I met Sarah on Instagram. Yep, this privacy-loving, scared-to-put-myself-out-there chick is now making friends on the internet. If you are on Insta, please go check out Sarah’s feed @ReallyIntoThis and her site which is my go-to for everything pop culture with a fun emphasis on books, baking, tv/movies and honestly, anything she (and her contributors) are “really in to.”
I am not a lover of romance books (with a few exceptions), but when I do read romance, it’s a book recommended by Sarah. So, in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I asked her to put this list together for my readers who (like me) think they hate romance reading.
Friends, I get it! Even though I ride hard for the romance genre these days, that wasn’t always the case. Growing up, my mom’s Harlequin novels cluttered up my living room. I swore I would never read those cheesy ass novels, but HERE WE ARE!
A few years ago, I stumbled upon a novel that fit the romance genre and guess what? I LOVED IT! Since then, I try to give all romance books a fair shake, no matter the format or the cover. Without further adieu, here are 4 Books To Read if You (Think You) Hate Romance.
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Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne (2019, Gallery Books)
- Under 300 pages, so it’s a quick read
- Features strong female friendships
- First in the series & I love a good series
- Very light steam – closed-door romance
Well Met by Jen DeLuca (2019, Berkley)
- Cute, cozy, clever & fun
- Takes place during a Renaissance Faire
- Total small-town feel
- Some open door romance
- Definitely try this if you’re a fan of cozy & cuddly books
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (2019, Grand Central Publishing)
- Abby will have you rolling with laughter
- Lots of pop culture references
- Super cute dog
- Not just fluff – gets emotional
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
- Reverse Pretty Woman style novel
- Own Voices novel & features lead with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Full open door romance
- Sweet, touching & memorable
Well, there you have it! I hope you’ll give one of these novels a go. You never know. You may just find out you love romance!
Editor, Really Into This
Sarah is a Texas girl living in Portland, Oregon & is a momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. Her love for doughnuts is worldwide and she has completed hundreds of marathons, of the TV variety. She’s a total library hound, a lifelong lover of George Michael, a former video store clerk, pop culture junkie & loves nothing more than sweatpants, pizza & a cuddly space. She writes about all the above on the pop culture site Really Into This.