Romantic Reads for the Unromantic
Okay, Valentine’s Day approaches… I feel it is obligatory to write a Romance Reads post. However, I am not a romantic. Or, at least, I’m a closet romantic. I’m very cynical and practical, rather than heart-eyed and melt-at-the-knees.
Although that hasn’t stopped me from writing a romantic comedy!
For those of you that do consider yourself unromantic – embrace it! – here are some romantic reads that you might enjoy.
If you want to try a ‘Regency romp, over-the-top’ romance then I highly recommend the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. They are addictive! They’re very dialogue-based so you have less purple prose depicting ‘heart fluttering’ and ‘bodice-ripping’ stereotypes. Some of the books in the series do have problematic elements, but if you can look past the storylines (remember the sensationalism of Regency romps) then they’re worth a go.
For the non-readers amongst you, I recommend Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. This is a YA graphic novel that focuses on a male-male relationship in a school. This is an extremely popular and emotional series, and very easy to read so I highly recommend! It’s stunning.
If you think you know this story, but haven’t read the book, then you really don’t know this story. Heathcliff and Cathy are about 15% of this story. That’s it. The rest is angsty, revenge-driven drama! I recommend listening to the audiobook of this classic rather than reading the text, as the dialogue is quite difficult to process.
A hilarious sapphic read. More self-discovery, than romance. This book depicts an unhealthy romantic relationship between two women, one of whom has just discovered her bisexual nature. It’s a headfirst, laugh-out-loud story! But definitely not one to read in front of your parents.
This gothic drama depicts women as evil, mysterious creatures that have immense manipulative powers. It’s dark and dramatic, perfect for Anti-Valentine’s day celebrations. When his older cousin, Ambrose dies in mysterious circumstances in Italy, Phillip is determined to get revenge on Ambrose’s new bride who he is convinced was the cause. But when Rachel arrives at Phillip’s house he falls head-over-heels for her. But then he starts to get ill in the same way as Ambrose did… is it Rachel after all? Ooh!
A brilliant LGBT, historical fiction that offers a brilliant portrayal of relationships, manipulation, and societal expectations. This is honestly a stunning read, and whilst there’s a love story at its heart, it is extremely well-written and entirely believable. Unlike many romantic reads!
What are your favourite romantic reads, that unromantics could enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!