Sunday, 24 May 2015

New Top 100 Romances - as of late May 2015

With each year, the community over on Cannonball Read becomes bigger and more people join to add their reviews and chat and comment about books. More people also seem to be openly reading romance, and my previous Top 100 list, from 2013, has been linked a bunch of times. It's a fine list, don't get me wrong, but as I read a whole load of romance, it really isn't representative of all the books I've read, and now, a year and a half later, there are so many books that I wanted to add to it. As expected, I've also changed my mind about the positioning of a load of the books as well (and if I did this list next week, there would be additional changes).

Having to rank my favourite romances, that are from soo many different sub-genres is extremely hard. To some people (especially if you generally like and agree with my reviews and ratings), this list may serve as a handy "what romance is good to start with" guide. Others may hate a whole load of the books on it. If so, there are loads of other handy guides out there on the interwebs.

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
  4. A Kiss for Midwinter - Courtney Milan
  5.  What I Did for a Duke - Julie Anne Long
  6. Welcome to Temptation - Jennifer Crusie
  7. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
  8. Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey
  9. Venetia - Georgette Heyer
  10. The Winter Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
  11. Unraveled - Courtney Milan
  12. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  13. The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner
  14. The Black Hawk - Joanna Bourne
  15. Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon
  16. The Last Hellion - Loretta Chase
  17. On the Edge - Ilona Andrews
  18. A Week to Be Wicked - Tessa Dare
  19. Heart of Steel - Meljean Brook
  20. Flowers from the Storm - Laura Kinsale
  21. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover - Sarah Maclean
  22. Fool Me Twice - Meredith Duran
  23. Captives of the Night - Loretta Chase
  24. The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
  25. The Luckiest Lady in London - Sherry Thomas
  26. Bound by Your Touch - Meredith Duran
  27. Frederica - Georgette Heyer
  28. The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright - Tessa Dare
  29. What Happens in London - Julia Quinn
  30. Fate's Edge - Ilona Andrews
  31. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black
  32. Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer
  33. It Happened One Wedding - Julie James
  34. Unveiled - Courtney Milan
  35. The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn
  36. Your Scandalous Ways - Loretta Chase
  37. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  38. The Chocolate Touch - Laura Florand
  39. It Happened One Midnight - Julie Anne Long
  40. Night of a Thousand Stars - Deanna Raybourn
  41. Trade Me - Courtney Milan
  42. The Chocolate Kiss - Laura Florand
  43. The Governess Affair - Courtney Milan
  44. Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
  45. The Duchess War - Courtney Milan
  46. Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypas
  47. An Offer from a Gentleman - Julia Quinn
  48. Any Duchess Will Do - Tessa Dare
  49. Secrets of a Summer Night - Lisa Kleypas
  50. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover - Sarah Maclean
  51. Dare You To - Katie McGarry
  52. Tempt Me at Twilight - Lisa Kleypas
  53. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
  54. Faro's Daughter - Georgette Heyer
  55. Gunmetal Magic - Ilona Andrews
  56. Mr. Impossible - Loretta Chase
  57. The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan
  58. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
  59. The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
  60. Play - Kylie Scott
  61. Bet Me - Jennifer Crusie
  62. Indigo - Beverly Jenkins
  63. Ten Things I Love About You - Julia Quinn
  64. Sylvester - Georgette Heyer
  65. Crash Into You - Katie McGarry
  66. The Friend Zone - Kristen Callihan
  67. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  68. A Rogue by Any Other Name - Sarah Maclean
  69. Naked in Death - J.D. Robb
  70. Three Weeks with Lady X - Eloisa James
  71. His at Night - Sherry Thomas
  72. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
  73. Say Yes to the Marquess - Tessa Dare
  74. Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas
  75. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah Maclean
  76. It's in His Kiss - Julia Quinn
  77. Something About You - Julie James
  78. The Chocolate Temptation - Laura Florand
  79. Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase
  80. The Spymaster's Lady - Joanna Bourne
  81. The Duke and I - Julia Quinn
  82. Unclaimed - Courtney Milan
  83. A Lady's Lesson in Scandal - Meredith Duran
  84. To Love a Thief - Julie Anne Long
  85. How to Marry a Marquis - Julia Quinn
  86. Written on Your Skin - Meredith Duran
  87. Vixen in Velvet - Loretta Chase
  88. Not Quite a Husband - Sherry Thomas
  89. Like No Other Lover - Julie Anne Long
  90. Smooth Talking Stranger - Lisa Kleypas
  91. Along Came Trouble - Ruthie Knox
  92. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  93. Slightly Dangerous - Mary Balogh
  94. Flirting with Disaster - Ruthie Knox
  95. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton - Julie Quinn
  96. Blue-Eyed Devil - Lisa Kleypas
  97. The Iron Duke - Meljean Brook
  98. The Chocolate Rose - Laura Florand
  99. Love Irresistibly - Julie James
  100. About Last Night - Ruthie Knox


  1. Excellent resource! Just picked up Kushiel's Dart this weekend based on your strong review. Bookmarking!

    1. Kushiel's Dart is one of my favourite books of all time, regardless of genre. It's probably more epic fantasy than romance (at least in the first book), and can safely be said to be in the more extreme end when it comes to sex. I really hope you like it. The first book is by far the strongest of the original trilogy, and if you like the world-building, there are nine big books set in the same world.

  2. Hello, can you please post your latest Top 100?

    1. I haven't really thought about updating my list. I may get round to it this summer, I may not. Sorry.