Readers Collections – Favorite Romance Reads
A big part of ILRB is discussing romance novels! So, I’ve put out a submissions call to both readers and authors, just to find out which ones we like the most. Writers are readers too! I know it’s mega difficult to choose a favorite romance novel, but these authors did their best. Here is our list!
The Unyielding Series from Nashoda Rose ~ If I had to choose a favorite from these, I’d say Perfect Chaos
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Darkness Series from Katie Reus
The Dark in You Series from Suzanne Wright
– reader’s collection from D.E. Haggerty
My favorites are Mary Stewart’s Thornyhold, and the more recent ones are:
A Mail Order Heart by Janelle Daniels
Mistletoe and Chainmail by Elizabeth Rose
And the series Middleton high by Laura Ann
Series Yellowstone by Peggy Henderson
Darkness Dawns by Zakarrie Clarke: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43839572-darkness-dawns
Knight (Sons of the Alpha #1) by Addison Carmichael: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43437944-knight
– reader’s collection from Maggie Blackbird
Here are a few of my top faves:
Queen Takes Knights by Joely Sue Burkhart
Venomous by Penelope Fletcher
Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh
– reader’s collection from Lashanta Charles
Gabriel’s Woman – Robin Schone (O-M-FREAKING-G FAVORITE)
The Lover – Robin Schone (companion to Gabriel’s Woman)
Dark Lover – J.R. Ward (HOLY-FREAKING-G FAVORITE)
Lover at Last – J.R. Ward
Emma Holly – Courting Midnight
Dark Need – Lynn Viehl
Cry to Heaven – Anne Rice
The Persian Boy – Mary Renault (WILL NEVER PART WITH THIS BOOK)
Not written as a romance but it’s in the subtext — long out of print but worth scouring old bookstores for a copy:
Teot’s War by Heather Gladney.
– reader’s collection from Kayelle Allen
Midnight Savior by Arial Burnz
Guardian by Angela Knight
My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
– reader’s collection from Amber Daulton
My favorites are A Walk to Remember and The Longest Ride, both by Nicholas Sparks.
– reader’s collection from Karina Bartow
I just finished reading The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi and it has a romantic subplot. The story centers around Barb and Lily; one is an unearthly beauty and the other an ugly duckling. I found the entire cast of characters quirky, damaged, and endearing. The first half has some dark undertones, yet is lighthearted and ridiculously hilarious, too.
I read These Haunts Are Made for Walking: A Ghost Hunter Cozy Mystery by Rose Pressey and really enjoyed it. The storyline is a paranormal romance with a murder mystery and delightful! I really enjoyed the quirky characters and the budding romance with the sexy cop. A must read if you like paranormal romance cozies.
Anything by Meghan Quinn – The Other Brother
Ilsa Madden-Mills – Dirty English
Alex Grayson – Whispered Prayers of a Girl
Jen Luerrsen – F*cking Frank
– reader’s collection from Monica DeSimone
A few of my favorites are:
Not Broken by Meka James
Faster by Deana Birch
Opening Nights by Coralie Moss
– reader’s collection from Amelia Foster
The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward
Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery
– reader’s collection from Marie Lavender
Wow, this is so hard, because there are so many.
Reluctant Romance by Leighann Dobbs is one of my favorites. The story was based around pets, which I love.
The Christmas Cookie Shop by Ginny Baird is a Christmas romance favorite.
The Blood & Company vampire series by Linda Lee Williams will always be a favorite. I’m not a fan of vampires, but hers are loving vampires. These include:
Old Town Nights
Sisters of the Night
New England Nights
As I said, these are only a couple of my favorites. There are so many. I only read Indie books. It’s a way of supporting Indie Authors.
– reader’s collection from Carole McKee
The Chesapeake Bay Saga – Nora Roberts
Love at Stake Series – Kerrelyn Sparks
Welcome to Temptation / Faking It – Jennifer Crusie
Agnes and the Hit Man – Jennifer Crusie (hilarious romantic comedy!)
– reader’s collection from Linda Lee Williams
I just re-read a perennial favorite, Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie.
My fave go-to authors are Jane Porter, Sara Mayberry, Kelly Hunter, Megan Crane and Molly O’Keefe
– reader’s collection from Lilly Christine
On a Lee Shore by Elin Gregory – https://amzn.to/2THdfpg
Among the Living (PsyCop book 1) by Jordan Castillo Price – https://amzn.to/2JWlyOu
– reader’s collection from Dianne Hartsock
A Bride for Lord Redfield by Arabella Sheen: http://beachwalkpress.com/shop/a-bride-for-lord-redfield/
Interlude by Jeffery Martin Botzenhart: http://beachwalkpress.com/shop/interlude/
– reader’s collection from Faye Hall
Diana Gabaldon – Outlander Series
Kathleen E. Woodwiss – Come Love A Stranger
– reader’s collection from Diane Merrill Wigginton
Please, if you’d also like to join in on the fun, just email me at email@example.com with a brief list of your favorite romance reads. Then I’ll add your info here.
Have a lovely day, everyone! ♥