Put together by Lília

February is seen as the Love Month, so we’ve chosen some of our most loved reads from our romantic fiction sections for your delight. We love romance and it shows!

Night Shift – Annie Crown

Naomi: This is a romcom as it should be: simple, sweet and pretty sexy in the best way possible. The characters act a little messy, which is very human and relatable. Night Shift is a tongue-in-cheek ode to romantic fiction and all the tropes of the genre. It’s very self-aware with some surprising depth. There was not too much angst, and the book truly had me laughing out loud. The epilogue brought the love story full circle and it was a beautiful ode to all the romance readers out there.

Ice Planet Barbarians – Ruby Dixon

Lília: Hilarious steamy romance about a bunch of women kidnapped by aliens that end up in an ice planet full of very tall blue aliens. They save the women and romance follows, not without complications and miscommunication of all kinds.

The first in a series, all are worth reading if you like sexy romances and absolute escapism.

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care – Ashley Herring Blake

Natalia: Next to Christina Lauren’s Love and Other Words, this was another romance favorite of 2022. It’s a fun and steamy queer story about recognizing one’s true feelings for another, even when it comes with a ton of complications.

I thoroughly enjoyed Blake’s writing, and it definitely made me laugh out loud at times.

Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up – Alexandra Potter

Pleun: An absolute feel-good book, but a smart one that is sometimes very relatable, sad and hilarious at the same time. For me personally it ticked all the boxes.

So if you’re forty-something and need an uplifting read, look no further!

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – Jenny Colgan

Sophie: A serious theme of love lost and (second) chances is beautifully wrapped in a story containing lots of properly funny moments and truly delightful characters.
I really loved it; a book that makes you laugh as well as tear up.

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

Ester: Because of a merger between two publishing houses, there are now two bosses and hence two executive assistants, Lucy and Joshua. And they HATE each other. They play different hating games to get through the day, but when they both go up for one promotion spot, the games reach a whole other level. With the tension rising, Lucy and Joshua go through a whole lot of new emotional turmoil and Lucy discovers she might not hate Joshua all that much.

Oh my, what a great and sizzling read! Sparks flying! Fun and spunky characters, with a lot of chemistry, but also a lot of tenderness.

What’s not to love – uhm hate -.