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!
It’s a universally accepted fact that men who rescue and care for dogs are 75% hotter than men who aren’t animal lovers. Don’t bother looking it up. Trust me on this. You know I’m right. So, with that in mind here are our picks for the top 10 romance heroes who are 75% hotter than other romance heroes because they rescue dogs.
This Friday the 13th, we’d like to bring to mind images of romance and great reads, rather than the gloom, doom, bad luck, and homicidal maniacs that are usually associated with the day. So, with that in mind, we bring you our top 13 favorite go-to authors (i.e.: authors who have NEVER let us down) and a few of our favorite reads from each. Enjoy!
A while back, we did a “best of” list featuring our favorite laugh-out-loud paranormal romances, and some of you said, “but Romance Rehab, what about funny contemporary romances? We NEED them!” So, never let it be said that we’re not givers, because here are our picks for the top 14 CONTEMPORARY romances that might result in snorting and peeing your pants just a little because you’re laughing so hard. (No reading in public, in other words) Enjoy!
Sexy mafia men fall into that great-in-romance-novels-but-not-so-great-in-real-life category, because while I wouldn’t want to get involved with them in real life, they can be sooooooo super sexy in a novel. So, with that in mind, here are our picks for the top 11 sexiest mafia heroes in romance. Fughetaboutit!
Even the most diehard romance readers (like myself) want something...different every now and then. Something you just don’t see everyday in romance land. Something exotic. And for those times, why not give sci-fi romance a try? Here are our top 9 sci-fi romance faves:
I think I deserve major points for not making a corny “who wants to get lucky with an Irishman” joke in the headline. That said, here are 10 candidates just WAITING to be your book boyfriend this St. Patrick’s Day. You’re welcome.