Books to read on Valentine’s Day based on popular tropes

There are a lot of great romance novels to read, whether they’re young adult or adult contemporaries. They’re the perfect read if you want something lighthearted and funny with a happy ending. I have created a list of recommendations based on some of the most popular tropes in romance novels.

Workplace romance – Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

This book is one of my favourites. It’s funny and heartwarming. Emma, the main character, is relatable and I found her relationship with Jack really amusing and engrossing. They meet on a plane where her fear of flying results in her sharing all her deepest secrets to the stranger sitting next to her. Little does she know, he happens to be the owner of the big corporation she works for. He mocks her endlessly. This story is about friendship and trust and is quite PG so I think most people would enjoy it.

Fake dating – Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

This is the second Talia Hibbert book I’ve ever read and is the second in The Brown Sisters series. Dani Brown is saved from a building by her friend and security guard Zaf. Someone takes a video of the moment and it goes viral, giving him the opportunity to raise money for charity. Dani agrees to be his fake girlfriend and she soon wants to make them friends with benefits. This story is about self-worth and self-discovery. This is a really joyous book, perfect for fans of adult romance as some scenes are quite risqué.

Love triangle – The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Jenny Han is probably best known for the To All the Boys series, however this one is my favourite series by this author as it has a lot more depth to it. I devoured the entire series when I was a teenager. Since she can remember, Belly spends every summer with her brother and the Fisher brothers. While Jeremiah is the only one who has ever befriended her, she has always had the biggest crush on Conrad. That’s until she’s almost 16 and both boys start seeing her in a different way. Love triangles aren’t always my favourite out of the tropes but this one is done really well and the characters are really likeable even though they are flawed. This book has a trigger warning for cancer and loss of a parent.

Meet cute – What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

For all the romance readers who love a meet cute story, this one is for you. From the very beginning of the story you’ll be rooting for the two main characters. Ben and Arthur bump into each other at the post office. Arthur is only in New York for the summer while interning. Ben, on the other hand, is taking his ex-boyfriends stuff to the post office to send back to him. They notice each other but don’t get the chance to talk and in the blink of an eye Ben is gone. Arthur wishes he will bump into him again and tries to find him on social media. After finally meeting again, the pair end up dating, but it doesn’t go as smoothly as they’d hope. I thought this was a really nice young adult novel which showed dating and romance don’t have to be over the top and extravagant as long as you’re in the right company.

Friends to lovers – My Single Friend by Jane Costello

If you’re looking for a fun and quick read then this is definitely a book you should pick up. Henry has always thought a lot of Lucy, but she’s never seen past his geeky exterior. Henry is constantly pointing out that she doesn’t need to change herself for any man. After watching a tv show Lucy and two of their other friends decide it is time to give Henry a makeover. But they don’t realise how big an impact the change would have on their lives as Henry begins to attract more female attention than they predicted. This is a really sweet story about someone who realises they had the love of their life standing in front of them all along, without even realising it.

Enemies to lovers – The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Christina and Lauren have a knack for writing romance novels. This story follows Olive and Ethan who absolutely loathe each other. When Ami, Olive’s sister, and her new husband become sick on their wedding day, they insist Olive and Ethan should take their place and go on their honeymoon. The only catch is they have to pretend to be newly married as the honeymoon was a prize won in a raffle. Usually I find enemies to lovers tropes to be a bit too much because how can you hate someone one minute and then fall in love with them the next? However, this book explains why the main characters took a dislike to each other and the more time they spend together they realise someone close to them may have not been entirely honest. This is a swoon-worthy romance, perfect for readers who prefer a bit more of an adult book.

Secret royal – Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Zora is taking part in a summer program where she doesn’t feel she fully fits in among all the white students who have a lot more privilege than she has ever had. She meets another student in the library, whose face she doesn’t see but after talking for a while she feels they have a connection. After being interrupted they accidentally take the wrong phones. It comes as quite a shock to Zora to find out that the man’s phone belongs to royalty. This is a lovely story about growing up and finding your place in the world. The romance in this young adult novel is very tame but still enjoyable.


What are your favourite romance books? Let me know by commenting below. I’m also on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – @bookwormgirl_24

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