Romance

Browse all our articles, featuring books that contain an element of romance, whether that be simmering romantic tension or a full blown love affair — heartwarming, heart breaking or heart racing!

Recent standout reads for us in the romance genre are Ashley Poston’s The Seven Year Slip, Pip Williams’ The Bookbinder and Mhairi McFarlane’s Last Night. And, it would be hard to go wrong with some of our all time top romance reads such as the iconic One Day, The Flatshare and The Time Traveller’s Wife, the quirky under-appreciated gem Resistance Is Futile and the uplifting Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Finally, if you too think romance and humour make the perfect match, then we recommend checking out our most popular Book List: 30 Top Romantic Comedy Novels.

NOCTURNES by Kazuo Ishiguro, Book Review: Mournful

NOCTURNES by Kazuo Ishiguro, Book Review: Mournful

Nocturnes Synopsis Five Stories of Music and Nightfall One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character. A…

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Book #2

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Book #2

Catching Fire is the second book in Suzanne Collins’ ground-breaking Hunger Games trilogy. But is it as good as the first novel? Read our full review. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2) Synopsis After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss…

BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth, Review: Beauty & gravitas

BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth, Review: Beauty & gravitas

Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens was a Library Journal Best Book of 2014: Historical Fiction. Bitter Greens Synopsis Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted…

Book Review – ZEN QUEEN by Kirsty McManus

Book Review – ZEN QUEEN by Kirsty McManus

Zen Queen Synopsis Jess Harper’s personal life is a mess. She hasn’t had a haircut since 2006 and she doesn’t have time to find better friends than the self-centred associates she’s had since University. And instead of searching for love, she’s settled…

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer, Book Review

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer, Book Review

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer is a moving, tender and compelling story of forbidden love set amid the devastation of war. Love in the Years of Lunacy Synopsis Sydney, 1942. Pearl is eighteen, beautiful and impetuous. She plays…

Book Review – SINK OR SWIM by Ross Collier

Book Review – SINK OR SWIM by Ross Collier

Sink or Swim Synopsis Harry Gordon, sports hero and merchant banker, finds that despite his best efforts, a year after taking over the family steel business it is on the brink of collapse. Then he discovers that the seemingly random events…

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose, Book Review

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose, Book Review

The Book of Lost Fragrances is a sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra–and lost for 2,000 years. The Book…

THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde, Book Review

THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde, Book Review

The Eyre Affair Book Synopsis There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of ‘Jane Eyre’. In this world there…

INDELIBLE INK by Fiona McGregor, Book Review

INDELIBLE INK by Fiona McGregor, Book Review

Indelible Ink Synopsis Marie King is fifty-nine, recently divorced, and has lived a rather conventional life on Sydney’s affluent north shore. Now her three children have moved out, the family home is to be sold, and with it will go her…

THE FIRST RULE OF TEN by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay, Review

THE FIRST RULE OF TEN by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay, Review

The First Rule of Ten Synopsis Tenzing Norbu (“Ten” for short)-ex-monk and soon-to-be ex-cop-is a protagonist unique to our times. In The First Rule of Ten, the first installment in a three-book detective series, we meet this spiritual warrior who is singularly equipped, if…

Book Review – UPSIDE DOWN INSIDE OUT by Monica McInerney

Book Review – UPSIDE DOWN INSIDE OUT by Monica McInerney

Upside Down Inside Out Synopsis Eva Kennedy is in a rut. After seven years of working at her uncle’s Dublin delicatessen, her artistic aspirations have slipped by the wayside and her latest relationship has fizzled. Whatever happened to the Eva who…

Book Review – AVENUE OF ETERNAL PEACE by Nicholas Jose

Book Review – AVENUE OF ETERNAL PEACE by Nicholas Jose

Avenue of Eternal Peace Synopsis Beijing is a city of opportunity and danger when cancer specialist Wally Frith arrives there from Sydney. Chance encounters have life-changing consequences. As the doctor’s journey spirals back into his own family story, memories and ghosts…