I don’t know about you, but I’ve often found myself rooting for the bad guy in a story. I often find them WAY more interesting than the good guys. Crowley on Supernatural did horrific things and I still adored him. I was sad when Jessica Jones offed Kilgrave at the end of season 1 because I was REALLY hoping he’d be back for season 2. And I think Captain America is as boring as a beige wall, but The Winter Soldier? I’m ALL IN. That’s probably why I often find anti-heroes in romance to be even sexier than their nice-guy counterparts. We’re talking about guys who’ve done and said horrible things (things I’d NEVER be OK with in real life), and I still find myself wrapped up in their story and wishing for them to find their happily ever after. It’s a sickness, I know. But if loving the guys on today’s list is wrong, I don’t even want to be right…
(WARNING: Some of these books have pretty dark themes. Read the blurbs and author warnings carefully before 1-clicking to make sure you understand what you’re getting yourself into!)
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good road trip romance. Today, for your binge-reading pleasure, we’re listing out our faves from both contemporary and historical romance. You’re welcome. Enjoy!
In life, bad shit happens. It’s a sad fact. It’s the women who survive all the bad shit and come out of it stronger who really inspire me. So, that’s what I like to see in my romance heroines: strong women who overcome the worst of what life has to offer and eventually find their happily ever after. (If you’re hearing Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger in your head right now, that wasn’t my intention; it’s just a happy accident) With this list, we celebrate all you badass women out there who kick the crap out of life on a daily basis. Y’all rock!
Ever wished you could hire the perfect guy and be done with all the drama that goes along with dating? If so, this list is for you. Happy binge-reading!
I’m a nerd. There. I’ve said it. I like superhero movies, prefer reading to doing pretty much anything outdoors, and am probably a little too fond of making weird pop culture references that few people understand or pick up on. (I could quote Buffy the Vampire Slayer all day long. All. Day. Long.) I prefer brains to brawn in just about any situation. So, this list is for all the nerds like me who like their heroes and heroines scholarly, bookish, and sometimes downright nerdy. Enjoy!
I’m going to tell you a little secret that I’m not exactly proud of. I have the palette of a ten-year-old. I’m the farthest thing from a foodie you’ll ever find. Fancy sauces makes me cringe. I once clawed broccoli off my tongue like it was going to kill me if I swallowed it. (I’m not sure it wouldn’t have, frankly) I love simple comfort food—the kind of stuff your kids eat without complaining. But for some reason, whenever Top Chef is on, I sit and watch every minute of it, even though I have zero idea what those folks are plating, probably wouldn’t eat any of it on a dare, and couldn’t make it if my life depended on it. So, this list, which features protagonists who are chefs and bakers, is for all my fellow romance lovers who also can’t wait to see which chef has to “please pack your knives and go.” (It’s also a great list for foodies, even though I totally don’t understand you people.) Enjoy!
For those who aren’t aware, (or for those of you who don’t watch rom coms or anything on the Hallmark or Lifetime Channel) a “meet cute” is when two characters in a book, film, or television show “have an amusing or charming first encounter that leads to the development of a romantic relationship.” (Merriam Webster) In the romance novel world, there are literally so many great meet-cutes that we could NEVER list them all. We could list them every Friday until the end of TIME and we still wouldn’t run out of choices. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few favorites that we could read over and over again. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 romance novel meet-cutes we just can’t get enough of:
So, are you thinking maybe you’d like to give paranormal romance a try, but you’re a little scared of all the bare-chested vampires, dragons, and werewolves you’re seeing on the covers and reading about in the blurbs? Well, then THIS is the list for you. The romances on this list are pretty much straight-up contemporary romances with just a hint of the paranormal to spice things up. It’s a perfect introduction to the category, and before you know it, you’ll be diving into those vampire, werewolf and dragon romances with bells on. (Not that you normally wear bells. It’s just a saying. It’s a really weird saying, now that we think about it. But we digress…) Happy reading, y’all!
Let’s face it, the accidental marriage is a trope that’s been used time and time again in romance. Sometimes it works out GREAT. Other times...not so much. So, to help you whip your accidental marriage TBR list into order, here are our picks for 10 all-time great accidental marriage romances you’ll ever find. You’re welcome:
Anyone who watches TV (or The Last Jedi) knows that there’s nothing better than a good opposites attract romance. But you don’t need to go to the movies or subscribe to Netflix to find them. We’ve got the PERFECT opposites attract romances that’ll have you binge-reading for weeks to come. You’re welcome. Happy reading!
Sick of all the manwhores in romance? Well, this is the list for you. Here are our top picks for 11 romance heroes who are virgins. You’re welcome.
I can’t explain it, but there’s something undeniably sexy about a romance hero who makes his living beating the crap out of other big, burly men. Is it the knowledge that he’s capable of protecting what’s his no matter what? Is it competence porn? Is it all the sweat-slicked muscles? Who knows, and frankly, who cares? Fighters make GREAT romance heroes. And with that in mind, here are a few of our all-time favorites:
When asked what the fiercest creature on the planet is, you might be tempted to say bears or wolves or honey badgers (seriously, have you SEEN those things fight?). But in reality, if you look at the evidence, it’s pretty obvious that the fiercest creature on the planet is a mom defending her young. And because single moms do everything on their own, they’re twice as fierce as the average mom. So, in honor of all the fierce moms out there, we bring you our top 11 picks for single moms in romance who more than deserved their happily ever after endings. Enjoy!
So, I’ve been pretty hard on romantic suspense in the past. It’s just not my jam. But even I will admit that there have been some exceptions to that rule—some books that even I, a person who once considered breaking up with romantic suspense, adore. Here are my picks for the top 12 romantic suspense reads that even I enjoyed. You’re welcome.
Who says dirty talk isn’t ever romantic? We’ve got the top 11 dirty-talking heroes to prove it CAN be. Enjoy!