Valentine is coming, where is your boyfriend —or girlfriend; we’re feminists here.
It’s that time of the year again and if you’re single, you know oppression (Valentine) is around the corner. Well, fear no more for we are here. Who needs a real boyfriend when you can have an imaginary one, we all know the best guys are only written in books —we’ve never met a Femi that was better than Christian Grey, just saying. So while flowers and chocolates and what-nots are flying across the air, why not grab a book, tuck in, get cozy and experience your own whirlwind romance this valentine’s day from the comfort of your bed —who needs four-course meals? Not us. This is why we’ve personally handpicked a few options to facilitate your very own build-a-boyfriend —or girlfriend— project.
1. First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel
If you love second chance romances, then First love, Take two is definitely a yes for you. Preeti, a doctor at the end of her residency in need of an apartment winds up in a living arrangement with Daniel, an ex with whom their relationship ends under messy circumstances compounded by their respective families. However, despite the years that have gone by, there is still a mutual attraction between them but will what they share be strong enough to conquer the adversities that threaten their happily ever after this time?
2. That Guy by Kim Jones
That Guy is a romantic comedy that follows the hilarious antics of a slightly deranged heroine that will leave you rolling —why cry when you can laugh. Penelope is on a quest for “That Guy” whom I quote is “the super-rich, powerful CEO who is beyond sexy. Lives in a penthouse. Is wicked in bed. Has a driver. A big cock. Is kind of an asshole, but really he’s not because he harbors some major secret that you find out at sixty-five percent, which explains all his past demons that reveal why he is the way he is—therefore completely redeeming himself and making all the readers who hated to love him swoon.” —so your average Christian Grey really, you know…THAT guy.
In this cliche and a rather funny book, we watch Penelope make all the worst possible decisions —really it’s like watching a train wreck— which leads her to meet Jake. Jake Swagger —to be fair, you were warned from the start— Her “That Guy”. Well, there’s a reason Christian Grey solely remains a fictional character and Jake Swagger is evidence of why. This comedic romance is a journey of a girl embarking on a quest for her happily-ever-after with her Prince not-so-charming.
3. Reminder Of Him by Colleen Hoover
With Colleen Hoover, you can always expect a heart-wrenching, looking-crazy-while-crying romance. A sad, hopelessly hopeful tale, Reminders of Him will have you bawling from the first chapter —you’ll have the perfect excuse to cry.
Kenna Rowan is an ex-con straight out of prison after five years of paying for a tragic mistake that derails the course of her life and takes everything dear to her.
With a thread of hope, she goes back to the town where it all went wrong, wanting to reunite with her daughter however briefly possible, except everybody in her daughter’s life is determined to keep them apart. Everybody except Ledger.
Ledger, who picked up the pieces remaining after “the incident” five years ago. Ledger, who is determined to protect the fragile life he has rebuilt with his loved ones.
Ledger, who can’t help the draw to the sad-eyed Kenna despite knowing better and will inevitably be forced to choose between the happiness of the people he holds dear and the happiness of the woman he loves.
4. Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Hook Shot is an atypical sports romance, deeply emotional and captivating, set in a world of basketball and fashion. It follows Kenan Ross aka Gladiator, an NBA star who is a divorced, single father and Lotus Dupree, a fashion designer with a traumatic past, who are mutual acquaintances that share an attraction despite reservations on both their parts. It also addresses issues like child sexual abuse and intimacy deficiency.
Hook Shot is a beautiful –slightly steamy– story of two people embarking on a deeply emotional journey to falling in love.
5. Electric Idol by Katee Robert
Set in the modern city of Olympus, Electric Idol retells a scorching romance between Psyche and Eros.
In the cut-throat city of Olympus, one wrong step could very well mean the end of your life. Psyche, caught in the middle of yet another scheme of her mother ends up stepping on the toes of the reputedly vindictive Aphrodite. True to form, Aphrodite, orders her son, Eros —who is really more of a fixer, to be honest— to discard Psyche. This inadvertently places these two in each other’s lives and not in the way Aphrodite planned. Will Eros be able to break free of the chains that bind him to his mother or will he sacrifice the love of his life on the altar of Olympus?
6. Dukes are Forever by Bec McMaster
A historical romance that takes on sexual warfare in marriage? Ooh la la. When the Duke of Malloryn was forced to marry Adele Hamilton after being caught in a compromising position, he is determined to sentence them both to a marriage of convenience. However, when it seems that the enemy is closer to home than it seems, he must employ other… creative means to ferret out information from his wife. To Adele, her cunning husband’s sudden change from ice cold to burning hot could only mean one thing —a declaration of war. One she does not intend to lose.
7. The Don by Serena Akeroyd
Sicilian Mobsters. Check. Virginal Gold-diggers. Check. Sicilian mob bosses who spoil virginal gold diggers rotten. Honestly need I say more? If your baseline for build-a-boyfriend is a six-feet-plus filthy rich Sicilian that growls and spends all his money on you to make you *not-dry then you are definitely in the right place.
Jen McNeill is a woman who has no problem using rich men to pay her bills regardless of how shitty they are as boyfriends; after all why cry into cheap wine when you can cry into champagne. However, Sicilian mob boss, Luciu Valentini is a steep slope from the kind of men Jen is used to despite him being a stone throw from her dream man. In a world where blood is currency, how much is Jen willing to pay to keep the man of her dreams?
8. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
In this quirky, sweet, STEM romance, Olive Smith is a third year Ph.D student fighting to prove herself in a sea of male academia. Due to extenuating circumstances —don’t lie kids, she grabs a random guy for a kiss. A random guy who turns out to be Adam Carlsen. Adam Carlsen, destroyer of research careers. Which makes it all the more shocking when he agrees to go along with her charade and be her fake boyfriend. Soon fake feels closer to real as sparks fly between these two. Love Hypothesis is a book about the scientific phenomenon of love.
9. Reel by Kennedy Ryan
A romantic tale behind the scenes set in Hollywood, Neevah Saint, an underdog on Broadway is launched into Hollywood stardom she had only ever dreamed of after a one-time experience with Canon Holt, one of Hollywood’s most talented and famous directors. From the moment Canon saw Neevah in the spotlight for a moment, he knew she was the star he had been searching for. However, with every moment they spend in each other’s orbit, they seem to gravitate towards each other even if a collision will jeopardize their worlds as they know it.
10. The Kingdom of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Honestly, this list would not be complete without at least one fantasy romance —cause who doesn’t want a man that’s out of this world. After the brutal murder of her twin sister, Emilia is willing to find her sister’s murderer and get revenge –no matter the cost. When she accidentally binds herself to Wrath, a Wicked prince of hell she has been warned against since she was a child, she knows betrayal is a matter of time because when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is ever what it seems. Despite the presence of murderers and hidden agendas, we watch the attraction between Emilia and Wrath bloom into something quite wicked.
Happy reading and Happy Valentines.