Alternatively: The Worst Romance Novels I Have Ever Read
This recommendations list is gleaned from at least 80 authors and over 500 books.
Looking for something specific? Here’s a list of authors I’ve read enough to see thematic consistencies and it’s hard to go wrong with these writers:
Tessa Dare – FUN, bring your willing suspension of disbelief, on double-secret probation right now
Laura Florand – contemporary romances set in France, great intensity
Carla Kelly – lovely Regency romances, often military-themed
Lisa Kleypas – the gold standard, also writes contemporaries
Julie Anne Long – extremely clever and funny
Courtney Milan – The very best currently publishing, one for the pantheon.
Julia Quinn – An excellent place to launch your reading. Start with The Bridgertons.
I lovehate Jennifer Ashley’s sincere romance mired in tortured heroes and overwrought plotting.
This list is an edited version of my Complete Reading List by Author. Reviewed books are linked.
Mallory, a frequent commenter, asked me to make a personal Top 5 list. I tried. I couldn’t do it.
- Balogh, Mary Slightly Dangerous – historical
- Bowen, Sarina Blonde Date – new adult novella
- Chase, Loretta Lord of Scoundrels – historical
- Gabaldon, Diana Outlander – historical
- Heyer, Georgette Venetia (Dameral/Venetia) – historical
- Jenkins, Beverly Indigo – historical
- Kinsale, Laura Flowers from the Storm old school, historical
- Kleypas, Lisa Dreaming of You – historical
- Kleypas, Lisa The Devil in Winter – historical
- Long, Julie Anne What I Did for a Duke – historical
- Milan, Courtney A Kiss for Midwinter – historical novella
- Milan, Courtney The Suffragette Scandal – historical
- Montgomery, L.M. The Blue Castle – historical now, but not when published
- Quinn, Julia Romancing Mr. Bridgerton Bridgerton Book 4 – historical
- Thorne, Sally The Hating Game – contemporary