put a little love in your heart

studying english in college meant reading crap like flannery o’connor’s good country people and herman melville’s billy budd, sailor and a shit ton of shakespeare. i love shakespeare, yall, but a gal can only take so much iambic pentameter. i spent the first two years at a small women’s college in nevada, missouri (also called bumfuckville, misery… GREAT college, godawful location). i was sick to death of school. i spent more time playing cards and watching mtv and movies in the basement or trading smut books with my suitemates. the penchant for reading romance novels stuck. 
erin’s book challenge kicked off yesterday. today, she asked me what romances i could recommend. some titles are ridiculous, but the stories are pretty good. the ones in bold are the ones i like best. some of’m may be hard to find. some of’m are incredibly sappy, but i like them anyway. some of’m are stories in a series. the ones that are collections are separated by commas. the rest are divided by semi-colons.

contemporary
cecelia ahern: love rosie
sandra brown: fanta c, adam’s fall
vanessa diffenbaugh: the language of flowers
gayle forman: if i stay, where she went; just one day
emily giffin: something borrowed, something blue
jane green: straight talking; bookends; jemima j
john green: the fault in our stars
debbie macomber: navy wife
judith mcnaught: paradise
david nicholls: one day
nora roberts: daring to dream, holding the dream, finding the dream; the macgregor brides, the macgregor grooms, the macgregors: alan and grant; seaswept, rising tides, inner harbor, chesapeake blue; born in fire, born in ice, born in shame; the villa; vision in white, bed of roses, savour the moment, happy ever after; the next always, the last boyfriend, the perfect hope; tribute; birthright
rainbow rowell: eleanor and park; attachments; fangirl
ellen shanman: right before your eyes
nicholas sparks: the notebook; a walk to remember
lavyrle spencer: separate beds
katherine stone: promises, roommates, love songs, illusions, bed of roses, happy endings, rainbows, the carlton club, twins.
jennifer weiner: in her shoes
elizabeth young: asking for trouble; a girl’s best friend

fantasy
cecelia ahern: p.s. i love you
audrey niffenegger: the time traveler’s wife
nora roberts: jewels of the sun, tears of the moon, heart of the sea; blue dahlia, black rose, red lily; key of light, key of knowledge, key of valor; dance upon the air, heaven and earth, face the fire
rainbow rowell: landline

historical
kathleen baldwin: a school for unusual girls, exile for dreamers
julie garwood: the lion’s lady, guardian angel, the gift, castles; saving grace; the secret, ransom; the prize; the bride, the wedding
heather graham: one wore blue, one wore gray
johanna lindsey: love only once, tender rebel, gentle rogue; prisoner of my desire
elizabeth lowell: untamed, forbidden, enchanted
judith mcnaught: whitney my love; once and always, something wonderful, almost heaven

romantic suspense
sandra brown: best kept secrets; french silk; mirror image; slow heat in heaven
nora roberts: honest illusions; public secrets; the reef; river’s end; genuine lies; the witness; sanctuary

westerns
heather graham: and one rode west
elizabeth lowell: only his, only mine, only you, only love
francine rivers: redeeming love
nora roberts: montana sky
lavyrle spencer: the gamble
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