Valentine’s Day Recs: YA and NA Books For All Your Feels

Even if we’re single, there’s something about Valentine’s Day that just makes us want to read a fun, romantic book! We know that many people love an adorable love story period, so we’re suggesting some of our favorites for you to read at this time of year… or any time of year!

Ranging from fluffy, innocent YA to some NA books that are a little naughtier, there’s plenty to read. Whatever you like, check out our suggestions for you!

YA BOOKS

For the cute stuff:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is amazing. The main character Cath is loveable and extremely relatable for all the introverts out there, and her relationship with Levi is full of cuteness and just plain fun. Rowell’s writing is so conversational and easy to read, but her characters to not falter because of the heavy dialogue. Cath and Levi’s relationship feels real and believable but it undeniably adorable at the same time. For anyone who loves love, trust me, you don’t want to miss this book.

On The Fence by Kasie West (or any of her other books)

Kasie West’s stories are the definition of cute. On The Fence follows a tomboy who is discovering her feminine side for the first time. All the while, she find she likes to treat her insomnia with a trip off to the fence to talk to the boy next door, who she has always considered for fourth big brother. There are some darker themes in this book, but the romance will have you squealing and fulfilled.

For the kissy, touchy-feely stuff:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

If you’re looking for something adorable and circumstantially hilarious, look no further than the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. The story follows Lara Jean, who writes a letter to her crushes when she’s ready to be over them. But one day, these letters are actually sent to all of her old crushes! Lara Jean now has to navigate her past and future and decide what this means. And the best part is there’s now a surprise third installment coming out this year!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (or any of her other books)

Morgan Matson is a master of throwing in just enough emotional sub-plot to really pull you into her books. In The Unexpected Everything, Andie has her life set– summer internship, gorgeous friend with benefits, and amazing friends. But when her politician father falls into a scandal, her summer plans are ruined and now she must find a job… walking dogs! Of course, it’s not all bad. After all, that other guy who needs help walking his giant dog looks really cute… This books is about friendship, family, the importance of living in the moment sometimes and, of course, love. You won’t want to miss it!

For the angst-ridden stuff:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Easily one of the best books of 2016, it’s an amazing story of a budding relationship that goes sour on the day it begins.  These two young people meet and you know there’s something between them that’s special, but the events of the day seem to go against all they’re striving for, even though they’ve just met. But they try, amidst outside forces beyond their control, and in the end, it’s heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. This is a wonderful tale of first loves and real heartbreaks, and it was simply amazing.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

If you really want to really want to have your heartstrings ripped out and stuffed down your throat, we suggest Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel about a teen who falls for his mystery new classmate. It’s clear that something has happened Grace Town, but Henry is still inexplicably intrigued by her fragile, unpredictable spirit. As the two of them form a relationship, Henry realizes that love isn’t always easy or what you expect it to be. The story is simultaneously beautiful and soul-crushing, a great callback to a time when the world was dominated by our own feelings.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This story will suck you in from the very first page. The story follows Simon, who may be in the closet, but has been having an anonymous email relationship for quite some time. But when a classmate sees his emails and tries to use it as blackmail, this might all fall apart. On the other hand, with Simon just dying to meet the boy of his dreams, would coming out really be such a bad thing? This story is full of secrets, mystery, the importance of friendship, as well as romance. It is definitely worth any praise it has received.

For the more physical (bordering on NA) stuff:

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

The Royals series is angst ridden, but a bit older and more physical on the YA side. This series is highly addicting a Gossip Girl meets Veronica Mars in voice and story. This story follows Ella Harper, who in the wake of her mother’s death has assumed her identity to survive as a stripper, but when a rich man comes to town claiming to be her legal guardian she is thrown into the lavish and ruthless world of the Royal family. With lots of drama and romance, you will most definitely be hooked!

For the whole YA romance stuff:

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

The characters in Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After are normal, complex, amazing teens trying to find their place in life. That involves a lot of “finding your tribe,” complicated relationship issues, and perhaps even more complicated family issues. There’s a lot to consider when you’re getting into and out of real life relationships and this series explores that dynamic beautifully and has tons of fun along the way!

 

NA BOOKS

While our site focuses more on YA literature, we do recognize there are some really good New Adult books that take us beyond just the kissing and into some really hot scenarios in the bedroom. These books are not for the innocent eyes, but for those who are adult enough to deal with sex maturely and yet like to have fun with it, too. Also, some book covers are NSFW.

For the emotional stuff:

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

This series by Helena Hunting follows the tumultuous romance of Hayden, a tattoo artist, and Tenley, a college student living across the street. Both have had traumatic experiences in their pasts that keep them from ever getting to close. However their unstoppable chemistry promises that they will never be able to remain apart for very long. They must work through their various issues for them to accept their happily ever after. This love story is sets readers on an emotional roller-coaster that has you rooting for the couple at every turn!

Weightless by Kandi Steiner

This story follows its main character right after high school graduation when her boyfriend dumped her. She deals with self-esteem issues stemming from her weight and is determined to lose it. When she joins a gym and gets a personal trainer, she can’t deny the attraction she feels for him. This story deals with the main characters inner conflicts as well as a darker plotline. There is a physical side to their story, but it is heavy on the emotional side with the characters both overcoming something.

For the dramatic stuff:

Let Me by Cecy Robson

There’s just something about reading about someone’s emotional pain that really gets into your heart and soul and stirs you. Not that you love abuse, but you love how characters finally get to overcome their trauma, and this is one of those stories, because both characters have a lot of trauma to overcome. And you connect with that, more indirectly than directly, for the most part. You may not have gone through the exact situations as the characters, but knowing that they do have their real problems helps us readers realize we can get through ours. That’s why I love the characters of this book and the series. The drama is real, and the romance is hot!

For the adventurous stuff:

Retreat by Jay Crownover

This one come out as a kind of surprise for Jay Crownover fans. The setting was very different from her previous novels, but I think that’s what makes this book stand out from the rest. I mean, the location is cowboy ranch in Wyoming with three brothers… COWBOYS. But it halfway through the book, you realize, this is more than just a story about a young woman finding her OTP with one of the brothers, but there’s a side story that’s pretty action-adventure-ry. Do not be dismayed if you’re still just into the smexy stuff, because Jay Crownover doesn’t shy away from that at all.

For the humorous stuff:

Stroked Hard by Meghan Quinn

Oh gosh, Stroked Hard by Meghan Quinn, was one of my favorite books from 2016. Not only is Hollis Knightly the epitome of sexy and, but he is the ultimate romantic as well. Oh, and he’s an Olympic gold medalist. This guy, reads romance novels, enjoys them, and uses what he learns to woo his girl! Melony doesn’t do relationships, but with all the romance Hollis bombards her with, how can she resist. I can’t tell you how many time I cracked up reading this book. Meghan Quinn writes a lot of funny books, but this is by far one of my favorites.

For the smutty stuff:

3:AM Kisses series by Addison Moore

Addison Moore’s 3:AM Kisses series is filled with smut galore. The series focuses on characters attending Whitney Briggs University and includes a lot of different romance tropes for most anyone’s tastes. One of my favorites is the first book, 3:AM Kisses. Baya is just starting out as a freshman and on her first day moving in, she meets Bryson, her older brother’s roommate. Baya wants to prove she isn’t a little girl anymore and decides to use Bryson, the University’s very own man-whore, to prove her point.

For the whole smexy stuff:

Wrong by Jana Aston

Is you are looking for something that is HOT, look no further than Jana Aston’s Wrong. Imagine fantasizing about the sexy guy who frequents the coffee shop you work in. Then finding out that same guy works as the doctor in the student clinic where you have an appointment…to get birth control. Awkward, but definitely the right ingredients for a lot of sexy times.  This smexy read, is so wrong it’s right!

What’s your favorite romantic novel? Tell us in the comments below!

About Author

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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