The love formed between childhood sweethearts is something special. Something to be cherished and celebrated. These childhood sweethearts beat the odds and found their happily ever afters together. You're going to love these romantic stories.
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Romance Novels Featuring Childhood Sweethearts

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We live in a society that seems to discount young love and childhood sweethearts. Writing it off as something that won’t last. They’re not wrong, relationships, in general, don’t last. The younger you are the more you’re going to change as you go through life.

With that said, if you find a relationship that can last through all the childhood to adulthood transitions, it’s quite remarkable. I absolutely love hearing those stories.

You all know I’m a sucker for a happily ever after but I also adore reading about relationships beating the odds. And, let’s be honest, childhood sweethearts have a lot of odds to beat.

The relationships you’ll find in these books are no different. Although the characters were best friends and fell in love as children, their transition to adulthood and their happily ever after isn’t without struggles (often quite significant ones).

What can you Expect from these Childhood Sweetheart Love Stories?

  • The couple met when they were children (obviously)
  • Drama, angst, and pain – something happened that made it difficult for these couples to be together.
  • A happily ever after or happy for now. These are love stories, after all.

Romance Novels Featuring Childhood Sweethearts

COMPLICATE ME

by M. Robinson

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397 pages | September 12, 2015

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Super Angsty | Contemporary Romance

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It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.
A decision.
A simple choice.
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.
A different life.
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. Read More



FOR EMERY

by J. Nathan

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210 Pages | February 4, 2019

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New Adult | Sports Romance

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Emery
I’ve loved Jordan Grady since I was eight.
Since he became my protector.
Since he became my safe haven each night.
But I was younger.
Off limits…
Until high school when he finally kissed me.
And for a few fleeting moments, everything was right in the world.
Then I was forced to do the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…
Disappear from his life without a trace.

Grady
I’m Alabama’s star right tackle—and a real prick.
I live my life by a few solid truths.
Life isn’t fair.Read More


FRIGID

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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252 Pages | July 17, 2017

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New Adult | College | Romance

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For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. Read More


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HOPELESS

by Colleen Hoover

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410 pages | December 18, 2012

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New Adult | Contemporary Romance

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Read More


LEO

by Mia Sheridan

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214 Pages | November 27, 2013

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Abuse | New Adult

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Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again. Read More



PUNK 57

by Penelope Douglas

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343 Pages | October 21, 2016

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Friends-to-Enemies-to-Lovers | Young Adult

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“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Read More


RULE

by Jay Crownover

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369 Pages | HarperCollins Publishers | May 7, 2013

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New Adult | Coming of Age

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Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters


Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.Read More


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THE BET

by Rachel Van Dyken

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368 Pages | Forever | June 25, 2013

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Women’s Fiction | Coming of Age

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“I have a proposition for you.” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. It’s been years since Kacey’s seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they’re engaged for her sake-so be it. Read More



THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW

by Kirsty Moseley

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275 Pages | April 29, 2012

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New Adult | Abuse

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Liam James, boy next door and total douchebag, is my brother’s best friend. I can’t stand him. Well, that’s not strictly true, at night I see a side of him that no one else does. Every night Liam becomes my safe haven, my protector, the one to chase the demons of my abusive childhood away and hold all the broken pieces of me together. Read More


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THE MIGHTY STORM

by Samantha Towle

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529 Pages | Montlake Romance | August 20, 2013

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Women’s Fiction | Rock Star Romance

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A rock-and-roll love triangle…a music journalist’s story of a lifetime…the bad boy front man who broke her heart.

Tru Bennett was just fourteen years old when her best friend and first love, Jake Wethers, moved from England to America and left her brokenhearted. Now twelve years later, Jake is the world’s biggest rock star, lead singer of The Mighty Storm and every woman’s bad-boy fantasy. Every woman, that is, except Tru. Read More


The love formed between childhood sweethearts is something special. Something to be cherished and celebrated. These childhood sweethearts beat the odds and found their happily ever afters together. You're going to love these romantic stories.

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