Jessica from Racy Romance Reviews is asking for sixteen of our favorite romances, in honor of Kathleen Winsor, the author of Forever Amber (totally going to read that some day, I swears), arguably the first historical romance novel. I know I'm late to the party with this post, but here it is.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte--You know why. If not and you like to have your ear talked off, ask.
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen--Ditto.
- Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (okay, technically this isn't a romance because it doesn't have a happy ending, but it's romantical)
- Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase--Rawr, Comte d'Esmond, rawr. And an awesome heroine who's an artist. Author grab: For other great books by this writer, see The Lion's Daughter, Lord of Scoundrels, Mr. Impossible, and Your Scandalous Ways.
- Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke Author grab: The Secret Desires of a Gentleman, She's No Princess
- Stranger in My Arms by Lisa Kleypas--My first Kleypas novel, and still the most memorable. Author grab: too many to list. Secrets of a Summer Night, Someone to Watch Over Me
- Here Comes the Sun! by Emilie Loring--This is a very strange and dated romance that I still enjoy for some odd reason.
- Drive Me Wild by Julie Ortolon--LOVE Julie Ortolon! Author grab: Just Perfect, Lead Me On, Falling for You
- Be My Baby by Susan Andersen--Compulsively readable romance set in NOLA Author grab: Baby Don't Go, Hot & Bothered
- Sunshine & Shadow by Sharon Lee & Tom Curtis--Like Amish romances but think they don't have enough sex? Well, have I got a book for you!
- All Through the Night by Connie Brockway--Broody, thieving yumminess!
- Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley--Totally bizarre, in an awesome way. Author grab: The Duke, One Night of Sin, His Wicked Kiss, Devil Takes a Bride, Princess
- Charmed and Dangerous by Jane Ashford--A spy goes to Vienna and falls in love with a mousy governess. Pitch-perfect romance.
- Bad Karma by Teresa Weir--Another very odd romance with way too much shag carpeting. Author grab: Some Kind of Magic, Cool Shade
- How to Kiss a Hero by Sandy Hingston--Totally fun historical romance that takes place in a girls' school. Author grab: The Suitor, A Most Reckless Lady
- My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne--Another fun historical romance full of adventure. Author grab: The Spymaster's Lady
So what did I learn from this list? Almost all of my favorites are romances from the 90's. Have I become more cynical as a romance reader in the last few years or what? They're also mostly historicals or contemporaries--no UF or paranormal, which is sort of strange, since I do like those genres. But obviously these two are my favorites.
What are your favorite 16 romances?
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