I have many favorite novels, and it’d be impossible to pick just one, or even a handful. But I can pick 10… and yes, this is the narrowed down list 😂 So here’s my top 10 romance books, and what made me love them 🙂
Easy by Tammara Webber
I think this one is particularly special because it was one of the first romances I read. For Christmas my friend made me a cute little “book” with different gift certificates and suggested uses. One of the gift cards was for Barnes & Noble–of course–and she suggested this gem, a book I hadn’t heard of. I instantly fell in love with it, and it’s one I reread often. The synopsis does justice to what the story is about so I won’t go into too much detail there. But if you like what you read, DEFINITELY grab this–it’s one of the best books in the YA/NA genre.
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Oh, man. This one… *swoon*… this one is a favorite mainly because of the hero, Archer. He is the definition of a book boyfriend! Archer and Bree’s romance is a slow one, while the attraction is always there, they begin their relationship as friends and slowly fall in love. He is so dedicated and caring. I know a huge trend is the “asshole” hero, and while I don’t hate that trope, I definitely like my sweet and sensitive heroes a little bit more. I think Archer Hale started this trend. If you like a nice, sweet hero–this one is a must! *The heroine is also a great character–very realistic and sweet as well.
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
You’ll need your tissues for this one. This is a beautiful book filled with love, friendship, heartache, tragedy, hope–the full range of human emotion, really. The characters, main and secondary, are perfect. They are fighters and despite the heartache in their lives, they stay true to themselves and carry on. If you want a novel with beautiful writing, awesome characters, and an awe-inspiring message of what it means to be human–READ THIS.
Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole
This book. This. Freaking. Book… is everything. It was probably one of the first books I read that had me thinking I should seriously write my own novel. The author’s note in the beginning, the stunning and heart-wrenching way in which she described battling her own eating disorder, made it was hard to read and yet equally difficult to put down. I can’t recall another book I’ve read that dealt with this issue, and I love how personal it was to the author. And the two main characters… they stole, broke, and revitalized my heart. This is a must read if you’re looking for an emotional novel about two “broken” people conquering external and internal forces to be together.
Loving War by C.M. Owens
This one is hilarious! The chemistry between these two is off the freaking charts!! Their relationship starts as something casual but it quickly becomes clear that there is more between them. And the entire story focused on them. There were outside factors that caused problems but they were handled beautifully and despite mistakes that were made, I never doubted the feelings between these two characters. If you’re looking for a sweet, swoony, and funny read that still deals with emotional day-to-day problems, this is it!
Breaking Even by C.M. Owens
This novel was the perfect slow burn romance. It was hilarious just like Loving War was, but it built in a different way and I couldn’t believe how fast I blew through it. They didn’t like each other at first and they struggled with their feelings, but there isn’t a single thing I’d change. It has everything I want in a romance: sweet, sexy, funny, emotional, and even a little angry. You can’t go wrong!
More Than Forever by Jay McLean
The set up of this was awesome. This couple had been in previous books and I was worried we wouldn’t get the entire picture. But Jay gave us everything! It spans several years, going from an easy high school romance to a more adult and complicated relationship where, unfortunately, other things and people got in the way. Even though I was crying throughout the last 40% of the book, those were some of my favorite parts. It showed that even the greatest relationships have struggles, and that a perfect relationship doesn’t actually mean being perfect but rather holding on and working through issues to get to the other side. I’d recommend this to anyone!
Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie
I’m cheating a little bit here, because technically I recommend this entire series, which is ten books in total. But I have to–it’s an awesome series! Between the character development, the writing, interesting storylines that aren’t dramatic but keep you invested, the humor, the sex, the love… it has EVERYTHING you need. These are real people struggling with real problems and I’ve never wanted to jump in and be a part of a character’s life (Lily mainly) more than I have with this set of books. This is the third book in the Lily and Lo story, the seventh one in the entire series, and it’s definitely one of my favorites. But honestly everyone needs to read the entire series!
Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie
I loved this story, for the romance as much as for Thora’s pursuit of her dream. She was an amazingly strong character and despite her setbacks, she never gave up. Nik was just as incredible, he stood by her, supported her, and didn’t let his own wants and needs get in the way of her dream. These sisters have created a wonderful world, filled with unforgettable characters and I can’t wait to continue! If you want a love story with a strong heroine pursuing her dreams–and not letting her love of the hero get in the way–this is the one for you!
Full Tilt by Emma Scott
This is a very new favorite. It isn’t even released yet (two days!) but it definitely belongs in my top 10. This is a heartbreaking book, no doubt about it. With superb writing, interesting and complex characters, and a storyline that gives new meaning to what an epic love story can be, I really can’t think of anything I’d change. It was perfect. I cannot wait to see the magic she works in All In. Yes, there were tears in my eyes (and streaming down my cheeks) as I finished, but there was also warmth in my chest, and I can’t think of a better way to leave a novel.
Okay, so there’s my top 10 — as of now 😉 I hope you’ll consider picking some (or all, I shamelessly promote people’s reading addictions) them up!