In case you want to avoid the specialty menus and wine mark-up at local restaurants, consider having a cozy evening home with a lovely romantic novel if you are coupled off, your sweetheart can read alongside you too.. Make dinner together and share a bottle of wine, a dessert and reading time.
My husband and I started a Tuesday night reading habit this year and it doesn’t always go as planned but sometimes it’s nice to curl up on the couch and just be with each other while reading. Alternatively, you could play an audio book and have a book club for two. When you can share thoughts and ideas about something you’ve both read, it can be beneficial to how you communicate, listen and understand one another as well as sharing in the experience of a good book, or a bad one.
(Since, reading is almost always an independent endeavor but with audio books you can enjoy books together without fighting over the paper copy of the book. A good tip is if you use kindle or audible books, you can link your amazon accounts together as a household and read them on your own devices.)
Here are a few romantic new release books to read for Valentine’s Day
This was just released in January of 2018. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. It is a contemporary romance that starts off in an elevator between Alexa and Drew. Drew is going to a wedding, and his date cancelled on him. Drew asks Alexa to be his date to the wedding and they have more fun together than they expected. Unfortunately, they are separated by distance and try to manage busy careers and dating between Los Angeles and Berkeley. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book.
- Fake love to Real love trope
- Career Romance Balance
- Flawed yet likable characters
- Bi-racial couple representation
- Realistic dating issues
- New Love
This was released on February 13th, 2018. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella. This is a contemporary women’s fiction about a couple that has been married for 10 years and the epitome of a successful relationship. On an ordinary day when they discover after going in for a physical, that they are likely to be married for another sixty-eight years. This diagnosis for their marriage prompts them to reignite their relationship through impromptu surprises that turn into revelations and truth that have been hidden behind the surface. This is a portrait of marriage, of all the good, bad and mundane.
- Life Long Love
- Realistic Marriage Issues
- Quirky cast of characters
- Surprises within the narrative
This is a then and now historical/contemporary novel bouncing from modern-day Miami to Havana, Cuba 1958. The story is about a granddaughter losing her grandmother and finding the roots of her identity as she travels to Cuba to scatter the ashes of her grandmother.
[A] luscious novel that will please romance, historical, and women’s fiction readers alike. . .Parallel tales of passion and romance crash against rigid family expectations, wartime violence, and political barriers.
With the Olympics in full swing, this new release From Lukov with Love is about an iceskater, a partner and based on the description gives me vibes of the Cutting Edge movie.
Here’s the blurb.
If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.
After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.
But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.
Including Ivan Lukov.