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Top Ten Recommended

Divided up into Contemporary, Historical, and I have no idea (Fantasy usually) here are the lists of some of my friends' top ten favorite books. I tried to query friends that were younger and older than me, who's favorites were the same and different sub-genres than me, and have been reading romance for years and just started. I'm really pleased with the variety of recs that came out of this. 

 

Apologies for how long this took me, whew, it was way more work to get the information organized and formatted in a way that was readable. I also wanted to make it printable for people that didn't want to have to keep returning to my post. 

 

Thanks to everyone again for the time and effort they took to send me their top reads, whether it was 20 books because they just couldn't cut it down to ten or simply author names because they enjoy their whole backlist. Can't wait to dive into this list :)

 

Contributors to the list (click on names to go to their Goodreads page or BookLikes:

 

Anonymous

 

Disir

 

Elaine

 

Fani loves angst

 

Grace Cieleen

 

Ipshita

 

Ivy Deluca

 

Julie Whiteley

 

Jilly Mac

 

Linda Hilton

 

Meme Reads Love

 

Mou

 

Nadene(Totally Addicted to Reading)

 

Nameamericanwordcat

 

Shannon

 

Sonya Heaney

 

Tia

 

Vampire-lk

 

Vivian

 

WhiskeyintheJar/kyraryker

 

 

Comments after rec are from contributor.

 

 

Not able to Categorize

(Without reading the books, I couldn't decide if they were leaning more Hist or Contemp, usually fantasy or sci-fi in this category.)

 

 

 

Anastasi, Jess - Damage Control (Syfy romance)

 

Bardugo, Leigh - Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

 

Cashore, Kristin - Graceling

 

Clare, Cassandra - City of Bones series

 

Clarke, Cassandra Rose - The Assassin's Curse series of 2 books (Fantasy, YA)

 

Coe, Cara - The Hidden Princess

 

Coe, Cara - The White Forest

 

Cook, Nickolas - Alice in Zombieland (romance is secondary in this book but I love Ali and Cole)

 

Derr, Megan - Tournament of Losers

 

Devan, Grace - Radiance 

 

Feehan, Christine - Burning Wild (Jake is everything)

 

Harrison, Thea - Dragon Bound

 

Harrison, Thea - Kinked

 

Lane, Jex - Captive

 

Mafi, Tahereh - Shatter Me

 

McBride, Belinda - The Tenth Muse

 

McFarland, Caitlyn - Dragonsworn series of 3 books (NA, syfy/fantasy)

 

Meade, Rachael - Vampire Academy (plus the series as a whole)

 

Meyer, Marisa - Cinder (plus the series as a whole)

 

O'Neill, Morgan - The Thornless Rose (Favorite time travel)

 

Owens, Robin D. - Heart Quest

 

Pacat, C.S, - Captive Prince

 

Peters, Elizabeth - The Vicky Bliss series (Borrower of the Night, Street of the Five Moons, Silhouette in Scarlet, Trojan Gold, Night Train to Memphis, The Laughter of Dead Kings. I enjoy the Amelia Peabody books, but I liked Vicky's adventures better.)

 

Roberson, Jennifer - Sword Dancer (and sequels) (Scifi/fantasy with an unusual dose of romance and two utterly unforgettable characters.)

 

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter (all)

 

Saenz, Benjamin Alire - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (these guys stole my heart)

 

Shannon, Samantha - The Bone Season (plus the series as a whole)

 

Singh, Nalini - Angel's Blood (whole series)

 

Singh, Nalini - Psy Changeling series (there's too many books from the series that I like but each book is always close to 5 stars)

 

Smith, R. Lee - Land of the Beautiful Dead  (Urban Fantasy/Dystopian? Hard to categorize but a story that stayed with me long after I finished it)

 

Sparks, Kerrelyn -  Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon

 

Spencer, Wen - A Brother's Price 

 

Untamed, JanJan - The Doomsday Papers

 

Wright, Suzanne - Feral Sins (only this one of the series, the others eh)

 

 

 

Contemporary

(I typically consider this any story taking place from 1950ish to present times.)

 

 

 

Aaron, Celia - Blackwood

 

Alers, Rochelle

 

Anders, Natasha - The Unwanted Wife

 

Ashley, Kristen - Rock Chick (only this one of the Rock Chicks I couldn't get through the rest of her series too repetitive)

 

Ashley, Kristen - Sweet Dreams (one of her best IMO)

 

Ashton, Avril - (Watch Me) Break You

 

Ayala, Rachelle - Playing for the Save

 

Barry, Emma, & Turner, Genevieve - A Midnight Clear

 

Black, Incy - Hard to Forget (R. suspense)

 

Bette, Kimberly A. - Held

 

Bowen, Sarina - The Year We Fell Down (NA, sports)

 

Bowen, Sarina, & Kennedy, Elle - 2 recs for Him and Us (LGBT, M/M, NA, sports) (read this twice in four months and am not against another reread)

 

Brockmann, Suzanne - Get Lucky

 

Brockmann, Suzanne - Gone Too Far

 

Carr, K. - Home

 

Carr, M.C. - Birdie

 

Carter, Chance - Royal Engagement

 

Chauhan, Anuja - Those Pricey Thakur Girls

 

Christine, Lee - In Safe Arms (R. suspense)

 

Clayton, Alice - Wallbanger (great romantic comedy)

 

Cole, Alyssa - Let It Shine

 

Cole, Kresley - 2 recs for A Hunger Like No Other

 

Cole, Kresley - Dark Needs at Night's Edge

 

Cole, Kresly - Demon From the Dark

 

Craig, Christie - Shut Up and Kiss Me

 

Crusie, Jennifer - (pretty much anything, her brand of romance ensnares me)

 

Crusie, Jennifer - 2 recs for Bet Me (longtime perennial re-read)

 

Cullinan, Heidi - Carry the Ocean

 

Fitzpatrick, Huntley - My Life Next Door

 

Foster, Melissa - Tru Blue

 

Frost, Jeaniene - 2 recs for Halfway to the Grave (I wish this series had never ended, whole series)

 

Frost, Sosie - Beauty and the Blitz

 

Gerard, Cindy - Into the Dark (R. suspense)

 

Gerard, Cindy - To the Brink

 

Gibson, Rachel - Truly, Madly, Yours

 

Green, John - Fault in Our Stars

 

Grey, Autumn - Breaking Gravity (naughty but tortured teacher romance, NA)

 

Griffin, Laura - Beyond Limits (R. suspense)

 

Haddon, Mark - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

 

Han, Jennifer - To All the Boys I've Loved Before

 

Harkins, M.K. - Intentional

 

Harmon, Amy - 2 recs for  Making Faces (when I need a good cry)

 

Harvey-Berrick, Jane - The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline

 

Hazard, Alessandra - Just a Bit Ruthless

 

Henry, Lisa - The Island

 

Higgins, Kristan - Catch of the Day

 

Hoover, Colleen - Hopeless

 

Hoover, Colleen - It Ends With Us

 

Hoover, Colleen - Ugly Love

 

Howard, Linda - 2 recs for Mr. Perfect (favorite romantic suspense) (although I'm very pissed off at LH at the moment, I couldn't leave this one off the list)

 

Hype, Jenn - Simply Crazy

 

Jackson, Brenda - Westmorelands

 

James, Julie - Just the Sexiest Man Alive

 

James, Julie - Something About You

 

Janzen, Tara - Crazy Hot

 

Jenkins, Beverly

 

Jones, Darynda - First Grave on the Right - (I love this whole series, it mostly revolves around the same couple)

 

Kelly, Brynn - Edge of Truth

 

Kennedy, Elle - Fragment

 

Keplinger, Kody - The DUFF:  Designated Ugly Fat Friend

 

Kinsella, Sophie - Confessions of a Shopaholic (even if in new installments Rebecca has gotten on my nerves with her refusal to learn from her past I still over the first in the series)

 

Kinsella, Sophie - Finding Aubrey

 

Kleypas, LIsa - Smooth Talking Stranger

 

Lanyon, Josh - Death of a Pirate King

 

Laurenston, Shelly - The Beast in Him (PNR/Shifter, just funny and one of her best)

 

Layne, Lauren - Walk of Shame

 

Llosa, Mario Vargas - The Bad Girl

 

Loch, Kathryn - Haunted Heart

 

Lyga, Barry - I Hunt Killers series

 

Malone, Lily - So Far Into You (chick-lit)

 

Manning, Sarra - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

 

March, Meghan - Beneath this Mask and Beneath these Scars

 

McAvoy, J.J. - That Thing Between Eli & Gwen

 

McDonald, Jeanne - Compass

 

McKenna, Cara - Willing Victim

 

McKinley, Brooke - Shades of Grey

 

McLean, Jay - More Than This

 

McNaught, Judith - Perfect

 

Nelson, Latrivia S. - Dmitry's Closet (both series)

 

Nelson, Latrivia S. - Ivy's Twisted Vine

 

Pace, Pepper - Stranded!

 

Park, Jessica - Flat Out Love

 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Dream a Little Dream

 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - 2 recs for Kiss An Angel

 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Match Me If You Can

 

Powell, Liz - Hunted

 

Rai, Alisha - Hate to Want You

 

Ray, Francis

 

Reed, Jamie - Burning Emerald

 

Reed, Jamie - Fading Amber

 

Reed, Jamie - Living Violet

 

Reid, Penny - 2 recs for Beard Science

 

Reid, Penny - Neanderthal Seeks Human (when I need that touch of awkward/funny)

 

Rinyu, Beth - Thursday Afternoon

 

Robbs, J.D. - 2 recs for In Death series (because- Roarke! futuristic)

 

Romig, Aleatha - Consequences (whole series)

 

Roux, Abigail - Divide & Conquer

 

Schlosser, Jamie - Outcast (The Good Guys)

 

Scott, Kylie - Play (Rocker, for those times I just want to laugh)

 

Shalvis, Jill - Lucky in Love

 

Shalvis, Jill - Rainy Day Friends (new favorite)

 

Shalvis, Jill - Simply Irresistible

 

Sheehan, Madeline - Unbeautifully

 

Sheehan, Madeline - Undeniable

 

Sheridan, Mia - Stinger

 

Singh, Nalini - Rock Hard

 

Sjoberg, Lori - Grave Vengeance (paranormal)

 

Smith, Maureen - The Swede

 

St. Pierre, Raven - The Complete Free Falling series

 

Swain, Shea - The Awakening of the Halo

 

Swain, Shea - The Binding of the Halo

 

Swain, Shea - Chained to the Devil's Son

 

Thompson, Nancy S. - Stirred

 

Thorne, Sally - 4 recs for The Hating Game (new favorite)

 

Turner, Twyla - Chasing Day series

 

Untamed, JanJan - The View From the Bottom

 

Ward, J.R. - 2 recs for Dark Lover (favorite PNR)

 

Ward, J.R. - Lover Awakened

 

Webber, Tammara - Easy and Breakable

 

Young, Samantha - On Dublin Street (again I adore the series however the couples change each book and Joss and Braedon are my favorite)

 

Zabo, Anna - Just Business

 

Zapata, Mariana - Kulti (it took a long time for me to fall in love with this one but once I did there was no stopping it)

 

Zapata, Mariana - The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (when I need that slow burn)

 

 

 

Historical

(I typically consider this any story taking place from dawn of humans to 1940ish)

 

 

 

 

Anderson, Catherine - Summer Breeze

 

Ashley, Jennifer - The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (just love it so much)

 

Austen, Jane - Persuasion

 

Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice (I know, I know--but--Mr. Darcy!--Classic)

 

Brockway, Connie - Bridal Favors

 

Brockway, Connie - The Other Guy's Bride

 

Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre

 

Canham, Marsha - Through a Dark Mist and In a Shadow of Midnight

 

Cleeton, Chanel - Next Year in Havana (women's fiction)

 

Dare, Tessa - Any Duchess Will Do 

 

Dare, Tessa - Romancing the Duke

 

de Blasis, Celeste - The Tiger's Woman (MY FIRST HISTORICAL ROMANCE! I will NEVER forget it. It's bodice rippery, but back in the day I devoured this book-several times.)

 

Donaldson, Julianne

 

Donati, Sara - Into the Wilderness

 

Duran, Meredith - The Duke of Shadows

 

Enoch, Suzanne - England's Perfect Hero

 

Garwood, Julie - The Bride

 

Garwood, Julie - For the Roses

 

Garwood, Julie - The Gift (funny and sentimental choice.)

 

Garwood, Julie - Ransom

 

Goodman, Jo - Sweet Fire

 

Graham, Winston - Poldark series (The 1970s BBC production of Poldark, with Robin Ellies, Angharad Rees, Ralph Bates, Jill Townsend, Clive Francis, Kevin McNally

Making Poldark, by Robin Ellis

Poldark's Cornwall, by Winston Graham

I can't rave about these enough. I watched half of the first episode of the recent BBC remake with Aidan Turner and was completely turned off. Graham served as an advisor to the 1970s version, and it was much more faithful to the books. And I'm sorry, but Aidan Turner is NOT Robin Ellis!!!!!!!)

 

Gracie, Anne - The Perfect Stranger

 

Grasso, Patricia - Desert Eden

 

Gregory, Lisa - The Rainbow Season (Both of these books featured ordinary people living ordinary lives, rather than dukes and kings and pirates) 

 

Guhrke, Laura Lee - Conor's Way

 

Heath, Lorraine - Always to Remember (favorite western historical)

 

Heyer, Georgette - Cotillon 

 

Hoyt, Elizabeth - Duke of Sin

 

Hoyt, Elizabeth - To Seduce a Sinner

 

Hunter, Madeline - The Charmer

 

Ibbtoson, Eva A Countess Below Stairs

 

James, Eloisa - This Duchess of Mine

 

Jenkins, Beverly

 

Johnson, Susan - Sinful

 

Kelly, Carla - Marrying the Captain

 

Kennedy, Kris - Claiming Her

 

Kinsale, Laura - The Shadow and the Star

 

Kleypas, Lisa - 3 recs for Devil in Winter

 

Kleypas, Lisa - 2 recs for Love in the Afternoon

 

Kleypas, Lisa - Marrying Winterborne

 

Kleypas, Lisa - Mine Till Midnight

 

Kleypas, Lisa - Secrets of a Summer Night

 

Kleypas, Lisa - 2 recs for Tempt Me at Twilight (basically the whole Hathway series is my favorite!)

 

Koen, Karleen - Through a Glass Darkly

 

Krahn, Betina - The Book of True Desires

 

Krahn, Betina - The Last Bachelor

 

Ladd, Sarah E. 

 

Laurens, Stephanie - The Promise in a Kiss

 

Leigh, Susannah - Wine of the Dreamers (I'm not much into time travel/reincarnation,but one was slightly different. Similar, in a way, to Anya Seton's The Green Darkness. I haven't read it in a long time, maybe 20 years, so it's due to be taken off the shelf again.)

 

Lindsey, Johanna - Gentle Rogue

 

London, Julia - The Perils of Pursuing a Prince

 

Long, Julie Anne - The Secret to Seduction

 

Mathewson, R.L. - Truce

 

Matthews, Mimi - The Lost Letter

 

Marai, Sandor - Embers

 

Marillier, Juliet - Daughter of the Forest

 

Mastretta, Angeles - Lovesick

 

McNaught, Judith - Once and Always

 

Mederios, Teresa - Thief of Hearts

 

Morsi, Pamela - Courting Miss Hattie

 

O'Connell, Ellen - Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

 

Osborne, Maggie - The Promise of Jenny Jones

 

Proctor, Candice - Beyond Sunrise

 

Putney, Mary Jo - Dearly Beloved (This one is controversial. A lot of readers hate it because of how it starts, but I loved it)

 

Quick, Amanda - Dangerous

 

Quinn, Paula - Laird of the Mist

 

Quinn, Julia - The Duke and I

 

Quinn, Julia - 2 recs for Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

 

Rasheed, Lelia - Cinders & Sapphires

 

Raybourn, Deanna - A Spear of Summer Grass

 

Shupe, Joanna - Magnate

 

Simmons, Paullina - The Bronze Horseman series

 

Smith-Saxe, Coral - Enchantment (absolutely delightful, one of my all-time favorites AND it has one of the most gorgeous covers EVER)

 

Spencer, LaVyrle - Hummingbird (Though I had some issues with Hummingbird, I loved the laugh out loud humor. Both of these books featured ordinary people living ordinary lives rather than dukes and kings and pirates)

 

Stewart, Mary - The Ivy Tree (favorite vintage)

 

Tavares, Miguel Sousa - Equator

 

Thomas, Sherry - Ravishing the Heiress

 

Turano, Jen 

 

Untamed, JanJan - The Magnificent Miss Broadway

 

Wallace, Bill - Buffalo Gal

 

Westcott, Jan - The Hepburn

 

White, Leslie Turner - Lord Johnnie

 

Woodwiss, Kathleen - Ashes in the Wind

 

Yerby, Frank - The Saracen Blade