What would be of literature if not for love stories? Love has produced the finest novels, poems and plays and we want to point out some very special romance books you can read online or download on 24symbols.
This is why our digital booksellers have created a selection of the best romance books you need to know if you want to impress your Valentine. Whether classic romance or modern love stories, we want to pay homage to the heroes and romantics that get out of line. Whether comic, dramatic or tragic, these literary heroes will live in our hearts forever and we hope you enjoy our top Valentine’s Day books as much as we did!
The best contemporary romance novels
Until Leaves Fall in Paris
A WWII romance novel that will go straight to your heart. You can tell that Sarah Sundin loves to immerse herself in the era of World War Two. With plenty of detail and carefully crafted settings, she creates atmospheric stories that will easily transport you back in time. In her latest novel UNTIL LEAVES FALL IN PARIS, bookseller Lucie Girard and factory owner Paul Aubrey are immediately attracted to each other. Both are Americans who ended up living in France and both work for the resistance. Even though they share the same political views, their secret missions stand in the way of their love.
Tacos for Two
A fun read penned by bestselling author Betsy St. Amant. This romantic comedy has everything you need: A Shakespearean mix-up, delicious food and two adorable protagonists that you cannot help but fall in love with.
When Rory and Jude meet as fierce competitors at a food truck festival, they do not realize that they have met before – online. The two have been exchanging flirty messages on an dating site during the past month but cannot stand each other in real life. Or so it seems… Find out whether Rory and Jude will be granted a happily ever after or whether they prefer to chase their own dreams instead. Absolutely delicious.
After She Falls
Sports meets romance in this strong debut by Carmen Schober. Meet Adri, an unusual heroine who returns to her hometown after ending a toxic relationship that had caused her to abandon her career as a mixed martial artist and gave her a beautiful young daughter.
As Adri resumes her fighting career, she works closely with Max, her former trainer and first love. There are obviously still feelings between the two but Adri needs to get her life back on track before allowing herself a romantic relationship. And even though Max does not hesitate to help Adri as a professional, he is careful not to let his guard down when it comes to his feelings. The focus lies clearly on the sports theme but that does not take away from this tender love story. We are definitely looking forward to reading more from this exciting new author.
A Wedding at the Jane Austen Dating Agency
Another romantic comedy reaches us from Fiona Woodifield who delights us with the sequel to her debut novel THE JANE AUSTEN DATING AGENCY. While it is perfectly possible to read this book without its prequel, we do recommend you to start with the first book for a better reading experience. And, let’s be honest, after reading A WEDDING AT THE JANE AUSTEN DATING AGENCY you will ache to learn all you can about Sofia and Darcy anyway. Let yourself be swept away by this modern version that combines Jane Austen’s beloved regency novels in a fun and clever way.
Fifty Shades as Told by Christian Trilogy
(For US Readers only)
With the publication of FREED, fans of the incredibly popular erotic romance series Fifty Shades of Grey, can enjoy the whole trilogy one more time from Christian’s perspective. This box set includes all three novels of the series and gives you insight into the most hidden thoughts and emotions of the world’s sexiest fictional bachelor aka Christian Grey. Needless to say this is a must-read for all fans of Ana and Christian’s story and readers can expect just as much erotic content as in Ana’s version.
The best romances of all times
The Nightingale and the Rose
Oscar Wilde’s nightingale is probably the most tragic romantic of all. We’d like to dedicate this list to the brave little bird that believed in eternal love and thought that “love is better than life.” If you’re planning on buying red roses for your Valentine, make sure to mention this tale and your roses will never be forgotten.
Highly emotional and disturbing for the time it was published, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights still impresses with its dramatic plot and strong characters. Sensitivity, revenge and hate are deeply rooted in every single page of the novel and not even death can stop the protagonists’ passionate love. Interesting fact: this classic romance has also inspired Kate Bush to a song of the same title.
Though a classic, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is not your typical romance novel. We think of love as something ultimately positive but in Anna Karenina it comes as a blessing as well as a curse. While Levin and Kitty experience a romantic love that everyone is longing for, Anna experiences a tragic love and it would have been better for her if she had never fallen for Vronsky. Whether romantic or tragic, we love this novel and think it’s always worth another read:
Our Young Man
“Has everyone always been in love with you? Of course they have, who am I kidding?” New York City in the eighties: Our Young Man follows Guy who, just like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, doesn’t seem to age and whose beauty brings him the adoration of many lovers. Edmund White explores the power of physical beauty -to fascinate, to enslave, and to deceive – with sparkling wit and pathos.
Pride and Prejudice
How could we not include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in a list of romance books? Mr. Darcy has become a synonym for the Mr. Perfect that every woman is secretly looking for and this Valentine’s Day we hope to find him. With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most endearingly popular novels that deserves to be read over and over again, for “We are all fools in love.”
Still not enough? Have a look at our romance category to discover the latest romance books or browse our classic novels if you feel we’ve missed a book. Remember that you can download ebooks on your app to read them whenever and wherever you like. Do you want to add a novel to our selection of Valentine’s Day books? Please do so in the comment section below.