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You may be wondering what sweet romance books have to do with enjoying a healthy life. nothing. But sometimes enjoying a healthy life simply means enjoying life. And we love books. So, we have for you 15 cute, sweet romance novels to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With quotes. Because nothing intrigues me more about an unread book than a great quote!

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
So adorable! It may seem, from the synopsis, like a typical ‘rich boy meets poor girl’ story. But it sidesteps a lot of the expected drama and instead spends time with really enjoyable characters figuring each other out. Caymen’s sarcasm is endearing and Xavier is sweet and charming even when he’s occasionally clueless. Mostly this is a book that entices you to smile the whole way through.

“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”

“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
All the fun of a light, quick read with a hint of fantasy to spice it up a bit. The beauty of The Secret of a Heart Note is that it’s a little bit different than a lot of other cute, sweet books. If you’re looking to mix things up, this is a great choice.

“Somewhere between right and wrong lies a garden surrounded by thorns, and I have met you there.”

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein
Not just sweet and fun, Shuffle, Repeat is also witty. To smart characters getting to know each other (and falling for each other) make for amusing dialog in a quick read.
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Part contemporary – part fairy tale. A little bit sweet and a little bit sassy. You totally think it’s going to be sad and depressing from how it begins with Savannah and her older sister Jane. But turns the tide on the characters and they all learn something about themselves and about each other in a whimsical, well plotted, fun story.

Guys can smell desperation. It triggers an instinct in them to run far and fast so they aren’t around when a woman starts peeling apart her heart. They know she’ll ask for help in putting it back together the right way – intact and beating correctly – and they dread the thought of puzzling over layers that they can’t understand, let alone rebuild. They’d rather just not get blood on their hands.

But sharks are different. They smell the blood of desperation and circle in. They whisper into a girl’s ear, “I’ll make it better. I’ll make you forget all about your pain.”

Sharks do this by eating your heart, but they never mention this beforehand. That is the thing about sharks.

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
If you love fairy tales, and especially if you are excited about the new Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson, you will love this books. It’s a simple retelling of the fairy tale you know. McKinley is a master of eloquent language and practical characters. Even though you know the story, you’ll adore this book.

“He cannot be so bad if he loves roses so much.”

“But he is a Beast,” said Father helplessly.

I saw that he was weakening, and wishing only to comfort him I said, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

On the Fence by Kasie West
Girls next door… with three huge, tough, funny older brothers. Charlie (Charlotte) starts out as a little bit of the typical sporty girl who grew up with a lot of brothers and no mom. Her journey to balance that with her femininity is fun (and funny) and the family dynamic is really adorable.

There was nothing that made a girl feel better about a guy humiliating her than a different cute guy asking her out.

Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patrica Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Regency era magic and romance abound as two friends write letters to one another. There’s a little bit of mystery, two smart and capable heroines, in a London season where magic is as natural as dancing. If you’re looking for something a little different and a lot of fun, Sorcery and Cecelia is a great option.

Thomas reached out and took my hand, turned it palm up, and said, “I believe that’s healing very nicely.” Aunt Charlotte opened the door just as he turned my hand over again and brushed a kiss across my knuckles. I experienced a nearly overpowering desire to hit him in the eye.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinderella… in space! Ok, not entirely but it is Cinderella with a sci-fi spin. It’s cute and sweet and full of androids and cyborgs. The mystery isn’t much of a mystery but the characters make a story you know fun and interesting all over again.

He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client–and her prince.

And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Delightful contemporary story with incredibly likable characters. This is simply a FUN book to read.

In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
This isn’t just one fairy tale. It’s Cinderella and the Frog Prince with a dash of Jack and the Beanstalk and allusions to Snow White and the Princess and the Pea. The writing is delightful and the fairy tales are woven together elegantly. There’s fae and dancing and a prince, a delightfully sweet romance and a wonderful family.

“All of us heal in time. The strongest are born again. We only keep the scars we choose to keep.”

Ok, and one more because I can’t help myself.

“May we all be doomed to a happy life.”

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
You may have noticed a whole lot of Kasie West on this list. She writes such fun contemporary romances! P.S. I Like You is quirky. It’s funny. Of course it’s sweet. In fact, it’s kind of adorable. Lily struggles with her family and her ambitions and in the midst of it is intrigued by a bit of mysterious romance.

“I’m okay with silence. We’re in a library after all. This is the birthplace of silence.”

“The library is the birthplace of silence?” David asked.

“All the words are being used by the books. When I was little, that’s what I used to think. That people were told to be quiet so that all their words didn’t get stolen by the books. I thought books needed words to exist. Well, obviously they do, but I thought they needed spoken words. Yeah… I was always weird.”

“And here I thought libraries were quiet because people were trying to study,” David whispered.

“That might be another explanation.”

The Season by Sarah MacLean
The Season is pure regency romance with dancing and dresses and rides through Hyde Park. There’s a bit of a mystery but the real fun is Lady Alexandra, her friends and her brothers finding their way through the London Season.

“Enlighten me, Lord Blackmoor, how should I be wooed, as you put it? I am intrigued by your obvious expertise.”

He was quick to respond, “You’re too vibrant for them. Too strong. You have a sharp mind and an exciting personality and an unexpected sense of humor. If these men were half the man you deserve, they would have already recognized all those things and they would be romancing you accordingly. They would be working to intrigue and amuse and inspire you — just as you do them. And they would know that only when they have won your mind will they even have a chance at winning your heart.”

The room felt much warmer all of a sudden, and Alex resisted the urge to fan herself, trying to ignore the rapid increase in her pulse as color flooded her cheeks. In the silence that followed his impassioned speech, Gavin stood and walked over to her. A cocky grin spread across his face. “That’s how I write to the women I hope to interest, Alex.”

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
Super sciencey- Avery Shaw is devastated. When her heart is suddenly broken the only way she knows how to deal with it is using her stages of grief as her science fair experiment. Grayson has bigger plans for her than overcoming grief. He volunteers to help heal her heart, to get her out of her head and to find her self-confidence. With plenty of sass and a crew of great friends on each side this is one experiment you don’t want to miss.

“You know what? I’ll help you get angry, and then you can move on to acceptance and go out with Grayson because you’re so tiny and he’s so tall.”

Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
More than a light, quick read, this story has emotional depth. Real characters with real struggles and the romance isn’t really the point of the story. Which doesn’t at all keep it from being a cute and fun read.
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Set in England after the Russian revolution, A Countess Below Stairs is a little bit of everything you expect and yet it’ll surprise you. It’s filled with characters with such distinctive personalities. They are charming and fallible, outrageous and honorable. And at the heart of this delightful story, Rupert and Anna will sweep you off your feet.

For an instant she felt his touch on her cheek then he stepped back. “There that was my ration for all eternity. People have died for less I dare say.”


Did you know in Romania they celebrate Love Day? It’s a lot more fun than our Valentine’s Day.

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