Some of My Favorite Romances

April 29th, 2015 Kimberly Event 85 Comments

29th Apr

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.

Romantic Heart

 

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.

Outlander
Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Purchase:Amazon/Audible

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.”

Lord of Scoundrels
Lord of Scoundrels
by Loretta Chase
Purchase:Amazon/Audible

“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 WifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
PurchaseAmazon

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.”

 A Discovery of WitchesA Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #1
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads

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?

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85 Responses to “Some of My Favorite Romances”

  1. Christy

    Yessss … The Time Travelers Wife is my favorite book. Before I read it, I could never claim a favorite. It had so much personal meaning to me at the time. Damn, it’s been 10 years since I read it; I think it’s time for a re-read.

  2. Melliane

    Oh nice! I have almost the whole Outlander series but I havn’t read any *shame on me*. I also have the last one for years and I still haven’t read it. I should do that! Definitely!

  3. Lorna

    I am loving Outlander on tv but I just can’t read an over 1000 page book-knowing there is a lot more of the series to read. Thorn Birds came to mind immediately for me. Dannika Dark’s Mageri series romance is one of my very favorites as well.The romance in the Experiment in Terror books by Karina Halle is also a favorite. The Gamble by Lavyrle Spencer-I think I read it at least 3 times. Too many more.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Great recommendations. I listened to Outlander on audio 🙂

  4. Cynthia

    Great list! I love Laura Florand’s Chocolate series. They are all about famous chocolatiers in Paris. I love the setting and the romance is always HOT. Haha

  5. Abi

    So excited to read the Outlander series and the All Souls trilogy! They’re both on the top of my to buy list :3. I shall also be adding The Time Traveller’s Wife after this.

  6. Kelsey

    I really want to read Outlander someday, I keep hearing such great things about it! I can’t think of any romances at the moment that I really loved, maybe since I haven’t read that many, but I thank you for sharing this!

  7. Grace

    I really liked Time Traveler’s Wife (minus the ending) and I really want to read/listen to Outlander at some point. My favorite romances probably come from Colleen Hoover which I know aren’t traditional romance novels but are the ones I look forward to the most.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I adore Colleen Hoover. I am currently listening to Confess

  8. Nick

    I have Lord of Scoundrels on my list of HR to check out. One of my favorite romance books is Lisa Kleypas’ Blue Eyed Devil and also Devil in Winter (I sure do love her Devils!).
    On a side note, Kim, have you read Changing His Game, the book you have an ad for?! It’s verrah sexy! 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I love that book to pieces Nick. I listened on audio and laughed and swooned. The banter is off the charts!

  9. Christy

    I haven’t read any of the ones on your list, but I have watched the movie for The Time Traveler’s Wife and it was so touching! I’ll have to take a look at these on Goodreads 🙂

  10. Tyler H Jolley

    Hmm, this is tricky. I’m more of a sci-fi/fantasy fan so my favorite romance novel would be The Lux or Covenant Series by Jennifer Armentrout. Is that weird? 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Now you will notice.none of these are really straight up romance..we have time travel, witches, vampires and more.

  11. Debbie Haupt

    Oh all great choices Kim, without thinking my all time favorite romance is Overseas by Beatriz Williams, followed closely by Outlander and A Discovery of Witches.
    Ah Chew!! Happy Spring!! 🙂

  12. Lupdilup

    I need to listen to The Time Traveler’s Wife! great choices! And Outlander is at the top of my list too! How I love Jamie and Clare!

  13. Stormi

    I have only read one of those! Discovery of Witches..still need to finish that series..ugh. I want to read Lord of Scoundrels as it sounds fun and is on my wishlist…and I have Outlander..but it’s page length keeps me from jumping in…lol. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lord of Scoundrels was wonderful on audio Stormi..and the banter is hilarious

  14. kindlemom1

    I haven’t read the second one but the first and last are a HUGE yes for me as well, I loved them (the whole series really). There is just something wonderful about a good historical romance.

    You still need to read the Julia Grey series Kim by Raybourne. I just know you will love it!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You haven’t read Lord of Scoundrels? OMG..the banter alone is worth it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is wonderful Quinn and the banter is over the top 🙂

  15. Kay

    Jamie and Clare & Mathew and Dianna are some of my all time favorite couples! I just love them both to pieces. I am starting Voyager soon and I would love to do a Discovery of Witches trilogy re-read in the near future. 🙂

  16. Candace

    I definitely agree with Outlander. The Time Travelers Wife was really good but didn’t totally blow me away for some reason. A Discovery of Witches has been started and set down many times. One of these days I’ll stick with it!

  17. Heidi

    I always have Gone with the Wind on my list… Time Traveler’s Wife is so sad but I loved it. Favorite romances for me change all the time but Gone with the Wind is always my go to.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..you will see that I mentioned Gone with the Wind..it always makes my top five:)

  18. Mary

    How did you choose?!? There are so many awesome romances out there. I don’t like the sad ones — I’m a big fan of the ones that are snarky and funny and where the characters are constantly butting heads.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      By not thinking and going with my first thoughts..LOL

  19. Ramona

    Aww, I’m listening to The Outlander now and … damn! Jamie is impossibly swoon-worthy! I also read the others, expect for Lord of Scoundrels, which sounds pretty good. Yet another title to take with me from your lovely blog (You’re driving me to financial ruin!!!!) Lol. I really loved this post! But then again, I love every one of your posts 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lord of Scoundrels made me laugh so hard I cried. I have so many favorite quotes from it.

  20. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I still need to read a Discovery of Witches. I have the first book staring at me wondering when I’m going to pick it up! I LOVE Outlander and I’m making fans out of my parents (and anyone else who will listen) LOL Some great choices there!

  21. Kathy

    Oh, The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorite books of all time. I’m ashamed to say that I am probably the only person in the universe who hasn’t read Diana Galbadon. *ducks and runs* I’m more ashamed to say that I have Discovery of Witches in my iBooks for a few years and STILL have missed out on what I know is a great book, as it sits on the shelf gathering virtual dust.

  22. Katherine

    Oh I love it! I haven’t read any of these though I’ve been wanting to read the Deborah Harkness trilogy and try Loretta Chase. I closed my eyes and thought of my favorites and came up with The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis, Christmas in Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnn Thayne and Three Fates by Nora Roberts. And now I want to reread them all!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You need to try Lord of Scoundrels it is wonderful. Ooo I like all of the authors you mentioned.

  23. Sophia Rose

    Well, Outlander as in the whole series is high on my list too. I add: Mercy and Adam in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Marek and Sophie in Ash Krafton’s Demimonde series, Ty Grady and Zane Garrett in Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series.

    There are so many more and I see that I’ve missed out by not jumping on The Time Traveler’s Wife and the Witches trio.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Exactly. I was almost afraid to do it. Which is why I chose the first ones I thought of and didn’t second guess it.

  24. Lindy

    I agree! Spring puts me in the mood for romance! I’ve heard so many awesome things about Outlander, and want to read it! I read the Time Traveler’s Wife, and cried my eyes out when I read it. It’s one of my favorite romances too! Thanks for sharing Kim 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I cried too, and yes you need to try the others Lindy

  25. Sharon

    I’ve just recently read Outlander and I absolutely loved it. I can understand why it made your list.

  26. Paij Slater

    I love The Discovery of Witches :). I love romance as well 🙂 I want to read The Time Travelers Wife….Okay I want to read them all, who am I kidding 🙂

  27. Adriana Garcia

    I’m terrified of reading Outlander. She’s in the wrong time! What happens when she finds a way back!!?? My heart would break. I know as soon as I read it though I will become obsessed. Wonderful list of romance reads (:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL..yes it does grab you. i listened to the first and have the second

  28. Angie F.

    Outlander is definitely one! Also the Nerds series by Vicki Lewis Thompson which were my gateway books into Chick Lit. My recent most favorite is Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen! It made me laugh and cry! 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I need to check out Galen..I love when they make you laugh

  29. Terri M., the Director

    I’m actually re-listening/re-reading Outlander right now. Since I’ve been so busy lately and not able to catch up on the 2nd half of season 1 of the show, it was the best way I could think of to get a Jamie fix.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh good idea. I still need to read the rest of the series Terri

  30. Benish

    I defo. agree with you about Outlander, it’s one of those books that always stay with you.

  31. Dreams

    I love the Outlander tv show. But I haven’t read the book yet. I am super afraid that it won’t live up to my expectations. I read the Discovery of Witches series, but I wasn’t a fan of the last book at all. It just felt a little drawn out. Haven’t read the other two, but I’ll look into them.

  32. Terri

    Great picks! Outlander would definitely make my list, as that book has a little bit of everything! I’d include the Dallas & Roarke series, as they’re one of my favorite fictional couples.

      • Terri

        Sorry, forgot to include the author’s name. Yes, the JD Robb series. Love those two, but there are several secondary characters that are pretty hot too!

        • kimbacaffeinate

          LoL, I love the series too, although I am only in the twenties. So the names I recognized 🙂

  33. Renee

    I just adored Lord of Scoundrels too!!! I haven’t read Outlander yet *SHocker I know*, but those books are so daunting but eventually I will get to them. But I do like the tv show.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you loved that as well..I laughed so hard at their banter.

  34. Cyn

    Ahh thanks for the recommendations (and the awesome teasers!)! I can’t believe I haven’t read any of these yet! I’ve read a few Loretta Chase but not Lord of Scoundrels yet D:

    PS. I might have to steal this idea and do a spring romance rec post too! haha.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lord of Scoundrels is so good Cyn..I listened to it on audio and adored every moment

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will add that author to my list Karen 🙂