It is that beautiful time of the year when you have an excuse to bury your friends and family in your favourite books. They can’t say no to a gift. Use this chance to spread the love. Wisely.
And so, in the holiday spirit of today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I share my personal top picks to gift the romance lovers in your life. Because deep down, I am a romance junkie and because I am very, very picky about this particular genre. Indeed, I couldn’t even pick ten books to suggest…
7. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
A series for the New Adult romance lovers. It has all the key elements that make the genre and it has quite a cast of characters, each book focusing on a different couple but keeping the old ones around. And while this book wasn’t my personal favourite due to the amount of drama towards the end, it’s a great read for those who like wild rides and enjoy a bunch of people in their 20s living the time of their lives.
6. Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat
For those who prefer their romances slightly more complicated. We’re talking I want to kill you, literally, but unfortunately both our kingdoms are about to be taken so we must work together kind of complicated. With added political aspects. But if that’s your cup of tea – it sure is mine! – then I promise you that the romance woven inside all that plot is swoon-worthy!
Note: Not suitable for minors and contains mentions of potentially triggering content.
5. The Bridal Quartet by Nora Roberts
Weddings? Weddings! This is a perfect read for those who love them. Like myself. It’s a story of four incredibly inspirational women who own their own wedding planning business and they rock it. There is cake, flowers, dresses, bridezillas, family drama, and some very, very swoon-worthy romances. Also, shoes. Because pretty heels always deserve a mention. What’s more perfect for holidays than a big, happy family and so much cake?
4. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
If you’re looking for something sweet and innocent, like first love, this is definitely it. This book is all about teenagers starting the long road to finding who you are and where you fit in life, while navigating through high school and its very complicated social life, and being who you are. Plus, the romance is so cute I could faint from the cute.
3. Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning
Perfect for those who love highlanders and sexy times with them. There is a bit of druid magic, a bit of time-travel, but ultimately, it’s all about the romance. And boy does KMM know how to write alpha males! Delicious, gorgeous and very, very sexy. She pairs them with women who will not take the caveman attitude and it is a wild, wild ride. The books are loosely connected to each other, but can be read as stand-alones as well.
Also, the audio books are narrated by Phil Gigante which is an absolute treat.
2. The Liar by Nora Roberts
Yes, I am aware that this is a second Nora Roberts on this list. And let’s face it, I could have made a list made entirely of her books. So this is actually a display of extreme self-restraint.
But if I had to choose just one book of hers, this would be it. The Liar is out of this world beautiful. Roberts truly brings out all of her strongest points in this one: the family, the friendships, the romance, the characters, the suspense. And the male lead is just… wow. Wow.
1. Something About You by Julie James
Or, to be more accurate, the entire FBI/US Attorney series. Every single book is fun and witty and sexy and swoon-worthy. It has gorgeous attorneys in expensive shoes. And gorgeous FBI agents in suits. With their gorgeous smiles. It’s full of friendships, male and female. General girl and guy things, like shoes and sports. Because pretty heels are very, very important and baseball even more so. It is set in a breath-taking urban Chicago setting that will make you fall in love with the city and its atmosphere.
Absolute must for those who love romances featuring successful women and sexy, sexy men. No needless drama, but lots of development and realistic characters who actually have a life outside of romance.
What books are you gifting this Christmas? Any great romance suggestions to add to this list?