Let's be clear: We love a guilty-pleasure romance read as much as anyone. That said, when it comes to love stories, there's something refreshing about knowing that what you're reading isn't just a bunch of make-believe — but, that it actually occurred IRL. There's no needing to suspend your disbelief about skin that sparkles in the sun, or a bright red room filled with whips and handcuffs. Instead, you can rest assured that the sentiments you're reading about are true.
In honor of tomorrow's big holiday (ahem), we decided to put together a reading list inspired by some of L.A.'s greatest real-life love stories. From a hilarious celebration of the one-night stand to a memoir that will completely change the way you look at Jack Nicholson, we've rounded up nine extremely well-written nonfiction tales that you'll tear through in a matter of days — and then think about constantly for many weeks to come.