Favourites – Love Stories

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I’ve really enjoyed writing book reviews lately, especially since I am getting back into my reading routine. And even though I’ve read some good books recently, there are just some stories that I will always hold dear to my heart. I wrote a post on my favourites in the mystery genre a short while back, so in this post I will share some of the books I regard as my favourite romances – love stories if you prefer – in no particular order:

#1 Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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Hopeless was one of those books where as soon as you are sure that you have it all figured out, you are smacked in the face with a heart wrenching twist that leaves you speechless.

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A story about a girl named Sky whose life slowly starts to unravel, at the hands of the local bad boy – Dean Holder, when long buried secrets begin to resurface. As the two fall hopelessly in love, Sky soon finds that Dean is not at all who he claims to be. Apart from his own secret that irrevocably changes the way Sky sees herself, the two never in their wildest dreams expected to find how deeply the truth runs and how it would leave a devastating impact on them all.

Goodreads: 4.40 avg rating
Date Published: 19 December 2012
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, Drama

#2 Falling into You by Jasinda Wilder

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After completing this book I struggled for a long time to give any other romance a chance. Not because it was the perfect love story tied up neatly in a nice little bow. No. It was so completely imperfect and real. Falling into you gripped me, it made me feel the characters’ hardship like nothing I’ve experienced before. I felt connected to their lives as if I’ve actually lived it myself.

Falling into You wasn’t your typical love story of high school sweethearts. It was a heart breaking tale of two people who found comfort in each other during their darkest hour of need; and how the love of one person can give you the strength to move on in spite the hurt you feel.

“… when you feel that kind of all-consuming need for someone, a person you’d do f***ing anything for, no matter what? They’re in your f***ing skin, in your soul, like the essence of who they are is imprinted on you so completely like the very air you breathe… That’s love.”

Goodreads: 4.07 avg rating
Date Published: 14 March 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, Drama

#3 Charade by Nyrae Dawn

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Charade was one of the first love stories I read. It’s one of those books that I measure all other books in its genre against. A book I keep reading because it’s just so good! This is part of the blurb:

“Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.”

Now, if I read that blurb today (after the heap of romances I’ve completed since then) I wouldn’t pick it up because it screams “predictable”. It sounds childish and unnecessary. It’s everything I avoid when I choose the next book to read. BUT – it is everything you will want in your next read.

Goodreads: 4.02 avg rating
Date Published: 22 October 2012
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, Drama

#4 Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Surprise, surprise – another Colleen Hoover book. Although, this was somewhat different to all the others that I’ve read by her. It wasn’t so much the story line that made this one of my favourites…

Eighteen year old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother, after the untimely death of her father. Being uprooted from her childhood home after this extremely difficult time in her life, is causing her some difficulty, to say the least. And as luck would have it, Will Cooper, her attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry, steps into her life; giving Layken a little bit of courage to move on. 

After their first date the world seems a touch brighter than before; but a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to end before it even had a chance to start. The two very quickly realize how difficult it is to ignore their feelings towards each other, even more so when a secret causes them to need each other even more.

It was the poetry…

“I got schooled this year
by
a
boy
.

A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably inlove with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all

To put the emphasis
On life .”

Also, this book made me fall in love with “The Avett Brothers” – read some of my favourite lyrics by them here.

Goodreads: 4.32 avg rating
Date Published: 5 January 2012
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, Drama

What are your favourite books in the romance genre? Please leave a comment, I am always on the hunt for good, new reads! Also, invite me on Goodreads, I’d love to see what books you enjoyed lately.

– Nihaad

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