Julia Quinn, Fern Michaels & More Best-Selling Romance Authors Reveal Their Favorite Love Stories

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Whether it comes from book clubs, Facebook groups, bibliophile friends or another source, uncovering a great book recommendation is a small victory for book lovers everywhere. And if your favorite genre is romance, you're in for a treat! This is the third installment of our fun literary 'series' where some of our favorite writers share their favorite book recommendations — and you are going to love these new picks!

Check out the first batch of romance recommendations here: Colleen Hoover, Sarah J. Maas & More Best-Selling Romance Authors Reveal the Love Stories They Can’t Get Enough Of

Woman’s World caught up with 7 bestselling authors, from fan favorite Bridgerton author Julia Quinn to beloved romance writers like Jasmine Guillory and Fern Michaels. Here, they each reveal why certain books remain their most sacred romance reads and why this genre is so important. Keep reading to uncover their go-to stories to add to your TBR (to-be-read) pile.

Fern Michaels, Author of The Wild Side

“Everyone likes an adventure, and a great romance is the best adventure of all,” says Fern Michaels, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Side and Fear Thy Neighbor.

Fern's thoughts on her favorite romances:

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
Kensington

“A story about finding love and finding your creativity, with characters who work their way into your heart and don’t let go.”

A Duke, The Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley

A Duke, The Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley (romance books)
Kensington

“A bold, inclusive historical romance about the lengths which people will go to protect the ones they love. If you love Bridgerton, you won’t want to miss this!”

You Can Run by Rebecca Zanetti

You Can Run by Rebecca Zanetti (romanace books)
Zebra

“Edge-of-your-seat suspense in a snowy landscape – you can practically feel the chill as a brilliant FBI profiler chases an unexpected killer.”

Jasmine Guillory, Author of Drunk On Love

“Nothing makes me smile like a good, swoony, satisfying romance novel. I started writing them because I love reading them so much,” says bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, author of Drunk On Love and The Wedding Date.

Jasmine's thoughts on her favorite romances:

The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams (romance books)
Berkley

“I was so charmed by this book and this slow-burn, touching love story!”

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (romance books)
Park Row

“This dreamy story about a couple who get married in Vegas and then slowly fall in love won my heart!”

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (romance books)
Avon

“Alisha Rai always delivers — this book is sexy, smart and so moving.”

Julia Quinn, Author of Romancing Mister Bridgerton

“Romances hit every emotion, and then they leave you with a smile,” says Julia Quinn, bestselling author of Romancing Mister Bridgerton and The Viscount Who Loved Me, which have been made into a massively successful Netflix series.

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Julia's thoughts on her favorite romances:

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (romance books)
Avon

"Just a perfect historical romance. I've read it countless times.”

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (romance books)
Avon

“The perfect enemies-to-lovers story. I'd pay real money to read a retelling, this time from Josh's point-of-view.”

The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long

The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long (romance books)
Avon

“The first in the Pennyroyal Green series — passionate, exciting and wickedly clever."

Lori Wilde, Author of The Wedding at Moonglow Bay

“Romance celebrates the most unifying adventure of our lives, connecting intimately with another person,” says bestselling author Lori Wilde, author of The Wedding at Moonglow Bay and The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay.

Lori's thoughts on her favorite romances:

Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Philips

Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Philips (romance books)
William Morrow Paperbacks

“Love brings the cocky alpha to his knees.”

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins (romance books)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

“A triumphant story of sweeping love and epic courage.”

The Summer Cottage by Annie Rains

The Summer Cottage by Annie Rains (romance books)
Forever

“Heartwarming and hopeful story of enduring love.”

Rebecca Serle, Author of Expiration Dates

“To me, every story is a love story. I like to write love stories that are a little bit different, that involve traditional romance but often center on other significant relationships in our lives. My novel In Five Years is a love story about best friends and my novel One Italian Summer is a love story about a mother and her daughter. But don’t get me wrong, I love romance too!” says Rebecca Serle, bestselling author of Expiration Dates.

Rebecca's thoughts on her favorite romances:

The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty

The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty (romance books)
Wednesday Books

“Jessica, Marcus and Marcus, Jessica — the greatest love story that will ever be! It’s also a love story about yourself, a story of becoming.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (romance books)
Mariner Books

"A love story for the ages."

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (romance books)
Random House Trade Paperbacks

“Love this retelling of Pride and Prejudice. One of my all-time favorites.”

Nisha Sharma, Author of The Letters We Keep

"For me, the romance genre is a genre of hope," says Nisha Sharma, award-winning author of Dating Dr. Dil and The Letters We Keep (out 5/1). "The genre has given me the opportunity to express incredibly profound South Asian cultural experiences, connections and relationships. As a reader, the romance genre has always been, and will continue to be, a safety net in the world."

Nisha's thoughts on her favorite romances:

The Kiss Countdown by Etta Easton

"This is a charming story about a down-on-her-luck woman, an astronaut and a pretend romance that begins to feel very real very quickly."

This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

"One of my favorite novelists publishing absolute right now is Kennedy Ryan. Her most recent release is This Could Be Us is about a woman starting over after the mess her ex-husband left her. It’s stunningly messy and beautiful."

The Curious Secrets of Yesterday by Namrata Patel

"I am, and always will be obsessed with Namrata Patel’s work. Her next novel, The Curious Secrets of Yesterday, is about a spice shop, generational conflict, and a sweet romance between two individuals with complex ancestry." (Out 6/14)

Carolyn Brown, Author of Meadow Falls

“Romance, to me, means exploring emotions and the hope of a happy-ever-after after all the struggles that life can throw at a couple,” says Carolyn Brown, author of Meadow Falls and The Bluebonnet Battle.

Carolyn’s thoughts on her favorite romances:

Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer

Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer (romance books)
Berkley Trade

“A story of trying to figure out whether to listen to the heart or mind.”

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde (romance books)
William Morrow Paperbacks

“From ugly tears to belly laughs, The Moonglow Sisters delivers all the feels.”

The Wedding War by Liz Talley

The Wedding War by Liz Talley (romance books)
Montlake

The Wedding War will capture your attention on page one and won't let you sleep until you read the last sentence.”

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