A Collection of my Favorite Romance Novels is part of Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Admittedly, romance novels, mainly contemporary romance, haven’t always been my favorite, or go to genre to read. I tend to read them in waves. For a while, that is all I read. And then, it seemed like I wasn’t reading them at all. And then, back to reading them! I think this was due to my pickiness with romance – and my inability to be swept away by them unless they were on the darker side.
Which is still valid, as you will tell by my favorites below.
Also because, (I swear I’m not a mood reader), but I went through a rough patch, and reading romance was THE last thing I wanted to do. They actually made me feel ill. Until that, all changed.
No, I am not being dramatic.
That being said, I have a new love for romance novels and find myself on the lookout for more of them to read. So please, do share your recs in the comments!
A Collection of My Favorite Romance Novels
This series came highly recommended from a dear friend and book lover – and while it took me AGES to finally read it, I am so glad I did. This whole series is fantastic, but Bittersweet will always be my favorite. I mean, who doesn’t love a large, gruff grumpy ex-football player!?
Lover Eternal is my ALL-TIME favorite book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I’ve read it at least 10 times – and it always punches me in the feels. Rhage has such a big heart, and his love for Mary seriously makes me melt.
I read Time Between Us YEARS ago; in fact, I think it was one of my first books read as a blogger. Or at least, within the first few months. This is a time travel romance, and it’s stuck with me over the years for many reasons. I loved the concept. I loved how the story was pieced together, and I love love love the writing.
This whole series, The Ravenels, is FANTASTIC! But. I loved the quiet Helen & Gruff Rhys. It’s so beautifully written and just romantic to its core. I will read epilogue after epilogue of these two!
Second chance romance for the win! Frankly, there are aspects of this book I don’t remember much of, but I remember the HOT SEXY TIMES and dirty talk. And how much I laughed while reading.
First Touch is dark erotica – but this book still haunts me 4 years after reading it. Not a bad haunting – but I think of these characters often, and the horrors these characters faced, yet survived. It’s not for the faint at heart, TRUST. It also has one of THE BEST cliff hangers, EVER.
Him was another book recommended by my dear friend. I put off reading it for a long time before finally giving in and reading it. And I read it in one sitting, that’s how addicting this story is.
What has stuck with me about Just One Lie is that it wasn’t just a romance, it was a journey of self-discovery, heartbreak, love, and happiness. I saw so much of myself in the main character and things I didn’t want to admit about myself then that I see now. Plus, the writing is terrific.
Well Met is my most recent romance read on this list. I actually listened to the audio, which made me love it even more. It’s a fun, entertaining read about “enemies to lovers” during a Renaissance Faire. If I could describe this book in one word, it’s adorable.
Held Against You is the type of romance I love. It’s on the darker side. It challenges your thinking and makes you see between the lines, and forces you to understand that not everything is black and white. And that everyone can find love.
(side note: I am also blurbed in this book!)
- What are some of your Favorite Romance Novels? Do we have any favorites in common?
- Share a romance novel I MUST read!
Check out this fantastic list of upcoming romance books by my good friend Nick. This is what I will be referencing for weeks to come!
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