February’s new fiction is focused on love and my recommendations cover a wide range of love stories. You’ll find an enemies to lovers rom-com, an intellectual tale of first love, a fun story about too many choices in modern romance, a thriller focused on married government agents and a heartwarming inspirational romance.
1. Make Up Break Up by Lilly Menon
Annika believes in love, romance and second chances. She developed an app to help couples stay together. Hudson believes in quick break ups and life in the fast lane. His app is billed as the Uber for break-ups.
Last summer Annika and Hudson had a fling in Las Vegas and then were supposed to go their separate ways. However, Hudson has now moved into the office right next to Annika’s in LA. She’s struggling to keep her business afloat while his is taking off. Did Hudson steal her idea and twist it into something vile? Constantly running into and clashing with her rival is not helping her move forward.
Annika starts to wonder if Hudson is really as shallow as he seems. Is there a spark worth pursuing?
“A delightful, clever enemies-to-lovers romcom full of Menon’s trademark sunshine with a bit of extra heat, Make Up Break Up will make you swipe right.” – Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue
2. The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry
“When physics genius and prodigy Sophie Jones meets future financial whiz Jake Kristopher at Yale, the freshmen are instantly drawn to each other. But when Sophie’s all-encompassing love for Jake begins to threaten her focus on her research, Jake sets her free for what he believes is her own good.
“Over a period of 25 years, Sophie rebounds intellectually, studying chromesthesia and block theory and making discoveries about love and time. Jake becomes a successful investor who never stops doubting his decision to let Sophie go. Both deal with the lasting effects of first love and heartbreak and try to move on but never forget each other or truly get over the loss. Each ponders the question, is anything worth it if you’re not happy?
“VERDICT: Departing from the light chick-lit tone of her previous novel (Breathe In, Cash Out), Henry uses deep characterizations and poetic descriptions to deliver a mesmerizing love story that contains a lot of serious science talk but luckily doesn’t require prior knowledge of physics. Fans of stories about the power of first love and the struggle to listen to one’s head or heart should not pass this one up.”–Library Journal, Samantha Gust
3. The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
Penny Bridge has always been unlucky in love. She’s surprised when she meets an amazing new man. Then she meets another. And another.
Now Penny has too many choices. Is one of these three interesting men, the one?
“Fresh, funny and smart, The Love Square celebrates the messy joy that is modern love. It’s full of delicious food and real kindness and sexy men… what’s not to like?!” Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare
“Charming and full of warmth. I loved Penny (and her hair), and laughed a LOT at her misadventures. This is the book equivalent of a big hug.” Sophia Money-Coutts, bestselling author of The Plus One
4. The Power Couple by Alex Berenson
Rebecca and Brian Unsworth seem to have everything – important government jobs, two great children and a lovely house in the Washington D.C. suburbs. However, after 20 years of marriage they don’t really talk very often and have sex even less.
They decide to celebrate their 20th anniversary by taking their teenage kids, Kira and Tony, on a European vacation. They are having a fabulous trip until Kira doesn’t come home from a night club in Barcelona. She’s been abducted. The Unsworths will do anything to get Kira back.
Rebecca and Brian work together using their job skills to track down Kira. Rebecca works in counterterrorism for the FBI and Brian is a coder for the NSA. Meanwhile Kira discovers how far she’ll go to break free.
“The pace is unrelenting, and Berenson has a few twists in his arsenal. He also creates an engaging character in the brave and resourceful Kira, who is so much more than a helpless victim. A fast-paced and engaging political thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews
5. From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Growing up in foster care, Jase Edgar dreamed of having his own family. Tragically his fiancée died. Jase just moved to Kansas to be a youth minister and hopefully start fresh. However, he is full of doubts about God after his fiancée’s untimely death.
Lori Fowler is the church custodian with challenges of her own. Her strained relationship with her father and her struggles with overeating convince her she’s not worthy of love.
When they are enlisted to help locate the owner of a ring found among donated clothing, Jase and Lori are drawn to each other. Will they be able to release the past and move into a joyful future?
“Kim Vogel Sawyer is an amazing storyteller who crafts each of her stories with page-turning excitement and rich character development.”—Tracie Peterson, bestselling author of the Golden Gate Secrets series