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Top 10 Greatest Romance Novels of all Time
The World's Best Love Stories
Romance novels take us into a world of love and passion, where the characters play out our dreams and fantasies for our delight and satisfaction, which in turn provides us with a longing for more.
If you adore love stories, you will really enjoy this Top 10 list of the Greatest Romance Novels of all Time.
Listed here you will discover some great novels from these really talented authors. Browse through the Top 10 Greatest Romance Novels and select the books that you have not read, but would like to.
Then you can curl up in a comfortable chair and do your own personal review of some wonderful romance literature.
Enjoy your reading.
Introduction To The List
If you are anything like me you will enjoy reading great romance novels, in that case you are in for a real treat.
Listed below you will discover the very best love stories, all with personal reviews which will give you an insight of what each novel has to offer you.
Each of these novels have been carefully reviewed and chosen because of their capacity to hold the attention of the reader until the story comes to its final end.
When you have finished browsing, please leave a comment and tell me what you think of these ten greatest romance novels of all time.
#10 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
Morning Glory - By LaVyrle Spencer
Tall, dark and handsome Will Parker has served time for the killing of a Texas prostitute, but keeps losing jobs as his reputation becomes known. In the small town of Whitney, Ga., at the beginning of WW II, he answers the advertisement of a pregnant widow and mother of two, the abused and reclusive Eleanor Dinsmore, who is looking for a husband. Soon in love with ostensibly plain, bedraggled Ellie, Parker dotes on her two boys, and works to support the family. Fittingly for this sort of bucolic idyll, Will and Ellie, despite their rudimentary educations, love books and develop a special friendship with wise old Miss Beasley, the local librarian. Alas, brazen and rapacious Lula Peak, the town floozie, sets her sights on Will, waylaying him in the library; meantimes, Lula is blackmailing her lover, the cowardly Harley Overmire, who is no friend of Will.
#9 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
Nobody's Baby But Mine - By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington spends her 34th birthday in tears. She wants a baby, but not a husband. Where can she find an average or, preferably, stupid man? She decides that Cal Bonner, legendary quarterback for the Chicago Stars is perfect. Jane sets her plan into action and after some trail and error she succeeds. But the results are more than she bargained for when Cal discovers her duplicity. How can a football player with an interfering family and a nerdy professor who has never known family love ever fall in love? With lots of honesty, understanding and a whole lot of humor. Don't miss this one! It's filled with engaging characters, laughs galore and a feel-good ending.
#8 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
Lord of Scoundrels - By Loretta Chase
Tough minded Jessica Trent's sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Diain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And when his reciprocal passion places them in a scandously compromising, and public position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction... Damn the minx for tempting him, kissing him...and then for forcing him to salvage reputation! Lord Diain can't wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place -- and in some amorous position. And if this means marriage, so be it -- though Sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remain aloof...and steel his heart to the sensuous, head strong lady's considerable charms.
What Makes A Romance Novel Really Great?
What Separates The Great From The Good
The one thing that women really enjoy, is to curl up with a great romance novel. But what makes a romance novel great?
The romance reader is looking for great characters that are larger than life.
A hero that they can believe in, who will do anything to be at the heroine's side.
A heroine that can fight for herself and is also likeable.
A great romance novel is full of emotions,
And there must be a plot that is plausible, with motivation and conflict.
#7 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
A Knight in Shining Armor - By Jude Devereaux
Vacationing in England with her lover, Robert, and his spoiled teenage daughter, heroine Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by them in a remote country churchyard near the tomb of Nicholas Stafford, an earl who died in 1564. Almost immediately, an armor-clad swashbuckler materializes--Nicholas himself, reincarnated in the 20th century to clear his reputation, having been unjustly convicted of treason. Intrigued by his plight, Dougless agrees to help Nicholas learn his accuser's identity and restore his good name. They become lovers, and their adventures briefly lead Dougless back to the 1560s
#6 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
Flowers from the Storm - By Laura Kinsale
Christian Langland, Duke of Jerveaux is the ultimate hero. A brilliant mathematician and a complete rake, Christian is a man of contradictions. When a stroke leaves him permanently unable to speak, his family believes him to be mad and relegates him to a sanitarium. Fortunately, Maddy, a righteous Quaker and do-gooder, recognizes that Christian is not insane--he just can't talk! Maddy may not be the most likable heroine you'll encounter, but she has depth and character, and is probably one of the few people you could imagine who would have the patience and understanding to accept and live with Christian's intense anger and frustration. But she never dreamed her gentle, healing touch would alter his life and her own so completely -- and bind them together in need, desire ... and love.
Taking A Short Break
A Few Words From Your Host
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#5 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
The Bride - By Julie Garwood
By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison...a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her...forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned against, an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks spoke of savage pleasures. And though Kincaid's scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him...until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses...
#4 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
McKenzie's Mountain - By Linda Howard
A great romance novel about Mary, a schoolteacher who just can't let Joe Mackenzie quit high school, so she sets off up the mountain that he lives on with his father, Wolf, to see what she can do to get him back in school. What she finds up on that mountain is a passion she's never imagined existed before with a tall, tough and rugged warrior with a past. Wolf, for his part, has been to jail for a rape he didn't commit and isn't willing to ruin Mary's reputation in their small town, so he refuses to begin a relationship with the sweet lady. Then, a real rapist is on the loose in this quaint, little town and targeting people who are close to Joe and Wolf Mackenzie. And Mary is one of the top targets on his list...
#3 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
It Had to Be You - By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Windy City isn't quite ready for Phoebe Somerville-the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars' head coach, former grid iron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises-a meddling bimbo who doesn't know a pigskin from a pitcher's mound. So why is Dan drawn to the shameless sexpot like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach's good ol' boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied...and ready to fight?
Ok, so now we are down to the last two books in the top 10 greatest romance novels of all time list.
Any guesses as to which books they are?
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#2 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
Dream Man - By Linda Howard
Detective Dane Hollister has a tough life. A serial killer with a predilection for slashing women to death is on the prowl and now a psychic who claims to witness the murders through the killer's eyes has come forward to share her visions. As far as he's concerned, the psychic is as twisted as the slasher. For her part, from the moment she walks into the Orlando police station, Marlie Keen is sorry she offered to help. Hollister treats her gift of "knowing" with suspicion, but the detective's investigation into Marlie's past convinces him that her gift is genuine. Hollister moves into Marlie's home, nursing her through terrifying and exhausting bouts of clairvoyance. At the same time the two ease the sexual tension threatening to overtake them---which if it doesn't quite make for good police work, does make for steamy romance.
#1 Greatest Romance Novel of all Time
Outlander - By Diana Gabaldon
English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.
The Romance Novel That Just Missed The List
Pride & Prejudice - By Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners played out in early 19th Century English society, a world in which men held virtually all the power and women were required to negotiate mine-fields of social status, respectability, wealth, love, and sex in order to marry both to their own liking and to the advantage of their family. Such is the case of the Bennetts, a family of daughters whose father's estate is in jeopardy and upon his death they will lose home, land, income, everything. But are the Bennett daughters up to playing a winning hand in this high-stakes matrimonial game without forfeiting their own personal integrity?
A Few Words From Your Reviewer
You have just had the opportunity to explore my reviews and recommendations of these 10 Greatest Romance Novels of all Time. I do hope that they have provided you with the details that you were seeking so that you can make your choice of the next novel that you will be reading. My Personal Favorite is Dream Man By Linda Howard