Later this month, a friend of mine’s book club which typically only reads very serious books for adults is going to read a romance. They read about the RWA fiasco and have seen the increased coverage of romance in the big name press and so they decide to give one a try. For most, it will be the first romance they’ve read as an adult. My friend asked me to recommend a book–So. Much. Pressure.–and to come and talk about the book and romance to the group.

I gave her a list to choose from:

Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened

Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect

Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm

Sherry Thomas’ His at Night

K. J. Charles’ A Seditious Affair

Elizabeth Kingston’s Desire Lines

Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner’s Earth Bound

Alyssa Cole’s A Prince on Paper

Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient

Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver


After discussing it with her book club, they picked Flowers from the Storm. I think it’s a good choice. It’s a complicated story with leads who both have fascinating backstories and is roundly agreed to be a classic.

And it got me thinking, if you could recommend just ONE–and, yes, I know you guys are terrible at that :) –romance to a non-romance reader, a book that you thought would appeal to many, what would you suggest? And, if you can, include the book title, the author, and why you’d pick it!

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