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Chloe pretty much headbutts Red's windpipe when they first bump into each other in this charming, sexy rom com. Chloe is chronically ill and has become isolated over the last few years. She decides she wants to officially get a life, and gorgeous, motorbike-driving Red seems like the perfect person to teach her how to try new things.
Dannie and Aaron meet . . . four and a half years before they actually meet. This ingenious, original love story sees Dannie fall asleep and wake up in a different apartment, with a man who isn't her boyfriend, five years in the future. She writes it off as a weird dream until, four and a half years later, she bumps into that very same man.
Stella wants to get better at relationships but doesn't know where to start. She hires Michael, a male escort, to teach her about sex. But the moment Michael sets eyes on Stella he realises she is very different from his usual clients. This is a deeply original, joyful, steamy love story that will have you beaming down at the pages.
Sloan meets Jason's dog before she meets Jason. In fact, his dog leaps into her car while she's driving. Just when Sloan has given up on finding the dog's owner, and begun to fall in love with the pup, Jason reaches out. He was on tour in Australia, had no idea his dog had gone missing . . . and wants him back.
Julia doesn't know quite what to make of Jane the conceptual artist staring at her over some very confrontational modern art. It's a classic meet cute – eyes locking across a crowded room – and it's fraught with tension. Whip-smart and filthy, fresh and poignant, this love story is a masterclass in how to combine comedy and depth.
Ava and Matt meet on a semi-silent writing retreat, which means they can't even find out each other's names, let alone get to know one another. A heart-warming holiday romance blossoms nonetheless, but when the two of them return to the real world, things start to become more challenging.
When Ruthie and Teddy first meet, he's about to drive off without paying at the petrol station. Ruthie steps in to help him out with twenty quid, and Teddy responds by assuming she's dressed up for a Golden Girls costume party. But no, that's just how Ruthie dresses. It's brilliant and awkward and paves the way for a seriously adorable love story.
Drew and Alexa first cross paths when they get stuck in a hotel lift together – one of my favourite romance tropes! Though they're total strangers, Alexa ends up agreeing to be Drew's fake date for his ex-girlfriend's wedding in this brilliantly romantic novel.
If you loved Bridgerton and want to try more Regency romance, Tessa Dare is a great choice. The meet cute in this novel is absolutely inspired: Maddie invents a sweetheart, called Captain Mackenzie, because she doesn't want her family forcing her out onto the marriage mart. She writes him letters, just to keep things convincing. Then one day a real Captain Mackenzie turns up on her doorstep, in possession of all her letters…
Another historical romance here, with a heroine who is one of the first female students at Oxford University. Annabelle walks right up to Sebastian – who happens to be the most powerful duke in England – while handing out flyers about women's suffrage outside parliament. When one of his companions barges her out of the duke's way, Sebastian catches her in his arms. Swoon.
Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in rural Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.
But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.
Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they've totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with four hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship . . .
Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly . . . is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?Discover this book and more in your local bookshop.
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