I’ve been saying FOREVER that we need more diversity in romance. And the books on today’s “best of” list? They’re just a few of the reasons why. These awesome reads prove that romance doesn’t have to be between two white people. (Crazy idea, right?) Oh, and in addition to featuring some diversity, they’re crazy good. So, enjoy!
Ever get sick of all the heroes and heroines in romance who are just kids? I know I sure do. Sometimes I just want to read about mature heroes and heroines who have a little bit more mileage on them. (And I don’t mean that in a dirty way. Get your minds out of the gutter, people!) So, for all my fellow “mature” romance lovers out there (because we’re not old, damn it, we’re mature), here are some awesome romance reads that prove life doesn’t end after college. Enjoy!
In the mood for an angsty, brooding, tortured hero? (No judgement here...I totally get the appeal) Then this list is just for you. Enjoy!
Angst overdose is part of the reason why I’ve about aged out of the new adult romance category. All the OTT drama gets to be so exhausting after a while. And that’s why I love rom coms. The rom coms on today’s list are fun, hilarious, and guaranteed to deliver a low-angst reading experience. So grab a glass of wine (or tequila...hey, I don’t judge) and 1-click a few fun rom coms, because you deserve some nice, relaxing binge reading. Enjoy!
Ever wonder why so many romance novels are set in small towns? I think it’s because the idea of escaping to a place that’s slower paced and away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the city is sometimes just irresistible. But whatever the reason, I love a good small town romance, and wanted to share some of my favorites with you for this “best of” list. Happy reading!
What are the odds that your roommate will turn out to be the love of your life? Pretty slim. Like, probably about as good as your odds of getting struck by lightning...while winning the lottery...while holding a 4-leaf clover. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the trope in our romance novels, right? And there are about 10 of these roommates-to-lovers romances that just seem to do it better than the rest (in my not-so-humble opinion). Get your 1-clicking fingers ready, folks...
I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m too old for about 90% of new adult romances. The angst, the stupid misunderstandings, the immaturity...all of these things are likely to send me into long-winded, grumpy old lady “get off my lawn”-style book rants that make me wonder what’s wrong with these kids today. But that’s not to say I hate ALL new adult romance. In fact, I’ve read several that were super enjoyable. And that’s what this “best of” list is all about: the new adult romances that were so good, even a grumpy old lady like me could enjoy them. So, this one’s for all my fellow grumpy old readers. Enjoy!
Yes, Christian Grey is the first hero most romance readers think of when you mention the word billionaire. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the BEST. In our opinion, his PR has just been better. So, with that in mind, we bring you our top 13 picks for sexy billionaires we’d choose over Christian Grey any day of the week (and twice on Sundays).
I have an almost unhealthy obsession with HGTV. I can binge-watch HOURS of Property Brothers, Love It or List It, and Fixer Upper. So, romance novels (another addiction of mine, obviously) that include talk of renovating, building, redecorating, or flipping a home? I’m ALL IN. For those of you who, like me, are in need of an HGTV support group, here’s 11 romance novels that’ll allow you to feed your 2 biggest addictions at once:
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!