Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Your Favorite Romance Novels. I’m so excited about this week’s theme and the timing couldn’t be better. If you saw my last post you’ll know I’ve become completely hooked on romance novels lately and I’m really excited to talk about some of my favorite ones with you guys.
5. Unteachable by Elliot Wake
Unteachable is pretty dark and gritty for a romance novel, with a protagonist who’s been through a lot and has a pretty tough exterior. The writing style is incredibly lyrical and beautiful though – which is a great contrast to the actual story. Which starts when Maise meets Evan at a carnival. They share a passionate night together, no strings attached, but afterwards Maise can’t get him out of her head. She starts to think she might finally be ready for something real, but she wasn’t counting on Evan being her new film class teacher.
4. Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
Sofia Khan love life isn’t going well, her potential future husband wanted her to live with his parents (and a hole in the wall) and she’s ready to renounce men for good. Until she’s persuaded to write a book about the Muslim dating scene. Now she has no choice but to keep looking for love – and material for her book. This book reads like a rom-com, it’s hilarious. Sofia is such a great protagonist. I loved reading her interactions with her family, friends and potential love interests. The romance is fantastic, so genuine and charming.
3. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Tessa Dare writes the silliest, swooniest and wildly entertaining regency romance novels – and I love it. The heroine of this one is called Madeline. She’s not a fan of crowds and would rather stay at home drawing, than be part of London society. But her stepmother wants her married, so Madeline invents a suitor: Captain Logan MacKenzie, a Scottish soldier. She writes long letters to him, pouring her heart out and pretends to be heartbroken when he’s ‘killed in battle’. Years later the real Captain Logan MacKenzie shows up on her doorstep, with her letters in hand and ready to make good on her promises.
2. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
In her 20’s Emma marries her high school sweetheart Jesse. They travel the world together and live life to the fullest. On their first anniversary, Jesse’s on a helicopter over the Pacific which goes missing. Just like that he’s gone forever.
Years later Emma’s engaged to her old friend Sam and happy to have a second chance at love. Until Jesse’s found – alive. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to decide what she wants and who she is.
Taylor Jenkins is an amazing writer, the kind you just want to binge read ’till you run out of books. I finished this one yesterday, and thanks to my very kind mother, I already have another two coming.
1. Emma by Jane Austen
Of course no list of romance novels would be complete without the Queen herself and while I know P&P is the most popular choice – my favorite’s always been Emma, the original friends-to-lovers love story. Emma, a matchmaker at heart, is obsessed with love and romance – for others. But she’s not interested in a love life of her own. She’s perfectly content so stay at home with her father, who depends on her. But when one of her matchmaking schemes goes awry and her friend Harriet develops feelings for Emma’s oldest and dearest friend, Mr. Knightley, Emma realizes she might have some desires of her own.
What’s your favorite romance novels? I’m loving the genre right now so I’d love your recommendations!