February is the month of love and Valentine’s Day or as my friend likes to call it: Singles Awareness Day. But you know, if you don’t have any plans this Valentine’s Day or if you do and still are in the mood for a good romance or just a book about romance, why not try these books?
Author: Grace Draven
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Well, well, well what do we have here? A fantasy romance that actually has decent and interesting worldbuilding? Basically it’s kind of a combination between Romeo and Juliet (opposing families or in this case races) and Beauty and the Beast. The two races, humans and kai, think that the other is ugly as hell but they are forced into marriage because the two kingdoms want to form an alliance. Slowly but surely, they both form a friendship because they’re *gasp* starting to see beneath the surface and they find that they actually like spending time together?? what?? Scandalous. But the romance is actually really sweet and fluffy and I love that their relationship is based on a basis of mutual respect for the other’s abilities. The only downside is there’s no tension or conflict in their relationship. The worldbuilding was a lot better than I expected, focusing a lot on the customs and cultures of the two races. I’m excited that there is a sequel so that I get to learn more about this world.
Steaminess Rating: 2 relatively mild sex scenes..
Title: Modern Romance
Author: Aziz Ansari
Here’s how you can determine if you should read Modern Romance: Answer these questions.
Question 1: Do you think Aziz Ansari is funny?
A. Yeah, he’s hilarious!
B. Hell, no
If you answered A, go to question 2, if B go to 2.
2. How interested are you in learning more about online dating and how dating has changed fom last generation to this one?
B. I guess I’m interested.
C. I’d rather sleep.
If you answered:
A,A – Read this book. My favorite part was when he went to different countries like Japan and studied their current dating methods and attitudes. So fascinating!
A,B- I think you should still give this book a go since I really liked all the statistics and even though the information is a little obvious and repetitive, his humor makes it really fun and engaging. Try listening to the audiobook.
B,B- Aziz’s narrative voice and aside jokes will probably get on your nerves but there’s enough statistics and information to keep you interested. Give the first chapter a go!
A,C-Maybe not the book for you.
B,C-Just go to sleep.
Steaminess Rating: I mean..
Title: Addicted to You #1
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Girl with sex addiction is best friends with boy with alcohol addiction. They have romantic feelings for each other and want to be in a relationship but are afraid their addictions will consume them. WILL LOVE PREVAIL? How’s that for an elevator speech?
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. I think it doesn’t downplay the toll that their addictions will take on them and their relationship. And a lot of NA books have love as the end all be all but Krista and Becca wonderfully avoids that by emphasizing that sometimes love is not enough to help you. YOu have to help yourself. At first, I was also worried that there was going to be a lot of girl-on-girl hating because the main character seemed to hate her sisters but I was again, pleasantly surprised that the sisterly bonds and relationship were readily explored and it was really sweet. However, I thought the pacing was really off and the romance, like in a lot of romance novels, was too quick to make me feel really invested.
Steaminess rating: Lots of sexy times lol.