02/09/2011 04:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Valentine's Day: 5 Books With Unconventional Love Stories

It's almost upon us: the most romantic day of the year - or the biggest con job since P.T. Barnum, depending on your view of Feb. 14. (Still, some of us will accept any excuse to eat chocolate.) It's also the season for love stories, poems and cards dripping glitter and sentiment. While these five novels might sound like the equivalent of a heart-shaped box, they are more for those who like their candy spiked with cayenne pepper. There isn't a conventional romance in the bunch. In fact, I defy Hallmark to create a greeting card to cover some of these scenarios.