Top Romance Books
To even make the list of top romance books, the book has to meet the definition of a romance, and that means a Happy Ever After (or as all you romance readers out there know a HEA!). This pretty much means over the course of the book, the hero and heroine grow to be worthy of each other, or as a writer would say, they progress along a character arc. In other words, by the end of the story the couple ends up together in a mutually satisfying relationship. And of course, romance has to be the main plot line.
So, on to the list of top romance books. This could be such a long list depending on your taste in romance. Is it historicals you like…contemporary…Harlequins? Maybe paranormals or urban fantasy are your bag? Everyone’s list would be different. But as we head into the cooler months, here’s my personal list of top romance books (with something for everyone I hope) to curl up with beside a crackling fire!
Favourite Contemporary: Once In A Blue Kentucky Moon
Well, I wouldn’t be much of a writer if I didn’t like my own book, now would I? I’m unashamedly plugging Once In A Blue Moon in the contemporary romance category. With a smouldering hero who has the fight of his life not to lose the family farm, a husband who’s a nasty piece of work in need of a serious comeupance, and a feisty heroine who discovers that the only real way to happiness, is to risk everything and grasp her own destiny firmly in her own two hands…I think you’ll love it too:)
by Jane Austen
You can’t go past this classic romance from Jane Austen. Her most famous work, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard of Elizabeth and Darcy, but if you’re among that small group, be sure to read it. And as an interesting aside, the family and I recently took a trip to the UK and you can be sure I put a couple of Pride and Prejudice stops on the itinerary.
One was the house and estate where the more recent film with Kiera Knightly was filmed (Chatsworth House) and the other was where the original BBC mini series was shot (Lyme Park). But I think that alone’s got to be the subject of another blog, don’t you? And in case you’re wondering, yes, I did see the very lake that Colin Firth dove in, making Elizabeth’s heart go aflutter when she saw him emerge:)
Favourite Historical: Beast
by Judith Ivory
The subject of this tale is Louise Vandermeer, 18, beautiful, rich, bored and aware that her life is limited by those factors. To escape, she agrees to marry aristocratic rake Charles d’Harcourt sight unseen, unaware that a scar and a limp mar his looks. For a lark, Charles decides to travel on his fiancee’s ocean liner and seduce her secretly in her darkened stateroom — but the prank backfires when he falls madly in love with his own wife to be.
Favourite Highlander: The Bridge
by Julie Garwood
When the king orders Scottish laird Alec Kincaid to take an English bride, he sets his sights on Jamie, the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. But Jamie has sworn she’ll never love such an arrogant, brooding Highland barbarian — and that’s even before murderous rumors begin to circulate about Alec.
The lalassu are an ancient secret people of whom Dani is one. Stronger and faster than ordinary humans, she’s spent years resisting her family’s attempts to make her a high priestess – she’s too busy enjoying life as a burlesque dancer. Meanwhile, therapist Michael uses his psychometric gifts to discover the secrets his child clients can’t share. When one of them is kidnapped, his investigation leads him to a performance club where he meets Dani and they’re soon forced to work together to face down the enemies of the Lalassu. The clock is ticking to a horrible dilemma: will they save the world or each other?
By Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor has red hair and the wrong clothes, but just the same, Park knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. A story of two misfit kids who fall in love over mix tapes and comic books set in 1980s, Omaha, Nebraska, Eleanor and Park follows their progress over the course of one school year. Though the ending is a little ambiguous, I like to think they have got their happily ever after.
By Jeannie Lin
Set in colorful Tang Dynasty China, maid servant Yue-ying is street-smart and practical,
and content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress, until she
meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang. Bai Huang lives in a privileged world that Yue-Ying can’t share, but as they are are thrown together to try and solve a deadly mystery, they both start to dream of a different life. Bai Huang’s position means Yue-Ying can only ever be a concubine to him, or will she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart?
While I realize this list of top romance books is by no means exhaustive, if you choose to read them all, it will certainly keep you busy for some time:)
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