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Top Ten Swoony Romances (at least according to my very specific tastes)
- Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper- Harper is my go to author when I want romance with a healthy dose of snark. Her books make me swoon- from the romance and from passing out because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t take air in. Any of her books could have been listed, but this was my gateway drug to Harper.
- The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik- it seems weird to say that once upon a time I didn’t read a ton of contemporary romance, especially in the YA genre, but LaZebnik won me over with this book. Her YA tends to be based on Jane Austen stories (this one is Mansfield Park) but there’s also a touch of Shakespeare. So much love for this author!
- The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead- I am one hundred percent here for Sydney and Adrian. I liked Vampire Academy, but Bloodlines is one of my favorite series, and that’s due entirely to Sydney and Adrian. Now I want to do a whole re-read…
- These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips- this was one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I’ve read it several times already. I am just so in love with Dara and Ethan. The book is a bit of tearjerker- Dara accidentally caused the death of her best friend Aubrey, who was Ethan’s sister- but I’ll happily swoon cry over this book any day!
- The India Fan by Victoria Holt- this is one of my comfort reads. I read it in middle school the first time, and was immediately in love. I’ve read this book so many times. Would this book have the same impact on me if I was reading it for the first time right now? It’s hard to say- it’s very old fashioned, the heroine is pure and virginal while her best friend is punished for her sexuality, and the hero is kind of a dick, but I still love him.
- Love Only Once (The Malory-Anderson Family #1) by Johanna Lindsey- I’ve read most of Lindsey’s books, and while I don’t really love most of her new stuff, her older books were my teen years (I read Once a Princess in 9th grade, and then I devoured all of her other books). A lot of Lindsey’s romances have not held up well (there’s a few Raped Into Loving romances, including one where the hero was raped into loving the heroine) but I’ve always loved the Malory/Anderson family stories set in the Regency times. There is an unusual amount of hotness running in the Malory genes!
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- there is a lot I love about The Night Circus (it is my all time favorite book), but the romance is definitely part of it! Whether it’s the tortured love of Marco and Celia, the sweet friendship that blossoms into love between Bailey and Poppet, or the quiet romance between Lainie and Ethan, or just the love the Reveurs have for the circus, Morgenstern’s writing has me swooning every time!
- Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally- any of her books could have gone here, but Things I Can’t Forget was my first Kenneally. I just love her writing, and the fact that along with romance, she’s not afraid to tackle bigger subject.
- Something Blue by Emily Giffin- I still remember falling in love with Something Borrowed, the first book in this series. And it surprised me, because I usually HATE books that feature cheating. But I hated Darcy so much that I was rooting for Dex to cheat on her with her bestie Rachel. So how on earth did I end up loving the second book featuring Darcy even more? I don’t know, but I did. It helps that it has the swoon worthy Ethan, and that Darcy really, really grows as a character. I’ve read this one a dozen times and I’ll read it a dozen more.
- Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1) by Jill Shalvis- Much thanks to my co-blogger Kim, because she introduced me to Jill Shalvis and has really opened my bookish world up to great contemporary romances. I love all of Shalvis’s book, but again, this was the first one. The men are always hella hot, but all the characters have a storyline outside the hot sex, which I love. I could read a Shalvis book every week and still go back for more.