Put together by Lília

Continuing our love mission, even more staff choices on romantic fiction.

Love to all, I dare say!

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah

Pleun: What an incredibly intense read this was. It reminded me of The Shining but without the horror. Then again, when you look at it, alcoholism and severe abuse are real everyday horrors. I felt so many emotions while reading this book, from joy to utter sadness and everything in between.
Leni and Cora are amazing characters, strong and real; I will miss them severely. The Alaskan nature described by Kristin Hannah was so vivid I feel like I’ve been there.
The last 50 pages were a little too dramatic for me. Don’t get me wrong, I cried my eyes out, but it felt a little too much like a Hallmark commercial.

All in all I would definitely recommend it to anyone. You won’t regret it!

The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Sophie: Oops! I didn’t mean to inhale this romcom in one sitting, but it was so completely the right book at the right time that I couldn’t help myself. 😄
I actually laughed out loud a few times (“She was wearing a shirt that said ‘Particle Collisions Give Me a Hadron’” 😂). The banter between main characters Olive and Ethan was pitch perfect, and both showed such an awesome ability to NOT overreact. Also, Olive’s large-family-dynamic felt true and warm, and I was just rooting for them all the whole way through. I will miss these characters!

The story is cute, the setting is mostly on tropical Maui 🏝, and I loved that it wasn’t steamy. I will definitely be looking at other books by this writerly duo!

In at the Deep End – Kate Davies

Natalia: I refrained from reading this book in public, because boy oh boy did it make me blush. If you’re looking for a steamy, lesbian, coming-of-age novel, this is the one for you. Also, the not-so-subtle cover will definitely grab your attention.

The Seven Year Slip – Ashley Poston

Lília: An overworked book publicist with a perfectly planned future hits a snag when she falls in love with her temporary roommate…only to discover he lives seven years in the past.
Clementine is heartbroken after the passing of her aunt and does not want to get involved with anyone. But after meeting Iwan in her aunt’s apartment – now hers – she first thinks he’s invading her space, then learns her aunt had invited him to stay – and slowly discovers they’re living in different time zones: him in the past.
They fall in love, but how do you sort out this situation, where you meet your love in his past but in the present, he’s quite different than he used to be?
I had a false start with this book but decided to give it a second try because I really enjoyed The Dead Romantics. And boy, was I right!

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

Shirley: I also read Truly Madly Guilty from Moriarty and that made me curious about this one. And actually, I think this one is even better!

What do you do when you find out that your husband has a dark secret?

Time to Shine – Rachel Reid

Naomi: This one had me giggling and kicking my feet! This is such a good romance between Landon, the kinda-grumpy new player on the team, and Casey, the himbo all-star. They become roommates and discover new sides to themselves and each other that makes you root for them wholeheartedly. Their eventual relationship is based on strong communication, both in and outside the bedroom. Speaking of, don’t let the cute cover fool you. This book is hot.

If you like fun team-shenanigans, funny banter, lovable characters and mutual pining, this one’s for you!