A fun and unique romance novel!

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Rounded up from 4.5 stars ⭐️ At this time of year I always love reading a feel good romance novel. This is one of my favourites to date.

The Heart Principle flips between the perspective of Anna and Quan. Anna’s life is spiraling as she is struggling with a creative block and her boyfriend asks to be in an open relationship. In her pretty disastrous attempt to enjoy some one night stands, she meets Quan.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance novel that felt quite so personal. Upon reading the authors note at the end I can completely understand why it felt like this. I applaud Helen Hoang for having the bravery to put so much of herself into this novel. I actually found myself connecting to this book in ways I never expected, and it pushed me to start moving outside of my comfort zone, just like Anna. I laughed and I was moved almost to tears by sections of this book. It touches on so many incredibly tough and important subjects (such as cancer, caregiving, autism in women and mental health).

I fell in love with the romance aspect of this book. I just really want a Quan to walk into my life!! This book has some pretty steamy sections but it just added to the beautiful love story that was being created. My biggest complaint is that I now don’t want to settle for anything less than a Quan!! Reading this book has definitely increased my romantic expectations! This is one of the few romance novels that I think will live with me forever.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels!