Posted: Feb 01, 2013 11:00 AM
 
Classic and contemporary books about love crowd bookshelves of libraries and stores. Finding the best romance books doesn't have to be difficult. This Valentine's Day, set the stage for romance and turn up the heat with six books about love.

If February's gray skies are leaving you feeling dreary, pick up one of these romance books. From classic love stories to the best romance novels from contemporary authors, these six books about love will have you feeling warm and romantic by Valentine's Day.

Corsets and classic romance books

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Lady Chatterley's Lover

By D.H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

In 18th century England, Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters don't have to worry about cryptic social media updates in their quest for love, but maneuvering their social landscape was just as tricky. Jane Austen shows her mastery of the marriage plot as the sisters practice the steps of the delicate dance of practicality, respect, love and, of course, marriage.

Lady Chatterley's staid world of aristocracy — and her impotent husband — is contrasted with her long-standing erotic relationship with the family's gamekeeper. Banned in England and the U.S. when it was published in 1928, Lady Chatterley's Lover celebrates passion, sensuality and the deep connection created from an intense sexual relationship.

Contemporary romance queens

The Witness

By Nora Roberts

The Witness

The Outlander

By Diana Gabaldon

The Outlander

In this stand-alone romantic suspense novel, Elizabeth Fitch must lower her defenses to bring justice to criminals from her past. Brooks Gleason, the chief of police in a town where Liz is only known as Abigail Lowery, patiently unravels the mystery surrounding the lovely newcomer to his small town — a mystery she guards as closely as she does her heart.

Claire Randall is on her second honeymoon with her husband in 1945 when she finds herself in the midst of war-torn Scotland, in 1743. In this other time, James Fraser, a young Scot, loves her with loyalty and a fiery passion that pulls her between her own desire and loyalty to the husband — and life — she's left behind.

Steaming up your sheets

Delta of Venus

By Anaïs Nin

Delta of Venus

Vox

By Nicholson Baker

Vox

Long before Fifty Shades of Gray made women blush — and ask their husbands to hurry home from work — Anaïs Nin wove tales of imaginative lovers with exceptional talents. The short stories in Delta of Venus were originally written for a private collector and are explicit, feminine and intensely erotic.

This novella comfortably sits in pop-culture lore as an infamous gift from Monica Lewinsky to President Bill Clinton. Written almost entirely in scorching dialogue, Vox lets readers voyeuristically peek in on a sultry, darkly humorous phone-sex call.

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Alison Lee February 01, 2013
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I loved Pride & Prejudice. Thank you for all the recommendations!
Galit Breen February 01, 2013
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I'm always up for new recommendations, girl! Thank you!
Angie Kinghorn February 01, 2013
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Great picks, Angela! I'm in the middle of the Outlander series right now, and it's fabulous. I need to go back and re-read my Austen and D.H. Lawrence!