TEN ROMANTIC NOVELS TO BINGE-READ THIS LOVE SEASON
Bonne February ^_^ And welcome to Fadima Mooneira’s first February blog post. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I’m sure those in a relationship are excited and already planning romantic activities with their partners. Hehehe ^_^
But those who are still flying solo must not feel lonely on V-Day. You guys can still have fun and feel romantic even though you don’t have someone special to celebrate V Day with. For me, binge-reading romantic novels are one of the best ways to have fun on V-Day for single people. Therefore, I’m going to share a list of romantic novels for you guys to binge-read during this love season. We shall begin with no.1 to no.10.
#1 DHEO’S BY ANJELL
Dheo’s is now my no.1 all-time favorite romance novel. I believe it’s the most romantic novel I’ve ever read. This novel is written by Malaysia’s no.1 romance novelist, Anjell. Dheo’s is a love story between an innocent beauty named Nurissa Rose and a mafia prince named Dheo Han. Nurissa Rose meets Dheo Han after her father passes away due to a sudden heart attack. One week after Mr. Nuriman's death, Rose finds out that her late father is on the verge of bankruptcy and all of his properties are now sold to a man named Dheo Han. Rose is not satisfied with the news. It makes her curious. So Rose went to La Prince Hotel to meet Mr. Dheo Han. At La Prince Hotel, Rose begs Dheo not to do anything to her beloved cafe (I's Cafe). And Dheo says ok to that. But he gives Rose one requirement. Rose must become his personal housekeeper. Rose is shocked. But to save her beloved I's Cafe, she agrees to Dheo's requirement. And this is where their love story begins.
Dheo’s is a very enjoyable novel to read during this love season. Dheo’s is a dark chocolate romance novel with a modern-day fairytale vibe. The story has three romance tropes~ bad-boy-and-innocent-girl romance, forbidden love, and a second chance for love. Dheo’s is written in Bahasa Malaysia, but most of the characters' dialogues are in English and some are even in Italian. I read this novel last year. I even wrote a review of it not so long time ago. If you want to know more about Dheo’s, you can read my review of it on >> NOVEL REVIEW: DHEO’S BY ANJELL (PLUS FAN CAST).
#2 TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT BY LISA KLEYPAS
Tempt Me At Twilight (TMAT) is the third book in Lisa Kleypas’ The Hathaway series. The story follows the fourth Hathaway sibling, Poppy. Hopeless romantic beauty, Poppy Hathaway is enjoying her third London season and she is about to achieve her dream of marrying an English aristocrat. But unfortunately, there’s a plot twist to Poppy’s love story at the end of the London season. Her suitor, Michael Bayning decides to end their relationship by giving her the excuse that his father doesn’t agree with his choice of marrying Poppy. Poppy is heartbroken. Poppy meets mysterious and enigmatic hotelier, Harry Rutledge again during the last ball of the London season. They first met in Rutledge Hotel’s secret passage at the beginning of the story. Their flirtation at the ball compromises Poppy’s reputation. And to everyone’s surprise, Poppy accepts Harry’s proposal. The story and conflict continue after Poppy and Harry became husband and wife.
Like Dheo’s, TMAT is also a romantic story with Hades-And-Persephone vibes. It’s about two people who are the opposite of each other but also fated for each other. This story is also about being with someone special. If you want to know more about TMAT, please feel free to read my full review of the novel on >> NOVEL REVIEW: TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT BY LISA KLEYPAS.
#3 MARRYING WINTERBORNE BY LISA KLEYPAS
Marrying Winterborne is the latest romance novel I’ve read. I just shared my review of it in my previous post. Marrying Winterborne is the second book in Lisa Kleypas’ The Ravenel series. It is a romantic love story between a shy beauty named Lady Helen Ravenel, and a rich Welsh business tycoon named Rhys Winterborne. Helen and Rhys love each other so dearly and dream to have a future together. But Helen’s true identity might ruin their chance of happiness. Can Rhys accept Helen after he finds out about her true background? You guys need to read Marrying Winterborne if you want to know the answer ^_^
Like Dheo’s and Tempt Me At Twilight, this novel also gives me a new perception of love, romance, and being with someone special. Marrying Winterborne is a beautiful romance novel to binge-read during this love season. That’s why it is in the top 3 of my list ^_^ Besides romance, this novel will also be a good read for those who love fashion and working in the retail industry. Lisa Kleypas uses fashion and retail as this story's top two commercial values. If you want to know more about Marrying Winterborne, please feel free to read my full review of it on >> NOVEL REVIEW: MARRYING WINTERBORNE BY LISA KLEYPAS.
#4 DEVIL IN WINTER BY LISA KLEYPAS
Devil In Winter (DIW) is Lisa Kleypas’ no.1 bestselling historical romance novel. This novel is now listed as an evergreen read by most book experts. DIW is a heartwarming and alluring Victorian romance story between a beautiful innocent young woman named Evangeline Jenner (Evie), and a handsome rake named Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent. DIW is the third book in Kleypas' Wallflower series. Evie runs away from home to escape her cruel relatives and takes a very high risk. She approaches Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, and asks him to marry her. Sebastian is desperate for money and Evie is desperate to escape her relatives. To Evie, marrying Sebastian is the only way for her to escape. However, Evie's proposal comes with one condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. Surprisingly, Sebastian accepts Evie's proposal. And they travel to Gretna Green together. This is where their story begins.
Seriously, I can’t blame LK fans who named DIW as their no.1 favorite book from the author. DIW is a very beautiful romance story. That’s why it is listed as an evergreen read. The story tells us about how love changes people. Love makes a rake transform into a devoted loving husband. Love makes a shy and quiet girl brave. I’m glad that I already read this novel. It is now listed as one of my all-time favorite reads. I also shared my review of Devil In Winter last December. Please feel free to check it out on >> NOVEL REVIEW: DEVIL IN WINTER BY LISA KLEYPAS.
#5 LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON BY LISA KLEYPAS
Love In The Afternoon (LITA) is the fifth and final book in Lisa Kleypas’ The Hathaway series. The story follows the youngest Hathaway sibling, Beatrix. At the story's beginning, a village beauty named Prudence Mercer asks her friend, Beatrix Hathaway to disguise herself as her and exchange letters with Captain Christopher Phelan who is now an army in the Crimean War. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep. Beatrix falls in love with Christopher. Christopher on the other hand believes that he has deeply fallen in love with Prudence Mercer even more. And he is planning to claim her when he returns from the Crimean War. But does Christopher knows that it is not Prudence who wrote those lovely letters to him? And can he accept that Beatrix is the girl that he actually falls in love with?
LITA is one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read. I’ve been a fan of Beatrix’s character since I read Mine Till Midnight, the first book in The Hathaway series. Before LITA, Kleypas portrays Beatrix as a free-spirit eccentric girl who is not interested in love and marriage. So it is interesting to read about the changes in Beatrix when she meets her true love. For my full review of LITA, please feel free to click on this link >> NOVEL REVIEW: LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON BY LISA KLEYPAS.
#6 MINE TILL MIDNIGHT BY LISA KLEYPAS
Mine Till Midnight (MTM) is the first book in Lisa Kleypas’ The Hathaway series. This story follows the second Hathaway sibling, Amelia, and her love interest, Cam Rohan. Amelia is not a very lucky girl at the beginning of the story. Her parents have just passed away due to scarlet fever. Her elder brother, Leo is a drunkard, a gambler, and most of all a troublemaker. Her younger sister, Winnifred is frail due to scarlet fever. As the second child and the eldest daughter, Amelia put herself responsible for her family. Amelia vows that she will never marry and remains a spinster. But fate says that Amelia deserves much better. And along came... a handsome half-gypsy man named Cam Rohan. Cam is adventurous, kind-hearted, and secretly rich. As the story evolves, Cam and Amelia become more than good friends. They develop feelings for each other. And Cam realizes that he wants to be with someone special. He wants someone to love and take care of. And that someone is Amelia. But does Amelia feel the same about Cam? And their relationship?
I read this novel in 2021. It was one of the best books I read during that year. I love MTM a lot. This book touches my heart. And I also had a crush on Cam Rohan while I was reading the novel. He is so sexy and adorable! In fact, I still have a crush on the character now ^_^ Please feel free to read my full review of Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas on >> NOVEL REVIEW: MINE TILL MIDNIGHT BY LISA KLEYPAS.
#7 DR. ALPHA MALE BY ANJELL
If anyone of you is looking for a feel-good rom-com to read, Dr. Alpha Male by Anjell will be a perfect choice. The story follows a hazel-eyed beauty named Tristin Hazel, and an alpha male lecturer named, Dr. Hilman Ukasyah. Hazel and Hilman are portrayed as enemies in the book's early chapters. But as the plot evolves, Hazel and Hilman become friends. Hazel finds out that Hilman is her neighbor's son and he isn’t that mean after all. Later in the story, Hazel becomes a damsel in distress and she finds out that someone has been stalking her. It makes Hazel feel unsafe and scared. Hilman decides to become Hazel's knight in shining armor. He proposes to Hazel. She accepts his proposal and they get married in the middle of the story. But the stalker is still stalking Hazel. Who is the stalker anyway? And why is he stalking Hazel?
I read this novel last year. This novel was given to me by my BFF as a birthday present. It was one of the best and most enjoyable romance novels that I read last year. The story has a lot of feel-good vibes. It makes you happy while reading the book. For my full review of Dr. Alpha Male by Anjell please click on this link >> NOVEL REVIEW: DR. ALPHA MALE BY ANJELL (PLUS FAN CAST).
#8 TAMING NATASHA BY NORA ROBERTS
Taming Natasha (TN) is one of Nora Roberts’ bestselling romance novels. The story follows a toy shop business owner named Natasha Stanislaski, and a music lecturer named Dr. Spence Kimball. Spence is a single father and has a daughter named Freddie. Spence meets Natasha at her toy store while he is buying Freddie a Raggedy Ann doll. Natasha and Spence later become friends. After that, the two of them fall in love. Spence is ready to take Natasha as his new wife and the mother of his child. But Natasha is still afraid to love. Will love change Natasha's thinking? And why is Natasha afraid to fall in love?
I read this novel in 2020 and wrote a review of it. Taming Natasha is a lovely romance read. Besides romance, this story is also about family and kindness. To read my full review of Taming Natasha, please feel free to click on this link >> NOVEL REVIEW: TAMING NATASHA BY NORA ROBERTS.
#9 UNTUKMU CINTA BY DR. EVELYN ROSE
Untukmu Cinta is a contemporary and new adult romance novel written by one of Malaysia’s bestselling romance novelists, Dr. Evelyn Rose. The story follows a shy intelligent beauty named Orkid Abdullah. Orkid is involved in a triangle romance at the beginning of the story. She secretly has feelings for her good friend, Adam. While Adam secretly likes Orkid’s BFF, Dr. Eve. Orkid gets heartbroken when Adam and Eve tie the knot. Later in the story, Datuk Arman appears as Orkid’s new love interest and prince charming. And he makes Orkid’s heart bloom with cherry blossoms again.
Untukmu Cinta is a very lovely romance read. It’s a good book to binge-read during this romantic season. Datuk Arman is such a hunk and a dream ^_^ Besides romance, Untukmu Cinta is a novel that belongs in the slice-of-life genre. I read this novel one year ago and wrote a review of it. Please feel free to read my review of Untukmu Cinta by Dr. Evelyn Rose on >> NOVEL REVIEW: UNTUKMU CINTA BY DR.EVELYN ROSE.
#10 FAIL MERAH BY FADIMA MOONEIRA ^_^
If you’re looking for a dark chocolate romance (romance story with dark vibes) story to binge-read, I recommend my very own Fail Merah. Hehehe ^_^ Fail Merah is my first novel. This novel was published in August last year. The story follows a somber young diplomat named Emil Muhayat. Emil wants to avenge his father’s death badly. He is seeking a man named DRY. Emil believes DRY is the person who murdered his beloved father. But in the middle of the story, he meets a kind-hearted beauty named Dahlia Jamilah. Dahlia makes Emil believe in love and beautiful things again. Falling in love with Dahlia makes Emil almost forget about seeking revenge until someone reveals the truth about Dahlia’s father. What will happen to Emil and Dahlia’s relationship? Will Emil return to his old cold self? You need to read Fail Merah if you want to know the answers ^_^
This novel is now selling at RM29.00 per-book for Peninsular Malaysia citizens and RM31.00 for Borneo Malaysia citizens. For more info on Fail Merah and how to purchase it, you can view this post >> INTRODUCING MY FIRST NOVEL, FAIL MERAH (PLUS FIVE INTERESTING FACTS). You can also read more about Fail Merah on my author’s website, FMOONEIRA’SBOOKSHELF. I shared a lot of trivia and cool things about Fail Merah on my author’s website, including a fan cast ^_^ Last month, I also created a playlist for Fail Merah on Spotify. Please click on this link to check out Fail Merah’s Playlist >> FAIL MERAH’S PLAYLIST. FYI, Fail Merah is also available on SM Books & Collectibles (an online bookstore). Please click on this link to purchase Fail Merah via SM Books & Collectibles >> FAIL MERAH ON SM BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES.
Ok, so these are my ten recommendations for Valentine's Day binge-read. I hope you guys will have a good celebration with your partners, loved ones, friends, and family, and do things that make you smile.
Before I end this post, I would like to ask my readers a question. What romance novels would you recommend me and other romance readers to binge-read during this romantic season? Please name your top 3 all-time favorite romance novels in the comment box below. I’m looking forward to your recommendations ^_^
Ok, this is all for now. Thank you for reading this post. Insya-Allah, I will be back next week with another V-Day-related post. So please don’t miss out. Bonne weekend and take care ^_^
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