Romantic Reading for Valentine’s Day

Looking for teen romance without vampires or werewolves or other fantasy creatures? Then try these books by Simone Elkeles.

The Perfect Chemistry series

In Perfect Chemistry, Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes are forced to work together on a Chemistry project by their teacher. Brittany is popular and wealthy; bad boy Alex is a gang member from the wrong end of town. Alex is more than happy to enter into a bet with his friends that he can get Brittany to fall for him, but he soon finds out that her seemingly perfect life is anything but.

Rules of Attraction  and Chain Reaction focus on Alex’s younger brothers, Carlos and Luis.

Leaving Paradise – More than a year has passed since the night of the accident that left Maggie with a permanent limp. Her next-door neighbour, Caleb, who admitted driving home drunk from a party and hitting Maggie, is due home from juvenile detention. Both families are traumatised by the events of that night and since. Maggie’s injury has left her painfully self-conscious, so how will she cope with seeing Caleb every day?  I’m not going to give anything away, but you’ll definitely want to read the sequel to find out how their story ends.

If you prefer your romance dark and broody – complete with vampires and/or other supes (supernatural creatures) – then you’ll love:

 The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead


The Iron Fey series by Julie Kawaga


And, if you have been reading the Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent, in book five, If I Die, Kaylee at long last works out who her soul mate really is – something we’ve known for ages. It’s just a shame that she has only a few days to live.



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