Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sweet 16

kathleen winsorforever amber cover

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.

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte--You know why.  If not and you like to have your ear talked off, ask.
  2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen--Ditto.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke  Author grab: The Secret Desires of a Gentleman, She's No Princess
  6. 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
  7. Here Comes the Sun! by Emilie Loring--This is a very strange and dated romance that I still enjoy for some odd reason.
  8. Drive Me Wild by Julie Ortolon--LOVE Julie Ortolon!  Author grabJust Perfect, Lead Me On, Falling for You
  9. Be My Baby by Susan Andersen--Compulsively readable romance set in NOLA  Author grabBaby Don't Go, Hot & Bothered
  10. 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!
  11. All Through the Night by Connie Brockway--Broody, thieving yumminess!
  12. Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley--Totally bizarre, in an awesome way.  Author grabThe Duke, One Night of Sin, His Wicked Kiss, Devil Takes a Bride, Princess
  13. Charmed and Dangerous by Jane Ashford--A spy goes to Vienna and falls in love with a mousy governess.  Pitch-perfect romance. 
  14. Bad Karma by Teresa Weir--Another very odd romance with way too much shag carpeting.  Author grabSome Kind of Magic, Cool Shade
  15. How to Kiss a Hero by Sandy Hingston--Totally fun historical romance that takes place in a girls' school.  Author grabThe Suitor, A Most Reckless Lady
  16. My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne--Another fun historical romance full of adventure.  Author grabThe 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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