Though our world and its heartbreaking happenings may be far from an ideal romantic fairy-tale, that truth does not diminish the dreams, hopes and thoughts of a true hopeless romantic. Whether you envision yourself finding the perfect companion and starting a life together, or simply love relishing in the romantic lives of fictional characters, these following books will furthermore flutter your world of hearts and flowers.
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This is a classic and original romance with a beautiful balance of time-travel, true love, and the belief that, no matter how difficult circumstances may be, love always endures. You might also love the movie adaptation starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.
2. Love Story by Erich Segal
Though it may be considered slightly mushy at times (all great love stories at some point are) this is the absolutely perfect novel for the hopeless romantic. Prepare for tissues. Love Story was also brought to the big screen in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw.
3. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
A modern take on the bad boy meets good girl storyline, Perfect Chemistry could have had the potential to fall into the mix of mediocre and easily forgettable YA romance novels. I am happy to announce, having read the novels and its companions, Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction, (these can technically be read out of order but I would suggest reading them in order because the series just flows better), that this story is more than just a feel good romance.
4. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Now, this may not appear to be a very romantic novel, and perhaps, it’s not. However, it is a really funny and delightful story that tells the truth about the vulnerability, scars, and experiences that all come with being in love.
5. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Simple, sweet, and a humorous quick read following a seemingly despised road-trip between two complete opposites, that turns into an undeniable connection.
6. Fallen (Fallen Series #1) by Lauren Kate
A mystical romance full of unexpected heartbreak between two young lovers who seem to always be separated by some sort of ruthless tragedy.
7. Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush Book #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
I read every single book in this series and once I picked up the latest release I mercilessly devoured it and finished it in days. This series contains just the right combination of a passionate and honest romance, nail-biting suspense, and what I love most about it: it’s believable, even with the intermix of other wordily creatures.
8. All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie by Edward Klein
I was on the fence about whether or not to include this one, though I believe that history buffs out there may appreciate this one. All Too Human tells the story of Jack Kennedy and Jacqueline’s relationship from the night they met at a mutual friend’s party, all the way until that fateful day in Dallas. Even if you’re not all that interested in the Kennedy clan, this is a touching and intimate account of their marriage that people just can’t get enough of.
9. Halo (Halo Trilogy Book #1) by Alexandra Adornetto
We’ve always heard the saying that our loved ones who have passed on are angels watching over us, though, what if an angel, full of purity and kindness, fell in love with you? Halo is a touching story that proves that love can be found in the strangest of places.
10. You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz
There is no way that this novel will not, at least, squeeze your heart in all the sad places while you’re reading it. Though it reads very swiftly at around 292 pages, the raw voice and emotional quality will haunt you for a while after finishing it.
11. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover has recently risen to the top of the adult contemporary genre and there is rarely a BookTube video I watch that does not mention one of her popular titles. Ugly Love is one of her latest works, released in August of 2014, and is in production to be brought to theaters. This is the only novel I have read by Hoover, as of yet, though I enjoyed it massively. The characters were developed very richly and the love story is one that you believe your best friend is telling you. It is that honest and authentic in its storytelling.
12. Outlander (Outlander Series Book #1) by Diana Gabaldon
You, most definitely, have heard a thing or two about this infatuating high-action fantasy series, though the romance in it is just as spectacular and takes the series to heights of being a true modern classic.
13. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Let me just warn you, you’ve never read a novel like this. Some may find the romance very unordinary and possibly even just downright sick, though that would be a total misunderstanding of the novel. Yes, there are serious adult themes in this YA novel, though it is truly one that the reader has to experience for themselves. Personally, it is one of my favorites due to the selflessness of the characters and the raw appeal of the love between the Maya and Lochan.
14. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Also dealing with very serious themes, this novel is haunting, beautiful, and one that you cannot walk away from without shedding a few tears.
What do you love most about a wonderful romance novel?
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