Saturday, March 07, 2015

Lazy Sundays

Happy Sunday!  When I was growing up my grandfather used to say this to us every time we arrived at his house.  :)

Getting my book-geek on at the British Library!
Sundays have always been a day for lazing around and doing things just because you want to not because you have to.  For me that's reading.  Here are my top five romances of all time.  

1. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Bobby Tom Denton is such a sexy bad boy from the very first moment we meet him, but for me it’s the heroine Gracie Snow who I really identified with.  She’s sort of plain, sort of shy and is in charge of “wrangling” this charming, sexy man who has never heard the word no.  I have never laughed so hard reading an opening of a book.
2. Lover Awakened by JR Ward.  Zadist.  The hero of this book is so captivating from the first time we meet him in the earlier novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  He is dark, tortured and his past is incredibly dark.  He keeps to himself, which suits him and because he’s scary everyone leaves him be.  Except Bella.  She sees past the tattoos and the scars to the man underneath and when circumstances force them alone together, they mate and fall in love.  What I love about this book was the way that Zadist fights his own love for Bella because he wants better for her.  I’ve seen that theme written before in romance novels but this books captures it perfectly.  
3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.  I love the dichotomy of a man who is believed to be a bit of fool but is really the a dashing hero.  I love the backdrop of the French Revolution and the fact that Percy wears a mask not only when rescuing the aristocrats from France but also in his marriage.  I’ve loved this book since the first time I read it.  
4. A Bravo’s Honor by Christine Rimmer.  Actually I love this entire series.  I read the first Bravo book back in the early 90s and have been addicted to this series ever since.  What I love about the stories is the complicated emotions that the characters go through to get to their happily-ever-after.  There is a sense of realism to the books.  These are characters I can always relate too.  And I love going back to the series and seeing some of my old favorites show up on the page each time.
5. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.  The humiliation of being rejected at the altar sets off this story between Faith and Levi.  He knew her fiancé’s secret and didn’t tell her so she sort of blames him for the way things turned out.  There love story is sweet and complicated. I love their entire town and how community plays such a big part in this romance.

Tell me your favorite romance.  I'm giving away a Cheryl's Cookie card and winner's choice of my backlist titles on e-book to one lucky commenter.  I'll announce the winner here next week.

Kathy :)


Laurie G said...

Sandra Brown's TEMPEST IN EDEN- It features Shay an independent, intelligent, free- natured nude model and her soon to be B-I-L , Ian, a staid, widower minister, who meet when their parents marry. The chemistry and friction between the two sparks from their first meeting when she sees him naked after he showers. Loved how different they are but compromise to find their HEA.

White Lies by Linda Howard- Unique diary format where a woman goes to her supposed ex- husband's bed side after he is critically injured. She can only see his eyes She doesn't know who the good guys vs the bad guys are. It's suspenseful and exciting!

petite said...

My favorite romance is Wuthering Heights since it is captivating, emotional, profound and eclipses all other novels and is incomparable.

traveler said...

A romance that was memorable and wonderful was The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Unforgettable with individuals whose lives are beset with trials and tribulations as we all are in real life.

jcp smith said...

1. Cherokee Thunder by Rachel Lee
2. The Christmas Bargain by Shanna Hatfield
3. A Cowboy to Come Home to by Donna Alward
4. The Babe and the Baron by Carola Dunn
5. The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
6. Vicar's Daughter to Viscount's Lady by Louisa Allen

And I love reading a Betty Neels novel on a lazy Sunday too.( for the descriptions of food and scenery)

Please do not enter me in the drawing (no e-reader and severe food intolerances)

dstoutholcomb said...

I go to the classics--P&P, Jane Eyre (even though Rochester isn't always likeable), and GWTW (though some think it's not a true romance because the HEA is implied in the future).


Marissa Yip-Young said...

Regency I like rogues.

Katherine Garbera said...

Laurie G is my winner! Please message me with your choice of backlist book and your address so I can send it. My email is kathy @ (no spaces).

Laurie G said...

THANK YOU Katherine!

Carol L. said...

I just finished a book my daughter had and it was wonderful. It 's called Fireworks Over Tacoma. It has become one of my favorites. My number one romance is Outlander. A love that has lasted for so long and through some unbelivable odds. Thank you for your post.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com