If you’re a die-hard Swiftie, a casual fan, or even a a sometimes-listener , you have to admit that Taylor is THE expert at writing songs about love.
As romance reading lovers we thought it only proper to pair her 10 albums with their perfect novel partner!
You’re a country queen. You dream of long paddocks, pick-up trucks and date nights watching the sun set with your childhood sweetheart. You still have a teeny crush on the cute boy from Maths class, even if you’ve been out of school for several years now, and you’ve never cried harder than when he asked another girl to year 12 formal.
If you wear your country-girl heart on your sleeve read…
Untamed Cowboy Maisey Yates
Shy tomboy Kaylee Capshaw never thought she’d have a chance of winning the heart of her longtime friend, Bennett Dodge, even if he is the cowboy of her dreams. But when she learns he’s suddenly single, can she finally prove to him that the woman he’s been waiting for has been right here all along?
In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…
Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…
Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond – or bring them to a love that’s deeper than Kaylee ever imagined…
You’re deep in your fairy tale era. You have your country roots still… but here they’re blossoming into fairy tale fantasy as you dream of passionate love stories, handsome princes and forever romance.
If you dream of fairy tales read…
The Princess Sister Swap by Jessica Gilmore
Being a stand-in princess was easy…until she met the Vicomte!
Secret half-sisters Clem and Princess Arrosa have always wanted to walk in each other’s shoes! So when Arrosa needs time out, it’s the perfect chance. Posing as her sister seems simple for Clem…until Vicomte Akil D’Ortiz, Arrosa’s friend and potential convenient suitor, arrives unannounced, immediately recognising she is not the princess. And suddenly the real connection Clem develops with Akil makes life truly complicated…
When a royal escape — leads to off-limits love!
Princess Arrosa is about to become Crown Princess. Facing pressure to marry, she’s escaped to Cornwall courtesy of her half-sister, Clem. Yet Rosy never expected her much-needed getaway to become a summer romance…she certainly never meant to fall for ex bad-boy turned single dad, Jack and his adorable daughters — or he with her! They don’t belong in each other’s world, but can they let each other go?
You’re a rom com lover. Your favourite trope might be meet cutes, or enemies-to-lovers, or grumpy/sunshine… it changes every day but you know you secretly love them all.
If you love a romantic comedy read…
On The Same Page by Penelope Janu
For readers of Mhairi McFarlane, Beth O’Leary, Lindsay Kelk and Sally Thorne comes this utterly charming and delightfully funny love story where opposites attract – or do they?
By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. By night, in secret, she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When ‘Emma’s’ novels win one of Australia’s biggest literary awards, Miles’s perfectly ordered life begins to unthread at the bindings. Especially when Lars Kristensen, CEO of the publishing company contracted to publish the prize-winning books, insists on meeting the author.
Besides mutual antipathy and sexual attraction, socially anxious Miles and supremely confident Lars have nothing in common. Nothing. But the more time they spend together, the more blurred the lines between fact and fiction and love and hate become.
Miles is determined to both protect her privacy and to keep writing-even if it means mastering pole dancing, choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage, and confronting the prejudices of her parents and publishers.
Like the heroines in her books, Miles has the grit to stand her ground. But Lars has the smouldering looks, arrogance and pride of all her romantic heroes rolled into one. And he is good at reading between the lines. Who is going win this battle of wills? Can Miles and Lars ever be on the same page?
You’ve had your first big love… and your first big heartbreak. You’re a mishmash of complex emotions, with high highs and low lows. You want nuance, big emotion and just a touch of country in your romance.
If you want DEEP feels read…
Summer Of Serenity by Nicola Marsh
Opposites clash in the addictive new small-town romance from USA Today bestselling Australian author Nicola Marsh.
A slick city boy with a mission. A free-spirited country girl with a cause. Fireworks are guaranteed…
Upstanding principal Jy Atherton dreads the next four weeks. As punishment for crossing his bosses, he’s been lumped with the inglorious task of assessing Acacia Haven’s tiny school with its, dare he say, ‘hippie’ curriculum. With the lowest test scores in the state, it’s no wonder shutting it down is practically a foregone conclusion. But then he crosses paths with a spitfire who knocks him for six – pity he’s already public enemy number one…
Teacher Summer O’Reilly loves her small town nestled along the beautiful coast. Returning was the best decision she ever made. The intentional living community of Serenity is thriving, and the children are its future. No way will she allow a jumped-up suit – no matter how good-looking – to close the school her precious students need.
For Rayne O’Reilly, Acacia Haven has always been serene on the surface, but there’s a dark secret she’s kept from everyone for decades, including her daughter, Summer. But after reviving old friendships and reconnecting with the past, will she finally have the courage to tear down the walls that have kept her trapped?
This is YOUR era. You’ve (perhaps metaphorically) moved to the big city. You’re scared, but excited for what this new era could bring. You love books that feel like a summer holiday, like driving fast down a highway with the roof down, like a long summer evening drinking wine on a city rooftop. Yeah you love a great love story… but more than that you want a story that’s also all about friendship.
If heartbreak is your national album read…
The Dachshund Wears Prada by Stefanie London
How do you start over when the biggest mistake of your life has more than one million views?
Forget diamonds — the internet is forever. Social media consultant Isla Thompson learned that lesson the hard way when she went viral for all the wrong reasons. A month later, Isla is still having nightmares about the moment she ruined a young starlet’s career and made herself the most unemployable influencer in Manhattan. But she doesn’t have the luxury of hiding until she’s no longer Instagram poison. Not when her fourteen-year-old sister, Dani, needs Isla to keep a roof over their heads. So, she takes the first job she can get: caring for Camilla, a glossy-maned, foul-tempered hellhound.
After a week of ferrying Camilla from playdates to pet psychics, Isla starts to suspect that the dachshund’s bark is worse than her bite — just like her owner, Theo Garrison. Isla has spent her career working to make people likable and here’s Theo — happy to hide behind his reputation as a brutish recluse. But Theo isn’t a brute — he’s sweet and funny, and Isla should not see him as anything but the man who signs her paychecks. Because loving Theo would mean retreating to his world of secluded luxury, and Isla needs to show Dani that no matter the risk, dreams are always worth chasing.
Scorpio season is your favourite time of the year. You get the urge to pull out your black eyeliner, chuck on a leather jacket and tousle your hair when the dress code is ‘smart casual’, and you love a bit of bad girl energy in your reads.
If you sing ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ every time you send a passive aggressive email at work read…
Tempting the Enemy by JC Harroway
Why sleep with the enemy…when you can seduce him?
My plan was to convince gorgeous Manhattan billionaire Sterling Lombard to sell his shares in my family’s company. Instead, I seduced him out of his $10,000 suit. Now the ruthlessly sexy businessman is playing a wicked game where lust and hate collide — both at work and between the sheets. But if tempting Sterling Lombard is playing with fire, falling for him might be an explosive disaster…
You’re in love, and it feels great! You want a read that is bright, sunny and full of romantic comedy tropes. If you’re in your hyper-pop era read…
If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber
Sometimes love has its own script.
Harry wants nothing more than to write Hollywood screenplays. The first step? Winning the screenwriting competition that will guarantee admission into the college of his dreams. With his priorities set, he’s determined to spend his summer free of distractions — also known as boys — and finish his script. After last year, Harry is certain love only exists in the movies anyway.
But then the cause of his first heartbreak, Grant, returns with a secret that could change everything — not to mention, there’s a new boy in town, Logan, who is so charming and sweet, he’s making Harry question everything he knows about romance. As Harry tries to keep his emotions in check and stick to his perfect plan for the future, he’s about to learn that life doesn’t always follow a script.
LOVE TRIANGLES. Enough said.
If you obsessed over the AugustXBettyXJames triangle read…
The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts
Gwendolyn nodded. ‘Exactly. But for what you want from a man, not ASDA.’
Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her beloved cat Marmalade keeps her company at night. She might have been single for quite a while – well, forever actually, if anyone’s asking – but she’s perfectly happy, thank you. And then Florence meets eccentric love coach Gwendolyn, and everything changes.
When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, has the sexual athleticism of James Bond and can overlook her ‘counting’ habit? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…
Rory seems to fit the list perfectly. But is he ‘the one’, or simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places…
You love a Winter’s night in, with a warm cup of herbal tea, a cardigan and a great long read to tuck in to. You love a bit of historical romance, a family saga and just a touch of heartbreak.
If you want something soulful read…
Daughter of the Hunter Valley by Paula J. Beavan
1831, New South Wales
Reeling from her mother’s death, Madeleine Barker-Trent arrives in the newly colonised Hunter River to find her father’s promises are nothing more than a halcyon dream. A day later, after a dubious accident, she becomes the sole owner of a thousand acres of bushland, with only three convicts and handsome overseer Daniel Coulter for company.
Determined to fulfil her family’s aspirations, Maddy refuses to return to England and braves everything the beautiful but wild Australian country can throw at her – violence, danger, the forces of nature and loneliness. But when a scandalous secret and a new arrival threaten to destroy all she’s worked for, her future looks bleak … Can Maddy persevere or should she simply admit defeat?
A captivating historical tale of one young woman’s grit and determination to carve out her place on the riverbank.
Midnights was only announced this week, but the sad indie girl energy is already a total vibe. You love an introspective story, one that is just as much about the growth of the heroine as it is about the romance.
If you can’t wait to meet at midnight read…
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Florence Day is a ghost-writer with one big problem. She’s supposed to be penning swoon-worthy novels for a famous romance author but, after a bad break-up, Florence no longer believes in love. And when her strict (but undeniably hot) new editor, Benji Andor, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye.
Although when tragedy strikes and Florence has to head home, the last thing she expects to see is a ghost at her front door. Not just any ghost, however, but the stern form of her still very hot – yet now unquestionably dead – new editor.
As sparks start to fly between them, Florence tells herself she can’t be falling for a ghost – even an infuriatingly sexy one. But can Benji help Florence to realise love isn’t dead, after all?
If you fell in love with Beach Read, The Love Hypothesis and The Hating Game, this laugh-out-loud romance packed with sizzling chemistry will give you all the feels!