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Romance Novels to Spice Up Valentine’s Day

By: Hidden Gems on February 13, 2024

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By: Hidden Gems on February 13, 2024


If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program. Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. If you’re looking for a new read to chase away the winter chill and get in the mood for Valentine’s Day, there’s something for every romance reader on this list!

The Care of a Cowbo

The Care of a Cowboy by Elsie Davis

With over 50+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, The Care of a Cowboy is the fourth installment of the Crossroads Creek Cowboys series, which takes place in the Texas countryside.

Christine P. raves in her five star Amazon review, “…Well-written story with lovable characters. Lots of humor, romance, family dynamics, and faith aspects…”

“A clean romance that highlights the values of hard work, forgiveness, family, and justice, while also celebrating growth, honesty, and the pros and cons of small town life,” C.S. concurs in their five star Amazon review.

Mistletoe Latte

Mistletoe Latte by Ellen Mint

With over 35 ratings and a 4.6 star average, Mistletoe Latte is a sweet romance for those who love Christmas at any time of year.

“This was a well-written, entertaining and incredibly sweet read. I loved the characters, they are just so real and relatable and the journey they went on was one that we can all envision because many of us have been on similar seeming ones ourselves,” Annie555 explains in her five star Amazon review. “ The story itself will have you laughing, blushing, sweating and leave you with a serious case of the feels…”

Liz raves in her five star Amazon review, “Sweet holiday romance with a grumpy cafe owner and a sweet girl who’s life and car are falling apart. Reading this was like watching a Hallmark movie and I love Hallmark movies especially the Christmas ones!! Highly recommend this clean romance…”


Unbroken by Samantha Wilde

With over 90+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, Unbroken is the sixth in Blood Brothers dark romance series.

“Wow…I didn’t want to put this book down. My first dive into Samantha Wilde’s books and she will be on my TBR lists for a long time to come. This book can be read as a standalone, but definitely left me wanting to read the previous in the series. Savannah and Toth rub each other the wrong way…or is it the right way but neither want to go down that road? Yep, the second one. And when Toth is saddled with her protection the sparks fly until they can no longer be denied. Big bad Toth is a fierce and loyal protector, but so sweet with Savannah. And she finds her walls crumbling. With tons of edge of your seat action, danger, and suspense keeping you captivated as secrets, lies and devastating pasts are revealed, this story is great.” Alibi writes in their five star Amazon review.

“Love is not a strong enough word for how I feel about this book!! Samantha Wilde NEVER disappoints, consistently delivering with every single book! Unbroken is not an exception,” Danielle H. further explains in her five star review, “ So much tension builds between these two characters, making it so much more satisfying when they finally come together. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and no one does it better than Samantha. The bonus Holmes brother brings a new mystery and angle, and Savanah’s no nonsense attitude hooked me from the start. The two combined to create mind-blowing chemistry! Plenty of actions and twists for every reader!”

Hello Billionaire Beast

Hello Billionaire Beast by Judy Hale

With 115+ ratings and a 4.7 star average, Hello Billionaire Beast is the second installment in the New York Billionaires series.

“I’m such a sucker for a good billionaire romance story and this one does not disappoint. It checks all the boxes and has a bit of spice. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.” Sydney94 raves in her five star Amazon review.

Nicole N. concurs in her five star Amazon review, “There is just so much going on in this book and I love it. The suspense and romance are both on fire. The way Alex loves his brother is phenomenal. Then the way he feels for Nora even after just knowing her for a couple of hours and not seeing her again for almost a decade is just mind blowing…”

Cruel Is My Court

Cruel Is My Court by L.A. McGinnis

With 80+ ratings and a 4.4 star average, Cruel Is My Court is book two of the three book Wicked Realms series.

“…An epic high fantasy take with lots of action and even more steam! Devoured it!” Mary B. raves in her five star Amazon review.

Susan H. explains in her five star review, “This second entry in L. A. McGinnis’s Wicked Realms series doesn’t disappoint. Far from it, in fact. Anaria is still trying to master a magic she may or may not want, her men are discovering their own roles in the destiny forced upon them, and the Oracle is getting more evil every day. Typical McGinnis and it’s delicious. I’m always in awe of an author with this much imagination paired with an ability to draw a reader into that sometimes scary terrain. The plot is thick with devilishly wonderful detail and the characters are drawn with precise detail leaving you totally immersed in everything that’s going on. Not a dull moment between the first and last pages. I can’t wait for the rest of this story.”

Hidden Gems readers got to read these heart thumping romances first, so if you want more happily ever afters to read poolside, sign up today! Subscribers to Hidden Gems receive invitations to read books like these – plus other titles from any of up to 15 other genres – for free. Authors send these out in the hopes that the readers will write an honest review once they’re done.

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