My Favorite Romance Novels

Much like My Favorite Romance Movies requirements, in order to show up on this list, I’ve had to have read the book multiple times. The central love story is enough I have to go back again, and again. Usually once a year.

Maybe some of mine are in your fave column too.

#1 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

IMO, the ultimate love story is Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall. The first time I read this novel was in college and it mesmerized me even then. Over the years I’ve kept up with Diana’s newest books, but my passion was reignited when Outlander became a Starz series five years ago.


#2 Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Out of all the Outlander books, I’ve read Voyager the most times. It’s my favorite in the entire series. The longing over the decades, the reunion, the struggle to fit together again after so long apart.


#3 The Night Prince Series by Jeaniene Frost

I stumbled across this series on my local library ebook drive. I love vampire stories and the blurb on the first book sounded interesting…a modern take on a very old vampire tale. I devoured the four-book series in less than a week.

#4 Mortal Instruments Series

OMG. Jace and Clary. Swoony eyes. So this is a YA book but talk about a slow, achy burn. And angst. Teenagers have the best angst. The first movie they did, I wish they would’ve done it better because Jamie Campbell Bower played Jace exactly as I envisioned him when I read the series in about two weeks. The TV series, meh.


#5 Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James

Sooooo….I totally poo-poo’d this when it first came out. I didn’t want to waste my brain cells on it. I had zero interest in the movie, too. But then I caught my hubby watching the last fifteen minutes of the movie and I got curious. Curiosity led to watching the whole movie which led to “the book’s gotta be better.”

Viola! Read the three-book series in about a week.


#6 Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts

I don’t remember how I came across this book. Probably my mom; she’s a big Nora Roberts fan. If you took out the smoking in the book, you’d wonder when it was written because the story remains timeless. Who doesn’t love magic, carnivals, New Orleans, and a little theft among friends.

#7 Burn by Linda Howard

This one I did get from my mom; she also loves Linda Howard. What does a multi-million dollar lottery winner do when she gets bored? Goes on a cruise and gets kidnapped. Linda Howard is always good from some twists and turns in her stories.

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