From the 90s to 2020, a lot of things about romance have changed. Modern-day romance novels are not written with the ambition to be portrayed on the big screen someday. Nor the readers look for the cheesy tearjerkers anymore. Evolution brings refined thoughts into the scene and thoughts are penned in the form of heartfelt notes to enrich the experience of readers with moving love stories. A happy ending is not always on the cards and thus, it is the suspense that keeps the readers intrigued till the last page. The only thing that is predictable about today’s love stories is the drama that is there since eternity. How does one define a perfect love story is a subjective choice. Some people want a happy ending while heroics and drama are the constraints for some others. Thus, there’s always a chance that you will never get to read a perfect romance novel. Well, there’s never a perfect love story. It’s the flaws and imperfections that are the spices of a love story. We’ve brought to you 5 such romance novels that suit today’s environment.
1. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne: Darcy Barrett is a young woman who enters a dispute with her twin brother Jamie over the ownership of the house they inherited from their grandmother. Jamie is hellbent on selling the house and he assigns the tasks of fixing the home to his friend Tom. While Jamie is running his mind to play all sorts of the game, destiny is the real winner. Why? Because Tom is the same guy with whom Darcy is in love since her childhood days. Now, they are living together as Tom has to fix the house. Read to find out what happens next.
2. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors y Sonali Dev: The iconic ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austin demanded a reimagined view of it and Sonali Dev brought it from San Fransisco that is stormed by the MeToo movement. This is the closest Bollywood and Jane Austin can come. Neurosurgeon Trisha Raje is the daughter of a royal family. Her father is a prince in India and her mother is an actress in Bollywood. She meets DJ Caine while running a campaign for her brother who is running for Governor of California. The problem is the starking difference in their backgrounds that is acting as a wall between them. Trisha is all about privileges while Caine who was born to Anglo-Indian and Rwandan parents has seen poverty and misery up close. Read to get more of this gripping story.
3. The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves: There’s a saying that goes like: “True Love has a Habit of Coming Back’. Tracey Graves has epitomized the quote in this masterpiece. This is a moving story of two people who drift apart only to come close again as a part of destiny. Annika and Jonathan met at the chess club while studying at the University of Illinois. They are now inseparable with their bond strong enough to withstand any storm. However, destiny is stronger than any bond and it drifts them apart. The two stumble into each other after a decade and what happens next is worth reading.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: The Jenny Han love story which already is a bestseller has been released on streaming platform Netflix in the form of a series. Certainly not a story for fundamentalists and old school lovebirds, the story depicts the situation of all five crushes of Lara Jean after they receive love letters written to them by Lara. The story perfectly depicts the redundancy in a teenage girl’s love life who struggles to bring clarity to her thoughts. Lara is a girl full of love who is living in an imaginary world where the only one in control is her mids. However, her love life gets out of her hand after the mails she has written for all the five boys she has love, get out of the secret box.
5. You Are The Best Wife by Ajay K Pandey: There’s something so charming about Indian love stories; basic and beautiful. Ajay K Pandey has personified simplicity while drawing the characters of a married couple who are helplessly in love. When two people with contradictory ideologies come together, the result is either disastrous or magical; the latter is completely true in the case of Ajay and Bhavna. Ajay is a self-centric person who believes in living an organized life. Bhavna is in the pursuit of teaching Ajay finding happiness in doing things for others and living in the moment. This is a story full of inspiration, courage, hope, and pure love. How does Ajay manage his life after the love of his life gets snatched from him by destiny forever? Read to find out…