Books have a way of reminding us that we are not alone, and that everyone has a battle we may not see. We hope you find healing and understanding in these thoughtful and relatable romance novels that explore the nuances of mental health.
A beautiful and healing romance featuring Mattie and Logan, two actors cast as love interests in a high profile film. When buzz for the project takes a nosedive, these total opposites are asked to date for some positive PR. Mattie, a Hollywood newbie and golden boy, and Logan, forever known as a troublemaker in the industry, are most surprised when their fake feelings turn real…
Read for: unexpected joy found in new friendship and new love, navigating PTSD, behind-the-scenes Hollywood.
Josiah and Yasmen once had a fairy tale love story that everyone coveted. Now, after two life-changing events, they are divorced, coparenting their two kids, running a successful restaurant, and truly try to move forward. But when their son’s teacher encourages Yasmen and Josiah to sign up him up for therapy… it’s one small step into the direction back together.
Read for: the solid female friendship, the exploration of the stigma placed on Black men and their mental health, and the tension-filled, second chance romance.
When Paris’s roommate enters him in Bake Expectations, the nation’s favourite baking show, he is sure that he will be the first one sent home. But not only does he win the first week but he also meets fellow contestant Tariq Hassan — cute, confident, and fashionable. As Paris bakes his way to the top, he’s in constant conflict with his brain and his own self-doubt. A coming-of-age story about first love, going out of your comfort zone, and living with a mental illness.
Read for: all the baked goods, Paris’s journey to understand and treat his anxiety, and a fun laser tag scene.
Jacob’s first impression at the new hospital he is working at is not great, especially when he unknowingly makes an enemy of Alexis, a fellow doctor who is so well-respected. He decides to make amends the best way he knows how, as someone dealing with anxiety, writing letters. Soon Alexis and Jacob find themselves connecting in more ways than one, especially as she understands his anxiety in a way he hasn’t found before. Can they overcome past heartbreak to find happiness together?
Read for: found family (bonus: a foul-mouthed bird), a magical trip to Wakanda (one bed!), and a heroine rediscovering her own power
Coming November 14! Beautiful and clever, Lady Vesper Lyndhurst is a self proclaimed matchmaker and always up for a challenge. When she finds herself trapped in an attic with her childhood best friend turned enemy, Aspen, Duke of Greydon, tensions and, of course, chemistry are high. Vesper makes a bargain to find a match for his mother’s ward if he can get them out of the attic. Aspen’s back in London to save his family’s estate and finally escape his mother’s vindictive ways. As the pair find their attraction hard to resist, they must decide if they’re the right match for each other.
Read for: a look at the historical injustices of people with mental illness during the Victorian era, a captivating neurodivergent heroine, and a passionate romance.
Coming January 30! He’s the fake Canadian boyfriend Aurora used to write letters to as a teenager, and suddenly, years later, he’s a professional NHL player at her dance studio with his young daughter. Mike is dealing with widowhood and the downside of fame, while Aurora is battling panic and an eating disorder and, unexpectedly, their friendship helps them both to find healing and new joy. Except Mike has no idea they have met before… an absolute slow-burn of a romance
Read for: a realistic look at grief, complicated parental relationships, and therapy, music of the Go Gos, grilled cheese and pie