We hope this list will inspire romance readers to try new authors and pick up novels they may have missed, just as we hope that our list will be an aid for filling gaps in romance collections and supporting readers’ advisory recommendations.
Please let us know how you’ve used this list in your library; we hope to hear lots of responses to our selections. No matter how long or short the list and or how many writers we choose, romance readers will have their own candidates for the “best” romance novels and authors, and we’d love to hear about them. Wishing a happily-ever-after for all! —
1) The Boy Who Loved by Durjoy Datta
Raghu likes to show that there is nothing remarkable about his life—loving, middle-class parents, an elder brother he looks up to and plans to study in an IIT. And that’s how he wants things to seem—normal.
Deep down, however, the guilt of letting his closest friend drown in the school’s swimming pool gnaws at him. And even as he punishes himself by hiding from the world and shying away from love and friendship, he feels drawn to the fascinating Brahmi—a girl quite like him, yet so different. No matter how hard Raghu tries, he begins to care . . . Then life throws him into the deep end and he has to face his worst fears.
Will love be strong enough to pull him out?
The Boy Who Loved, first of a two-part romance, is warm and dark, edgy and quirky, wonderfully realistic and dangerously unreal.
2) A Lot Like Love by Sumrit Shahi
Arnika comes close to him suddenly and places a peck on his cheek.
‘You’re this amazing guy…if not the best boyfriend, definitely the best friend I could ever have. Now, please, don’t interrupt me… I need to say this…’ She takes his hands in hers. ‘Shadab, you gave me the most meaningful and important relationship of my life… And I want that to be forever… And the only way it’ll stay like that forever is by breaking up with you… It’s over Shadab. It’s over.’
A Lot Like Love… A Li’l Like Chocolate is a story of first love in the age of social networking. Arnika and Shadab find each other, love blooms with the help of BlackBerry and Facebook and soon their world revolves around each other. But life takes a different turn when they have to move to different cities, miles away from each other.
The pressure of staying apart forces Arnika and Shadab to re-evaluate their relationship.
Can their romance endure the strain of time and distance? Can they fight all odds to be together?
Packed with fun moments, this story decodes the idea of love in the modern world and how its definition has changed over time.
3) Hangover by Shilpi
Never in the wildest of her dreams did Sneha think that one day, she would fall in love. She always resisted the concept even when Vikrant came into her life. But she could not resist him for long and there she was – madly in love with him.
Unfortunately, it was transient for fate had something else in store for them. Life took a twist and they parted ways. Both went on with their lives and got married to different people. Even after getting married for long with their respective spouses, they could not forget each other. There was no question of not being loyal to their spouses, but their heart
was brimming with love for each other.
Shilpi’s “Hang Over” is an attempt to redefine the concept of love. That it
is not something which can be confined. That Love knows no bounds.
4) Rafflesia by Gautam
This time, it is not Alice but Appu in wonderland. He lives in a fantasy world and his dream is all about a beautiful banished princess of Rafflesia. He lives with her in a world of magic. There’s music with magical creatures dancing all around. For Appu, it is a perfect world of
comfort and happiness – a world of a beautiful fairy tale.
But everything starts going awry when the reality of his world slowly began to peep into his fantasy world. He resists it with might and main. Nevertheless, he succumbs and slowly treads into the world of reality. Will he be able to find his place in this complicated world which is definitely not like the world of his beautiful princess.
What ensues is a story of loss, betrayal, friendship. Appu has to deal with a lot. The author takes the reader along with him to Arunachal, Holland, Kerala. Now he is in the real world and his story is entwined with the story of the banished princess of Rafflesia?
Will he be able to find out what he is truly searching for?
5) This Is Not Your Story by Savi Sharma
Sometimes, you do not write your story, it writes you. You don’t choose your story, it chooses you.
But would you believe it if someone told you, ‘This is Not Your Story’? Would you have the courage to rewrite it?
Shaurya, a CA student. This is his story of following his dreams.
Miraya, an interior designer. This is her story of believing in love.
Anubhav, an aspiring entrepreneur. This is his story of giving life another chance.
After her record-breaking debut novel Everyone Has A Story, Savi Sharma tells a transforming tale of courage, hope and self-discovery.