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10 Romance Novels to Get You in the Mood this Valentine's Day

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With Valentine’s Day inching closer, that sweet anticipation of romance begins to spread like a wildfire tantalising every inch of our bodies. And even though we are all wired differently from each other, subconsciously we all long for that fuzzy feeling inside, that fills our entire universe with excitement of the known. If you are stuck in a love triangle, isolated from your loved one or hopelessly infatuated with a fictional character, you might find a much-needed “fix” in these swoon-worthy romance novels that will spice up your Valentine’s night in.

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence


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One of the most risqué novels of its time, this tale of forbidden love was considered the best kept secret in romance fiction. Having returned from the World War I paralysed and impotent, Clifford Chatterley begins to suspect his beloved wife of adultery. Stranded in a passionless marriage, Connie finds consolation in the arms of a gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, embarking on the most scandalous extramarital affair that can potentially lead her to downfall. Sensual and stimulating, this delicious guilty pleasure will soon become your little secret, living on the top shelf of your bookcase.

Emma by Jane Austen


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The most notorious matchmaker in Jane Austen’s world, Emma Wodhouse is often spotted at the social gatherings rubbing shoulders with the finest specimens of well bred men. Blessed with beauty and charm, this twenty-year-old siren leaves a trail of infatuated suitors wherever she goes. But in spite of being an expert on the intricate workings of human heart, the young cupid burns her fingers on matches gone wrong. Through the veil of coquetry and presumptions, Emma often fails to see past appearances, causing chaos in the lives of others. Fortunately, the universe has a plan. A serendipitous chain of events mends the broken hearts and reunites long lost lovers, while inspiring Emma’s personal transformation.

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward


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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

The Phantom of The Opera by Gaston Leroux


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The rumour of a vengeful spectre haunting The Paris Opera House is fuelled by a series of unexplained accidents. Some eyewitnesses claim that the ghostly apparition is nothing but a smokescreen for a man who hides his disfigured face behind a mask. Tormented by the memories of his abusive childhood, Eric excels at channeling his rage into music composed for the theatre by day, terrorising those who have wronged him by night. But everything changes when a young soprano catches the eye of a brooding monster, setting in motion a dangerous plot to win Christine over at any cost. Suspenseful and electrifying, this Gothic tale of obsession will reduce even the most seasoned fans of romance fiction to tears.

When We Collided by Emiry Lord


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Looking for a romantic getaway? Why not explore Californian shores in a new novel by Emiry Lord? This heartfelt story revolves around seventeen-year olds Vivi and Jonah, whose lives change irrevocably as their worlds collide. While Jonah has to face the harsh reality assuming responsibility for the family upon his father’s death, brighter-than-the-ray-of-light Vivi lives her life on the edge! Her carefree spirit and a genuine sense of adventure captivate Jonah inviting him to an alternative universe where they can let go of the little things that hold them back. But will the relationship survive in the shadows of bipolar disorder and unbreakable family bonds?

Shirley by Charlotte Brontë


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Set during the Napoleonic wars, the story channels economic struggles through a stark contrast between its main characters- a feisty heiress to a great fortune and an orphan with no prospects in life- who find their lives inextricably entangled in a love square. This sparklingly-observed chronicle reaches a bittersweet climax as the poison of social status reaches its tentacles into the hearts and minds of the younger generation.

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster


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This thought-provoking, fast-paced classic novel tells the story of a young English girl Lucy Honeychurch who tours around Italy accompanied by a chaperone. Aimed at broadening her horizons, the vacation presents Lucy with an opportunity to meet new people who challenge her views. Soon she becomes inextricably involved in a love triangle with strait-laced Cecil Vyse and doting George Emerson. Caught between one true love and a call of duty, Lucy rebels against the snobbery of Edwardian society. E. M. Forster displays a genius for addressing rigid social structure, sexual oppression and the nature of love stunning the readers with incredible insight into the issues.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


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“When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them. It just so happens that the two guests are the bride's twin sister, Ollie, and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other. Of course, both are extremely attractive people. Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other. When forced to share a hotel room for ten days, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. But there are complications that threaten to tear them apart.”- Meredith

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


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Anna Karenina is one of the most complex female literary characters. Trapped in a passionless marriage, Anna finds joy in her son Seryozha, who she cares for deeply. But her life is irrevocably changed by a hurricane of emotions when she meets Count Vronsky – an eligible bachelor with military aspirations. The love affair prompts our heroine to re-evaluate her commitments and abandon her family. Rejected by society and denied access to her child, Anna is consumed with despair and heads toward self-destruction.

The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen


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“The Kiss Thief isn’t your typical romance. It’s a story about a nemesis and a villain. One that starts with hate and anger, with pain and heartache and turns in to so much more than you could ever expect. A romance that has you gritting your teeth and ready to pull your hair out in frustration. One that has you melting on the spot and clutching at your heart because of all the emotions it inflicts upon you.”- Lisa

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