This post is coming just a tad later than I’d planned, but I hope there is really no bad time for romance recommendations in your mind. This month we’re focusing on books for people whose Venus sign is in Aquarius. I’ve returned to Café Astrology for the best information about Venus in Aquarius and what that means. First of all, these two lines jumped out at me: “Venus in Aquarius men and women are attracted to unusual or unconventional relationships. They don’t want to follow all the rules, although they may make quite a few of their own.” Other things that really stood out are the importance of lovers who are also really good friends and both wanting and giving a partner space in a relationship. So let’s talk about the books I think you may enjoy if you have a Venus sign in Aquarius, are interested in someone whose Venus sign is in Aquarius, or let’s be real, you just love good romances.
Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert
Honestly, this entire series really embodies the quote I shared from Café Astrology, but this book especially really negotiated how to have an HEA that doesn’t look like what is expected in the U.S. and many other countries. I thought this book was gorgeously well done and also sexy af and I will probably reread it a million times in my life. It is about pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Derek and Emma are married and they are on vacation for Christmas with Derek’s best friend, Grayson. Derek, after talking to Emma, decides that he’s going to “gift” Emma to Grayson for Christmas. Did I mention it’s incredibly sexy? Anyway, they wind up negotiating how to have a relationship that includes all three of them and it’s really lovely.
I Think I Might Want You by Christina C. Jones
I definitely think this book will appeal to someone who wants to make their own rules in a relationship because the HEA in I Think I Might Want You is so unique to the characters I’ve never seen anything like it. I won’t spoil anything, obviously, but I would definitely recommend if character’s negotiating their freedom and independence within a relationship is a theme that appeals to you the way it seems to for people whose Venus sign is in Aquarius.
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
I think this book is at the top of my mind right now because I just re-read it, but Pandora really doesn’t want to get married because she wants to be in control of her own destiny. When she’s accidentally compromised/ruined, she’s forced to consider whether or not Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, is worth trusting with her heart and that independence. The stakes are high here given that historically women literally legally became their husband upon marriage, and I think Lisa Kleypas does a good job with grappling with that concept in this book.
Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
Another book that came to mind right away in thinking about this concept of negotiating independence was Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh. This book brings a ton of cultural components into the story and is really emotional in a lot of ways. Nayna wants to please her parents, but she’s also really not ready for this whole arranged marriage thing. She goes to a party with Ísa and meets Raj, who is hot and sexy and they have a really nice time, but then he shows up for one of the arranged marriage meetings her parents have arranged. Nayna feels really hemmed in, largely due to the actions of her sister, and I think this book explores a ton on the theme of identity and independence and it’s just remarkably well done.
Scoring Off the Field by Naima Simone
I mean, when it says that a person with Venus in Aquarius wants their lover to be their friend, what am I supposed to do but mention to you one of my all time favorite friends to lovers romances? I have to tell you about it again, right? Right. Scoring Off the Field is about Tenny and Dom. Tenny has been in love with Dom for forever it seems like, but she has accepted that the only way to actually get over him romantically is to stop having her life be so entangled with his and pursue her own dreams. But when Tenny tells Dom she’s leaving to return to Ohio, he is less than pleased. And so sparks a whole thing with Dom realizing that oh, damn, he might have feelings for Tenny too. This book is perfection and I love it so, so much. Like, I think I have to go re-read it now.
What books did the description of Venus in Aquarius make you think of? What do you think of my pairings? Let me know!