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10 Love Stories to Read in Celebration of Valentine's Day

Updated on February 13, 2018
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Hazafa Gill is a professional content creator. But she prefers to be called a reader, as she has been reading stories long before writing.

Every story needs a love story. That’s my one true belief. I live by these words and call me a silly romance lover but I hardly pick up a book or watch a movie that doesn’t have any love story in it because as far as I am concerned, love is what makes my world go round. It how, I believe, the world was created. It’s how I am created.

Being a proud, romance reader I do adore the books that involve characters who know each other inside out and still CHOSE to be together forever. That’s the kind of love you rarely find in real life. But often I have found it on paper. Whether they were fervent prayers, imaginations or inspired from true events, I will never know since many of the people who wrote them aren’t people I know. Some of these dreamers aren’t even alive. But they have spoken to me & their words have made home in my heart. On this Valentine’s I am about to share some of the books with epic love stories. Not all of them are romances but they all sure have powerful love stories. Hope you love them as much as I do.

P.s. This list is by no means finished as I am still discovering lives and love in ink. Don’t forget to comment your favorites.

Historical Fiction

Let’s talk classics first.

I only am picking two classic books they are hard to choose and people already have their favorites in most cases.

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Cliché, right?

I know but you also have to agree that no romance list had, has or will ever be ever finished without mentioning P&P. I am reading this since I was 12 and I find something to love about it even today. You don’t need me to tell you what make Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet so great. They just were. Although what I really loved about Elizabeth as a heroine was the fact that she didn’t settle for less than she thought, she deserved. So for that bad-ass feminism, she will be my ideal forever.

  • North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell

It’s more of a social book then a romance but Mr. Thornton & Margret Hale did make an amazing couple. Both of them were so ill-suited for each other that if this book weren’t written exactly the way it is, it wouldn’t have worked.

  • Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

Another Mr. Thornton is here to ruin your lives, ladies.

This book is set in Victorian London and if Ian Thornton & Elizabeth Cameron doesn’t sweep you away in a whirlwind of historical fantasy, then you can send me an email of scorn. This book is a romance and it takes you on one hell of a ride. You may laugh and cry but you will definitely fall in love.

For himself Ian would have calmly and unhesitatingly told society to go to hell, but they'd already put Elizabeth through hell, and he wanted somehow to make it right for her again.

— Judith McNaught, Almost Heaven
  • The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

This book made this list only because I love Gideon. He makes me laugh so hard that whenever I read this book I actually wish I could meet him. He is one of a kind hero who fell for someone who wasn’t very pretty. Prudence, however, had her own set of virtues and together they offer quite a tale of joy and heartache but most of all…………... *feels*

What if I shave?" he said. "I look much better when I'm shaved. My cousin will vouch for that—do I not look almost handsome when I shave, Edward? " He didn't wait for the duke's reply but turned earnestly back to Prudence. "Do you think you could marry me if I shaved?

— Anne Gracie, The Perfect Rake

Young Adult

  • The TOG Series by Sarah J. Maas

If you are not willing to say goodbye to your hero and heroine after just one book, then congratulations, this is for you. This series is nowhere close to end and 7 books have already been published. Also, it involves several, really epic love interests that will get you leave you wanting more. But it’s not a romance either. This book is about an ancient war that has brought several mythical creatures out on the battle ground. Friendships, loyalties, families, love; everything is at stake. All the key players in this series are limitless and there is nothing they won’t give to regain what they are owed.

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

In another mystical world of Grisha trilogy, this duology is everything opposite to the posh and luxury living. Six of the crows is a story of street filth and gore. It’s the story of an impossible heist under ruthless Kaz Brekker, who is the nightmare of your average loving hero. He is awful and when you get over just how ruthless he can be; you can’t help but fall in love with him. This duology has another love story that’s gripping in extreme but it doesn’t undermine the epic-ness of the book itself. Inspired by George Clooney’s Oceans 11, this book keeps your entrapped until the very end.

  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

This too is a trilogy but totally worth the effort. It’s a story of an angel and a demon who loved one another. They loved each other beyond reason and time. They were also wrecked and remade. In their blood and tears, another world was created. Trust me, you will not be able to see the plot twists of this one.

Contemporary Romance

Bet you were thinking about The Fault in Our Stars but that’s not my list.

  • Perfect by Judith McNaught

I love Mrs. McNaught’s books. But this book in particular captures me. I think maybe that’s because Zack Benedict is a Hollywood actor and this book is like a dream. It has everything from a brilliantly weaved romance to a murder investigation. Full of cliffhangers and drama, this book has always strike a chord in me.

  • Remembrance by Jude Deveraux

A time travel romance. This book is not for everyone but from the moment I picked it up, I haven’t been able to put it away. It is too beautiful in a way only Jude Deveraux could have made it and this story is often my happy place.

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorn

An office romance. This book is hilarious but well written. (A rare combo! Believe me). Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman will not disappoint you.

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