With Spring in full swing I have a tendency to get in a romantic mood. Maybe it’s the green grass, birds singing or a simple as we celebrate our Anniversary in April. Because of that I thought I would share a few of my favorite romances. This wasn’t easy. So I did the simplest of things. Grab a cup of iced tea or coffee and a scone, enjoy and then tell me your favorite romance novels.
I love romance novels from straight up to suspense. Selecting a few favorites was a task I didn’t want to tackle. I mean the pressure. So I did the simplest of things. I closed my eyes and thought of my favorite romances. The first 3-4 books are what I went with. Are there others? Yessss.. but these are the first that popped in my head.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives
Jamie and Claire..one of my favorite couples.They overcome and I adored their banter, friendship and the way Jamie looked at her. *be still my heart* Jamie can make me melt like no ones business. Here are some quotes from Jamie…
“Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.”
“And I mean to hear ye groan like that again. And to moan and sob, even though you dinna wish to, for ye canna help it. I mean to make you sigh as though your heart would break, and scream with the wanting, and at last to cry out in my arms, and I shall know that I’ve served ye well.”
“I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have.”
“They call him many names, but “angelic “isn t one of them.” -Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the Bane and Blight of the Ballisters, and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He s determined to continue doing what he does best sin and sin again and all s going swimmingly until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.”She s too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world.”-Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she s going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him and with him her family and future means taking on the devil himself, she won t back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible that the person who needs saving most is Jessica herself.
Oh the banter..it made me melt, laugh and fall in love with the unlikeliest of heroes..Sebastian Ballister. Jessica is a fantastic heroine and I adored how she slain the beast! Below are some quotes. This is a book everyone should read.
“Jessica, you are a pain in the arse, do you know that? If I were not so immensely fond of you, I should throw you out the window.” She wrapped her arms around his waist and laid her head against his chest. “Not merely ‘fond,’ but ‘immensely fond.’ Oh, Dain, I do believe I shall swoon.” “Not now,” he said crossly. “I haven’t time to pick you up.”
“And so I beat him and beat him until he kissed me. And then I kept on beating him until he did it properly.”
“I love these pet names,” she said, gazing soulfully up into his eyes, “Nitwit. Sap skull. Termagant. How they make my heart flutter!”
“Dain kept his gaze on his plate and concentrated on swallowing the morsel he’d just very nearly choked on. She was possessive… about him.
The beautiful, mad creature – or blind and deaf creature, or whatever she was – coolly announced it as one might say, “Pass the salt cellar,” without the smallest awareness that the earth had just tilted on its axis.”
The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past, and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
An adventurous librarian, a spirited woman and a romance that spans time. Oh, their story pulled at my heartstrings and proved love can withstand the test of time.
[Henry to Clare:] “That’s what I love you for: your inability to perceive my hideous flaws.”
“We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can match our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”
In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the “it” book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Matthew and Diana’s romance faced so many obstacles and their respect and admiration for each other were completely swoon-worthy.
“Are you smelling me?” After yesterday I suspected that my body was giving him all kinds of information I didn’t want him to have.
“Don’t tempt me,” he murmured.”
“Wordlessly I looked back at him, astonished that a kiss on the palm could be so intimate.”
This is just a sampling, I could have shared Gone With the Wind, The Love By Numbers series by Sarah MacLean, Emma Chase’s Tangled series, all thing Lori Foster, and many more, like Mandy Baxter, Jennifer Dawson, Robyn Carr, Thornbirds…ah I think you get the idea. So tell me without thinking what romances books spring to mind as your favorites?