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Romance and Reading

It’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you love, hate or feel indifferent about this day of love and romance, here’s something to get excited about : a list of the best Romantic Fantasy novels! Woooo! If you’re not with a special someone on this overly-commercialized day, then you can always fall in love with a good book, right?

Confession: I almost always search a book’s back cover description for two key words: romance and love. It’s embarrassing but true. I’d even settle for those essential words in the 2-sentence author reviews on the inside flap. I love stories with healthy bit of romance. Romance can save a book from its slower points, keep pages turning and enthrall women of all ages. (Perfect example of all of the above=Twilight.)

My favorite Romantic Fantasy books are:

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I have!

Just thinking about my favorite romantic fantasy reads puts me in a super nostalgic mood. I love love. This weekend Tim and I celebrated our first married Valentine’s Day by going out to our favorite restaurant. It’s a Japanese steakhouse that is absolutely amazing- I could seriously take a bath in their white sauce. 🙂

After dinner we headed out to see Gnomeo and Juliet. We thought it would be a cute, fun animated film. Alas, it was lame-o. The Elton John music was great, plus he even made a little cameo. haha!

Look at the gorgeous sunset!

Sunday, we headed out to Leu gardens, where we got married! In the picture below is where we actually said our vows- well, it was probably a litte more to the left. 🙂 If there was any day of my life that I could relive again, it would absolutely be the day I joined my heart and life with Tim’s.

I’m so thankful to have found such an amazing man! We’ve been married almost a year, and I can’t believe what a crazy and amazing journey we’ve experienced together so far!

Yay for love and all that jazz. I hope everyone has had an amazing day of romance and reading… (warning, warning cheese-fest approaching!!)…because everyone deserves their own happy ending.

I had to…gah, the love!!!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I LOVEd this post, Lisa! 🙂 I really need to check out all of your recommended books. I’m glad you & Tim had a great first Valentine’s Day weekend! The pics are super cute (oh, and good to know about Gnomeo & Juliet lol).

    • Lisa

      Thanks, Robin!! I think every woman (or man) needs a good love story 🙂 It was sooo nice to go to Leu Gardens again! I can’t wait for more good weather! And yes, wait for Gnomeo to come out on Netflix if you really need a fix for a gnome-inspired movie. haha

  • Hey Lisa ! Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures 🙂
    I haven’t read any of the books from your list but I really want to read them. I have heard that Robin McKinley and Juliet Marillier are great!

  • Lisa


    Thanks! And, yes both of those authors are truly amazing! I haven’t read Pegasus by McKinley yet, but I heard that its really great. 🙂

  • Lisa, as usual you have outdone yourself. It’s nice to know in this day and age Romance is “still alive and well.” Keep up the good work. You are a talented and inspiring writer!