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7 Romantic Valentine's Day Novels

Valentine’s Day and Romance go together like chocolate samplers and roses. And what better way to celebrate a holiday centered on love than with some incredible swoon-worthy reads? Whether you’re single and looking, or attached and blissed out, these seven Valentine’s Day romances will put you in the loving mood.

1. 'Not Okay, Cupid' by Heidi R. Kling

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex. Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

This adorable novel is pure YA gold, with a cast of endearing characters who will work their way into your heart and not let go. The banter between Felix and Hazel alone is worth the price of this book. The dialogue is quick and witty, and will leave you wanting more scenes with just the two of them sitting around talking. Their flirting is seriously off-the-charts cute. This romance is squeaky clean and perfect for romance lovers of all ages.

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2. '33 Valentines' by Stephanie Monahan

All Sophie wants for her thirty-third year is a calendar without a February—and without a Valentine’s Day. The unlucky month haunts her with regrets, loss, and missteps she can never take back. But this year, she’s determined to make a change— and she’s going to start with telling her best friend, Sam, how she feels about him. But February isn’t making it easy for her. Sam’s got a date with his dream girl, and Sophie finds herself in the hospital. Then there’s her father, who has a surprise that’s about to turn her world upside-down, and her little brother, who doesn’t seem to have any room for her in his life. While everyone else seems to be living life, Sophie is stuck in neutral.

This novel is equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and completely endearing. Despite the strong romantic comedy feel of this book, it is actually also quite deep in terms of backstory and setup for the featured relationship. Nevertheless, it is quick paced and fun, featuring a best friends relationship that will leave romance lovers swooning.

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3. 'Time Out, Valentine' by Melinda Dozier

Lexi’s life is one big dump. Or so she thinks. To keep her mind off her latest breakup, she stays busy with work. It’s no big deal, since writing for Time Out Portland Magazine is a blast…except for one small snag – Grant Reeds. Grant, a shy but sexy computer geek, is new to Time Out, working as the Networking Director for the online magazine. Even though Lexi thinks he doesn’t notice her, he sure as hell does. The owners have a plan for their upcoming Valentine’s Special, pairing up the two to explore romantic date ideas around the city. Soon, Lexi and Grant learn that the old adage, “Opposites Attract,” can ring true.

Sometimes you just need a quick, romantic pick-me-up to leave you smiling, and this book is definitely that. There’s just something great about this type of opposites-attract romance, and Melinda Dozier does an excellent job of amping up the swoon factor and leaving the reader wanting more. This book is a super quick read, with a fun-loving, quirky vibe. It is steamy enough in parts, yet still manages to remain completely sweet.

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4. 'To Kiss a Prince' by Shéa McLeod

Anna's life is falling apart. First she gets fired—totally not her fault!—and then she comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with the neighbor. But a job offer across the Pond gives her the perfect excuse to chuck it all and start again. As the nanny of adorable twins, she finds her new boss, Bella, cold and oh-so-proper, but Notting Hill is nothing short of magical. And as Valentine's Day approaches, Anna realizes anything is possible. Even capturing the heart of a prince.

This book is totally adorable in every way. Anna is an endearing main character that readers will love to root for, and her trip across the pond is nothing short of extraordinary as she finds love. The romance is a wonderful slow burn, and in addition there is a fantastic friendship story that develops. If you’ve ever dreamed of finding a prince of your own, you’ll love this romantic Valentine’s Day book.

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5. 'The Valentine Challenge' by Marisa Cleveland

Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend's flower shop — days before Valentine's Day! — Stacey declares war. Intrigued by Stacey's devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge — prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself. Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine's Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she's willing to go for love.

This little novella is everything you could possibly want from a holiday romance. The relationship between Stacey and Marsh starts off antagonistic, so there’s a delicious sexual tension brewing from the very start. It’s just sexy enough, without being over the top, and is sure to please romance fans looking for a quick read. Despite being a novella, this story is just enough to grab the reader's attention and leave them wanting more.

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6. 'The Trouble With Valentine’s Day' by Rachel Gibson

Dumped by her boyfriend, stressed out by her job, Kate Hamilton needs to regroup and get back some self-esteem. She moves from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the wilderness of Gospel, Idaho for some small-town fun. But when her first attempted seduction of a hunky stranger is completely rejected, she wonders what else could possibly go wrong? Rob's been more than burned by love—but then he and Kate find themselves in an ultra-compromising position in the M & S Market after-hours, giving the phrase "clean-up in aisle five" a whole new meaning, and causing a whole lot of gossip in Gospel...

This delightful book excels in deep character development, making the reader care so much about the two main characters before they even get together. The meet-cute in the beginning of the book is worth the price of admission, and when Kate and Rob see each other for the first time after that night, the cringe-worthy embarrassment is everything you could hope for. But, in true romantic fashion, this book leaves you smiling and is full of joy and love.

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7. 'Cursed by Cupid' by Wendy Sparrow

Tilly Morrow didn’t believe in the curse and now she hasn’t had a second date in three years…because all her first dates end in disaster. In fact, she just accidentally punched a guy in the face, leaving her without a date for Valentine’s Day! Bryant Murphy isn’t sure if the curse is real or not, but if dating Tilly means occasionally getting assaulted with a chocolate shake or nearly electrocuted, it’s worth the risk. Armed with more lucky charms than a bowl of cereal, Bryant will have to battle flying swords, Russian mail-order brides, and shrimp linguini if he’s going to win the girl.

If you like your romance with a healthy dose of laughter, you won’t want to miss this fast-paced look at love through the eyes of a woman cursed. It all starts with an ignored chain letter and spirals out of control with one crazy mishap after another that will leave readers laughing and cheering Tilly on. This book is quick, cute, and absolutely compelling.

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There’s something for everyone in the realm of Valentine’s Day romance, and these seven books cover everything from short and sweet to emotional and sexy.

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day romances?

About the author

Riki has a long-standing love affair with all things books and writing. She indulged her love for all things literary with a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and is currently studying at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Although she is well past her own teen years, Riki’s reading passion lies with Young Adult literature where she devours books that handle the “firsts” in life. When not reading and writing she can be found yelling at the television while watching sports.

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