Top YA Recommendations for Readers

Romance Awareness Month

It’s Romance Awareness Month and we’re dishing all month long about everything romance related. Larissa C. Hardesty is here to share some of her favorite YA reads for those new to the genre. Love reading YA? See if yours made her list.

I love YA Romance because there’s nothing like those first feelings of love mixed with the angst of teenhood. So, here, in no particular order, are my top five YA romances.

  1. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout. First of all, this trilogy has the only believable Love Triangle I have ever read. Second, gargoyles, angels, and demons? Heck YES, please! And finally, Roth. *fans self* Talk about your ultimate bad boy.

  1. Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty. I love Sage, the main character. Sassy and salty, and full of spunk. And the romance is swoonworthy. But beyond all that, this is the first book with a twist that has actually surprised me in a long time.


  1. Soulmated by Shaila Patel. An Irish Empath hero and Indian-American heroine? Sold. So swoony and captivating. I can’t wait for book 2!

  1. The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker. This book is full of magic and wishes and heart. Rebel, the thief who just wants a way to repair her heart, and Anjeline, the Jinni who is Rebel’s only hope, are just adorable in a captivating slow burn romance.


  1. Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. I’m cheating a bit with this one, because it is super old. But this is the book that have read over and over and over since high school. It has kept me up numerous times and ripped out my heart every time. It’s not really YA, because that wasn’t really a category back then. It falls in the Fantasy section. And to get the full story of the romance, you need to read the whole trilogy. Not to mention that it’s a bit melodramatic, as you may be able to tell from the cover—lol. But Vanyel and Tylendel’s romance will always be one of my favorites.

Clearly, I am a fan of fantasy. But I do enjoy contemporary romance! I just haven’t read much of it lately, so my most up-to-date reccs are fantasy. Help a girl out! Please post some contemporary YA romance reccs in the comments!

-Larissa C. Hardesty, author of Kiss Me, Kill You

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