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Romance: The Bitter and the Sweet

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again. The sweet smell of over-priced roses, the restaurants being over-crowded (which is a whole other issue this year as it is), adorable plushies (Gracie will fully admit that she’s a sucker for dragon and octo squishies), and chocolate, chocolate everywhere.

Which is a plus.

Honestly, it’s not the idea of romance and love that some of us (mostly Gracie *cough*) that we have an issue with. It’s the enforced romance feeling of Valentine’s Day that we give some side-eye to. That kind of judgmental feeling that’s in the air if you aren’t with someone or perfectly happy alone.

So, to celebrate Valentine’s our way we’ve compiled a list of the sweet, the steamy, the bloody and the beautiful. So we can celebrate the day in all of our own ways.

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Alien Contact for Kid Sisters by Edward Hoornaert

Chosen by Lilyn

Sweet & Steamy


Cats Like Cream by Renee Miller

Chosen by Tracy

Yikes!

Check out Olly’s review of Cats Like Cream


If You Died Tomorrow I Would Eat Your Corpse by Wrath James White

Chosen by Tracy

Bloody and Beautiful


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Chosen by Sam

Yikes!


Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy

Chosen by Lilyn

Book cover for Knight of a Trillion Stars

Steamy

“I will never not promote this book and I will never loan out another copy either because I never get it back.” – Lilyn

Check out Lilyn’s review of Knight of a Trillion Stars


Let the Right One In

Chosen by Shawn

Sweet


Love for Slaughter by Sarah Tantlinger

Chosen by Tracy

Bloody and Sweet


The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Chosen by Lilyn

Yikes!

Check out Tracy’s review of The Luminous Dead


My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

Chosen by Tracy

Beautiful and Bloody


Nekromantic

Chosen by Olly

Yikes!

Check out Sammy’s review of Nekromantik 2


Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Chosen by Lilyn

Sweet

Check out Lilyn’s review of Pitch Dark


Property of a Lady by Sarah Rayne

Chosen by Gracie

Sweet


Ready or Not

Chosen by Sam

Bloody Funny

Check out Sam’s review of Ready or Not


Reception by Kenzie Jennings

Chosen by Tracy

Bloody


The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

Chosen by Gracie

Sweet and Steamy

“One of the few paranormal romances that I have and the chemistry between the two leads was great.” – Gracie

Check out Lilyn’s review of The Spirit Chaser


The Stark Divide by J. Scott Coatsworth

Chosen by Lilyn

Sweetly Diverse

Check out Lilyn’s review of The Stark Divide


Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Chosen by Bill

Free Love


To Be Devoured by Sarah Tantlinger

Chosen by Bill

Dark and Bloody

Check out Sam and Gracie’s double review of To Be Devoured


Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower

Chosen by Eliza

Romantic

Check out Sian’s review of Whispers in the Dark


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Chosen by Gracie

Yikes!

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Let us know what are your favourite Valentine’s Day reads? Whether they be sweet as milk chocolate, bitter dark, or spicy!


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One Comment

  1. I like a number on this list. Let me add an oldie: C. L. Moore’s “Shambleau” from 1933, one of the first stories with a believable alien psychology, and a horrifying love story!

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