By the time February rolls around, we can all use a little lift to chase away the winter blues. Regardless of one's relationship status, Valentine's Day provides a good excuse to indulge in some flowers (Spring is coming) and chocolates (you deserve it!) and a little romance (vicarious or otherwise). Whether you're a fan of Cupid or more of the "Love stinks, yeah, yeah" persuasion, we think you'll find an engaging companion among the indie romance titles that follow to cozy up with.
Love Comes in All Flavors
Fifty Shades of Pink by Jourdyn Kelly (As the title suggests, most suggestively, this is a racy variation on the theme for the ladies)
Rhythm and Blue by D.P. Denman (Can Blue and Brady's relationship survive Blue's rise to fame as an international rock star?)
Dragon Heat - Book One by Ella J. Phoenix (A sultry dragon demigoddess must form an alliance with her sworn enemy, the handsome vampire prince, to save her race...what could possibly go wrong with this mismatch?)
The War Between Us by Sarah Creviston Lee (Korean-American Alex Moon faces hostility during WWII for looking Japanese, until he finds an unlikely ally in a small Indiana town, in this cross-cultural romance).
Old Love, New Love
Romance is ageless, and each stage of life experiences the same challenges and sweetness. You can run, but you can't hide...just when you think you're safe, Love (or someone from your past) will sneak up on you and throw you a curve.
Awakenings: The Greek, The Russian and Me by V.S. Mirren (For college students, the first taste of adult freedom is an invitation to explore, and the heroine of this novel has more choices than she bargained for.)
Love at First Book by Sarah Tregay (A short story told in verse about a young bookworm's quest for love after an encounter with a stranger in the coffee shop.)
Spring Rains by Kim Stokely (Preparations are underway for two of the senior residents at Marigold Manor, but a happy ending may not be in the cards.)
Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown (What's a girl to do when her current romantic interest collides with her past? Break out her lucky gray dress! You won't want to miss the fun and frolick in this witty satirical romance.)
Love in All the Wrong Places
The Jilted Bride by Kristen Reed (Even in fairy tales, Cinderella doesn't always live "happily ever after".)
Tempted by Mr. Wrong by Jacquie Biggar (A second-chance romance, a murder, family ties and misunderstandings, are all tied up in a twisty plot that will keep the reader hooked.)
Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow (Contemporary romance about star-crossed lovers from different classes unfolds along with the rise and fall of the protagonist's career as a singer/songwriter. Original songs accompany the text and highlight the story.)
The Devious Debutante by Ursula LeCoeur (Set in late 1800's New Orleans, this steamy romance between a headstrong heiress and a mysterious man leading a double life will delight fans of historical romance.)
Indie Romance for All Tastes
So which one(s) will you sample? Check out the titles that intrigue you. Find out what readers say about them. Pick one or more and let us know how you liked them. If you're a fan of indie romance, you'll find many more offerings under the Romance category in our BookShop. Have any suggestions we should consider for future reading lists? You can submit them in the comments below, by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a reply to the topic "Read Any Good Books Lately?" in our Discussion Groups forum. Happy V-day, All!