Confession time: I hate love stories. OK, maybe "hate" is too harsh. I have a difficult time motivating myself to pick up books that don't include some sort of dark, twisty plot, preferably a murder mystery. That said, every once in a while a romance book will come along that I can't help but fall for. Maybe it's laugh-out-loud funny, smart and witty, touching and poignant, mysteriously magical, or some combination of the above. Whatever it is, it isn't a cliché, it isn't boring, and it isn't sweet without substance. Here are nine love stories even the cynics will enjoy.