Five New Romance Novels Just In Time for Valentine's Day
Fresh interpretations of love, or something like it
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to curl up with one of these romance novel new releases to celebrate the holiday. Whether you're looking for a classic romance story or a specific trope, be sure to check out these titles to find your perfect fit during the season of love.
The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker
When Eli's girlfriend Victoria leaves for Rome because she feels he's moving too fast, he sets out with a plan to win her back. He enlists the help of his girl pals — including Leah — whose first solution is watching classic rom-coms and taking notes. Leah ends up as Eli's main guide in all things rom-com, including meet-cutes and grand gestures, even though she doesn't feel he needs to change at all. After taking care of her sick foster mother for the last year, she's used to being alone — but will she feel that way while exploring the world of rom-coms with Eli?
Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen
Olivia is both nervous and excited to be taking over her grandmother's matchmaking business that takes the Chinese zodiac approach to finding people's happily-ever-afters. But when she finds out that a new dating app is undermining the process, she can't help but loathe Bennett O'Brien, L.A.'s most eligible bachelor and the mastermind behind the app. As the two businesses go head-to-head, Olivia and Bennett make a deal — they'll find each other a match, and whoever falls in love loses. Who will win in this battle of love?
Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni
When Nar's non-Armenian boyfriend proposes in one of the most lackluster settings, she realizes she needs to find someone who shares her idea of romance. In steps her mother, and in an attempt to find Nar the perfect man, convinces her to attend Explore Armenia, a month-long event in the city. But it isn't any of the men who catch her eye, but rather Erebuni, a woman who helps Nar see the beauty of their shared culture and makes her feel seen in a way she's never felt before. The one problem: Nar is not out as bisexual to her family, and the closing event banquet is coming up quickly. Her worlds will collide, but she's determined to not only be brave, but to claim her happiness and be her true self for the first time in her life.
The Reunion by Kayla Olson
Liv grew up on TV — starring in a popular teen drama, she spent her formative years in front of TV audiences, trying to mirror the perfect life of her on-screen persona in her real life. But after her father's death and a betrayal from her on-screen love interest and off-screen best friend Ransom, she retreats from the spotlight. Aside from a few small film roles, she lives life as normally as possible. Now, 20 years after the show's premiere, the cast comes back together for a reunion special financed by a major streaming service. The old chemistry is still there, with her and Ransom falling into old rhythms, remembering what made them click years before. But with new frictions arising among cast members and the possibility of a reboot on the horizon, Liv must figure out if it is worth delving into the past.
A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan
Hailey is determined to live her life with no distractions — get her new salad shop off the ground and do all she can to make it a success. With a bad ex in her past, she's looking forward to a future on her terms. Wes has never been about relationships — between many failed first dates and his parents' own messy divorce, he's looking more for someone he likes, but not someone to love. When Hailey and Wes initially cross paths, it doesn't go to plan. But when Wes finds her to apologize for his behavior, they start up a friendship, which is all this can ever be…or can it?