Unforgettable Love Stories in Fiction | Penguin Random HouseThings are about to get steamy in here. In honor of Valentine's Day , Goodreads just revealed the most popular romance novels of all time based on their 80 million members' ratings, reviews, and "shelved" books they've read or want to read. With both library classics Pride and Prejudice can't be beat and brand-new reads have you picked up The Kiss Quotient yet? Readers have devoured more than 30 million copies of this Pulitzer Prize winner since Darcy in modern-day Cincinnati.
13 of the All-Time Best Novels About Modern Love
In love stories of old, a girl would meet a boy. After one fleeting glance, an exchange of a few choice words or an accidental brush of the hand while picking up dropped books, they would know: they were destined to be together. And within almost no time at all, the hapless pair would be so smitten, they would forsake decades-old friendships, careers and even their families for the sake of their relationship. In real life, this kind of behaviour that would elicit serious concern. But in Hollywood films and romantic novels, these dynamics were held aloft as aspirational for generations. And these stories could be harmful.
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Falling in love with a romance novel is about way more than the starring couple or even the leading wooer. The fact that each of the well-rounded protagonists of these ten new novels feels like someone with whom you might enjoy a coffee date — or book club! Stella Lane believes in math. She also thinks French kissing sounds utterly unappealing. So, in her no-nonsense way, she hires an expert: an escort named Michael Phan. As Michael walks her through all things in the knee-weakening arena yes, all the things , Stella finds their arrangement making some sense. William adores his dad, who — with his busy work life and new girlfriend — continues to be hit or miss on the father front.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. With rave reviews from The New Yorker , NPR , Slate , and more, this novel bursts from the seams with social insight, wit, and intelligence. Meanwhile, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Zoe may finally have to face the secrets they never acknowledged in college, but that will challenge the status quo in all of their relationships. The emotional chaos that follows is reflective of real life romances and families—but this book still feels like an escape. When Jude St. Along with a multitude of friendship, marriage, and family dynamics, one specific rapport comes into focus: that between Jude and his best friend, who—spoiler alert—slowly, with much foreshadowing, fall in love. In this sprawling, epic New York City novel, principally set in the with flashes of the future and past , several characters and storylines interweave and intersect, leading up to one explosive summer night.