Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read Romance Novels

Top Ten is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

1. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss - Possibly the best historical romance novel ever written. I literally fell in love with this genre just because of this book. Kathleen is a genius. She wrote a beautiful story about two unlikely people falling in love. Amazing!

2. A Pirate's Love by Johanna Lindsey - Another incredible story about two unlikely people falling in love. Thanks to this story I actually fell in love with sailors and wanted a caption as a husband. Or pirate, whatever makes sense.

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I would just like to make the claim now that even though I read the book about nine years after it's original publication, Jamie Fraser is mine! He is the reason why I will get married in Scotland, to a Highlander, who will be wearing a kilt at our wedding. The story is long, but incredibly detailed work of fiction that plays heavily on real life history. Gabaldon's story literally comes to life in the most unexpected ways.

4. Rebel by Heather Graham - The first historical romance I ever read, which is witty and fun to read. Something to check out completely. At the height of the Civil War, Aliana marries Union solider Ian Mackenzie. Ian has been assigned a dangerous mission to find the most notorious spy for the Confederacy, who is also known as his wife.

5. Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas - If you have never read historical romance, this book should at least be considered as one of the first. Maddy is trying to get away from an arrange marriage, and to do so she decides to ruin herself, and knows the perfect man to do it. Too bad he is too focused on his career to deal with women (and maybe a little heartbroken).

6. Stranger in my Arms by Lisa Kleypas - Not only romance but a little mystery as well. When Lara believes that her husband is dead, she feels relief, but when a stranger comes back claiming to be her husband her whole world turns upside down.

7. Treasure of the Sun by Christine Dodd - This is a little different because it doesn't take place in the UK, like the last few do (except for number 4, which takes place in Florida). But, this book is a great read because this is when California becomes a state and what happens when a wealthy man of Mexican decent tries to keep his farm and gain the woman of his love.

I've actually read a lot of Historical Romance novels, but these are my top books, which does not hit ten.

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