Today I’ve been in a really bad mood. Why? No clue. Nothing really bad happened. In fact, a lot of good things happened. But I still feel like punching someone in the face.
Instead, I’ve compiled a short list of romance novels to read when you’re in a bad mood. After all, romance novels are great mood purifiers and unlike punching someone in the face, they won’t get you arrested for assault. These books include revenge, anger, and sweet justice and that will leave you satisfied and in a better mood.
1) Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins, Sandy Rideout
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Page Count: 405 pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.81 out of 5 stars
Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents’ marriages hadn’t fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they’ve each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.
Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs?
Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they’d felt so promising.
Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history… Or so she’d thought.
Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways. Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.
2) Beautiful Mess by Lucy V. Morgan
Word Count: 15,700
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.45 out of 5
Warning: contains pet rats, hot YouTube celebrity roommates, and one spurned girlfriend about to get even…
Working in a wedding cake shop sucks when you’ve just been dumped.
Bailey Frost has a recipe for disaster: one cheating ex, one big glass of liquor, and three well-meaning male friends who think her lack of a sex life is funny. Before she knows it, she’s confessed that she’s never had an orgasm with a man.
Now Bailey has to navigate sappy couples at work, while her friends are hell-bent on helping her get revenge on evil Craig…by dressing up as werewolves, on YouTube.
And one of those friends– the tall, shy-but-gorgeous Linc–might just want to help Bailey with that other little problem…
3) By Magic Enchanted by Maggie Shayne
Word Count: 98,540
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.02 stars out of 5
Bridin is in hiding, in exile, awaiting the man foretold to find her, to help her reclaim her destiny.
The last man she expects is very man who took it all from her and drove her from her home.
Tristan has to find a way to win Bridin’s trust because only together can they free their enslaved people with the passionate magic of love.
4) Bad Things Play Here by Chani Lynn Feener
Word Count: 91,910
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
You can’t escape destiny…
Piper Anesidora hates her last name, and the Reaper and demon infested life that comes with it. For centuries, her family has been tasked with protecting Pandora’s Box, and ensuring it’s never reopened. That’s why five years ago she ran away, hoping to build a normal life, one of her own choosing. And it worked. For a little while. But now her brother has been taken by Orpheus, a malicious soul who’s escaped from the Underworld, and if that isn’t bad enough, he’s also stolen the box. The sooner she finds her brother and stops Orpheus from unleashing hell on earth, the better. Piper wants nothing more than to return to the mundane existence she’s created for herself. That is until she’s partnered with the one guy capable of making her crave more. She’s always been told giving into sin is wrong, but her ancestors clearly never met Lust.
You can’t resist temptation…
Reece Luben takes intimate knowledge to a whole new level. As the Greek god of lust, he has a long standing reputation to uphold as a playboy, despite the fact he’s grown bored with the game. It’s been centuries since he’s cared about someone other than his maenads, so he passes the time getting people to shed their inhibitions. As one of the few beings who can sense Pandora’s Box, Reece has no choice but to help Piper find and stop Orpheus, even though he’s avoided her family since the start of his second life. But the feisty Anesidora woman makes him feel things he’s long forgotten, and what starts out as one night giving into desire turns into another…and another. What happens when the god of lust decides he’s changing the game and playing for keeps?
5) Eternity by Maggie Shayne
Read my review of Eternity.
Word Count: 114,060
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.98 out of 5 stars
300 years ago, Raven St. James was hanged for witchcraft. But she revives among the dead to find herself alive. She is an Immortal High Witch, one of the light. A note from her mother warns that there are others, those of the Dark, who preserve their own lives by taking the hearts of those like her.
Duncan Wallace’s forbidden love for the secretive lass costs him his life.
300 years later, he loves her again, tormented by hazy memories of a past that can’t be real. She tells him of another lifetime, claims to be immortal. Though he knows she’s deluded, he can’t stay away. And the Dark Witch after her heart is far closer than either of them know.