By: Liz Tousey, OverDrive Collection Development Analyst
When people hear the word “romance” in regards to books they often think of old regency paperbacks and erotica. These are, of course, a big part of the genre but the truth is that romance is incredibly popular for all ages. Romance includes everything from books about friendship and young love for teens to the sauciest of fantasy stories and everything in between. Given that February is a big time for Romance reads we thought we’d give you a collection of our favorite books in the genre for all types of readers. These titles go from picture books for those learning to read all the way to our favorite steam selections. For obvious reason you may not want to curate this as a single collection on your digital library. 🙂
With it’s bold images and simple text, this is a perfect picture book for the youngest of readers.
Follow a box of cookies around the world as they are baked and delivered with love.
A new Wish book by Jenny Meyerhoff about matchmaking, secret admirers, and crushes for kids 8 and older.
Still recovering from their parents’ divorce and on summer vacation, tween-aged Claire’s older sister starts spending more time with boys and less time with Claire in this book about family and growing up without growing apart. For ages 10 and older.
A novelization of the landmark civil rights case that overturned laws banning interracial marriage. For ages 12 and up.
Love is an elaborate carnival performance in this dark and intriguing read-alike to The Night Circus. For ages 13 and up.
For those who need all the feels, this book about love, loss, and grief will go straight to your heart and pour out of your eyes. For older teens and up.
A Christian romantic suspense novel, this book is great for those who love a fast-paced story and an inspirational ending.
Reality versus life as shown in social media comes into question in this new workplace dramedy. Is considered a subtle romance for readers who don’t enjoy explicit romanctic details.
An epic fantasy saga, Book 2 of Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles is action-packed and great for readers who love romantic adventure. Considered warm to slightly steamy by romance fans.
Book 3 of Kleypas’s latest Ravenels series, which also includes characters from her popular Wallflowers series. A highly-anticipated novel for fans of her books. Considered warm by romance fans.
For those who still love a good vampire romance, Jeaniene Frost brings us her latest in the urban fantasy Night Prince series. Considered warm to hot by romance fans.
Known for her great characters, Brenda Jackson brings us a new seres with a tagline that says it all: “Private security just got a whole lot more personal.” Considered hot and simmering by romance fans.
You know what they say about musicians- the drummers are always the most trouble. A jaded hostess in a private sex club meets a musician, and neither of them are looking for love, but can’t deny a connection. Considered full-boil steamy erotica.