Whether you're a seasoned romance fan or not, Valentine's day is the perfect time to dust off those contemporaries and swoon over some lust-worthy romances. Here are our top 5 books you should be reading this month:
1) The Distance from A to Z
"Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her Summer: to make sure she is fluent in French - well, that and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.
That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.
But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can't help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk."
2) Fan Art
"With the hurdle of coming out to his family overcome, some might think that the worst of Jamie's problems are over, but really, they're just beginning. With prom around the corner and his best friend Mason already lined up to take a girl, Jamie is forced to confront overwhelming jealousy and the knowledge that his growing feelings for Mason aren't going away anytime soon. All of the support in the world from home can't quell the fear he feels when he thinks about outing himself at school and the risk of losing his childhood best friend in one fell swoop. Infused with an artistic element sure to please any readers with an eye for design, Sarah Tregay's Fan Art is a sweet story about friendship, first love and what happens when we face down our fears."
3) Eleanor & Park
"Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough... Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises... Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds, smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."
4) One Man Guy
"Aleksander Khederian doesn't need (or want) Summer School, but his strict Armenian-American parents think it's the best way for him to stay on the honor track. Just when he thinks his Summer couldn't get any worse, he meets Ethan. Cool, confident and adventurous, Ethan is everything Alek wishes he could be. As he's drawn closer to Ethan's alluring persona, Alek realizes that he might want to be a bit more than 'just friends' with the attractive skateboarder. But how will his family, so embedded in their culture and traditional ideals, react when he breaks the news?'
5) Beautiful Disaster
"The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink of swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs - and wants - to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis's apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match."
Do you like the sound of any of these books? What are your top contemporary romance books to read this Valentines Day?