Kit’s Recommendations

Vintage Romance

Although some of these authors are still writing, and I’m sure it’s still exceptional, these writers are what led to my fierce love of romance, starting with Judith McNaught (particular favorites are…well, everything but Once and Always, A Kingdom of Dreams and Almost Heaven lead that pack). Back in the day, I also devoured anything by Penny Jordan, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey and Julie Garwood. I recently reread Johanna Lindsey’s Warrior Woman and can say it’s lost none of its awesomeness. So even if these are “vintage,” they’re absolutely worth a look.

Contemporary Romance

I’m afraid I haven’t been reading as much as I used to. However, I’ve run across some fabulous authors and books that I highly recommend.

  • Love and Other Words, Christina Lauren
  • Soulmate Equation, Christina Lauren
  • Lick, Kylie Scott
  • It Had to Be You, Jill Shalvis
  • Archer’s Voice, Mia Sheridan
  • Black Lies, Alessandra Torre
  • Consumed, JR Ward
  • Luna and the Lie, Mariana Zapata


  • Joey W. Hill’s Natural LawTruly Helpless and Rough Canvas.
  • The Mistress, The Chateau, Tiffany Reisz
  • The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology with short stories from Anne Calhoun, Christine D’Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry and Molly O’Keefe.

Historical Romance

As well as the above Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey and Julie Garwood, I’d also recommend:

  • Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn
  • Wicked Intentions, Elizabeth Hoyt

Paranormal Romance

  • Scattered Ashes, Annie Anderson
  • Bitter Spirits and Grim Shadows, Jenn Bennett
  • Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole
  • The Fever Series, Karen Marie Moning
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood series, JR Ward

Zombie Romance

  • Flesh SeriesKylie Scott

Fantasy Romance

  • The Court Series, Sarah J. Maas

Books I Just Loved Reading


  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Samin Nosrat


  • The Ascendant, Drew Chapman
  • The Millennium Series, Stieg Larrson
  • Relic, Preston & Child
  • Shutter Island, Dennis LeHane
  • Strip Tease, Carl Hiaason


  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margret Atwood
  • Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  • Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton
  • The Stephanie Plum Series, Janet Evanovich
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
  • Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Fannie Flagg
  • The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
  • Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins
  • The Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
  • Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  • Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells

There you go…and happy reading!

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