Even though we've done a few Christmas-y lists in the past (here and here), I’ll admit that holiday romance isn’t really my jam. But that doesn’t mean there are LOTS of great holiday romances out there. We’ve scoured the interwebs, including all the romance super-reader forums, and came up with this list. You’re welcome. So grab some cocoa, put on your comfy pants, start a fire, and grab your ereader, ‘cause it’s 1-clicking time …
The top authors new readers of romantic suspense NEED to check out. Like, now.
One of the questions we get asked most often here at Romance Rehab is what authors we recommend for readers who are new to a particular subcategory of romance. Say, for example, you’ve always read historical romance, but you’re ready to branch out into vampires and werewolves. Well, that’s why we started the “So you’re new to...” series. We’ll be answering that big question one subcategory at a time.
Romance novels and rom com movies series
Not sure what to read next? It’s not really as hard to choose as you might think. It’s really as easy as picking out a rom com movie you love and going from there…
I knew there were Christmas romances. I knew there were Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day romances. But Thanksgiving? That’s a new one for me. But I stumbled across these—and they look pretty good, if I’m being honest—while doing a little Amazon shopping. Thought they should be shared. Because let’s face it, if your annual Thanksgiving gatherings are anything like mine, reading a saucy romance while nestled away in a comfy chair—hopefully in a quiet, out-of-the-way corner—is absolutely priceless. You’re welcome. Happy reading, and happy Thanksgiving!
You know the days when self-published authors were looked down on and it was assumed that they were all talentless hacks who couldn’t get published traditionally? Well, those days are LONG gone, because it’s a well-known fact that many self-published authors are more than talented enough to be traditionally published, but choose not to because they’re savvy business people. (I mean, why let a publisher take over half your royalties when you can publish yourself and keep most of your money?) So, that said, here are the top self-published authors you should be reading. Enjoy!
I’m not one to say, “If you love X author, you’ll also love X author.” I mean, we’re all different, and authors are all different, so it’s really hard to say who is going to like what and why. But sometimes when you run through every book your favorite author has ever written and you’re months away from a new release from them, you just need some recommendations—maybe a little guidance on what to do with your reading life when you’ve exhausted your supply of a particular author’s books. In this list, we’re focusing on what to do with your life when you’ve run out of Kristen Ashley books.
First of all, I’m going to address the Goodreads list of “best” romances of 2019. Frankly, it’s a crock of crap. Are there some great books on there? Sure. Are they all actually romance novels? Nope. Are indie authors woefully unrepresented? Yep. And I guess we’re just supposed to assume there were no good historicals released in all of 2019? Sorry, no. Not buying it. Given the number of traditionally published, highly hyped, super expensive books on that list, I’m betting their list was largely publisher bought-and-paid-for. (Just my opinion. I have no proof of that. But it’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it. So there.)
That said, we’ve put together THIS list of our favorite 2019 romances, and the favorites of our readers. (Actual readers, which I’m not sure if there were any of THOSE consulted for the Goodreads list. Just sayin’). Happy reading, y’all!
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 ULTIMATE mafia hero reading list. Fughetaboutit!
So you think all romance is same, huh? It’s all Hallmark Channel-y or Fifty Shades-type stuff, right? If you think that...wow, you couldn’t be more wrong. And we have just the list of books to prove it...
And much thanks to all the lovelies in Romancelandia Twitter (especially Sarah MacLean) who brought up this topic and forced me to add all these wonderfully weird reads to my TBR pile.
Tired of all the alphahole heroes in Romancelandia who spend more time building up their muscles than their brains? Well, then this is the list for you. Happy reading!
I usually prefer my paranormal romance to feature vampires and shifters, but this year I thought, what the heck, let’s change it up a bit and recommend some ghost romance. I mean, ghosts need love too, right? At least Enzo did when he died on The Vampire Diaries...but I digress ... Anyhoo, here are some awesome ghost reads for your TBR pile. Enjoy!
What our favorite book boyfriends really want
I don’t know about you, but I get tired of romances written only in the first person from the heroine’s POV. I mean, my whole life is in the heroine’s perspective, first person. It’s nice to read a little romance from the male POV, you know? That said, here are some of my favorite romances that aren’t afraid to delve into the male brain. (In a non-surgical, non-psycho way, of course) Enjoy!
We did a post awhile back about romance novel heroines who kick ass, and it was hugely popular. (As it should be) But I didn’t want to leave out the romance heroes who kick ass. There’s lots of them! These are guys you wouldn’t want to pick a fight with. Men who would fight—to the death—for their families, friends and the women they love. So, without further ado, here are the men of romance who kick the most ass (in our not-so-humble opinion). Enjoy!
This week marks the end of an era. On October 10, the first episode of the very last season (season 15) EVER of Supernatural will air on the CW. (Let’s all bow our heads for a moment of reverent silence) I’ve been a huge fan of the show since season 1, and despite a couple of minor missteps (*cough*Leviathans*cough), it’s been one hell of a road so far. (See, all you fans of the show will get that reference to the road so far. Everyone else...go watch the show. It’s on Netflix for crap’s sake. No excuses.)
Not too long ago, I asked readers on our Facebook page about their favorite romance categories, and military romance ranked right up at the top. (After bikers and rockstars, of course) So we noted our readers favorite reads, added a few of our own favorites, and this ultimate military romance reading list was born. You’re welcome. Enjoy!
Preemptive note: We’re including ex-military heroes and heroines on the list as well as active-duty military. Why? Because it’s our list and no one is the boss of us. So there. If you disagree, feel free to come up with your own ultimate list.