As part of an event I’ll be doing at the WORD Bookstore in July, I’ve been asked to provide three book recommendations for people new to the romance genre. The only limitation is that the books can’t all be from the same sub-genre (i.e., no suggesting three historicals).
This seemed easy enough– until I tried to do it. Just three books to showcase the best of romance fiction? It’s one of those impossible tasks out of a fairy tale, like sorting beans into a bucket.
Right now, my tentative list is:
Loretta Chase, Mr. Impossible (Regency)
Judith McNaught, Paradise (Contemporary)
Mary Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting (Romantic Suspense)
On the other hands, there’s:
Georgette Heyer, The Nonesuch (Regency)
Kristan Higgans, Just One of the Guys (Contemporary)
Gail Carriger, Soulless (Paranormal Historical)
But then there’s Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn and I haven’t even touched on chick lit…. Help! If you had to pick just three romance novels to suggest to a romance newbie, what would those romance novels be?