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Top Romance Books 2012 & 2013

Updated on September 13, 2014

Best Romance Books of All Time!

Whether your looking for best romance books or just a good book period, you have come ot the right place. Here you will find the top romance books, with some of the best love stories ever written.

Finding the best romance can be as simple as following good reviews. While everyone will have different tastes in romance novels, you can get an idea by reading the comments and looking for the top rated romance books that have 4 stars or more. Don't expect to find a 5 star book- it's nearly impossible considering that everyone has their own tastes and will never all agree on the same book.

Romance books come in several different categories including best seller romance, romance suspense, paranormal romance, erotic romance and classic romance. Here you will find some of the top romance books in these catagories. These best selling romance books will leave you warm and fuzzy and wanting more!

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The Sweetwater Canyon Series by Maggie Jaimeson

One of My All-Time Favorite Romance Series

The Sweetwater Canyon Series, by Maggie Jaimeson, includes the first two novels Undertones and Healing Notes , with two more set to be released in 2013. Sweetwater Canyon is an all female, bluegrass Americanna band that has their ups and downs. Undertones is 'Michelle's Story' and tells of how her and David have a fairy tale romance even after neither of them wanted a relationship. The two meet just after Michelle joins the band and just before she goes on tour. Neither of them expect to fall in love and try to overcome the reality of being separated for four months while she is on tour.

The second book, Healing Notes, is 'Rachel's Story'. She faces tragedy in Undertones and the book Healing Notes tells her story and how she overcomes a horrific tragedy and finds love.

One the main things I loved about these two books and look forward to in the rest of the series is that author Maggie Jaimeson is a brilliant author and sets the scenes, characters and tone in a way that you can relate. There are some hot, passionate loves scenes in these books but they are all beautifully and tastefully written without obscenities. If you are looking for a great romance that will keep you turning the pages then you have to read the Sweet Water Canyon Series.

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Gabriel's Inferno Series by Sylvain Reynard

A Beautiful Romance Series that You Just Can't Put Down

I just recently finished reading Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture and fell in love with this series. They are definitely one of the best romance series I have read.

I found it while looking for romance books like Fifty Shades of Grey. While I loved Fifty Shades of Grey, I would have to say that I enjoyed the Gabriel's Inferno Sequel better. While it didn't have as much hard-core, erotic moments, it did have more passion, more love and more of a true fairy tale type plot.

Gabriel's Inferno is about a couple who fell in love at first sight, spent an innocent night together, and found themselves separated the very next morning. Years later, she goes off to college to realize that her professor is the very same gentleman that stole her heart that night in the apple orchard many years ago. Unfortunately, he never knew her name so he didn't recognize her, he just knew that she had a familiarization that he could put his finger on. Something like a brown-eyed angel.

I won't go any further because I don't want to spoil the story but I will say that it is by far, one the best romance novels I have ever read! It isn't as erotic as Fifty Shades of Grey and for some that makes it even better. It's a compassionate romance book that you won't be able to put down!

Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture are both available in paperback and eReader format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

When Good Girl Meets Bad Boy

Beautiful Disaster is another one of the top romance books! Abby is nothing less than the typical 'good girl' and very much a lady. As she lives her days through college, studying, reading and studying some more, she finds herself making a bet with Travis, the bad boy on campus. It doesn't take long to for Abby to get tangled up in one of his bets that wagers her innocence. A must read for anyone looking for a good romance book.


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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

The Best Erotic Romance Story Yet!

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy consists of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. Each book starts off right where the last one left off with the same characters along with a few new ones for an unexpected appearance, thrill or threat!

Fifty Shades of Grey is a romance book about a college student, Anastasia Steele, who interviews one of Seattle's richest men, Christian Grey, for a college paper assignment. Not only is he rich, but he is sexy, romantic and has a very dark secret along with an even darker past. When Anastasia finds herself falling for Christian she is surprised by his reluctance and refusal to even consider the thought.

After quite sometime she finds herself at dinner with Christian who won't so much as consider talking to her until she has signed a Non-Disclosure Act prohibiting her to ever tell anyone about his personal life. It doesn't take long for her to understand by such a multi-talented man would require an NDA. His hidden fantasies are well beyond anything her virgin mind could have ever thought of. She quickly realized that Christian doesn't have romantic relationships, in fact, in doesn't have any relationships. Everything is strictly physical and requires a contract that will insure his sexual desires are met and nothing further.

Unfortunately, Julia knows her virginity is far worth more than any erotic contract and she will only give it to the man she loves, whom would love her back. Christian finds himself realizing that there is more to life than sex and that Anastasia is worth more than all the money in the world. However, his dark secrets and sexual needs end up being to much for Anastasia... she finds herself unable to meet the contractual requirements and with that she must go. Christian on the other hand realizes that no sexual contract could ever fulfull his life now that he has been with Anastasia, the only problem is that it may be to late to get her back.

I will stop there as well, to prevent a spoiler, but I must say, Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy is a great romance book and an even better erotic romance series!

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The Witness - You Just Can't Keep Secrets from the Sheriff- Even When You Are In Love

The Witness by Nora Roberts is one of the top romance books for 2012 and is filled with suspense. It goes like this... Elizabeth Finch, who was at one time a wild and rebellious teenager, grows up to be a quiet hermit in her adult life. She lives alone and keeps to herself while working from home as a security system designer under the identity of Abigail Lowery.

Her shyness and lonesomeness gets the attention of local citizens, including Police Chief Gleason. Intrigued by her personal mystery and being a lonely woman, he feels she needs to be protected and puts for the time to keep an eye on her and make sure she is safe.

Trying to be helpful, Chief Gleason keeps a tight watch on her and her home and quickly finds that she is very fascinating but yet mysterious. Something weird is going on but he doesn't know what. It doesn't take him long for his investigative instincts to kick in and tell him something is not right. What he discovers could both him and Abigail in danger of some very dangerous men.

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The Black Hawk - Action-Romance Awared Best Romance, Biggest Tearjerker, and More!

The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne, is a best-selling novel that has received many awards including Best Romance, Biggest Tearjerker, Bests Romance Couple and many more. If you are looking for one of the best romance books this has to be one of them. I haven't personally read this one but the ratings, awards, and nominations speak for themselves. This one is for sure on my 'to-read' list

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The Truth About Forever - Bad Boys and the Summer Heat Make for a Great Combination!

The Truth About Forever by Sara Dessen

Shortly after the passing of her Father, Macy finds herself filled with grief, boredom, and hot, summer sun. Her boyfriend is out of town so she ends up spending the majority of her time with her mother until things suddenly start looking up for her. She lands a new job and meets a very interesting guy named Wes. Wes isn't your typical guy though. He's very artistic, insists on truth-telling, and has a 'past'. It doesn't take long for Macy to become smitten and venture out of her comfort zone to find out just how good bad boys can be. If you like good romance books you will love this one.

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Anna and The French Kiss - The Tale of Hot Parisian Who Was Already Taken

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is another good romance book worth mentioning. It tells the story of Anna, a senior in high school about to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris. The thought of leaving her best friend, a job that she loves and her soon to be fiancé , has her upset and not wanting to leave though her parents insist. As month go by, Anna realized that Paris isn't all that bad; neither is Etienne St. Clair- the perfect Parisian who she finds completely irresistible. There is just one problem… he is already taken and she has a soon-to-be fiancé back home.

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Pride and Prejudice - A Timeless Classic Romance... When Rich Meets Poor!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Anna Quindlen

One of the best classing romantics ever! The book Pride and Prejudice is even better than the movie. It takes place in the 18th century. Don't let the 'old times' plot fool you- it's still one of the best romance books I have ever read. It portrays the story of a poor girl who ends up having a rich man fall at her feet and madly in love with her. Unfortunately there was a lot to overcome in order to have a relationship with her, such as poverty, Lydia- a beautiful female from a rich family that was more par-for- the course, and society. Of course in today's society it is unheard of but back then not only was it unheard of, it was also considered insane. Luckily, these two didn't let society keep them back. Instead, they bound together and fought society.

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What Is Your Favorite Romance Book?

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      amandalowhorn 3 years ago

      Hi, I suggest Emma Rose romance books. they are so good.

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      VictoriaHolt 3 years ago

      I really really really like the Cornerstone Series by a self-published author. You should check out my review, if you're interested! Best Self Published Paranormal Romance lens!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hi, I suggest A Knight in Shining Armor, my favorite

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really stopped reading romance when it became the same thing with different cities and different names of characters. Last year I picked up a book by Donna Fasano - Runaway Bride and fell in love with romance all over again. I then read Her Fake Romance and Merry Go Round--all fabulous books. Just getting ready to start her latest - Reclaim My Heart and really looking forward to it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved Fifty and the Crossfire series.. But I just finished Release Me,- similar with the rich man sweeping away the young women, but there's something that continues to pull you to read further, there are secrets to be hidden for both man and women..

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Nice collection. Some of those book also available for kindle.

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      planetocean79 4 years ago

      Can't really say what is my all time favorite yet. But all the books on here sound really good.

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      LadyKeesh 5 years ago

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