I have never been a huge fan of Valentine's day. There was always so much pressure in elementary school to BE loved, evidenced by getting at least one Valentine (thank goodness many parents insisted that their kids give everyone in the class a Valentine, or else I likely would have been
Maybe I just wasn't a fan of pressure. Reading about love was something that was infinitely easier. My friend consumed romance novels like they were in a heart shaped box of candy, with no nasty ones. I wasn't into them like that, but I enjoyed a good love story every now and then - the subtle stuff - not necessarily the hot and heavy. Nothing about "sweaty bodies" being "intertwined" was attractive to me at that age so...
Now that I am an adult, I get it. Love is complex, and exciting, and on the outside looking in (into a novel, not a window), it is pretty entertaining! So for a pressure free Valentine's day, look no further than our list of romance novels to download. If you are a member of the Caribbean Book Club, you know how much we LOVE love over there! Here are 10 books that you can download and check out this Valentine's Day. These are listed in no particular order. Enjoy!
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"Money can't buy him love, and trust is worth more to her than what is in his bank account. American-Bahamian Nathan Cooper, family owns a multi-billion dollar International resort company. Riley Clark, young, career-driven, Bahamian, bank manager has concerns of her own when it comes to finding the one. Can these two overcome their issues to allow one another completely into their lives, especially with outside forces adding fuel to the fire?"
"1910, South America. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret. Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. But everything can change in a heartbeat… When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be."
"When Kyle agrees to be the best man at his best friend’s destination wedding in Dominica, he has one thing on his mind: partying. But all that changes when a powerful hurricane strikes the island and he finds himself trapped in a village and falling hard and fast for the indigenous beauty queen, Alia Graneau. Can their love, born in a hurricane, survive the ravages of real life?"
"Corra Bingham is all about preserving her sanity. After dumping her cheating ex, she goes on vacation in Xantrope. Time away is just what she needs to take her mind off the double whammy of her no-good ex and overbearing father. But things turn complicated when she nearly loses her life to a ruthless and persistent stalker. She's clueless as to why anyone would choose her for blood sport, but isn't happy when Phillip Denham appoints himself as her protector. He's everything she doesn't want in a man—good-looking, frugal with the truth, and a law-enforcement officer. Try as she might, she cannot make him go away, not even if it means saving her life."
"Leaving the island of Jamaica as an infant with her parents, the only home that Iyana Cambell knows is the United States of America. At the age of sixteen, not only does Iyana lose both of her parents, she meets a law student named Bradley. Now in her third year in college and engaged to a powerhouse attorney, Iyana feels that she has met her knight in shining armor. When Iyana is set up on a drug charge, she is deported back to Jamaica, a culture she has never known. At the end of her rope, Iyana meets another American deportee, Phe Phe who helps her get into school and teaches her the ropes on how to make it on the streets of Jamaica, as a Dance Hall Queen. Will Iyana naivety cause her to be overtaken...?"
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"Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life was told of in chanté mas songs sung during Carnival—songs about a village on a mountaintop littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away, Lillian returns to her native island to face the demons of her past—and with the help of Teddy, a man who has loved her for many years, she may yet find a way to heal."
"He was charming. Handsome. Exciting. Now Naeva must run from him—and from the lovely Caribbean island she calls home. As she takes refuge with her long-lost Ex-Special Forces cousin in Miami and starts to rebuild her life, the sexy Dr. Avery Dubois crosses her path and their attraction is immediate. Naeva has had enough of charming men. Her wayward heart that insists on falling hard for Avery Dubois, danger draws nearer. Who is the man hiding in the darkness watching her every move? What is the secret Avery is keeping from her? And is her pursuer back on the island—or much, much closer?"