With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite romances that I have read over the past few years. I am a sucker for a good love story, especially one that pairs humor with heart, and of course, has a satisfying ending.
Last year, I read If You Only Knew, which was my first Kristan Higgins novel. I absolutely loved it, and as soon as I finished it, I searched for other books of hers to get my hands on. I came across Higgins’ Blue Heron Series, which is five books that all take place in the same town, with each book focusing on a different set of characters who are all related. I devoured these books, and the series remains one of my favorites. Other Higgins books that I have read include Catch of the Day, Too Good to Be True (one of my favorites of all of the Higgins books I have read), and My One and Only. I am currently reading her new book, On Second Thought, which just came out on January 31st. So far I love it!
Jill Shalvis is another romance author who I have come to love. After finishing the Blue Heron Series, I went hunting for a new romance series to delve into, and came across Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor Series, which is twelve (twelve!!) books all set in the same small town in Washington state. All of the characters know each other, and each subset of three books serves as its own mini-series, making the whole series also feel like a set of four smaller series. After finishing all of the Lucky Harbor books, I moved on to Shalvis’ new Cedar Ridge Series. This was similar to Lucky Harbor in that all of the characters were connected, but it took place in Colorado, and was just three books. I really enjoyed it!
In addition to the romance series I have read, there are also MANY standalone romances that have made my heart so happy. Some of my recent favorites include How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, and Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center.