Maybe you binged your way through season 2 of Bridgerton and now you’re trying to recover from a romance hangover and need some relief. Not to worry, I have you covered!
I’ve rounded up 4 TV shows you can stream right now to make you swoon, laugh, and cry.
Virgin River - Watch on Netflix
Based on Robyn Carr’s novels by the same name, Virgin River follows nurse Melinda “Mel” Monroe as she looks for a fresh start when she answers an ad to work as a midwife/nurse in the remote town of Virgin River.
Through Mel’s eyes we fall in love with the town, its people, and the hero Jack Sheridan, bar owner and a former Marine. This series is perfect for people who love small town romance novels, wounded heroes, lighthearted stories with a dash of angst. Currently there are three seasons available on Netflix with a fourth season in the works!
A Discovery of Witches - Watch on Sundance Now
Based on Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy, this romantic fantasy series follows Diana Bishop, a historian and scholar who rejects her family’s magical legacy.
When Diana discovers a long-lost, mysterious manuscript that is said to contain the origin stories of witches, vampires, and daemons her life is put in danger. Enter Matthew Clairmont, a powerful vampire who offers her protection and helps her embrace her powers. If you love enemies-to-lovers, vampires, fantasy romance, and forbidden love, this one’s for you!
Descendants of the Sun - Watch on Hulu
This K-drama follows the love story of Captain Yoo Shi Jin, an elite soldier andKang Mo Yeon an emergency room doctor who fall in love as they face danger together in a war-torn country. If you’ve never experienced K-dramas before, this one is a great introduction! This show is perfect for you if you love fated love, forbidden love, opposites attract, military and second-chance romance.
Chesapeake Shores - Watch on Hallmark
Based on a series of novels by Sherryl Woods, Chesapeake Shores is a family saga-style romance. Abby, a single mother, moves back home to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to be closer to her family where she reunites with her high-school sweetheart, Trace, an up-and-coming country music star. This Hallmark series is an ensemble drama, Abby’s siblings all getting their own HEA’s. If you love second-chance romance, small town romance, family-saga, you'll like this show.
Based on Sweet Magnolias novels by Sherryl Woods, follows three lifelong friends and business partners, Maddie Townsend, Helen Decatur, and Dana Sue Sullivan as they support each other through highs and lows of love, career, and family. The books and the TV show explores love in all its forms. If you love small town romance, single parent, and stories full of southern charm, you'll enjoy this show!
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It’s fascinating and entertaining to read a sports romance because you not only get to follow the romance plot, but also the sport itself. Personally, I do love it whenever the characters are playing their sport and as a reader, you get to experience it with them. The highs and lows! Don’t you love when the character who does the sport loses and the other one takes care of them and is there for them in the sad moments in their life? It makes me swoon so much.
Even though sunshine girls are written in romance books every single time, let’s not forget about the grumpy girls. The girls who answer in monosyllabic words, grunts, or not at all. The girls who have a hard shell but a soft inside. The girls who are scared to let their walls down and protect themselves in their own way. Grumpy girls are my heart and soul, so I decided to mention a few that have stuck with me even after finishing reading their books.
When we’re talking about romance books, sometimes we can have either a slow-burn romance or an instant-love one. But personally, I feel like we can also find the slow burn aspect in instant-love romances. For example, we can have a book with two characters who get it on early in the novel, but in terms of their romantic feelings for each other, they are not yet there. I call that an emotional slow burn because we do have them interacting a lot in these swoony moments, but they are not yet there in the “I fell in love with them” part of the story. The most common way you’ll see a slow-burn romance book is, probably, when two people take most of the book to finally be together.