My Favorite Romance Novels

If you enjoy romance novels you have to check out my all-time favorite romance novels!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Who’s in the mood for romance? I want to talk about books today and as I’m sure you’ve probably learned by now, I don’t read a lot of romance novels. It’s not my favorite genre and I find it, well, cheesy if I’m being honest. I’m always nervous to start one because I feel like I’m only going to end up hating it in the end so what’s the point in wasting time? It always happens though that just as I feel like I’m about to give up on the genre completely I stumble across a total gem that gives me hope for the genre again. 

I just really have a thing against emotionally manipulative storytellers (I’m looking at YOU, Nicholas Sparks!) that write stories for the sole reason of making someone cry. Making someone cry doesn’t necessary mean you wrote a good book although I have to admit that I am a sucker for tragedies. With that, I suppose I should admit that the stories below, while some of my favorites, are a bit heartbreaking in parts. 

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The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan

Did I cry? Sure did! I also obsessively tweeted Allegra Jordan for weeks after I finished the book dragging that poor woman into at least two dozen conversations about her book and the characters. It starts out in Boston just before the start of WWI and follows the lives of a young American girl and her German love who is called home to fight for Germany in the Great War. See it here.

Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen

Yes, this book came out in 2014 and I’ve easily read it a dozen times but I still fall in love every single time (and sob like an infant as the story pulls on my heart, shatters it completely, and gently puts me back together again). I am not usually this emotionally invested in a book but dammit if McQueen doesn’t completely hook me. If there is any book on my list that is an absolute must-read, this is it. Just remember that if you have any bit of a heart, you’ll cry. See it here.

The Frost of Springtime by Rachel Demeter

The Frost of Springtime was my introduction to Rachel Demeter and since this book I’ve read everything she’s published. This one was her debut and a deeply intense historical romance. It’s so raw, intense, and passionate yet it’s not full of gratuitous sex and meaningless groping. It’s gritty and heartfelt in a way that no other historical romance I’ve ever read has captured. Her follow-up books, Finding Gabriel and Beauty of the Beast, are fabulous but nothing compares to The Frost of Springtime. It does have a particular subject matter that some readers have found offensive but frankly, you should just put your big-girl undies on and deal with it. It’s historical and it’s beautiful. See it here.

If you’re looking for a great romantic read this Valentine’s Day, you cannot go wrong with any one of those. They are all amazing stories by unbelievably talented women. 

Which one are you the most interested in reading? Have you read any of them before? What’s your favorite romance novel? 

Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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  1. Great list! I’m also not a huge fan of romance, but these sound good. I’ll have to check them out! (Although I do have a soft spot for Nicholas Sparks. I haven’t read his books in a long time, but I used to read them all the time when I was in high school.)

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  2. I am not a big reader and I don’t love romance novels but if you have read Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen 12 times I think I can make it through once. Thanks for all these great choices.

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  3. OMG I am totally with you on Romantic Novels and Nicholas Sparks crap. But sometimes there are good ones and you make me so curious about the ones you shared, especially The End of Innocence, that’s awesome you had twitter conversations with the author!

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    • She was so fabulous! I just had questions about one part of the story so I tweeted her and the next thing I knew it was going on for weeks. She’s fabulous and there’s a little bit of US history about Harvard in there which fascinated me.

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  4. I’m not much of a reader. And when I do read it is mainly educational type books on medical conditions or something. I do know others who like romance novels and will pass along the recommendations.

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  5. Not really big on romance reads but this is a good list in case I need to buy one for a friend who is. Or for suggesting to others.

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  6. I try to avoid books that are design to make the reader emotional – I find they stick with me for days and I find it so hard to shake them! I haven’t heard of any of the ones you have mentioned, so I will have to check them out 🙂

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    • I’ve read a few books like that too and I agree, it is hard to shake them! If you don’t like books that make you feel emotional the best one for you on my list is probably The Frost of Springtime. I cried like a baby at the other two.

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  7. This is a great list! I love romance novels, my favorite is probably the Notebook or the Choice. I love Nicholas Sparks (cliche I know!)

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