In honour of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would be incredibly cliché and write a theme appropriate list! Here are my top ten romance novels. They range from historical romance to contemporary romance. They are in no particular order!
- A Loving Scoundrel – Johanna Lindsey
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Plus One – Mae Wood
- Risking Ruin – Mae Wood
- The Florentine Bridge – Vanessa Carnevale
- Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
- Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover
- Beautiful Sacrifice – Jamie McGuire
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
- Don’t Mean A Thing – Renee Conoulty
A Loving Scoundrel
This was the first Johanna Lindsey book I ever read and I was hooked. Jeremy is rakish, delicious and dreamy. Dani is resilient yet naive and innocent. Combined they become the perfect couple. This is a historical romance with the most beautifully happy ending.
Pride and Prejudice
I could not have this list without Miss Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is a true classic. I love a story where people find love even though they are pretentious snobs who let their preconceived ideas destroy not only their own happiness but others as well. It’s great when horrible people find a way to be decent again. This may sound like sarcasm but I promise it’s not. I really do love this story.
I just finished this book recently and I have to say that it is Mae’s best book yet. It is heaven for foodies and wine lovers! Bert is a nearly forty single dad with tattoos. He is fit and hot. Drennan is young and independent after a great loss in her life. There is a little bit of intrigue and it is not instant love. Hop on this now if you want some great contemporary romance.
If you are like me and incredibly tired of the 50 Shades of Shit hype, then you need to read this book. This book blew my expectations out of the water. Until Mae, most of the romance books written after FSOG have overdone the sex scenes. Too much everything, thinking thats what readers want. Mae Wood on the other hand wrote with class and style. The sex scenes are steamy and realistic ( I am in into realistic, not porn if you haven’t guessed by my choices). Marisa is Runner Girl. Fit, fun, independent and intelligent. She is a lawyer who falls for one of her clients and so ensues the forbidden love.
The Florentine Bridge
Set in Italy, a country known for love, The Florentine Bridge is a beautifully written novel about how you should do as the Italian’s do and live in the now. Take life as it comes and don’t sit there and worry about the odds. Mia travels to Italy after getting the all clear following her cancer treatment. In Italy she rediscovers her passion for art and plenty of reasons to not leave Italy. I just finished this book the other day and it was an emotional rollercoaster but so beautifully written, I gave it 5 stars. Check it out.
Another story of forbidden love. This was a beautiful story. Very raw, very angsty and very human. A story of becoming the thing you hate and inflicting pain on others. A story of true love really. It’s hard to describe why I love this book so much without giving away spoilers.
Similar situation as with Maybe Someday, I can’t say too much without giving spoilers. Colleen Hoover is the queen of contemporary romance with all the angst. Her books are so hard to put down, once you have picked it up. Brace yourself for an emotional rollercoaster though.
Another in the Maddox Brothers series, this contemporary romance will pull at your heart strings. It was a little predictable but unbelievably good. I had so much raw emotion after reading this book, I bawled my eyes out for about 2 hours and had a serious book hangover.
This is one of my all time favourites and unlike the others, doesn’t have any of the happiness of love, only the heart ache. When I first read this, it was incredibly relatable to my situation at the time. I have never once wondered how things would have turned out differently because I believe their story is as it should be. Bronte did brilliantly with Withering Heights. If you want an adaption to watch, try Tom Hardy’s version. He makes an excellent Heathcliff.
Don’t Mean A Thing
What is a Valentine’s Day list without some chick lit? Why did this book make my list? Very simple… A man who can dance! I love a man who can dance! I mean the book is a great book but I love a man who can dance. The book is easy to read. The romance is super sweet and Macie, the main protagonist is a fiercely independent woman who is focused on her career.
I hope you have all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!