Romance Recs For People Who Are Cool If The Couple Doesn’t End Up Together by Kate Olson

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Romance Recs For People Who Are Cool If The Couple Doesn’t End Up Together by Kate Olson


By Kate Olson (@kate.olson.reads)

I’m not picky… about an HEA.

But don’t get me started about popcorn — on that, I’m very very discerning. Anyway, I know this is a constant hot topic in the romance world. On this very site, for that matter. Can a romance be called a romance if there isn’t an HEA? Don’t worry friends, I hear you loud and clear — the answer is NO. I won’t argue with you!

But, I’m going to shock you all and say that given what an eclectic reader I am, I’m happy with love stories in ALL of their forms. And I mean books with a romantic theme — even if the couple doesn’t end up together. Or one of them dies. Or leaves forever and the other pines at home for eternity.  I honestly don’t mind if the die-hard romance purists classify a book as a romance or not ~ I’m here for it despite the genre name. So in this little space of mine, I sometimes include books that don’t fit the romance box, and I really, honestly think that’s okay. You already know I adore a classic HEA, right? But lots of readers like me aren’t picky about it — we love romantic feels in all ways and are willing to step outside of that HEA box. But don’t worry — I will NOT argue about whether these books technically/scientifically can be called romances. I already know I’d be wrong.

Oh, and yes, I also started a debate on Instagram about whether dystopia is science fiction - I’m all about pushing the genre buttons!

Romantic European adventure? YES PLEASE


The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

To tie in with the above inflammatory statement… here’s one to ponder regarding technical genre!

I inhaled this book in one evening last summer ~ yup, one of THOSE books. Dreamily romantic and with the most lust-worthy European settings imaginable, this love story sucked me in and made me wish for my very own post-college European tour and my very own Jack. This story reads almost like a YA novel although the characters are all in their 20s, and the banter is absolute perfection. Oh, and I adored the constant literary references. If you like dreamy and frothy and you swoon over Europe, this is a must-read for you!

One Goodreads reviewer snarkily and negatively referred to it as “if Nicholas Sparks and John Green made a book baby” and I’m like… that sounds AMAZING.

On My Radar

I adore finding upcoming releases and I love sharing them with you! Here are two books releasing on September 4th that I’m excited about...


The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own...

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise--or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part--they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans...

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up--in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes...


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them... right?


About the Author


Kate Olson is a reader, blogger, librarian, wife and mother in Wisconsin. When not reading, she is buying books, taking pictures of books for Instagram, sorting and shelving books or writing about books (here). While she attempts to read a wide variety of genres on a regular basis, her first loves will always be romance and women’s fiction.

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