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Rom-coms: The perfect match for February and Valentine’s Day

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The rom-com books that you see in bookstores and on all the lists of best-sellers are there for a reason. They are among the most popular and profitable books sold. Why is that? Maybe it is because every good romance novel has a heroine you care about, a hero you lust after, emotional tension, a good plot, and a happily-ever-after ending. What more can a girl want? Or a guy for that matter?
Although women are the most frequent readers of rom-com books, there is a growing group of bro-com books and bros who are reading them. Rom-com books have been around since advances in printing in the early 19th century made books more affordable — think Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice.” Yes, it’s on many lists of romance books and is also considered a classic. So, what are some of the latest romance or rom-com books today that might just end up as classics?
1. FUNNY STORY by Emily Henry
Emily Henry has won multiple awards for her rom-com books. In “Funny Story”, Daphne’s fiancé dumps her for his old girlfriend, and she finds herself alone in a town with no friends or family but with her dream job as a children’s librarian. When she needs a roommate to help with the bills, who would have thought she would turn to her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex-boyfriend? They turn out to be great roommates while ignoring each other until they turn out to really like each other. Oh, the perfect rom-com!
2. PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
All right, just for comparison, I must mention Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy again. Why is this classic considered a romance novel? According to Barbara Sherrod of the Jane Austen Society of North America, “Pride and Prejudice is a classic love story because it set the pattern for a modern popular love story, the story in which an independent-minded and fascinating woman is loved by a remote, powerful man. The attraction between the two of them is exhibited as hostility, at least for the first half of the book. It is the pattern imitated by three-quarters of the romance novels on the shelves.”
3. THINGS WE NEVER GOT OVER (Knockemout Book 1) by Lucy Score 
When Naomi runs away from her wedding, she returns home to Knockemout, Virginia, to help her twin sister out of a jam. When she meets Knox Morgan, who is handsome, but quite grumpy, she realizes she needs his help in working out some of her family’s problems. This delightful book is the first in a series of three books that all take place in the little town of Knockemout, with some recurring characters while introducing new ones to the mix.
4. ROMANTIC COMEDY by Curtis Sittenfeld
When TV comedy sketch writer Sally, meets pop music sensation Noah, many dismiss any chance that they would become a couple. The reason: It’s OK for dorky men to date gorgeous women, but when it’s the other way around? It’s just not possible. Will Sally be able to overcome her self-doubts and give herself over to this gorgeous rock star?
5. A LOVE SONG FOR RICKI WILDE by Tia Williams
With a last name like Wilde, Ricki would think she has a lot in common with her famous Atlanta socialite sisters. But, alas, she is not like them and the only way to find herself is to get away. She moves to Brooklyn and is convinced there are exciting things awaiting her. The first thing she does is realize her dream of opening a flower shop. Is love just around the corner when she meets a dreamy stranger?
6. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas 
The crossing of romance and fantasy is not new to the book world. This is the first of a five-book series featuring Feyre, a 19-year-old huntress. She is kidnapped by Tamlin, one of the High Lords of a faerie land after she kills a faerie wolf. Here Feyre learns she had major misconceptions about faeries, and over the course of each of these books, she and Tamlin fall in and out of love. If you love romance, faeries, and fantasy, this is the perfect book to start a series.
7. THE GRAHAM EFFECT (Campus Diaries Book 1) by Elle Kennedy
Gigi Graham is on the path to qualifying for the women’s national hockey team. Things are going well until she teams up with a grumpy male hockey player who promises to help her sharpen her game. The problem is, although he is rude and opinionated, he’s quite a hunk. And the chemistry between them, which they are both trying to ignore, is steamy enough to melt the ice on the rink.
Who can avoid reading a good love story, especially in February? Whether you are already a lover of romance novels or new to the genre, these are some good choices for the month of love!


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