to get into the genre, Rose has you covered. don’t tell is the first in the series, although all the books follow their own stories contained within their shared universe.
In Don’t Tell Her, Mary Grace Waters is rebuilding her life and learning to love again after faking her own death to escape her abusive police husband.
But when he discovers the lie and begins to follow her trail, Mary faces the loss of her hard-earned peace. What will she and hers new love interest, max hunter, do to protect her new found happiness?
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Twenty-one years ago, Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand to escape the monotony of small-town life. but after her new life falls apart, she returns in search of familiarity in the town of her childhood. he’s as sleepy as he’s ever been; except, yes, for the new police presence.
di will gallagher was also running when he moved to the city, leaving behind a promising career in christchurch petty theft. But when three women go missing while hiking, he finds himself at the forefront of a missing persons case. and only anahera has the information she needs to figure it out.
the darkest hour by the Mayan banks
Another wildly popular series, Maya Banks’ KGI novels always leave readers desperate for more. The first in the series, Darkest Hour, introduces us to the world of Kelly Group International, an elite family-owned business that handles jobs the US government can’t handle.
former navy seal ethan kelly last saw his wife rachel alive a year ago. Overwhelmed with grief and regret, he turns down invitations from her siblings to join the family business, until he learns that Rachel may still be alive. Will she save her? and will she still be the same woman he fell in love with if she does?
naked in death by j.d. steal
This series is iconic. Writing under a pseudonym, Nora Roberts gives us another lesson in writing romance here (this time with murder thrown in). It’s 2058 and Detective Eva Dallas is investigating the death of a senator’s daughter.
Thrown to the highest echelons of society by the case, Eva finds herself navigating sensitive national security issues…and in love with the elegantly handsome and staggeringly rich Roarke. the problem? she is also her prime suspect.
the best paranormal romance novels and series to read
Like other romance subgenres, paranormal romance focuses on the romantic relationship between its protagonists.
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the twist is that those protagonists are gods, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, think of species you’d normally find in a fantasy novel. these stories are fantastically fun reads. dive into some of our favorites below.
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moon called by patricia briggs
macy thompson was raised by werewolves, but she could never be one of them. she is a shapeshifter, fostered when she was a child and then escaped by having a forbidden love affair.
After rebuilding her life as a successful mechanic, Macy’s old and new lives collide when a hungry young werewolf shows up at her door. Will she and her neighbor Adam Hauptman, alpha of the local werewolf pack, help her? And what else will they find along the way?
wake up the dragon by a.c. arthur
Half human, half dragon, Theo Masters has eschewed his destiny as heir to the dragon throne to run his security company in the human world. But then his latest client, Shola N’gara, arrives and changes everything.
juliette cross’s black lily
Think of Cinderella… but with vampires.
arabelle is the fearless leader of the underground resistance. the vampire monarchy grows stronger day by day and must be stopped. her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him while he is distracted by the festivities.
everything goes perfectly, until she kisses him instead of killing him. Prince Marius is willing to let the whole murder thing go. he just wants to find the woman who stole his heart with a kiss and left only a dagger.
dark fever by karen marie moning
mackayla lane is happy with her life. a good job, good friends, everything is as it should be. until her sister is murdered, leaving only a cryptic text message to work with. Her research takes her to Ireland, where she discovered the world of fairies, as well as powers she never knew she had.
As she begins to uncover the truth, she is approached by the ruthless Vlane, an alpha fairy who makes sex an addiction for human women. will she escape? will she?
conversion by s.c. Stephen
Emma is confident she can make her relationship with her half-human, half-vampire terren boyfriend work. after all, she likes to walk dogs and drink blood. but she quickly realizes that staying with terran means making more sacrifices than accepting that her boyfriend is half dead. How far will Emma go for love?
lover aroused by j.r. neighborhood
A former blood slave, the zsadist vampire still bears the scars of a past filled with suffering and humiliation. anger is his only company and terror his only passion, until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from evil society.
bella is instantly mesmerized by the seething power zsadist possesses. Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of her tortured past and find a future with her.
gena showalter’s darkest night
ashlyn would do anything to stop the voices that haunted her head, even seek help from the dark lords of the underworld. Maddox, the most powerful of the coven, shouldn’t get involved with anyone, especially a vulnerable help-seeker like Ashlyn. How long can they deny the passion that burns between them?
nalini singh sensation slave
nalini singh is best known for her paranormal romance novels. slave to sensation, you will enter the world of psi, a place where emotion and passion are forbidden.
Lucas Hunter is a changeling seeking revenge against the psychopath who murdered his packmate. Sacha, a Psy fighting against her own desires, may be his only hope of infiltrating society and exacting her revenge.
guilty pleasures by laurell k. hamilton
anita blake makes her living by reanimating the dead too soon and controlling undead rebels. she’s an expert in her field, but it’s possible that she’s met her match in vampire-claude jeans. after all, it’s much easier to get rid of someone when you’re not attracted to them.
lord of the vanishing lands by l.s. wilson
Maddened with grief after the death of the woman he loved, the Rain Fairy King Tairen destroys the faery world and retreats to the Faded Lands. A thousand years later, the world he left behind is in danger of being conquered by dark powers. The rain can’t let them win, but can she save the fairy world – and her heart – in time?
prisoner of the night by j.r. neighborhood
ahmare’s brother has been kidnapped. Duran has been a prisoner wasting away in a dungeon for decades as a result of a betrayal. Ahmare’s brother’s fate and Duran’s quest for freedom intertwine as the two future lovers journey into a magical world where danger lurks around every corner.
dragon bound by thea harrison
pia giovanni stole from a dragon and didn’t get away with it. she cannot, she does not want to, accept her fate as a captive of dragos. but she also can’t deny the burning passion he ignites inside her.
essential young adult romance novels
young adult romance is written for and about young adults. They often contain dramatic romantic themes and complex emotional roadblocks: The best young adult romances don’t oversimplify the feelings and trials that come with falling in love for the first time. here are some of the best.
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fire by kristin castore
In a world of devastatingly beautiful “monsters”, fire is one of the most dangerous: a human monster. With great beauty comes great responsibility. fire knows that people will turn from their lives, friends and family for her, as well as crush nations, start wars and abuse power.
Overwhelmed by this knowledge, she has lived a life of solitude, sequestered in a corner of the kingdom. But when the king and crown prince get into trouble, she may be the only one she can help.
continue by rainbow rowell
simon snow doesn’t look for trouble, but he always finds it in the end. he is the chosen one, but he is not sure how he was chosen or by whom. he is clumsy, sets things on fire and is most powerful when his magic is completely out of control.
Already dealing with an insidious deadly enemy and threats to the wizarding world, the last thing he needs is trouble from his vampire roommate, Baz. but maybe that problem is just the one he needs.
ibi zoboi pride
zuri benitez can’t stand the new guy who just moved in across the street. he is arrogant, self-obsessed and looks over her shoulder at her and her family. sounds familiar?
pride is the modern remix of pride and prejudice that you need to read. Set in Brooklyn with a colorful cast of characters, this is a twist on a classic you won’t want to miss.
I’ll give you the jandy nelson sun
the twins jude and noah are inseparable. they balance each other; Jude is the thrill seeker and Noah is the artist who may have a crush on the boy next door. but when tragedy strikes, their closeness dissolves.
a few years later and they barely speak. the universe knows they are not meant to be apart. something has to give for them to be together again.
heartstopper by alice oseman
charlie has done it again. she has fallen in love with a straight boy. Nick is Truham Grammar’s star rugby player. after they are assigned seats next to each other in class, the two become close friends. but could there be something more…? heartstopper is a much-loved graphic novel series that explores family drama, identity, friendship, and first love.
to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han
This is the essential romance reading list, so this had to be here. If you haven’t heard of this successful series of bestsellers, you’re in for a surprise. Lara Jean confronted her crushes by writing them love letters. and then put those love letters in a box and never send them.
Then one day, the letters come to light and Lara Jean is confronted with crushes from her past. but could any of them resurface in the present?
now that i’ve found you by kristina forest
evie jones is the next big thing in hollywood. until a friend’s betrayal puts her on the blacklist. There’s only one person who can help her regain her place in the spotlight: her ultra-famous grandmother, Gigi. the problem: gigi is a recluse and she just disappeared.
The fate of evie’s career rests in the hands of musician milo williams, the last person to see gigi. but can evie trust him?
aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by benjamin alire sáenz
It’s 1987 and Aristotle and Dante, two 15-year-old Mexican-Americans, have just met. This tender, slow but rich novel follows them and their relationship as they grow together in the space that is not quite childhood, but not quite adulthood either. This book has won a ton of awards, and every one of them is well deserved. a must read.
holy anything by sarah dessen
sydney has always lived on the sidelines. charismatic and handsome, his brother peyton has always been the center of attention. After being arrested and sentenced for drunk driving, Sydney is more alone than ever.
then comes the chatham family, and sydney finally feels seen and accepted, especially when she’s alone with big brother, mac. She follows Sydney as she discovers family, love and herself.
meg cabot’s princess diary
What would you do if your father, almost always absent, appeared to tell you that he is the crown prince of a distant country and makes you a princess? This is the unlikely but entertaining situation teenage Mia Thermopolis finds herself in in The Princess Diaries.
Forced to take princess lessons from her grandmother, the Queen of Genovia, Mia comes to terms with who she is and who she wants to be in this hugely popular 11-part series.
happily ever after by elise bryant
Tessa seldom sees herself represented in the romance novels she loves. the only place where she gets to be the heroine is in her own stories. She has only shared her stories with her best friend Caroline, until she gets accepted into a creative writing course.
but when he finally gets a chance to share them, words fail him. Caroline is certain that Tessa just needs some inspiration in real life, and so she begins the plot to catch the attention of her chosen Prince Charming, Nico.
But as Tessa begins to lose herself and her newfound friendship with her sweet neighbor, Sam, she wonders if this is the romance she’s always wanted, or if her true love might be a little closer to home.
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