Midnight Confession: Michelle's Romance Favorites

This was really hard because picking just one favorite is impossible. But I've finally put together a list of romance book favorites and I've organized the books by romance sub-genres. My self-imposed rule being I can only pick one book in each sub-genres. These are the romance books you'll find me clutching to my chest if my house ever catches on fire (God forbid!).

Literature Classic

Pride&PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighborhood, the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. This new edition includes a new introduction, updated notes, and new appendices onsocial rank and dancing in 19th-century England.


Historical

Silk&SecretsSilk and Secrets by Mary Jo Putney
Second in the Silk trilogy, Silk and Secrets follows the adventures of Lord Ross Carlisle, the calm English aristocrat who was the hero’s best friend in Silk and Shadows. It’s a reunion story for Ross and Juliet, the headstrong wife who loved and left him when they were both very young. The two of them make a perilous journey to Central Asia to see if they can rescue Juliet’s brother Ian, an army officer who was taken captive in Bokhara. In the process, they must come to terms with the past if they are to have a chance at a future together.

(Note: The blurb above is not doing this book any justice. Easily my all-time favorite historical romance novel--if I am forced to choose one book from this bunch it will probably be this one. Very highly recommended.)


Contemporary

ParadiseParadise by Judith McNaught
Corporate raider Matthew Farrell had come a long way from the poor, scruffy kid of Indiana's steel mills. A long way from the country club where, feeling like an outsider, he had dared to fall in love with a beautiful blonde named Meredith Bancroft, and known a once-in-a-lifetime passion and betrayal that still haunted his memory... Now world leaders courted him, the media watched his every move, and he was ready to move in on the Bancroft empire.

A cool, poised executive in her family's legendary department store chain, Meredith had once defied her father for the sexually magnetic Matt Farrell--and their brief, ill-fated marriage was the disastrous outcome. Now, the Bancroft firm is threatened by a hostile takeover, Meredith is forced to confront Matt. As tensions build between them, bittersweet memories rise to the surface, leaving them suspicious, restless, and uncertain. Will they be able to believe each other--and grasp the tender miracle that is before them?


Suspense


BirthrightBirthright by Nora Roberts
When five-thousand-year-old human bones are found at a construction site in the small town of Woodsboro, the news draws archaeologist Callie Dunbrook out of her sabbatical and into a whirlwind of adventure, danger, and romance. While overseeing the dig, she must try to make sense of a cloud of death and misfortune that hangs over the project--fueling rumors that the site is cursed. She must cope with the presence of her irritating-but irresistible-ex-husband, Jake. Furthermore, when a stranger claims to know a secret about her privileged Boston childhood, she is forced to question her own past as well...

(Note: This book is also my all-time Nora Roberts book as she is almost a genre onto herself.)


Paranormal


LoverAwakenedLover Awakened by J.R. Ward
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…


Fantasy

DaughteroftheForestDaughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.

When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all...

(Note: Although this book is marketed as fantasy, there are important romantic elements in this book. It's very lovely retelling to the fairy tale The Six Swans and I recommend this book to friends who are not romance readers but are looking for a good fantasy fiction.)

As you can tell from this list, I love the "second chance at love" plot line and can read it over and over. All the books listed above I've read and re-read way too many times to count and I've read my favorite scenes from these books to the point that I memorized them. These are just my romance picks. I'll write another post that will feature Leslie's favorite reads as well as our favorite series books (can't wait for that one!).


Disclaimer: The images and blurbs used above were either taken from the author's website, Fantastic Fiction, amazon.com, the publisher's website or from the back of the book itself--click on the images for the links.

2 comments

  1. Thanks for the reminder! There was a Judith McNaught book I wanted to read...now I just need to locate the title...hmmmm.

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  2. Great choices! I have read Pride and Prejudice, Paradise and Birthright. I have the Silk series of MJPutney to read - she is a favorite author of mine as is McNaught.
    I have not read JR Ward yet - maybe that would be a good one to read?
    I am not familiar with Juliet Marmillier but I really like the cover and I vaguely recalled the fairy tale as I was reading the synopsis!
    I'll be interested to see your series list! It would be really hard for me to pick favorite all time books or series!

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