Seeing Green? Find Romance on St. Patrick's Day

Find Your Perfect Romance in These Green-Shaded Books

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day, when we Americans get decked out in head-to-toe green and engage in all manner of shenanigans and good-natured fun. If you’re book-obsessed like me, maybe you want to dive into a romance book with a nice green cover (and keep yourself from getting pinched). 

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Loved it! Brilliant and chaotic Yolanda gets matched up with her nemesis, uptight and serious Samuel on their faculty teambuilding retreat in Wisconsin. A cabin snafu forces them to room together, and you know where this is going! A perfect snack-size novella and no annoying third-act breakup. 

Rating: 5
Steam: Low
Themes and Tropes: Academic Rivals, Enemies(ish) to Lovers, Close Proximity, Novella
Pair With: Wines fit for camping. Check out wine.com’s article on the best screw cap wines

My first Jenn McMahon book did not disappoint! Macey is such an inspirational character: she gets pregnant at sixteen and takes so much emotional abuse from her parents that eight years later, she gets on a plane for the first time in her life and heads to New York to follow her dreams of becoming a big-time chef and providing a good life for her daughter. And who does she meet but Oliver, a traveling playboy who might eventually be ready for more. That First Flight is a lovely story of family (found and otherwise), taking chances, and lasting love. 

Rating: 4
Steam: Medium
Tropes: Single Mom, NYC, Reformed Rake, Teenage Pregnancy, Chef
Pair With: Something you’d find in a top NYC restaurant

It took me a little while to get into Kilt Trip, but once I did, it sucked me right in! Addie’s an American travel consultant who thinks she can throw around some spreadsheets and convince a family-owned tour company to just toss everything they stand for. Logan’s the defensive tour company guy who refuses to just be another tourist trap. As we get more insight into their personalities and what makes them tick, the book takes off. 

The scenes and descriptions of Scotland took it from a 3 to a 3.5–loved all the depictions of unique places and beautiful landscapes and history.

Rating: 3.5
Steam: Low to Medium
Themes and Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Opposites Attract, Scottish Highlands, Tradition v. Change
Pair With: Scotch 

Find warmth, comfort, and love in the Cotswolds with a lovely family and endearing characters. I’ve loved this whole series, especially Books 1 and 3. In this one, Rhys is just the best guy–he cares so much about his family, the estate and farm, and the people who depend on it. Tasha comes in as a manager with some ulterior motives, but quickly learns Juniper Meadows is a magical place filled with loving, wonderful people. It’s the complete opposite of what she’s used to, and she welcomes the change. Just a really nice, comforting book to cozy up with.

Rating: 4.5
Steam: None
Themes and Tropes: Secret Identity, Found Family, Rural Village and Estate
Pair With: Something to enjoy in the Cotswolds

Maya’s Laws of Love is next up on my To-Be-Red List. 

From the publisher: Maya’s headed to Pakistan for an arranged marriage with a handsome, successful doctor who ticks all the right boxes. First comes marriage, then comes love—she’s sure of it. Except… From the start, Maya’s journey is riddled with disaster, and the cynical lawyer seated next to her on the plane isn’t helping. When a storm leaves them stranded in Switzerland, she and Sarfaraz become unlikely travel companions through bus breakdowns and missed connections.

And before long, Maya’s wondering whether she’s just experienced the ultimate in misfortune—finally meeting the right man a few days before she marries someone else. And Maya might just be the worst person to keep a secret. But maybe, if she’s willing to bend some laws, this detour could take her somewhere totally—and wonderfully—unexpected.

Lady Selina has always been the beautiful one of her five sisters and, thus, expected to marry rich and save the family fortune (or lack thereof) from her deplorable father’s gambling and waste. She’s had enough of being treated like just a pretty face, and now that two of her sisters married wealthy men, she’s ready to make some actual choices in her life and jumps on the next mail coach…

She meets one-time rake, now recluse, the blind Marquess of Shaftsbury, and then it gets fun!

Rating: 4.2
Steam: Medium to High
Themes and Tropes: Opposites Attract, Marriage of Convenience, Secret Identity, Proximity, Beauty and the Beast-ish, Age Gap
Pair With: Regency Wine List

Strictly Not Yours is a hilarious and heartfelt story with a unique meet-cute, secret identity, and instant attraction. Blair’s working her way through school after getting out of the army, and side hustling cleaning apartments. When she meets one of her clients at her fight-club side hustle of all places, it’s on, secret identity and everything! So far, the best of the Salinger Brothers series. 

Rating: 4
Steam: Medium
Themes and Tropes: Opposites Attract, Secret Identity, Instant Attraction
Pair with: The Alright Fight Club White Wine

Roommate Wars was such a fun roommates/friends(ish) to lovers romp through San Francisco. You get uber-wealthy commitment-phobe Jack, who somehow wants a roommate, and Elise, fresh out of college and striving for independence. Jack tries to help her without coming across as helping her. Then throw in a fake relationship and we’re getting all the tropes and lots of fun. 

Rating: 3.5
Steam: Medium 
Themes and Tropes: Roommates to Lovers, Billionaire, Fake Relationship, Commitment Phobe
Pair With: Napa Wines

Lies and Other Love Languages is a heartfelt family saga and one of my favorites of 2023. It follows three women: Mallika, a young and talented choreographer; her mother, Vandy, a hugely successful advice columnist and personality; and Rani, Vandy’s long-lost best friend who lives in India. The characters work through decades of love, deception, grief, and secrets in a triple-timeline masterpiece. 

Rating: 4.5
Steam: None (more fiction than romance)
Themes and Tropes: Family Secrets, Multiple Storylines, Deception
Pair With: Naidu Wines

Here’s a fun and sexy story of bad-boy golfer Wells and his biggest fan, more than a groupie Josephine. When everyone else has left Wells for dead, Josephine’s still there trying to get him back on track. When even she’s had enough of his antics, somehow he pulls himself up and begs for her help, kind of…

Rating: 4
Steam: Medium
Themes and Tropes: Opposites Attract, Sports, Collaboration, Type-1 Diabetes, Overcoming Obstacles
Pair With: Country Club Wines

Heartbroken celebrity + clueless doctor = fake engagement and real feelings. Vivian needs to get over her ex, and what better way than a fake relationship with sexy Beau while she’s in England? The characters are so likeable, and even though the story is farfetched, it feels real and possible. 

Rating: 4
Steam: Medium
Themes and Tropes: Fake Relationship, Opposites Attract, Celebrity
Pair With: English Wines

My favorite of Mimi Matthews’ Belles of London series features Evelyn, a talented horsewoman with grand dreams not meant for fashionable ladies—racing and breeding horses. Add in Ahmad, a half-Indian gifted tailor who dreams of dressing the queen and going a day or two without dealing with racists, and you get instant attraction but many barriers…

Really loved this book for many reasons—the characters are lovely people; there’s more to the plot than just romance; Evelyn’s friends add some feel-good richness to the story; Evelyn is strong and determined; Ahmad is such an honorable guy. 

Rating: 4.5
Steam: None
Themes and Tropes: Instant Attraction, Business Partners, Class Differences, Racism
Pair With: Regency Wines