Romance With a Twist—Not Your Typical Meet Cute

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we've got more flavors of romance than conversation hearts. Whether you're partial to a feel-good rom-com, juicy romance novel, or tale of love gone wrong, there's something in our collection for you. Here are a few suggestions for romance that go beyond the typical love story.

Smart and Sensual

The Wedding Date
Jasmine Guillory's books feature smart, diverse, funny characters who also happen to get into some steamy romance. Plus, they eat food! After reading one, you'll want to devour everything she's written.

Young Adult

Hot Dog Girl
Queer romance with a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator in the mix.

Odd One Out
A love triangle of friendship, secrets, and the kind of characters you'd want to hang out with.

Zombie Love

Warm Bodies
Apocalypse, zombies, and romance to warm even the most un-dead heart.

Romantic Comedy

Unmarriageable
Arranged marriage meets the plot of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan.

Anti-Valentines Day

Check out an eBook or eAudiobook of love gone wrong, opens a new window through Overdrive.

Date Night in at the Movies

Prefer a more feel-good romance? Curl up with one of the many romantic movies, opens a new window, eAudiobooks, opens a new window, or eBooks, opens a new window available through Hoopla.

Do you have any tales of love you'd like to recommend? Let us know below!

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