Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
Okay, so I have seen this meme around on some of the other book review blogs I follow. This week I have decided to join in. This weeks theme is: Top Ten Romances in Books. I keep changing my mind how I am going to answer this. I’ve only given 4 answers because I wanted each one to be a different type of romance
The Bride Quartet – Nora Roberts (Visions in White, Bed of Roses, Savour the Moment, Happily Ever After)
If this quartet wasn’t romantic there’d be something seriously wrong with it I think. Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline are childhood friends who run a wedding planning business together out of Parker’s enormous family estate. Each book details the romance of each of the girls. For romance novels, the romances are fairly believeable actually, especially the middle two – as Emmaline and Laurel wind up with guys they have known since childhood. (*Spoiler* Parker’s brother and his best friend.)
Hissy Fit – Mary Kay Andrews
Keeley Murdock is a Southern Belle who throws an enormous hissy fit on the night of her wedding rehearsal dinner. Rightfully so, as she walked in on her fiance, A.J. Jernigan, playing hid the sausage with the maid of honour. Fortunately Will Mahoney comes along to offer her the biggest career opportunity she’s ever had. He also inadvertently gives her the opportunity to solve her mothers disappearence – which creates several very poignant moments outside of the budding romance.
Lucy Valentine series – Heather Webber (Truly Madly, Deeply Desperatley, Absolutely Positively & Perfectly Matched)
These are cute paranormal mystery/romance novels. Lucy, the main character is a psychic, like her father. The only problem is that instead of the matchmaking magic her father’s family has passed down from generation to generation, Lucy’s psychic abilities lead her to find lost items instead. However, the VAlentine family suffer from being unlucky in love – not a good look for a matchmaking dynasty, so whilst being seperated form each other, Lucy’s parents still live together. Lucy is lucky enough to become involved with perhaps one of the most understanding guys on the planet – sexy ex-fireman Sean Donahue. Lucy and Sean’s romance is lovely – well paced, and no “we met each other five seconds ago let’s go to bed together” business, which I find annoying.
The Iron Knight – Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #4)
The only YA title on this list, this had a interesting glimpse of the future, or rather a possible future for Ash and Meghan. Ash must make his way through the poisonous iron kingdom to Meghan after essentially being exiled from his home by his mother, the Queen of the Winter Sidhe. We see sides of Ash we haven’t been able to see when the focus was on Meghan. Ash definitely changed from the fey he was at the start of the series, and even well before that. It’s a great ending to the Iron Fey series, and we get a happy ending thankfully.