5 Books That Make Me Remember The Joy of Romance Novels.
It’s great to be here at Romancing The Book and among fellow lovers of romance! We’re now in the season of light and joy and glad tidings so I thought I’d spread the love with a list of romances that fill me with happiness every time I pick them up. Now, I’m an eclectic reader and when I’m deep into writing a book of my own, I try to read outside of my own genre. And depending on the trouble I’m having with my own work, I’ll fall in love with another writer’s story for many different reasons: the vividness of the characters, the beauty of the writing, or sometimes the sheer ‘Wow!’ factor of being in a world or situation I’d never imagined. The list I’ve drawn up has some of all of these characteristics. While I’m sure a number of the titles will be familiar (and hopefully loved), I hope you find new ones to enjoy!
One last word. There’s no way for me to rank these books in terms of number one being my all-time favorite. It’s like deciding which child is most special. To me, each is terrific. So I just kind of threw the list up starting with my first beloved…
#1 Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
I can’t count the number of times I’ve read P&P. The story never stales. I always find more to appreciate in Austen’s deftly drawn characters and perfect plot. And whenever I get annoyed with my mother, I remind myself that I could have Mrs. Bennet instead!
#2 Welcome To Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
I love this book. It’s my go-to read when I want to laugh out loud. Crusie’s comic timing in her dialogue is at its best in this book and never have Dove Bars, lemonade, Dusty Springfield, and ugly wallpaper been used to such brilliant effect.
#3 Whitney, My Love, by Judith McNaught
If you’ve never read this classic by Judith McNaught and you love old school romances, (that aren’t exactly PC) this is for you. It was Judith McNaught’s first book and sold an incredible number of copies. Impetuous Whitney Stone and brooding, alpha male Clayton Westmoreland are a couple for the ages.
#4 Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
Time travel, sizzling sexuality, suspense, and a love for all time? This is my favorite of Linda Howard’s novels. Grace St. John starts out as a mild-mannered academic and transforms into a butt-kicking heroine more than worthy of Black Niall, a 14th century knight. Every time I pick this novel up I fall in love again.
#5 Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
I’d read time travel stories before–loving Linda Howard’s Son of The Morning, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor, and Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series, to name a few–but I’d never really read any paranormal before. Then my friend Eloisa James mentioned Thea Harrison’s Elder races series. A book recommended by Eloisa is enough to send me running to the nearest bookstore. Wow, am I glad they had Dragon Bound in stock. The heroine Pia is blackmailed into stealing from Dragos, the Dragon (who’s also a very hot human) who rules over New York City (it’s complicated) and we all know dragons get very angry if their hoard is touched. What I never imagined was how sexy a dragon could be or what a wonderful and compelling world awaited me. If you haven’t discovered Thea Harrison, you’re in for a wonderful read!
And now to tell you a little about my new book, Once Touched, which I hope you’ll also add to your reading list!
The youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has in her blood the love of the land and its beautiful creatures. Raising enough money to build an animal sanctuary is a dream Quinn lives every day—while fending off her family’s well-intentioned matchmaking schemes. Though harboring secret fears about intimacy, Quinn soon realizes she cannot fight her growing attraction to a man who has suddenly entered her life.
Scarred by his months in Afghanistan and the violence he witnessed there through his camera lens, photojournalist Ethan Saunders throws himself into hard ranching work as a prescription for healing. But falling for Quinn has given him the one thing he thought he’d lost forever: hope. Ethan discovers that Quinn, like the innocent animals she rescues, is shy, and afraid of entrusting her heart to a man. Passion soon awakens Ethan’s strength, and his tender seduction may be just what Quinn needs to believe in herself—and in his love.
Bestselling contemporary romance author Laura Moore’s writing career began when she filled a coffee-stained notebook and realized she’d written a love story other might enjoy. Ride A Dark Horse was published the following year. When not writing, Laura enjoys horseback riding, swimming, cooking, pulling weeds in her garden, and reading deep into the night. An incurable romantic, she loves a happily-ever-after and has been known to cry at TV commercials. Laura lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two children, their black Lab, and their cat, who keeps them all in line.
Laura will be giving away two ebook copies of Once Touched! Winners will be chosen at random by Romancing The Book. To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:
Question: Tell me one of your favorite romances–title and author please, so I can add them to my reading list!
Happy holidays and happy reading!