Top 100 Romance

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Ravished

Beauty and the Beast stories are favorites with many readers of romance novels. There is just something about the whole premise that lends itself to romance and resonates with readers in a way that other fairy tale archetypes do not. Ravished is a touching and often funny Beauty and the Beast story ...

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As You Desire

When Harry Met Dizzy. Only better. My first Connie Brockway, and thank goodness, I have her others in my stockpile. This is a terrific book! Lovely Desdemona Carlisle is a young Englishwoman living with her grandfather in Victorian Egypt. Desdemona was a child prodigy, brilliant, reading twelve l ...

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The Rake

Nobody can write nicer heroes than Mary Jo Putney. Sure, they're flawed. They often have mammoth hurdles to overcome, and they don't always know how to say "I love you" even when they feel it to the depths of their souls. But most of Ms. Putney's heroes are, at their core, right-thinking, stalwart, ...

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Naked In Death

Clever lady, Nora Roberts. With the first book of this series, she has created a world of the future, but she’s placed it only far enough away so that some of us, with the right medical care and a little luck, might live to see it. It is the world our grandchildren will inherit, and Ms. Roberts gi ...

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The Shadow and the Star

When I read Laura Kinsale's unique and startling first novel, I remember thinking either it was a fluke or I had just come across one of the best writers in the history of the romance genre. Her subsequent works proved that she was no fluke, but in my opinion it wasn't until The Shadow and the Star ...

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It Had To Be You

Hands down, this is the best screwball comedy romance I’ve ever read. I’m not sure why I overlooked Susan Elizabeth Phillips for so long, but after I picked up this novel I had to glom everything she wrote immediately. Phoebe Somerville is a blonde bombshell bimbo with a brain and heart that ...

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Lord of Scoundrels

One of the greatest thrills about reading, for me, is to begin a new book and within the first few pages realize that it's one of the best books I've ever read. I get a shiver and I breathe a sigh of contentment and just fall into state of near total euphoria. This book will reside on my bedside tab ...

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A Kingdom of Dreams

As a rule, when I discover an author, I try to read her entire backlist. I thought I had done so with Judith McNaught until a friend suggested A Kingdom Of Dreams. As a huge fan of Whitney, My Love, I was excited to discover that Whitney's hero is a descendant of the characters in Kingdom. If you're ...

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Then Came You

I first read Then Came You in 1993, shortly after discovering romance, and it is one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre. Different than most of the romances I'd read, it featured a heroine more tortured than the hero, a so-called "fallen" woman with a wicked reputation. Perhaps I fell in l ...

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Whitney, My Love

I've always liked Whitney, My Love. But recently, it has become a very guilty pleasure - kind of like buying a pint of Ben and Jerry's and eating it in one sitting. In the years that I have been on line, I have seen it discussed countless times, and it comes up every so often on AAR's own message bo ...