Top 5 Tuesday: Best Romantic Reads of the First Quarter 2019

Top Five Tuesday is a fun meme created by Bionic Book Worm to share our love for lists every week.

Actually, this topic was for last week, but I missed it and I really wanted to talk about the books that I read in the first quarter of this year which were very romantic. So, let’s get started with the gushing.

red white and royal blue

To tell the truth, Red, White and Royal Blue is not just my favorite romantic read of the past three months, it definitely has a place among my most favorites romantic books ever. Alex and Henry’s love story is just pure, heartfelt and the most adorable ever and I highly highly recommend this one. I’ve already read this thrice till date and I know I will be reading it again and again.


I knew I was probably going to be in love with The Song of Achilles even before I started it and I wasn’t wrong. I sat with this book in a little hotel room in the middle of a snow storm all alone and completely broke down due to the beautiful unconditional love that was portrayed within it’s pages. If you love anything to do with Greek mythology but haven’t read this book yet, I don’t know what rock you are living under.

girls of paper and fire

Girls of Paper and Fire features one of the most brutal worlds I have read in recent times where assault on women is commonplace, but within this story develops such a fiery forbidden love story between two young women which is stunning to watch. I can’t wait to read what happens next to Lei and Wren.

Wicked saints

Wicked Saints seems to have garnered quite a good number of mixed reviews and despite the themes in this story being something that I usually don’t read, I completely fell in love with this grim gothic world and it’s morally gray characters. And the heroine/villain romance in it was definitely one of my favorite parts. There’s just so much angst and such potential for heartbreak that I thought was wonderful and the ending just devastated me. I know this book just released a week ago but the sequel can’t come soon enough.

And I can’t end this post without a couple of my favorite hockey romances because that seems to be my current favorite theme in contemporary romances. Both The Risk and Heated Rivalry are a kind of enemies-to-friends-to-lovers books and I thought they were written beautifully. The Risk has lesser stakes but it’s a wonderful and sensitive exploration of love and making the right choices. On the other hand, Heated Rivalry is smoking hot and intense and a very realistic portrayal of the relationship between two hockey players and the choices they have to make for the sake of their sport and their love.

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them as much as I did? What are some of your most favorite romantic reads of this year? Do share with me in comments below..

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    1. GoPaP is amazing and I hope you love it …. I can see how Wicked Saints might not work for many… but it was so different from my usual reads, so I enjoyed it a lot 😊😊

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    1. RWRB is such a beautiful book Kathy.. I hope you fall in love with it too 😍😍😍
      And yes, Song of Achilles completely broke me too… it took days to even pick up another book…

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  1. I loved Song of Achilles and keep trying to find something like it. I have yet to succeed.
    Girls of Paper and Fire was obviously amazing. I need book two immediately.
    And I cannot wait to get my hands on Red, White and Royal Blue!

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    1. Song of Achilles is too pure, I don’t know if we’ll ever find another like it 🙁🙁
      And I hope you’ll completely fall in love with RWRB… I just wanna keep rereading it all the time 😁😁😁

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