Love triangles: love them or loathe them, they’re here to stay. After all, it’s the closest some of us will ever come to the enjoyment of competitive sports—rooting for Team Jacob or cheering on that leopard shifter to win the heart of our favorite paranormal romance heroine. Having a romance book with multiple potential love interests makes it more interesting to read…and discuss, dismantle, and debate. If you’re Team Love Triangle, check out the list of love triangle romances below. Bonus: you don’t need to pick just one!
For All of Her Life
After her bandmate, Keith, died in an accident, Kathy left her rock n’ roll lifestyle behind—including her fellow lead singer and husband, Jordan. Now she’s moved on with a new guy, but when Jordan tries to bring the band back together and figure out how their friend really died, Kathy realizes feelings for her ex still linger. If you like like music, murder, or second chances, you can’t go wrong with what Publishers Weekly called a “finely crafted, extremely credible love story... for those who survived the ’60s and for anyone else who wants to understand them.”
A love triangle hits the Aspen ski slopes in this contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey. Actress Kit sees her acting dreams come true when she’s cast as the new lead in a movie set in her home state of Colorado. Acting alongside Hollywood heartthrob John Travis, Kit’s dreams may come true in more ways than one. But when she’s back in Aspen and face-to-face with her former boyfriend, Tom, her love life gets a bit rocky, on and off the slopes. Seeing Kit discover what she really needs is half the enjoyment here, along with the vicarious movie star thrills.
Fans of fantasy and paranormal romance will sink their teeth into this steamy anthology. Ten of today's greatest writers of romance and erotica contributed bloody good tales to this collection. Cynthia Leitich Smith's story centers around a juicy love triangle between a vampire, a ghost, and a human woman —because even in the afterlife, romantic attraction is never simple.
Purposes of Love
Classic author Mary Renault’s long, award-winning career began with this 1937 book. A medical drama set in 1930s Britain, it’s also a complicated love triangle among three hospital workers: Vivian and Mic, who have a secret relationship, and Vivian’s scientist brother, Jan, who Mic previously had feelings for. If you’re looking for a meaty and complex love story, look no further.
The Thinking Reed
Penned by an acclaimed author and British dame, The Thinking Reed is vicariously thrilling for those of us with wanderlust. Wealthy and widowed, Isabelle moves to France and finds the men throwing themselves at her—all the men. While there, Isabelle connects with a calm southerner, and also enjoys a dramatic romance with a Frenchman. Isabelle’s heart may lead her to a love that will transform her life. But who will it be? If you like your love stories with a big scoop of social commentary, try this treasure out.
My Last Love Story
If you’re yearning for a beautifully-written tearjerker with an unconventional love triangle, My Last Love Story will have you reaching for the tissues in gratitude. In it, Simi Desai’s husband is dying. But the generous man wants two things before he passes: for Simi to carry his baby, and for her to find love again with their dear friend, who’s also her former flame. Are you tearing up yet? Popular romance author Sonali Dev loved this one, calling it “at once heartbreaking, delightful, and completely unexpected.”
It Ends with Us
With over 100,000 ratings on Goodreads, it’s no wonder this 2016 novel was a Goodreads Choice Award winner. When Lily meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid, she falls for him—but Ryle has no interest in relationships, and Lily’s thoughts soon turn to her first love, Atlas, a homeless boy who always protected her. The novel is many things—raw, smart, unpredictable—and one of those that will tear your heart out. In the words of fellow New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, “Every person with a heartbeat should read this book.”
Wish You Were Here
This novel by popular and praised author Renée Carlino follows Charlotte, an aimless L.A. girl. Charlotte drifts between her job as a waitress and the rundown home she shares with her best friend. But when she meets Adam, everything seems to come together, and they spend the night connecting. But the next morning, he’s cold to her… and she has no idea why. Months later, Charlotte has moved on to a cute baseball player, but she can’t help but wonder what happened with Adam. Hint: he’s got a whopper of a secret.
Tell Me How This Ends
A nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Tell Me How This Ends is a love triangle at its most tense: a tug-of-war between two close brothers. Since their mom died, Jude McAllister has taken care of his sweet and smart college-age brother, Ryan. Though responsible at home, Jude’s a playboy. But when he meets Lizzie, he finds himself falling for her. Unfortunately, he’ll soon find out she’s dating his brother. What follows is a shaky, emotional ride as Lizzie struggles between her attraction for both brothers. And they’re both so appealing in their own way, you won’t know who to root for.
The Secret Life of Mrs. London
A novel based on a juicy bit of history, The Secret Life of Mrs. London centers on the world of 1915 San Francisco and Charmian, wife of the great writer Jack London. Mired in tension with her famous husband, Charmian’s life takes an unexpected turn when she’s picked from the audience by Harry Houdini at one of his magic shows. Drawn by the incredible chemistry between them, Charmian is tempted to have an affair with the magician. If you love historical fiction and/or tales of women torn between two powerful men, check out this Rebecca Rosenberg novel.
When you hear “Stephenie Meyer” and “love triangle” in the same sentence, your mind probably jumps to the Edward/Jacob vampire/wolf rivalry for Bella’s affection in Twilight. But even more interesting in some ways is the odd love triangle in her later novel, The Host. After an alien parasite invasion, Melanie’s body is taken over by Wanderer, one of the strange species who exists in a host. But Melanie’s consciousness still exists, and as she remembers Jared, the guy she loved, Wanderer starts to fall for him, too. More adult than Twilight, Publishers Weekly praised this sci-fi romance, saying it “shines with romantic intrigue.”
Two brothers are again torn between one woman in the second book of Jamie Beck’s Sterling Canyon series. Kelsey’s ready to find a husband, but since no one around is filling that role, she decides to have fun with playboy skier Trip. Then Kelsey meets a man who does seem like husband material, but it turns out it’s Trip’s half-brother. She ends her fling with Trip to settle down. Meanwhile, Trip finds himself inexplicably jealous… Is it possible Kelsey chose the wrong brother?
The first in a series of the same name, Collide is a love triangle romance for those of us who like our heroes to be buttoned-up billionaires who get smacked over the head by love. (And there’s a lot of us.) Emily is still grieving her mother’s death when she moves to New York with her sweet boyfriend, Dillon. But an unexpected encounter with wealthy player Gavin leaves her breathless. Is it worth risking the good thing she has going on? Fellow bestselling author A.L. Jackson calls this triangle romance “sexy, emotional, and absolutely unforgettable,” and she’s 100% right.
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