Feb 13, 2024 - News

Romance read recommendations from Meet Cute

Meet Cute romance bookshop exterior

Becca Title, owner of Meet Cute bookshop in North Park. Photo: Robin Dayley/Courtesy of Meet Cute

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like a steamy romance novel.

What's happening: The owner of Meet Cute, a queer-owned, feminist bookshop in North Park that's focused on the romance genre, offered some recommendations for our readers.

Of note: The shop is aptly named after the moment when two people, who later fall in love, meet for the first time.

What they're reading: Owner Becca Title's top picks:

The Art of Scandal by Regina Black

  • "Come for the wealthy political dynasties and the messy family drama, stay for the stunning descriptions of rainstorms (and, of course, the angsty romance)."
  • One of Title's favorites of 2023, this book "repeatedly caught me off guard with its aching beauty," she said.

Don't Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma Alban

  • Two debutantes in Victorian England set out to matchmake their widowed parents, but end up falling in love with one another.

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

  • Set behind the scenes of a TV baking competition, this "laugh-out-loud rom-com" follows a bisexual single mom who's been a disappointment to her posh family.
  • Another favorite, this one is "warm, smart and as sweet as toffee pudding."

Mickey Chambers Shakes It Up by Charish Reid

  • In this romance, a grumpy adjunct professor and a student ā€” who's also a widower ā€” "have some trouble keeping things strictly professional, but it's a lot of fun to watch them try."

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

  • A queer fantasy romance that's "at its core a magical murder mystery" with two likable leads.

State of literature: When Meet Cute opened in fall 2022, it was only the third romance bookshop in the country, according to Title.

What they're saying: Thanks to social media's #BookTok and #bookstagram ā€” which took off as people looked for community during the pandemic ā€” the romance genre's popularity has grown, Title told Axios.

  • After doing pop-ups and selling online, Title opened the brick-and-mortar shop to create a space for readers and authors to come together.

Details: Meet Cute invites customers to hang out and "get nerdy about kissing books" via hosting book clubs, author talks, mixers and other events.

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