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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


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


Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy

Chosen by Lilyn

Book cover for Knight of a Trillion Stars


“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


Love for Slaughter by Sarah Tantlinger

Chosen by Tracy

Bloody and Sweet

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Chosen by Lilyn


Check out Tracy’s review of The Luminous Dead

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

Chosen by Tracy

Beautiful and Bloody


Chosen by Olly


Check out Sammy’s review of Nekromantik 2

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Chosen by Lilyn


Check out Lilyn’s review of Pitch Dark

Property of a Lady by Sarah Rayne

Chosen by Gracie


Ready or Not

Chosen by Sam

Bloody Funny

Check out Sam’s review of Ready or Not

Reception by Kenzie Jennings

Chosen by Tracy


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


Check out Sian’s review of Whispers in the Dark

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Chosen by Gracie


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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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