6 Romance Novels To Read In Fall 2018 To Remind Yourself That Love Is Alive
Getting lost in a book and diving into a captivating narrative is truly one of my favorite things to do and a great way to connect with your own emotions and imagination. And the fall is a great time to wrap up in a cozy blanket, light a yummy scented candle, and open a book. (May I also suggest you turn your phone off? Like off-off?) If this sounds good to you and you're in the market for a new book, check out these perfect romance novels to read in fall 2018.
If the romance genre conjures images of bodice-ripping and unrequited pining, you might think — meh. And I'd be right there with you! That's why the books on this list have a healthy dose of humor to help you wash down the sugary sweetness of romance. While 2018 seems to have absolutely flown by, you might've spent a good portion of your available brain space on the news and absorbing current events, and might've missed a few really wonderful books. Whether you're living a real-life romantic novel, or living vicariously through the characters on the page, you're sure to be swept off your feet by these books. So go ahead, put down Twitter, and dive in!
'The Proposal' by Jasmine Gillory (Oct. 30, 2018)
When writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend of five months, she expected to have a good time, not a public proposal in front of thousands of screaming fans. Nikole knows it's not right and says no... Also at the game is Carlos Ibarra, who comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from the camera crew and the booing crowds. When the video goes viral and Nik is attacked on social media, she leans on Carlos for support. The two form a friendship that quickly turns into a passionate rebound, and Nik assumes that a handsome doctor like Carlos isn't looking for anything serious. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes.
'The Kiss Quotient' by Helen Hoang (June 15, 2018)
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that makes sense in the entire world. In fact, she's created a career out of generating algorithms to predict customer purchases, which means she has all the money she could ever spend, but zero life experience. Stella has Asperger's and the thought of French kissing someone makes her queasy. In her practical way, she needs professional help and hires escort Michael Phan to teach her everything she needs to know. Before long, Stella not only learns to like Michael's kisses, but starts to fall for all the other things he's making her feel. Their logistical arrangement starts making a strange kind of sense, and Stella begins to believe that love just might be logical after all.
'Playing With Matches' by Hannah Orenstein (June 26, 2018)
Sasha Goldberg has a journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a banker boyfriend Jonathan who's glued to his Blackberry instead of her. Unable to work, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker at the dating service Bliss. Although she's fairly inexperienced, she's passionate about her new career, and works diligently to help her eccentric and elite clients find The One. After all, she found Jonathan! But when he betrays her, she spirals and rebounds with a writer who is majorly off-limits, since Sasha previously set him up with one of her clients. Playing With Matches is a hilarious and humorous look at the modern dating world and how a young woman tries to find her place in our swipe-heavy society.
'When Katie Met Cassidy' by Camille Perri (June 19, 2018)
Set in New York City, Katie Daniels, a traditional Kentucky transplant, has just been dumped by her fiancé. Disillusioned, she finds herself across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman in a power suit. At first they're the odd couple, but soon they form a connection will make them question what they thought they knew about sex, love, and themselves. "When Katie Met Cassidy" is a romantic comedy that considers gender, sexuality, and realizing what truly makes us happy.
'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel' by Gail Honeyman (June 5, 2018)
Eleanor Oliphant is matter-of-fact, abrupt, and disdains social norms. She carefully structures her life to avoid unnecessary social interactions and sticks to pizza, vodka, and phones calls home to her mother. All is just find in her world, until she meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from work. Together, they help rescue Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, and the three form a strange type of family, inadvertently rescuing themselves from their own lonely lives. Within this newfound dynamic, Raymond's big heart helps Eleanor repair her own deeply damaged one. Eleanor is a deadpan, witty, and unique heroine who embarks on a journey to discover her own happiness.
'The Wedding Date' by Zara Stoneley (June 28, 2018)
Samantha Jenkins is thrilled to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, but there are three problems. Her ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man, his new girlfriend is pregnant with their baby, and everyone thinks Sam has a new boyfriend. Which she does not. So, Sam does the only sensible thing in her mind and hires a professional to pose as her new love. She finds charming actor Jake Porter to play her man and he plays the part to perfection. Everyone believes they are truly in love, but as the wedding draws closer, Sam begins to worry he might not actually be acting.
The end of the year is a busy time, packed with holiday parties, goals that demand your attention, and endless shopping lists of gifts for your nearest and dearest. It's easy to get swept up in the madness of all you have to do, but try to take some time for yourself and instead of getting lost in the holiday frenzy, get lost in a good, heartwarming story.