reading a romance novel on a blanket outside in the spring

I am so excited that it’s finally (almost) spring in Canada. That means I’ll soon be spending time doing one of my favorite pastimes in the entire world; reading outside. I can picture it now: sitting on a bench along the walking path listening to the sound of birdsong, the subtle floral scent of freshly blooming flowers, paired with the aroma of the hot tea in my to-go mug. It’s the perfect reading environment.

And since spring isn’t quite here yet, now is the perfect time to decide which books I’ll be reading in the next few months (with just enough time to arrive at my doorstep).

After some deliberating research (watching TikToks, scrolling Instagram, and reading GoodReads reviews.) I’ve boiled it down to 15 books in total, weather or not I’ll actually read the entire 15 is to be determined. If not, that’s okay.

In this post, I’ll be sharing specifically the 8 romance novels I’ll be reading this spring. Including a few contemporary romances, historical romances, and even a couple small town romance stories. So here they are:

Final Offer by Lauren Asher

Final Offer is a contemporary romance novel that was just published on January 31st of this year. It’s book three in the Dreamland Billionaire series, following The Fine Print and Terms and Conditions. My expectations for this one are through the roof!

Falling in love with Callahan Kane was a mistake.
He told me so before destroying my heart and our friendship six summers ago.
When he promised never to come back, I foolishly believed him.
But then Cal showed up again, intending to sell his grandfather’s lake house.
The biggest flaw in his plan?
My name is on the deed.”

Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

Secretly Yours in a romcom/contemporary romance that was published on February 1st. This seems like it will be my easy, summery, chic-lit read. My expectations aren’t sky high with this one but I do think it will be a fun little read.

“On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans to write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. She’s eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirt–and so unbelievably beautiful, he can’t focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past. Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, he’s sucked further into Hallie’s orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julian’s gray-scale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But there’s something so familiar about her… and her very presence is turning his world upside down.”

Things We Hide From The Light by Lucy Score

Another contemporary romance, published on February 21st (the day I’m writing this!), and the second book to the Knockemout series. This snippet from the book’s GoodReads page says it all!

“Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.”

King Of Pride by Ana Huang

King Of Pride is book 2 in the Kings Of Sin series. Set to be published on February 27th (eeee!).If you’ve read King Of Wrath, or anything by Ana Huang for that matter, you’re probably just as excited as I am to start reading this.
So far there is no synopsis given on the book’s GoodReads page. If you haven’t read book 1# and are wondering what this series is all about, check it out here.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

This contemporary romance/romcom was published back in 2020. Many have already read this one (and given it a 3.95 star review on GoodReads!) and I’ve been hearing good things about it this past year. I’m intrigued by the lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers plot. And because of all the reviews stating if you enjoyed The Hating Game then you will enjoy this book, I decided this spring I’m finally going to sit down and read it.

“Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.”

Always Mine by Laura Pavlov

This romance novel was published in April of 2022, and is book 1# in the Honey Mountain series. This book series is a low angst, small town type of romance novel which I love every now and then. Plus I think it’ll be a nice change after reading a few of the book’s I’ve already listed!

“Niko West is the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Six feet, four inches of broody, chiseled Greek god in a firefighter suit.
He’s also been my best friend since kindergarten.
He always says the only solid thing in his life is our friendship.
He’s Honey Mountain’s favorite player and I’m what you’d call a relationship girl.
But when I find myself single for the first time since turning sixteen, I make Niko an offer he can’t refuse.
Who better to show me what I’ve been missing?
But now that we’ve crossed that line, I don’t know if friendship is enough for me”

The Rose And The Thistle by Laura Frantz

This historical romance was published on January 1st of 2023, and boasts a 4.48 stars on GoodReads. I’m new to the historical romance genre, but I cannot wait to start reading it. As someone who loves classic literature, I have a feeling I’m really going to like this book.

“In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley’s father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems–a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.”

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

The final romance genre I’m adding to this list is fantasy romance. This book is easily what I’m most excited to read. I’m a sucker for anything with dragons! If fantasy isn’t your thing, you may still enjoy this book. It has 4.67 stars, and reviewers describe the book as ‘simmering’ and impossible to put down. Plus it takes place in an academy, so possible dark academia themes?

“Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.”

a book sitting outside on a blanket, reading a romance novel outside on a warm spring day

Let me know which of these you’ll be reading this spring!

By the time you’re reading this, just know I’m most likely sitting somewhere on a soft blanket outside on the grass, or maybe sitting on a porch swing, listening to the chirping of birds and the gentle rustling of leaves in the breeze with a good book in my hands. Happy reading <3

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