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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.
  • http://Website Robin

    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

  • http://books-love-affair.blogspot.com/ Misha@My Love Affair with Books

    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. :)

  • http://Website Pam Wright

    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!