Valentine’s Day Romance Novels

St. Valentine’s Day Is Here

St. Valentine’s Day is three days from now, so we’re a little behind the curveball. The following old-school romances revolve around this special day. You might not have a chance to read these in time for the holiday of lovers, but when it comes to romance, we’re always celebrating it here. Every day is Valentine’s Day!

We don’t need a solitary date on the calendar to devote ourselves to love. We’re doing it here all year long!

Nevertheless, these old-school romances set around Valentine’s Day should be noted and may be given a closer look. Links to Amazon are provided in the synopses and images.

Single Issue Valentine’s Day Romances Books

American Romance

Anne Stuart loves to write holiday-themed romances. We reviewed her Christmas-based Falling Angel. Here she writes another category romance where a hero gets a second chance at love–and life–in One More Valentine (Harlequin American Romance, No. 473). This one is available on Kindle for $2.99 at Amazon, so you can still enjoy it in time for February 14.

One More Valentine, Anne Stuart, Harlequin, 1993, cover artist unknown

When James Sheridan Rafferty died in the famed Saint Valentine’s Day massacre, he’d no idea that Cupid’s wicked angels would give him a second-chance … in 1993. All he had to do was fall madly in love within forty-eight hours.

But could a real Chicago gangster with a chip on his shoulder – and a down-and-dirty twenties style even Bogart would envy – fall truly in love? It hardly helped that the day of hearts and flowers fell on Friday the 13th.

Helen Emerson complicated matters, since the good-hearted gangster didn’t have time to save damsels in distress. No doubt Helen would make a fabulous lover, but she was no gun moll. Still, with time running out, she was Rafferty’s only hope.



Another great Valentine’s Day romance book is Vicki Lewis Thompson introduced the loveable Charlie Hartmann, aka Cupid himself, into her Harlequin Temptation Be Mine, Valentine:

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Be Mine, Valentine, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Harlequin, 1989, cover artist TBD

There was nothing predictable about her love life. If it hadn’t been for a freak snowstorm, Roxie Lowell wouldn’t have felt compelled to take eccentric Charlie Hartman under her wing-only to become the object of his matchmaking zeal. He claimed he was St.Valentine himself, and that the man she met on St.Valentine’s Day would be her husband within a year. Of course, she didn’t believe her encounter with rugged contractor Hank Craddock had anything to do with Charlie. How could their overwhelming passion have been engineered by an outside force? 


We reviewed its sequel, Forever Mine, Valentine, and gave it a favorable 4.5-star rating.

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Forever Mine, Valentine, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Harlequin, 1990, Daniel Crouse cover art

Hartman strikes again!

Old Charlie Hartman was out of his mind! To insist that Spence Jegger would marry the first woman he saw on Valentine’s Day was pure madness, given Spence’s opinion of marriage. And an aging vagabond playing St. Valentine was a bit much for even a friend like Spence to accept. Until Charlie pointed out Spence’s “intended,” Jill Amory.

All Jill wanted, however, was to finish painting Valentine messages on the windows of Jegger Outfitters and be on her way. She had a deadline to meet…on the other side of the country. Now all of a sudden two crazy men – one of them the tempting Mr. Jegger himself – seemed determined to influence her schedule…and her heart.


Valentine’s Day Anthologies


Anthologies are always popular for Valentine’s Day romances, as a sweet, short love story is the romantic equivalent of eating a single piece of chocolate from your heart-shaped box of chocolates.

Ooh, was that one a coconut? Please give us more. Nougat? We’ll nibble on it, but we’re not huge fans. Now that orange-creme-filled one is more up our alley. Any more with nuts? Even if you only have chocolate mousse, you’ll still consume them all, just like you would the stories featured in these collections.

A Regency Valentine:

A Regency Valentine, Mary Balogh; Emma Lance; Joan Wolf; Patricia Rice; Katherine Kingsley, Signet, 1991, cover artist Allan Kass

The unique joys and passions that surround St. Valentine’s Day are captured in an extraordinary collection of all-new stories by five of the most beloved and highly acclaimed Regency authors. – Fair ladies… courtly gentlemen… romantic intrigue… here are the timeless tales of sweethearts young and old — richly drawn stories of innocence and surrender, of infatuation, yearning, and of tender devotion. An exquisitely beautiful collection to be savored, shared, and treasured, [this anthology] lets you enjoys the magical spirit of Valentine’s Day all year round.

A Regency Valentine

This is that anthology’s sequel, A Regency Valentine II:

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A Regency Valentine II, Mary Balogh, Sandra Heath; Carla Kelly; Edith Layton; Carol Proctor, Signet, 1992, Allan Kass cover artist

Five of the most beloved and highly-acclaimed Regency authors present this collection of delightful tales that captures all the romance and intrigue of the most passionate of holidays–St. Valentine’s Day. This anthology of spirited ladies, dashing gentlemen, notorious rakes, and scandalous lovers will be savored all year long.

A Regency ValentinE II

(Different Book, Same Title) A Regency Valentine:

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A Regency Valentine, Kitty Grey; Carola Dunn, Ellen Fitzgerald; Jo Beverly, Sheila Simonson, Fawcett, 1991, cover artist unknown

When the widowed Mrs. Trent invited four young ladies to stay with her, she did not know Cupid would be one of the guests. But what else can one expect when one lives in the village of Valentine Parva?

Among Mrs. Trent’s guests are Juno, whose strong principles and bluestocking ways seem too great a challenge for any man. But she had a romantic heart – and love finds a way.

Shy Philo, pretty and clever, but overshadowed by her charming and handsome older sister. It is Philo who first catches a gentleman’s eye, when she meets the mysterious young man whom village rumour calls a wizard.

Aquila, a seemingly cold and haughty beauty, fears that scandal in her family’s past will keep her from the man she loves. But that dashing gentleman has other ideas.

And pretty Katherine grew up without love and affection. Her well-meaning mistakes may cost her the man she loves.

Mrs. Trent would have her hands full sorting out lovers’ tangles – if she herself were not distracted by the arrival of a man she knew long ago who has returned just in time for St. Valentine’s Day. 


A Valentine’s Day Treasure:

A Valentine’s Day Treasure, Janis LAden, Georgina Devon; Violet Hamilton; Valerie King; Irene Loyd Black; Teresa Des Jardien, Zebra, 1995, cover artist unknown

The Gilded Cage by Janis Laden

Escorted to her aunt’s home in Yorkshire by the arrogant Viscount Weddington, Alexandra Ruttledge was dismayed when a winter storm kept the Viscount from leaving. But would the Valentine’s Day festivities bring a warming of her heart?

A Ring for Remembrance by Georgina Devon

A failed elopement and a lost memory have kept Carolly Stanhope-Jones and Alexander Staunton apart for seven years. But this year’s ball on Valentine’s Day might bring back a lost, though not forgotten, love.

The Bay Leaf Legend by Violet Hamilton

Annabel Maitland laughed at the legend which said that the first eligible gentleman to cross the threshold on Valentine’s Day would be her husband. Until Charles Fitzherbert stepped through the door…

A Play of Hearts by Valerie King

Acting out Romeo and Juliet on Valentine’s Day seemed just the thing to avert a dreaded elopement, but Miss Beth Ferrers hadn’t counted on the arrival of Lord Brenton and his reaction to the play… and her!

Tattered Valentine by Irene Loyd Black

Lady Lucinda Ellsworth had kept the Valentine given to her by a childhood sweetheart for the last 14 years. Now she was to see him again-at a Valentine’s Day Ball that could make all her dreams come true.

A Valentine Bride by Teresa DesJardien

Lady Christine Jordan had not hoped for much when she answered an advertisement for the position of wife to Baron Whittam. Could a Valentine’s Day ceremony bring true love to this mismatched couple?

A Valentine’s Day Treasure

A Valentine Embrace: Three Tales of Regency Love:

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A Valentine Embrace: Three Tales of Regency Love (Valentine Chase/Lover’s Vows/Music of the Heart), Valerie King; Meg-Lyn Roberts; Olvia Sumner; Zebra, 1995, cover artist unknown

Three charming tales of holiday romance in Regency England include “Valentine Chase” by Valerie King, Meg-lynn Roberts’s “Lovers’ Vows,” and “Music of the Heart” by Olivia Sumner.

A Valentine Embrace: Three Tales of Regency Love

Young Adult

Be Mine is a rare Young Adult anthology released by Avon featuring four tales of Valentine’s Day romances:

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Be Mine: A Romantic Quartet of Special Valentines to Capture Your Heart, Cameron Dokey; Kathryn Jensen; Jean Theisman; Shaone Dennis Wyeth, Avon, 1997

From secret valentines to long distance romances, from Romeo and Juliet to a best friend’s silent adoration, four established talents in YA fiction–Cameron Dokey, Kathryn Jensen, Jean Thesman, and Sharon Dennis Wyeth–contribute to this heartfelt anthology the wondrous joys and bittersweet sorrows of true love and first love.

Be Mine:A Romantic Quartet of Special Valentines to Capture Your Heart

What Valentine’s Day Romances Have You Read?

The above is a small sampling of the various books set around Valentine’s Day. What kind of romances do you think best suit this holiday? I like the light-hearted, humorous kinds because I feel angsty romances are better suited for Christmas or even Halloween-themed romances. So it doesn’t surprise me to see many Regencies focusing on the 14th of February. What say you? Please, drop a comment, and let’s talk romance!

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About Jacqueline Diaz

Old-School, retro, and vintage romance reads are my jam, baby! The good, the bad, the cheesy, and the sleazy! I have no shame about it; I love ’em! An auto-didact, amateur historian, and reader of romance novels since 1990, I hope to offer a unique perspective on the genre. As a blogger, you may know me by several names; here, I’m Jacqueline Diaz. I’m also the aspiring author of two works-in-progress, historical romances, The Savage Noble and What She Says with Her Eyes, which hopefully will be released in 2023.

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