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Staff Post: Our Favorite Romances

This post was not easy to make, y’all. Let’s just start there, shall we? When you take a group of romance-loving readers and tell them they can pick only one romance as their all-time favorite, you’re going to get a little pushback. “How am I supposed to pick just one?” was a common refrain in the group chat, but we held strong to bring you this list of our favorite romances. Okay, fine. This list of our favorite romances, and a few honorable mentions. We get credit for trying, right?!

Anywho, the rules were simple: any sub-genre, any tropes, any release date, any book. So, let’s get to it!

Beth’s Pick

Slave to Sensation

Nalini Singh

Gah, this was so tough, but if I love an author enough to have a tattoo tribute to their books on my wrist (which I do), it would be crazy to select anyone else. And I picked Slave to Sensation only because it’s the first book in the Psy-Changeling series and sets us up for all the other amazing books to come (I’m looking at you Kiss of Snow). Okay, and also because the tension is insane, the world-building off the charts, the awakening of Sascha is *chef’s kiss*, and the delicious alphaness of Lucas Hunter impossible to forget.

Gah, this was so tough, but if I love an author enough to have a tattoo tribute to their books on my wrist (which I do), it would be crazy to select anyone else. And I picked Slave to Sensation only because it’s the first book in the Psy-Changeling series and sets us up for all the other amazing books to come (I’m looking at you Kiss of Snow). Okay, and also because the tension is insane, the world-building off the charts, the awakening of Sascha is *chef’s kiss*, and the delicious alphaness of Lucas Hunter impossible to forget.

#paranormal #shifters #alphamales #mates #strongwomen

Honorable Mentions

Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh | Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Julie’s Pick

Whitney, My Love

Judith McNaught

It’s not a secret that this book has always held a special place in my heart. When I first was able to dip into the well traveled bag of books that passed around between my mom, aunts and grandmother—I pulled this out. I quickly found myself lost in the pages of a strong-willed historical heroine and one dashing, alpha male. Hello, Clayton Westmoreland—my name is Julie. To this day, it remains my go-to reread when the world feels out of control (yes, it’s gotten a lot of love in 2020) and something I circle back to often. It reminds me of that fresh feeling of falling in love with well—love. Sigh, romance.

#historicalromance #alphamales #duke #strongwomen #duchess

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens | The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Mary’s Pick

Twilight

Stephanie Meyer

Twilight in particular, but the whole series, is what drew me back into reading after a long hiatus. I could not put this book down and could not believe the intensity that was able to jump off the page and pull me in with Edward and Bella. I literally breathed their relationship and it was so well written I could feel their love. Side note: I drank out of an “Edward” cup for months after crushing this series.

#vampires #strongwomen #PNR #mates


#vampires #strongwomen #PNR #mates

Twilight in particular, but the whole series is what drew me back into reading after a long hiatus. I could not put this book down and could not believe the intensity that was able to jump off the page and pull me in with Edward and Bella. I literally breathed their relationship and it was so well written I could feel their love. Side note: I drank out of an “Edward” cup for months after crushing this series.


#vampires #strongwomen #PNR #mates

Honorable Mentions

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa | Beyond the Sea by L.H. Cosway

Melissa’s Pick

Switched

Amanda Hocking

This book was one of the first I read on my Kindle and it was also one of the first paranormal—post Twilight—that hooked me and started my obsession with otherworldly books. It had twists I didn’t see coming. Twists that at first had me wanting to throw my Kindle, but were all worked out in the end. The tension between the hero and heroine had me sitting up straight from their first encounter.

#changeling #trolls #paranormal #youngadult

Honorable Mentions

Ethereal by Addison Moore | Consequences by Aleatha Romig

Jessica’s Pick

Grey

EL James

I know a lot of readers who were brought into the world of romance with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I am one of those people, but I actually started with Grey, FSOG from the male POV. Of course, I moved right to read the trilogy from the beginning. Not only does the story have some of my very favorite tropes, and I love a book in a male POV, it holds a special place in my heart for bringing me into my favorite subgenre. I often reread for comfort 🙂

#billionaire #alphamale #contemporary


#vampires #strongwomen #PNR #mates

Twilight in particular, but the whole series is what drew me back into reading after a long hiatus. I could not put this book down and could not believe the intensity that was able to jump off the page and pull me in with Edward and Bella. I literally breathed their relationship and it was so well written I could feel their love. Side note: I drank out of an “Edward” cup for months after crushing this series.


#vampires #strongwomen #PNR #mates

Honorable Mentions

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | Hudson by Laurelin Paige

Tracey’s Pick

The Bride

Julie Garwood

Over the past 30+ years of reading romance, I’ve read thousands and thousands of romance novels. Yet there is one in particular that I will never forget, that I could re-read again and again, and that I would recommend to any romance reader—historical fan or not—and that is The Bride by Julie Garwood. It has everything I love about romance: a strong female character, great wit and dialogue, and passion. It also has the added pleasure of watching as a man, with all his power and all his strength, falls completely head over heels in love with the woman who turns his life upside down in the best possible way.

#historical #strongwomen #alphamale

Honorable Mentions

I can pick one iconic romance, but can’t narrow down HMs 🙂

And there you have it! The staff here at Book+Main Bites agree that we deserve treats for managing to name one favorite and articulate why it’s so loved, so while we are off hunting those yummies down, hit the comments below and let us know what you think of our picks. Have you read any (or all) of them? We want to know! Consider this an informal book club meeting.

Oh, and hey, since we’re asking questions . . . what’s your all-time favorite romance read? Good luck answering!

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