More often than not, admitting to reading romance novels can induce eye rolls.

However, getting hooked on a good love story is something we should embrace, particularly for those looking to widen their reading list this year.

What defines a romance novel? According to research, an emotionally satisfying ending is the key to a successful romantic story. So, below is the Emirates Woman editor-approved list of the five best romance novels to add to your reading list.

If I Never Met You

Bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane’s If I Never Met You is a romantic comedy that pulls on heartstrings. Main character Laurie is left completely heartbroken after her partner of 12 years leaves her. What’s worse is Laurie can’t escape her ex as they work together. The story shows the lengths that one will go to in order to ‘save face’. Yet Laurie’s scheme makes her life a whole lot more complicated than she thought.


Colleen Hoover presents a love story between two teenagers that involves a lot of secrets. Sky and Dean’s romance has a lot of secrets from the past that reveals themselves; proving the truth always finds its way out. Sky’s truth has her questioning whether she would rather feel hopeless with the truth or live blissfully and believe the lies.

The Wedding Date

Jasmine Guillory’s novel debut is a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club approved book; The Wedding Date. Drew Nicholas is desperate to withhold his reputation at his friend’s wedding, so after a chance encounter with Alexa Monroe, he invites her as his wedding date. The two discover whether a fake romance can ever become real.

Seven Days in June

Tia Williams’ novel, Seven Days To Fall In Love, has you querying if love ever deserves a second chance. It took Eva and Shane just 7 days to fall in love, 15 years to forget each other and 7 days to resurface their feelings. Pretending everything is fine when they meet again, the pair cannot deny their chemistry but can they ever trust each other again?


Outlander was first published in 1991 and the historical fantasy novel is now a TV series. Set around the Second World War it focus on two characters that travel through time and discover romance. Outlander is the first in a series of 10 books written by Diana Gabaldon; the ninth and highly anticipated volume, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, was released last year.

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