August is Read Romance Month and I have to be honest, I didn’t become a huge fan of romance until a few years ago. I always avoided the strictly romance read because I thought it was beneath me. You know that all high and mighty teenage superiority complex. But as I got older I’ve realized it’s important to read what makes you happy and in August, romance makes me happy for sure.
Since I’m a sucker for a good romance novel, I’ve decided to give you some of my recent favorite reads for you to dig into this month.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
You’ll be able to tell that a lot of my new favorites to read have been inspired by the Asian Readathon back in May. This book was one of the first I read and it was just a fantastic book. It wasn’t one I thought I’d pick up. The concept was strange. A woman hires a male escort to show her the ropes in bed. Strange right?
But this book is far more than that and it’s such a beautiful (and absurdly steamy) read. I definitely recommend picking this one up (and the second book in the series if you’re so inclined).
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Sassy fun character? Check. A disability that isn’t just overlooked? Check. An understanding, yet hot male lead? Also check. This book is a fun, campy novel that’s just too relatable. I have a disability myself, much smaller than hers, but it’s nice to see a plus size heroine with a chronic illness. It’s much more relatable than some other romances where the pretty blonde can’t see how pretty she is.
It’s also steamy as all hell. Definitely one that will get you blushing if you’re not ready for it.
This book is also book one of a series following all the Brown sisters. So I can’t wait to dig into the next one.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Slowing the pace from hot steamy romances that’ll knock you out. Loveboat, Taipei is a beautiful YA novel about a girl finding herself while also thousands of miles away from home. This book is more than the romance and I would recommend it if you’re not exactly the romance type.
It’s a coming of age story that’s surprisingly relatable no matter your age. The characters are full of life and you’ll be rooting (or booing) for them all along the way.
I would also recommend listening to this novel as the audiobook gives you the full beauty of the Chinese words spoken by the characters.
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
If you’re a lover of the hero’s journey, female leads that aren’t just the strong type, and beautiful descriptions, this book is for you. Maia is a girl wanting to be a tailor but as a woman…all she can hope for is to marry well off. That is until she takes the place of her brother for a competition to be the prince’s tailor.
This story is full of adventure, wonderful Chinese culture, forbidden romance, and magic. I absolutely love the story and will be reading the sequel soon!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
I love this book and story. It’s a sweet historical romance that is an absurdly breezy read.
The book is about a young woman after the Second World War that ends up in correspondence with a man (and his friends) about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that was created during German occupation.
The correspondence is wonderful and whimsical. I fell in love with all of the characters as I read.
Plus, there is a Netflix movie to watch after. Both are great and give you the warm fuzzy feeling a romance should.
Books I’ll Be Reading
I’ve chosen to read 5 romance novels in 4 weeks. These are the ones I’ve tentatively picked if you want to read along with me. Warning, these might change do to availability. I’m getting them from my public library since I want to support my community (and save a dollar or two). And yes a lot of them are sequels to the ones above….
- Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
- Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
- Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
- The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
- Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley
Let me know what books you’ll be reading this month. Do you like romance? Talk to me in the comments below.