I (Sam ) have been a romance reader for 20+ years. I love the genre and the hope and promise a happy ending brings with each book. Here are some of my "best of" in time for Valentine's day:
Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands Heroine with glasses (and doesn't wear them) and a hero with a scar. They aren't your typical beauty and the stud, and they are uproariously funny.
Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans... the title says it all. It's the way many of us are... we dream our prince will come along... and in this case he does, only she doesn't believe it!
The "Big-Boned" Heroine.... cause let's face it very few of us are a size 2!
Bet Me by Jennifer Cruisie
He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan
No Regrets by Michele Ann Young
Fights of Fancy
Love, Lust & Pixie Dust by LuAnn MacLean What can go wrong when you've got a real life fairy watching over your love life?
More Mystery, Less Romance
It's quite common in mystery series for the romantic aspect of the character's life to be drawn out, in this series it isn't. You get a real feeling for the heroine, and her relationship that grows throughout the series
Joanna Carl- Chocoholic Series
Not so much a romance fan?
Try the Quilters series by Jennifer Chiaverini. The characters have such a bond of friendship and love, you want to join right in their quilting circle (even if you are torture with a needle and thread, or can't cut straight like me!) I recommend Cross Country Quilters and Round Robin for their stories of love and friendship among the ladies
More of a Foodie than a romantic? I can't recommend School of Essential Ingredients enough! It's a great quick read but well worth the time to pause and reflect. The central characters all have a heartwarming story and it it written in such a way that you feel you know each and everyone of them. But the real treat of the book is the cooking and the descriptions of said cooking... but try not to salivate too much while reading... better yet, read while munching on a box of chocolates! What could be more romantic?
Happy Valentine's Day!