60 Best Romance Novels of All Time
Here are the absolute best bodice-rippers and page-turners to get your heart racing. Warning: You won't be able to put them down.
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Author Julie Garwood is known for her suspense-driven romances, and Heartbreaker doesn't disappoint. Here, an FBI agent, Nick, tracks a psychotic killer. Nick discovers the name of the maniac's next victim, and he soon realizes that he's drawn to her as well in this suspenseful page-turner. If your eyes need a rest, check out these classic suspense movies with twists you won't see coming.
Mine Till Midnight
Lisa Kleypas' historical romances are known for their masterfully sexy sizzle. In Mine Till Midnight, the wealthy rogue Cam, who manages a gentlemen's club in Victorian London, offers to help a woman searching for her brother. Amelia wants to keep it proper, but she can't help her attraction to the dangerously handsome helper. You'll swoon over these 49 quotes that perfectly capture what it's like to fall in love.
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
In this modern love story, Likotsi runs into the woman she met on a dating app who broke her heart. Once ghosted, how can she ever trust Fabiola again? But...how can she let her go? Author Alyssa Cole is known for her riveting, popular, and acclaimed romance novels across several genres. Here's the true story of how one woman's heartbreak allowed her to find the love of her life.
Debbie Macomber's novels focus on faith and happy endings. In this Christmas novel, which was adapted into a popular Hallmark movie, a widower needs help with his twin sons, especially since it's the holidays. When a magical housekeeper shows up, the single dad gets the encouragement he needs to find love with a travel agent who's also been hurt. Speaking of Christmas romances, here's what it's really like to be a Hallmark holiday writer.
Best-selling author Nalini Singh's Wolf Rain is part of her Psy-Changeling series, which focuses on paranormal, psychic romance. In this one, an empath gets saved by a wolf. The two don't seem to have a future in their dark world, but each awakens something in the other that's hard to resist. If your idea of the perfect book has its fair share of chills and thrills, check out the 20 scariest books of all time.
The Duchess War
Courtney Milan's first book in The Brothers Sinister Series finds Miss Minerva pretending to be a shy wallflower in order to bury her scandalous past through an advantageous marriage. In this historical romance, she catches the eye of a handsome duke, who pulls her into another scandal that may force her to reveal his secrets and her own. For a real-life royal romance, this is the true story of how Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip fell in love.
Tipping the Velvet
This sensual, acclaimed erotic novel follows two music-hall performers, Nan and Kitty, in late-1800s England. Both women at times perform as men in this story filled with rich, historical detail, as it explores love and the lesbian experience in author Sarah Waters' beautiful and evocative language.
A Bollywood Affair
This is the first book in Sonali Dev's acclaimed Bollywood series, and it offers a transcontinental romance filled with details on Indian culture. Mili's arranged marriage, at age 4, needs to be annulled. She hasn't even seen her husband for decades. Mili has ended up in Michigan, but when her husband's half-brother shows up to get her signature for a quick divorce, they find they are enraptured with each other. Love starts in all sorts of strange ways. For example, this couple's 43-year-long love story all started in a pen pal club.
Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan's hit novel was adapted into a hit movie. It's a modern-day retelling of the classic romance story between a regular girl and the prince who loves her. Rachel's boyfriend, Nicholas, isn't actual royalty; he just comes from one of the wealthiest families in Singapore—something that he neglected to mention. Rachel's not a gold digger, but everyone else thinks she is.
Bared to You
If you're still in the mood for shades of 50 Shades of Grey, you'll love Sylvia Day's best-selling Crossfire series about a young grad, Eva, and a multi-gazillionaire named Gideon. Both are haunted by past trauma, but that doesn't stop their attraction to kink and each other. Aside from reading steamy romances like this, here are 48 simple ways to improve your sex life.