Instalove/lust Stories That Actually Worked

As I mentioned in my Things I Thought I Hated in Romance Novels post, Instalove/Instalust romance novels can be a bit hard to swallow.

Most of the time.

But every so often, an author comes along who can convince me that two complete strangers can fall in love (or lust) after just one look, conversation, or interaction.

Below is a list of romance novels that were able to pull this off for me.

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Reading Recs: Favorite Damaged Heroes

Although I tend to have more of an appreciation for charming, charismatic, somewhat irreverent heroes, every so often a beautifully damaged hero comes along in a novel that absolutely sweeps me off my feet.

Maybe it’s that innate romantic in me that loves the idea of epic love being the one thing that can heal a tortured soul.

Anyway, here is a short list of my very favorite damaged heroes and the novels in which they exist:

Lance Romero

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Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting
Oh, my sweet, sweet Lance! Lance’s book is second-to-last in the Pucked series and it came out of nowhere for me. His story was heartbreaking and intense and he loved so fiercely despite having such a hard time in life. Of all the guys in this list, Lance is the one whose story surprised me the most because my perception of him from the other books were nowhere near how he ended up.

 

Caden Grayson

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Hearts in Darkness Duet by Laura Kaye
It’s not until the second book in these novellas do you realize just how broken Caden is, but because of the epic love that develops between the two characters in the first book, you are just as willing to fight for him as Makenna.

 

Grayson Pierce Sullivan

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Darkly, Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe
I mean… Grayson is a serial killer, so… You don’t get much more damaged than that. His book is by far the darkest out of all of these books and it certainly is not for the faint of heart. Grayson is also, in his darkness, alluring and intensely compelling.

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I hesitate to say much about Rhys’ story because it would be riddled with spoilers for those who haven’t read the first two books in this series, but just know that he 100% deserves to be on this list.

 

Zsadist

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward
Zsadist’s story was actually the first true broken hero story I’ve ever read and it completely slayed me. I was not prepared. I’ve re-read this story over and over and though nothing will compare to how it made me feel the first time I read it, the story still hits me where it counts every time. Of all the damaged heroes on this list, no one is as broken as Zsadist. But it just makes his story that much better.

Who are some of your favorite damaged heroes?

 

 

 

 

Reading Recs: Favorite Forbidden Romances

Forbidden Romances are one of my all-time favorite tropes. I don’t know what the “official” definition of a Forbidden Romance is (or if there even is one – I’m too lazy to look it up), but I consider any book in which the main character’s love interest is someone that he or she should not be involved with for any given reason.

The books I’m listing below are a few of my favorites in this category. They’re filled with the longing, intensity, and excitement you’d expect from forbidden love stories.

The genres run the gamut: contemporary romance, fantasy, dark romance, paranormal romance… everything from age gaps to body guards to dueling mystical creatures to supernatural interspecies to teachers and students to religion … it’s quite the mix!

So, without further ado…

My All Time Favorite Forbidden Romance Stories

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Favorite YA Series {Part One}

This week has been the perfect week to curl up with a book by the window and read all day. It’s been raining nonstop and it doesn’t look like it’ll subside any time soon.

Unfortunately, I have to work all week, but luckily I have a gorgeous view of the lake in my office, so at least I can enjoy that much.

Today I’m recommending my favorite young adult series. These recommendations are those that I’ve read at least two of the books in the series. There are several series in which I’ve only read one book that I love so far, but I’ll wait to recommend those series once I’ve read at least one more book.

I’m more of a new adult/contemporary romance reader, so my YA favorites aren’t vast, however, I do love a great YA series every now and then.

My reason for this post is two-fold: First, I’m recommending every series listed here and second, I’d love it if you could recommend YA series that you’d think I’d like based on these.

 
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Favorite Sports Romance Novels

For someone who has been reading romance novels since my teens, it’s kind of surprising that sports romances are fairly new for me. Especially considering my unhealthy obsession with Tim Tebow back in his college days.

Though I read a couple of sports romances before it, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata was the first sports romance that made me really appreciate this subgenre.

I love how inspiring these types of novels can be, reading about how hard these athletes work to be the best in their sport. (And, let’s face it, if there is a novel about it, then obviously the athlete is the best.)

In honor of that, I’ve put together a list of my favorite sports romance novels. Keep in mind that I have not read a ton by a long shot, but these are my favorites out of the ones I have read.

 

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Romance Novels that Made Me Laugh Out Loud

While it’s not rare for me to squeal or sigh or groan while reading a book, it’s a bit more unusual for me to laugh out loud while reading.

When thinking about the theme of my book recommendations for this month, I decided to focus on the rare books that have made me burst out laughing while reading. The books that had my husband looking over at me as we lay in bed at night with a raised eyebrow and a shake of the head.

Here are the romance novels that gave me the giggles

Wrong by Jana Aston

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Oh my gosh, I made so many noises while reading this book, laughing was just one part of it.
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Pucked by Helena Hunting

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Violet accidentally yelling, “I LOVE YOU!” while having sex with Alex for only the second time and tacking on, “MONSTER C*CK!” at the end to cover up her mistake had me bursting out laughing.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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When Lucy tries to walk in all smooth into work and ends up tripping and dropping her lunch box in front of Josh… classic.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

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Keane is so ridiculous, you can’t help but roll your eyes at him, laugh at him, and love him all at once.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

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The. Insults. MZ outdid herself with the snark in this one! So funny!
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

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Georgina’s demon boss takes the human form of John Cusack, but refuses to admit that he knows who John Cusack is. That’s just an example of the absurd hilarity in this series.
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Undead Series by MaryJanice Davidson

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To be honest, I didn’t finish this series, but oh my goodness, the books I did read in this series seriously had me bent over with the giggles!
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A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

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I’ve mentioned that this book is one of my favorites and I find it so underhyped and underrated. It’s such a sweet story, but the funny parts in this had me dying.
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What are some books that have made you laugh out loud while reading?

Throwback Favorites: Some of my Favorite Romance Novels from Back in the Day

I’ve been obsessed with romance novels for as long as I can remember, so I’ve been wanting to do some sort of throwback-type book recommendation post that highlights books that I loved years ago.

Some of these books I’ve reread recently, others I haven’t read in a decade (or longer), but I do remember adoring them.

All of the books I’m listing here are books that I read for the first time over 5 years ago. (That’s not to say I haven’t reread them recently. I get obsessive, what can I say.)

Feel free to play along! Ransack your bookshelf or flip your “Read” shelf on Goodreads to descending dates read and play along!

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