I think all the people who read romance agree on one thing that a “Romance Novel” should have an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.
Well, I’ve read all these books and I really enjoyed them and keep in mind this list is not a subjective Best Ever list, but a list of books that I think will be worth your while to read in this genre.
And of course feel free to add your thoughts in comments! What did I miss? What book isn’t worth being included? And also good recommendations for me. I want to know!
And yes I’m not adding “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook” to this list because for me they are more than just romance novels.
It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”
After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…
BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”
Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…
Why? This book is well written.The book is blend of mature characters,funny dialogues,romance and an awesome chemistry between Sidney and Vaughn.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be. Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one. A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
Why? This is just not another romance novel, authors are writing these days. This one is Absolutely
Perfect! I read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down!
After The Music by Diana Palmer
IT ALL STARTED AS A JOKE…
Rock star Sabina Cane was only pretending to be engaged to her best friend, millionaire Al Thorndon. Al talked her into the scheme to trick his cynical older brother, Thorn. It seemed Al had no choice but to lie- and to make Sabina his accomplice.
But Thorn wasn’t the stuffy old businessman she’d expected. He was prickly, passionate, stubborn as a rock and liked to play matchmaker. And he had the perfect match in mind – he wanted Sabina, no matter what the cost. Didn’t he know that there are somethings money can’t buy.
Why?The books that I have read by Diana Palmer have always been good, and this book didn’t disappoint. I love her Alpha male characters. I was in need of a bit of romance and this hit the spot. Worth Reading!
One Day by David Nicholls
Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?
Twenty years, two people, one day.
Why?I realized there would be no surefire way to describe this book. It is a complete conundrum. Readers will either love or hate this book, I don’t think there is much of a middle road with this one. Though I loved it! Book Review
Champagne Girl by Diana Palmer
Catherine makes plans and Matt always bursts her bubbles. That’s the way it has been ever since her father died and Matt inherited the family’s sprawling Texas ranch. He controls her money and tries to control her life. But the time has come to make her break from the ranch and from Matt. The perfect job awaits Catherine in New York and she’s going to take it.
Why? Unlike other books by Diana Palmer, this book do not have that bad-ass hero and as a fan of Diana Palmer I would say it is not normal,but Matt is really sweet person, and Catherine is basically clueless . But all in all this book is a good read , I also consider saying “After The Music” by Diana Palmer is outstanding in comparison to this one.But yes I guess you’ll like this one as well and it surely gonna fill your romance hunger.
Tempting Fate by Nora Roberts
Attorney Caine MacGregor had a reputation for being a demon in the courtroom – and in the bedroom. He yearned to break down Diana Blade’s icy wall of control and release the passionate woman within. When he offered Diana a partnership – in both business and pleasure – could he entice her to risk everything for the love of a MacGregor?
Why? Tempting Fate was an outstanding book of two people who are very different and very similar.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
“Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.”
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s emphatic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Why? Okay how can I not add Nicholas Sparks book in a list when I’m talking about romance, well unlike other books from Nicholas Sparks, this I consider was different, it was a real page-turner. There was suspense, thrill, romance and a great twist!
Love Irresistibly by Julie James
HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS
A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.
AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER
A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .
Why? I WANT MORE!!! The title says it all: you will love it IRRESISTIBLY! Brooke and Cade are so perfect for each other and compliment each other so perfectly. They help each other grow and be better people. I really loved them together.
On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments — instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man
Why? These characters were so well fleshed out I felt like they were real people.The ending was so perfect! And I guess after reading this book you’ll feel to read it again and again!
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
During the summer of 1941 the Metanov family are living a hard life in Leningrad. As the German armies advance their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love arrives in the guise of Alexander, who harbours a deadly and extraordinary secret.
Why? This book is full of beautiful and magical moments that will touch your heart. One word for this book WOW!
Now you may be thinking where are Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Wuthering Heights , but let me tell you, that that list is coming soon and what I think is that those books are not just romance novels but they also satisfy other genre as well.
I hope everyone enjoy the books and yes do share your views and share with people sharing similar interests and with who ever you feel like sharing this , All yours 🙂