We all love a good love story. But a forbidden love story? Even better. These stories have us anxiously turning the pages, rooting for the two characters against all odds. Such is the case in Emily Henry’s forthcoming A Million Junes, which hits shelves this May. Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude, this beautiful novel tells the story of two teens, born of feuding families, that dare to defy years of family history. Read on for some of our favorite forbidden love stories!
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
June O’Donnell was born and bred to hate the Angerts, her family’s sworn enemy, in true Romeo and Juliet fashion. But when Saul Angert returns to town after a mysterious three years away, June can’t seem to avoid this boy that she was born to loathe. As she begins to get closer to Saul, she must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all of the O’Donnells before her—to let go.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. Shazi’s best friend was one of them. When she volunteers to marry Khalid, it’s not without a clever plan to take him down. No one thought she would survive the night. But Shazi herself is more surprised at what follows: is she falling for the boy who killed her best friend?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
As a Dhampir, Rose has one mission in life: to protect. She is sworn to protect her best friend, Lissa, from dangerous Strigoi, putting herself in harm’s way in the process. But though she is skilled and near-fearless, she still has much to learn from her mentor, Dimitri. Dimitri at first is cold and mysterious, immune to Rose’s sarcastic remarks. But with each training session she finds herself falling for Dimitri, even though everything–his age, his status as her mentor, and her dedication to protect Lissa–tell her not to.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Laia is undercover as a slave, actually working for the rebellion. Elias is not any soldier, but the son of the woman whom Laia is determined to take down. The two are drawn to each other, despite all the reasons they shouldn’t be, and despite what each of them is hiding.
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears–and Helen is determined to find her by any means necessary. She meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
Anna not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris, right before her senior year. Then, she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy…who has a girlfriend. Not to mention, her friend has her eyes on him too. As Anna and Etienne two become closer friends, and readers feel a romance begin to build, things between them only get more complicated.
The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
The girls of Devonairre Street in Brooklyn have always been told they’re cursed: any boy they love is certain to die within five years. The girls don’t necessarily believe it…until their beloved Jack dies. The curse suddenly is realer than they’d ever imagined.
Looking for more recommendations? Here’s everything we can’t wait to read this spring!