Happy Valentines Day, Love is in the Air

Posted February 14, 2017 by Lily B in discussion / 20 Comments

Phew! What a month. I hope everyone is enjoying their weather today, where you guys are. I jumped on here to wish all my readers, followers, fellow book lovers and alike a very Happy Valentines Day! I hope you find a way to enjoy your day.

In honor of this day, I got my cup of coffee for the morning, so let’s talk books. Specifically, Romance books with some exceptions. I am going to list my top few favorites and why I liked them, what was it about them that really drew me in and what I am looking forward to reading next. I think this is like my first ever discussion post and I am running on three hours of sleep, so I hope you guys will take it easy on me. I could have posted a review, but I wanted to do something a bit different today. All links are to their respected GR pages.

1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

At the moment The Hate Game is probably my most favorite Romance book of all time to date. I absolutely adored it. I loved the characters, I loved the writing and I am still a bit sad that it ended. Lucy and Joshua’s antagonistic relationship was just so much fun and what made the book. I loved how awkward Josh was and how hard it was for him to express his feelings, but I think that is what made him so much more appealing from the usual alpha males painted in books. Throne does an excellent job with slow burn romance that just made my heart sigh when we start to put the two and two together and how everything unrevealed was just perfect. If you have not read it, not sure what you are waiting for? I cannot recommend this book enough.

Trope? Enemies to lovers.

Slow burn Romance with humor.

2.  Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

I read this a few years ago, but I still loved this. It was a gripping tale of une

xpected love set in Blackmoore manner. All Kate wanted was to be independent and travel, but her mother had a different idea. When Kate is forced to receive at least three proposals, she enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend Henry in hopes of folding her mother’s plans. It was childhood friends to lovers story, with another slow burn romance and wonderful writing. I absolutely adored this, the characters, the heartwarming romance, the reveal, everything.

Trope? Best Friends to lovers

Slow burn romance, clean romance

3. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews 

Not a standalone, but an entire paranormal series.  Kate and Curran are one of my favorite couples in books. I loved their antagonistic relationship, their bickering, and how he seems to show up all the time just when she needs him most. I love him it took a couple of books for the relationship to grow. When I first picked the series up, I couldn’t put it down, it was everything with amazing writing and a really great cast of main and secondary characters. Plus, I loved how independent Kate was and she was quick to remind Curran that she can handle herself. The storyline always kept me on my toes. I binged on this for days and really need to find more time to catch up.

4. Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones

Another one of my all time favorite series. Charley and Reyes are an amazing duo and one of my favorite couples. I just love Reyes and his dark alpha male tendencies. He first meets Charley when they are younger and as his tragic past unfolds, I couldn’t help but feel for him. His character is so original and creative and their relationship is super unique and gets more dangerous as the story unfolds. Jones’ writing just hooks you, so does her storyline and characters. I love Charley and I love her best friend Cookie. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, and it just keeps getting hectic.

5.  On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

This book surprised me and blew my expectations of it out of the water. It was just so good. I loved the humor, I loved the plot. It was difficult to read at times, but Higgins did such an amazing job with writing these two sisters. I think I have this as one of my favorites because of Ainsley and Jonathan and their relationship reminds me a lot of Lucy and Joshua from The Hating Game. Jonathan is very awkward and doesn’t know how to display his emotions well, but the romance, holy cow it was so swoon worthy and when the reveal came I was so giddy! I recommend this book just as strongly as The Hating Game. It’s a story of heartbreak, love and just how strong a sister relationship bond can form. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you swoon.

Honorable Mention

RaeAnne Thayne – You probably cannot go wrong with most of her books. Thayne writes slow burn, really sweet, clean and wonderful romance. Her Christmas books are one of my few favorite out there. There is just something about her writing and her characters that makes me fall in love every single time. If you haven’t tried her yet either, I recommend her. I haven’t tried anything but her Holiday books yet, but Christmas in Snowflake Canyon is one of my favorites from her with an interesting, amusing storyline, great characters and wounded war heroes.


Currently Reading

  1.  Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1) by Rebecca Zanetti  – Dystopia, virus, hot romance, new to me author. Loving this already cannot wait to see how it plays out. Been a while since I read a dystopia novel, especially an adult one.
  2.  How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks – paranormal, new series, new to me author, arranged marriage. I was itching for something different and a few blogger friends loved it, so I decided to pick it up. Enjoying this. Love paranormal.


What are you reading? what do you recommend? What is your favorite romance so far this year or last?

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20 responses to “Happy Valentines Day, Love is in the Air

  1. I keep hearing awesome things about The Hating Game! I’m just not a big fan of the whole enemies-to-lovers trope so I’m still on the fence about it. Two of my favorite romances (from last year) are Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Loved both of those.

    • going to have to check those out. Think I have Before We Were Strangers in some sort of format somewhere. Oh, you should really give The Hating Game a shot, it was just so good

  2. I loved the Hating Game so much. I also love Kate and Curran. I like Charley and Reyes, but they hide too much from one another and that drives me nuts. I need to check out your other picks. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lily.

    • Hope you had a great Holiday too Heidi. heh I don’t think I’ve gotten so far in the series to see what holds for Charley and Reyes I need to sit down and catch up

  3. I’ve only read the Ilona Andrews and Darynda Jones books and agree that they are great romantic pairs. I’ve heard great things about The Hating Game so I’ll read it eventually.

    I really like Adam and Mercy in Patricia Briggs’ series. Several of Cecy Robson’s Contemporary Romance couples do it for me as well.

    • Sophia! you haven’t read The Hating Game yet? oh you must remedy that.
      I want to try that series by Briggs this year. I promised myself I’ll finally do it

  4. Happy Valentines Day hun!! Hope you had a great day. I loved how Sparks has written her most latest book, so fun and such a sweet romance too. I adore RaeAnne Thayne. Her books are just superb.

  5. Happy belated Valentines! I’ve seen The Hating Game around and I love that you love it so much! It’s not really my thing but…. maybe since I’ve seen so many people raving about it I’ll have to try it. Plus enemies to lovers slow burn WITH humour? It does sound great!

    I really want to read the Kate Daniels books and I’ve had them on my TBR forever!

    I hope you’re having a great week and that your weekend is awesome too!

  6. Nice list! I haven’t read any of these, except for Magic Bites and I gave that 2 star, but everyone says the series gets better so I might one day continue it. I heard good things about The Hating Game.

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