Favorite romance books & series

What better time to talk about my favorite romance books & series than February? It’s the month of love after all. With Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect opportunity to dive into some great romance novels. Now, I will admit, I used to think that romance was a silly genre of books and some of them are. However, after exploring some romance within other genres, I came to appreciate these books a bit more and now they make regular appearances on my TBR. I don’t always seek out romance stories, but if a book has a good solid romance that compliments the main story, then I am happy to read it.

To help you find the book that may be right for you, I have broken this list down into different genres. The romance level varies greatly in each book but overall I feel like that it meshes well with the heart of the book.

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Favorite romance books & series

Sci-Fi Romance

Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Ghost planet is, so far, the only solid sci-fi romance stand-alone novel that I have read. Imagine a planet populated by ghosts, and every human that arrives is tethered to a particular ghost, who happens to be a loved one. This can be a husband or wife, grandparents or sibling. These ghosts, look, sound and feel like their living counterparts. However, interactions between the living and ghosts are strictly forbidden, even if it means ignoring your deceased husband or wife. Elizabeth travels there for a job and finds herself undeniably attracted to her supervisor, Murphy. But there is a big problem – she’s a ghost.

Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre

The first book in the series, Grimspace, sets up such a unique set of circumstances and world-building that it’s hard not to love this series. The concept of what Grimspace is itself truly makes this one of the more unique sci-fi series out there. Oh, and there’s romance too! Of course, there is. Yet I can’t help but focus my attention on what truly makes this sci-fi romance series so good and that is the story itself. The world-building found throughout this series brings everything to life.

The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

Okay, I will admit, the romance portion of The Courtship of Princess Leia is very minimal, despite the title. However, the element of romance is still there. Though Han and Leia’s love started well before this book, it is here that they truly have to fight for their love. Outside pressures threaten to tear them apart but it is their love for each other that allows them to endure the hardships. Bonus points go to this book for introducing the Dathomir Witches and Nightsisters.

Young Adult Romance

The Kindrily Trilogy by Karen Amanda Hooper

The Kindrily trilogy is a romance that transcends time. Mariah makes the biggest mistake of all, erasing the memories of her past lives and with it all recollection of the man she loves. Nathan is the love of her life, but she doesn’t remember him, in fact, she despises him. As danger draws nearer, these two, along with their families, need to fight for their love and their lives.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The heart of this story revolves around a dangerous horse race that occurs every November and a family struggling financially. Yet, romance blooms along the way as Puck and Sean work towards their goals of winning The Scorpio Races, each for a very different and yet similar reason. Their love for their horses and each other helps to drive the story forward without distracting from the struggles and dangers of the race itself.

The Lunar Chronicle by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles offers a multifaceted young adult sci-fi romance story. Each book concentrates on a particular romantic pairing, though these characters and their relationship play important roles throughout the entire series. To make it more interesting, these stories and characters are based on fairy tales, such as Rapunzel, Snow White, and Cinderella. The overall story arch and world-building are where this series truly shines, but the romance is such an integral part of it all that I can’t even imagine the story without it.

Historical Fiction Romance

The Boleyn Trilogy by Laura Andersen

The Boleyn Trilogy explores what would happen is Anne had given Henry a son. That in itself was enough to make me pick up this series. This story explores the life of Henry IX, known as William and his rise to being king and his desire to be with a woman he has known his entire life. This series has everything that I love about historical fiction.

Geek Girls Trilogy by Gina Lamm

If you are looking for a not entirely historical accurate smutty series then Geek Girls is for you! Each book in the series focuses on a couple, of which the woman travels back in time in search of romance and hilarity, court intrigue, danger and love ensue. It’s certainly not your typical historical romance series but that is half of the fun of these books.

Fantasy Romance

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The first in its series, Kushiel’s Dart was a book that caught me by surprise. I had heard such good things from it but didn’t give it much thought. Yet as soon as I started reading it, I was drawn in completely. There are many aspects of this book to love. The relationship between Phèdre nó Delaunay and Joscelin Verreuil takes quite some time to build, especially due to so many complications that arise along the way, but that slow burn mixed with everything that is going on makes this a great read.

The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass

The Wayfarer Redemption is the first book in a series of the same name. This is a fantasy novel that has a very light romance aspect to it. However, the romance becomes more prominent as the series continues. This series truly shines in its deep storyline, fantastic world-building, and rich characters. Bonus points go to the cover art which perfectly showcases one of the scenes which occurs within it.

Western Romance

Jackson Hole series by Lindsay McKenna

Ignoring the fact that I haven’t read the first three books in this series, Jackson Hole is a great western romance series to check out. These stories have slow burn romance to them that, while important to the story, isn’t the full focus of it. If you are looking for a book that captures the heart of western living with a sprinkling of romance, then these are for you.

Beartooth, Montana series by B.J. Daniels

Hot cowboys and a healthy dose of suspense? Yes, please! I picked up this series for the suspense factor alone and yet what I got, in the end, is one of my favorite romance series. Each book focuses on a different couple and some event that is keeping them apart in some way. Murder plays a pretty big role in this series and I love it. My personal favorite is the first book, Unforgiven, which follows Destry and Rylan’s story.

Manga Romance

Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

Released in 2016, Your Name is a light novel that was subsequently turned into a short manga series and an anime movie. It was a hit worldwide and rightfully so. While it may not feel like a romance to start with, as Taki and Mitsuha continue to swap places through dreams, something they have no control over, a relationship forms. This is a story about love, loss, connections, family and the struggle to find the one thing they are missing in their lives.

Honestly, if you haven’t read or watched this yet you need to do so now.

Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina

Kimi ni Todoke, or From Me To You, is a story about a shy misunderstood high school girl who struggles to make friends and fit in. Most people are scared of Sawako, except for one classmate, Kazehaya. It’s a classic case of opposites attract and yet these two struggle to make a connection. Their story and love grow over the thirty volumes of this series but there are a number of hurdles in their way. This series was so good that I read the entire thing in five days.

InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi

The first romance series that I ever read. It’s a time-traveling, fantasy isekai* romance that pins the characters against an evil they are ill-equipped to fight. At 56 volumes long, InuYasha is a bit of a time commitment, but I assure you that this series is well worth the read. The budding romance between InuYasha and Kagome has it’s share of struggles, but each hurdle helps to grow their relationship that much more.

*Isekai is a term used to describe a story where a character is transported into another world.

Those are my favorite romance books & series. Have you read any of them? What are your favorite romance books?

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    Great post! The Boleyn King and Kushiels Dart are right up my alley. I’m reading Flatshare for Valentine’s Day and I’m loving it! Thanks for the post!

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      Thank you. They are both great books. Oh, I’ve heard good things about Flatshare, I plan to read it at some point.

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    All these books like a good read.

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      They are great.

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    My husband used to watch InuYasha! It was definitely interesting. Not sure how closely it followed the books. The Bolyn book looks interesting! I don’t think I’ve picked up a historical fiction book since The Girl With the Pearl Earring. Most of my reads are personal finance, health, or parenting. I need to change that! Great list of options!

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      The anime is very true to the manga series. In fact, the only thing that strays from the story is the four movies, as those are not included in the manga and were made strictly for the anime series. I hope this list inspires you to read something outside of those genres.

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    I love Cinder. Have you read the entire series? I read some and listened to the others. Scarlet was my favorite next to Cinder. Winter didn’t really do anything for me. I’ve been meaning to read The Scorpio Races–one of these days! I’ll have to check out your YA historical fic recs too. Thanks so much!

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      I have read the entire series and found it really good. I do agree that Winter was a bit lacking, which is a shame since it was the final book and it could/should have been stronger. You absolutely have to read The Scorpio Races! It’s so dang good.

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    You read so many more romance genres than I do – I’m a paranormal romance reader. Although, I suppose there are lots of sub-genres in PNR.
    The ghost planet looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out.

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      I read a ton of different genres because I love experiencing all types of stories. There are some good paranormal romances out there. I hope you are able to check out Ghost Planet, it’s quite the interesting read.

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    Great post! I definitely need to take a deep dive into romance novels, so I really appreciate all of these recommendations. I’ll be adding several to my list. Thank you for sharing!

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      Thank you. I hope you do get a chance to check out some of these, they are great ways to check out the romance genre while getting experiencing other genres as well.

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