Recommended

Here are some of my favourite 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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Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances
by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole

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. 

The Forbidden Rose (The Spymaster Series)
By Joanna Bourne

A detailed description of love, spying, and the French Revolution. 

Take the Lead: A Dance Off Novel
By Alexis Daria

A super hot, fun romance based around a reality TV show. An excellent debut novel.

The Sword Dancer (Rebels and Lovers)
by Jeannie Lin

Set in the Tang Dynasty China in AD 848, the heroine is chased by a thief catcher. Mysteries are solved, and love is in the air. 

An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League)
By Alyssa Cole

This book should be taught in schools. It manages to take an awful piece of USA history, and craft a real, vibrant love story from it, without preaching. The sequel A Hope Divided (The Loyal League) is eagerly awaited.

Trust Me (The Holmes Brothers)
By Farrah Rochon

For people wanting an enemies to lovers romance featuring older characters who find love.

Close Enough to Touch: A Romance Novel (Jackson Hole)
By Victoria Dahl

The first book in the Jackson Hole series. A wild city girl meets a cowboy who is recovering from a nasty injury. 

Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London
By Eva Leigh

The first book in The Wicked Quills of London series. If you like gossip, historical women who work for a living, heroines in pants, and great banter, this is the book for you. Oh, and there is a bonus mystery. 

Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained
By Maya Rodale

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 Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister) (Volume 1)
By Courtney Milan

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.

Let It Shine
By Alyssa Cole

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. 

Bet Me
By Jennifer Crusie

If you love contemporary romance with heroines who aren't perfectly beautiful, and if you love hilarious banter, this is the book for you.
Also by Jennifer Crusie is: Agnes and the Hitman - a complete crazy sauce plot that you'll either love or hate. 

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai (2015-08-10)
By Alisha Rai

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.

Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove)
By Tessa Dare

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.”

The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters)
By Anne Gracie

Damaris is my favourite character in this series: The Chance Sisters. She’s pragmatic. She takes on a fake romance in return for her own cottage. She wants her independence and if she must pretend to get it, she will.

For Real
By Alexis Hall

An emotional, erotic tale that crosses age differences and BDSM expectations. I enjoyed the way the sexual play opposed the emotional power of each character. And how they find a way to grow together.

Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

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)

A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls)
By Maya Rodale

The Writing Girls series hits all my buttons. Four women who work for an income. History. Rakes with a sense of honour and humour. I especially like this one, because Julianna is never helpless. She’s strong and sassy. Plus the boxing scene.

Bollywood and the Beast (Bollywood Confidential)
By Suleikha Snyder

This romance has the best final line I've read. An intriguing tale of an actress who meets an injured man, with brilliant secondary characters woven in, to create a hot story of bravery.

Forbidden
By Beverly Jenkins

Set in the Old West of the USA in 1865, this is a delightful tale of defiance and love in a difficult world. If you want something non-Regency that will challenge and delight you, I heartily recommend this.

Married by Morning (Hathaways, Book 4)
By Lisa Kleypas

The Hathaway family. How I adore you. This is my favourite in the series, although the last one comes a close second. But please start at the beginning. Read them all. The banter between governess Catherine Marks and Lord Ramsey is brilliant.

Mastered By Love (Bastion Club)
By Stephanie Laurens

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.

Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet)
By Nora Roberts

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.

The Rogue Not Taken: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book I
By Sarah MacLean

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.