Here are some of my favourite romance books. They are not in any particular order. I will keep adding to this list over time, as I discover new authors.
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If you need a series to binge read, and love marriage of convenience in a contemporary setting, you'll love this book and the next one in the series.
A lovely novella set in 1844 USA that deals with the intricacies of slavery and ownership and loans, while also being uplifting and providing hope.
A fun lesbian romp featuring two elderly ladies who bring down a terrible man, with a side dish of poignant moments that tug at the heart strings.
Doctor/nurse romance in a war zone (set WWI in Egypt and Beersheba) with bonus 'has to be a nurse because isn't allowed to be a doctor'.
Echo Springs: Four Stories set in Australia
by Leisl Leighton, Daniel de Lorne, TJ Hamilton, Shannon Curtis
Four romances with a mystery/suspense story arc across all four.
Based on the popular Broadway show, this trio of romances is perfect. Rose Lerner's story of a woman who fights as a soldier is a gorgeous own voices Jewish tale. Courtney Milan's story of two unlikely lovers made me laugh and cry. Alyssa Cole's f/f tale is simply delightful.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants an overview of the romance genre. The history, the reputation, the readers. It’s all in here.
The first book in my all-time favourite romance series. Read the whole series. Start here. This book is clever, serious, funny, sexy. It’s everything. Which is my favourite one in the series? I can’t pick. I love them all. Start with Minerva.
Set in 1960s America, this is a cross-cultural romance set in a difficult time in America's history. It's emotional, gorgeous, and includes a beautiful epilogue that shows the characters love for each other enduring over time. Not just a happy-ever-after; but one that extends.
A fun, erotic take on the billionaire trope with a twist. She is the billionaire. She's also exciting, brave, a bit messed up, complex. He's a writer. They have a complicated history thanks to their parent’s multiple marriages. I enjoyed the way this book took a trope, changed it up and owned it.
By far the best book in the Spindle Cove series, Any Duchess will Do follows the maid, Pauline Simms. I love this part. “Whatever they give you. Don’t squander it. All bread goes straight in your belly, and all the learning you can gather goes here. … Stash it away. Because once it’s in you, it’s yours. No one can take it from you.”
Most anthologies have a mix of quality. Not this one. Every story in here is beautifully written. If you like suffragettes, hard working women, interesting characters and real history; you will love this.
Kianna Alexander: A Radiant Soul
Alyssa Cole: Let Us Dream
Piper Huguley: The Washerwoman's War
Lena Hart: In the Morning Sun (Hearts at War Book 2)
The final in the Bastion Club series. Most of the heroines in this series are strong and unusual for their time. The last one is my favourite because the hero, who was so mysterious and perfect all the way through, suddenly is not perfect. And the heroine is feisty and holds her own against him.
This is the third in the Bride Quartet series. A recommendation list doesn't seem complete without something from 'Queen Nora'; and this series is on my keep shelf. It's hard to pick a favourite; however, the heroine in this one really resonated with me personally.
I love a pants wearing historical heroine. She makes a stand against society, and hitches a ride with an unlikely bloke. This story highlights the perceived role of women in society, and how gossip (and fashion magazines) alters appearances. The idea for this page of ‘recommended’ books was inspired by Sarah MacLean’s website.