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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

– reader’s collection from Cindy Tomamichel

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)


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

BOOK #1:

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.

BOOK #2:

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.

-reader’s collection from Sherry Soule/S.A Soule

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

anything by Nora Roberts, Barbara Delinsky or Tessa Dare

– reader’s collection from Marie Lavender

Wow, this is so hard, because there are so many.

Recent reads:

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.

Previous reads:

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

No Gentle Bondage by Joy Sheridan

-full endorsement and written blurb from David Russell

Please, if you’d also like to join in on the fun, just email me at marieannlavender@gmail.com with a brief list of your favorite romance reads using the subject heading ‘Submission to ILRB readers collection’. Then I’ll add your info here.


Have a lovely day, everyone!