Well, we’ve done our ultimate bikers reading list, and our ultimate rock stars list, and we figure it’s about time to do our ultimate badass heroines list because the last time we listed our top 12 badass romance heroines, many of you added recommendations that we totally loved. So without further ado, here are our picks for the ultimate badass heroines in romance today. Enjoy!
(Note: some of these reads could be considered urban fantasy, but if they also feature a strong romantic component, we’ve included them. Why? Because it’s our list and no one is the boss of us. We’ve also included only one read per author. So, even though we realize that Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews have several badass women in their stories, we’re only including 1 per author to keep things fair to the other authors. Why? Again...our list, our rules. And yes, we know that JD Robb and Nora Roberts are technically the same author. But the books are diverse enough that we've allowed that one exception. And again...our list, our rules. It’s just for fun, y’all. Let’s not get ugly about it. These are listed in no particular order. Happy reading!)
For those of you who don’t know, forced proximity romance isn’t exactly what it sounds like. It sounds vaguely violent and icky, but it’s not that at all. Forced proximity as a trope is really just an umbrella term for anything that forces characters to spend time together in close quarters. So, it can include (but isn’t limited to):
So, that said, here is the ultimate forced proximity romance reading list. Enjoy!
I am a HUGE sucker for witty banter in a romance novel. I LOVE it. Give me witty banter in a romance and I’m a happy camper. Witty banter is like the chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant. The meal is great, but let’s face it, it’s really all about the chips and salsa...amirite? So, now that I’ve run that metaphor into the ground (and since I’m craving Mexican food), here are our top picks for romance novels featuring the best witty banter you’ll ever find. Enjoy!
We feel like we should get credit for not going the obvious route and putting something about “scoring” in the headline for this list. But anyhoo, happy reading!
We owe y’all an apology. We’ve done just about every paranormal romance “best of” list there is: werewolves, novels with just a hint of the paranormal, kick-ass paranormal heroines, laugh-out-loud paranormal romance, paranormal romance without shifters and vampires...you name it, we’ve listed it. Except the most obvious paranormal romance characters, of course...the vampires. How in the name of all that is holy did we forget about VAMPIRES? Well, we’re here today to correct that. Sorry. But anyhoo, happy reading!
(Note: we’re including some vampire hybrids here, too. Why? Because we love them, and this is our list and no one is the boss of us. And these are listed in no particular order.)
Look, Outlander is great. No one is going to argue that point. But it’s not your ONLY time-travel romance option. This list is proof of that! Happy reading!
Ever wish you were psychic? Yeah, me neither. It seems like WAY too much work, you know? All those people expecting you to help them, always knowing more than everyone else...sounds exhausting. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading about psychics every now and then. And here are some awesome ones for your reading enjoyment.
Who doesn’t love the old best friend’s sister trope? It’s certainly a favorite of ours. With that in mind, here are some of our all-time favorites. Enjoy!
For all my fellow Kindle lovers out there, today is an AWESOME day. Perhaps even the best day of the year. Why? Because your holiday gifts most likely included a brand new Kindle and some Amazon gift cards. So, if you’re like me, you’re ready to stock-up on some new reading material, amirite? Well, get to 1-clicking! Here are some recommendations so you don’t have to lose valuable reading hours scrolling through Amazon. You’re welcome.
Romance heroes don’t have to be Navy Seals, shifters, rock stars, bikers, or billionaires to be sexy. And romance heroines don’t have to be librarians, writers, artists or teachers, either. Sexy lawyer heroes and heroines in romance DO exist, and this list is proof! Any objections are hereby overruled with extreme prejudice. Enjoy!
So, a while back, we did an ultimate biker romance reading list, and we said it was a “for now” list, because every time we do lists like this, people write in and tell us all the great books we forgot to include. That leads us to read more books and realize that, darn it, those people were RIGHT and we SHOULD have included those books! Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing with this rock star list. Sure, we’ve talked about rock stars before, but we’ve read a lot of books since then, and the list has grown. So, without further ado, here is the ultimate rock star reading list (for now...until y’all tell me everything I missed).
(And please keep in mind, we’re including 1 book per author. Yes, we know that some authors have more than 1 fabulous rock star read, but if we listed multiple books per author, it wouldn’t be fair to all the OTHER authors. Plus, it’s our list and no one is the boss of us, so we’re including our favorites. *Drops the mic*)
It’s a scientific fact that men with scars are automatically sexier than men without scars. Don’t bother looking it up. Y’all know I’m right. And these 13 romance heroes are proof. Enjoy all the scarred hotness, folks. You’re welcome.
You know how some romance heroines are often serious and stoic and pretty much perfect in every way? Yeah, this isn’t a list of THOSE heroines. This is a list of eccentric, sometimes goofy, adorable, QUIRKY paranormal romance heroines who don’t take themselves too seriously. Enjoy!
(And let’s not get into a “well, that’s not really paranormal romance, it’s urban fantasy” debate, m’kay? If a book has a strong romance element in it and the book wouldn’t be able to stand on its own if you remove that element, it’s paranormal romance. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Plus, it’s my blog and I do what I want. No one is the boss of me.)
We’ve done a couple of different biker lists on the site (here and here), and each time, people write in and let us know about all these great reads we’ve forgotten to include. That always leads us to read those books, and we usually agree that we SHOULD have added them to the list, and it just ends up being this big ole endless cycle, you know? List-read-repeat-list-read-repeat...over and over and over again. So, we’re not stupid enough to say that this is the ultimate biker romance reading list FOR ALL TIME. But as of today, these are our top picks. Enjoy!
The idea of a famous actor or actress falling for a regular person is endlessly fascinating and endlessly romantic. (It’s also not completely unrealistic. Matt Damon and his wife met when she was a bartender.) That’s probably why it’s been the subject of so many great romance novels. With that in mind, here are but a few great ones. Enjoy!
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