Romantic fiction is my guilty pleasure. It is an amazing way to escape into a land where every Italian billionaire you meet wants to marry you and more often than not his name is something supremely exotic like Luciantiagolucawolfgangmozartdumbledore.
I am not making this up.
It’s one of my favourite genre and these seven books are quite possibly the best I’ve read. Ever.
Seriously, do not read these books if you’re not a fan of good plot lines, likeable characters and gorgeous male protagonist, or if your heart is made out of stone.
1) Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Ain’t She Sweet is everything you want in a book of this genre. It’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s hilarious, it’s sassy, it’s emotional, it’s everything.
Sugar Beth Carey, the one-time “wild child” of Parrish, Mississippi, returns home to face a slew of old enemies lining up to get even. Worst of all is Colin Byrne, the man whose career Sugar Beth destroyed. Now he’s a famous novelist living in Sugar Beth’s old mansion, and he’s using his writer’s imagination to figure out how to bring the town’s former princess to her knees.
It has a collection of likeable characters and the dialogue is witty and sharp. You do not want to give this one a miss.
2) The Couple Who Fooled The World by Maisey Yates
Maisey Yates is one of my favourite Harlequin/Mills & Boons author of all times. She writes characters that are strong, relatable (more often than not) and funny.
The true meaning of Keep your enemies close. While most women would kill to be on Ferro Calvaresi’s arm, Julia Anderson is not most women. She’s as rich as Ferro and twice as hungry. The only way to seal a major deal is for these two rivals to play nicely…together. Yet neither expects the media to soak up their ruse so quickly or so publicly! But when the deal is won are the world’s hottest new couple beginning to believe their own lie?
It is delightful and hot and hilarious and you need to read it right now.
3) The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
To say that The Bride Quartet is amazing would be a gross understatement. It’s like the Harry Potter of romantic novels.
It is. It’s well written, the main characters are strong, independent and know what they want and they create weddings!
Set in the fun, fabulous and sometimes hectic world of wedding planning, follow the story of four friends and their struggles with life, love and family as they build their wedding planning company, VOWS.
Mac is the photographer, Emma is the florist, Laurel takes care of the catering and Parker is the brains behind everything.
It’s beautiful, it’s romantic and it will make you cry from the sheer sweetness of it all.
4) She Went All The Way by Meg Cabot
You can’t not like Lou, the main female protagonist. She is passionate, opinionated and loves TV. Do I need to say more?
5) Once Smitten, Twice Shy by Lori Wilde
What do you get when you’re a wedding videographer and you’re hired for the wedding of your ex-husband, who is marrying the DAUGHTER OF THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA??
A funny, romantic and awesome novel, that’s what.
When her dream job of recording the first daughter’s wedding appears out of the blue, Tish knows it’s her only shot to get out of the red. Just one teensy glitch: Shane (her ex husband- what!) is the groom. From the moment they see each other, she knows nothing’s changed, the same old black magic is still between them, as irresistible and potent as ever. But he’s promised to another and Tish has been burned before.
It is a well written and engaging novel, highly entertaining and has a little bit of adventure thrown in to counter the sweetness.
Read it. Now.
6) Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
So Susan Elizabeth Phillips repeats on this list, mainly because she is awesome, and also because this is another novel of hers that is worth mentioning in this list.
Quarterback Dean Robillard takes to the road during the off season and finds Blue walking along in a beaver costume.
Seriously. A hot shot sports celeb and a headless beaver.
It can’t get any better than this.
The characters have depth. Even though they are funny and joke and fight all the time, they have well etched personalities which give their characters depth.
7) The Boy Series by Meg Cabot
The Boy series are told in emails, IMs, and brief journal entries, these loosely connected (but each also stands alone) romantic comedies will keep you laughing and falling in love with the characters more and more every time you read them.
The series consists of three novels: The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl and Every Boy’s Got One.
The writing style is interesting and keeps the plot fresh and exciting.
(By Salva Mubarak)