I love converting Romance Skeptics to the fold, don’t you? There’s just nothing like sharing the joy of romance novels with a new reader and watching her latch on to the genre with excitement.
Since I mostly read historical romance, I mostly recommend historicals, too. Here are some of my favorite historical romances to give to newbies:
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
This was the book that got me reading historical romance again, after several years’ hiatus. The Duke of Jervaulx suffers a crippling stroke and cannot speak. The only person who can help him recover is a young Quaker woman named Maddie. The gulfs between them are immense—aside from the communication barrier, they come from completely different social classes, religions, and upbringings. From beginning to end, their story is simply riveting.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase and Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
These two books have, for me, the most iconic and unforgettable heroes in historical romance. Dain and Derek Craven. Two tortured, hardened, jaded, immoral, hot-as-sin heroes who become absolute putty in the hands of no-nonsense, down-to-earth spinsters. Both of these books never fail to have me laughing and crying by turns.
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Julia Quinn is a favorite of many historical romance readers. The Duke and I was, I think, the first book of hers I read—and it remains my favorite. Her trademark humor and wit run all through the book, but I love it for the poignant emotions between sweet, trusting Daphne, who is devoted to family, and Simon, a man who survived an emotionally abusive father and overcame a boyhood stutter.
Unlocked by Courtney Milan
Courtney is a newer author (and a friend, so I’m hardly impartial), but she definitely holds her own with the authors on this list. Unlocked is a digital novella that’s gut-wrenching, sexy, and ultimately so heartwarming. Lady Elaine Warren must confront the man who cruelly teased her and made her a social pariah. It would be hard enough to grant him forgiveness—but the now-reformed Evan wants more. He wants to earn her love.
How about you? What romance novels are in your conversion kit, when introducing a new reader to romance (any subgenre, historicals or otherwise)? Do you lend your personal copies, or keep them safely stored away?
Thanks so much to Tessa for stopping by today! This guest post is a part of the Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tour for this title! Tessa Dare and HarperCollins will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter on the tour! Check out the synopsis and the other great tour stops:
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men. It is a haven for those who live there.
Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters…and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch—a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle…but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?
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