Today we're excited to welcome bestselling author Darcy Burke to our corner of the web! She's sharing her top 10 favorite romance books of all time! An often difficult task—but we're glad she took the plunge!
This guest post is a feature of our stop on the blog tour for her book ONLY IN MY DREAMS (Ribbon Ridge #1), hosted by Tasty Book Tours + giveaway below!
Ribbon Ridge # 1
Darcy Burke's Top 10 Favorite Romances of All Time!
Thanks so much for having me today! Choosing a top ten was really, really hard. I’m pretty sure I changed my mind a dozen times. And if you asked me again tomorrow, I’d probably change it again. I will say numbers 1, 2, and 5 will always be on the list. I think. Yes, definitely. Probably.
1) Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
This was one of the first romances I read—I think I was around 15. It had so many great things I love: secret identity, strong heroine, and of course the history.
2) Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
This is one of my two favorite bad boy heroes. I love Lisa’s historicals and Devil in Winter just crackles with great characterization and amazing sexual tension. I’ve reread this many times!
3) The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
The other of my two favorite bad boy heroes. I fell in love with Elizabeth Hoyt’s first historical, The Raven Prince, when I picked it up in a grocery store on a whim Thanksgiving weekend. I devoured that book in a day. The Serpent Prince is my favorite of her books—pretty much entirely because of the anguished hero.
4) Velvet by Jane Feather
Jane Feather writes fantastic stories. I have so many of her books on my keeper shelf and it was hard to pick my favorite. But Velvet is one I’ve ready many times. I love the spy plot and the chemistry between the hero and heroine is spectacular.
5) Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
This might be my most oft-reread book. Judith McNaught is the queen of epic historicals and while I don’t at all like Whitney, My Love, which is arguably most readers’ favorite, Almost Heaven is almost perfect. The hero is positively sigh worthy. But what makes this book such a keeper to me are the situations. There are multiple scenes I just enjoy rereading (the picnic in the rain and Ian’s entry to the ball with his grandfather to name a couple) and rereading.
6) A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux
So many great Jude Devereaux books to choose from, but this classic time travel is my favorite. I won’t bother going into detail because I’m sure you’ve read it. Everyone’s read it. If you haven’t (gasp!) read it, go read it!
7) Seaflame by Valerie Vayle
This is a really old book that you probably can’t find. I have a secondhand copy from the bookstore my mom and I bought our romances from back in the day. This epic romance has royalty, pirates, and awesome characters. I loved this book so much that I tried to write a screenplay when I was seventeen so that someone could turn it into a television miniseries!
8) The Boss’s Fake Fiancee by Inara Scott
I only started reading contemporaries a couple of years ago, but this is one of my absolute favorites. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I just loved the relationship between the hero and heroine in this book. It’s very unique and beautiful. This is an engaging and sexy read.
9) Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton
If you love a good amnesia story with some suspense thrown in, this book is for you. This story is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Elisabeth writes great protagonists—they always feel very real and are usually people I’d like to hang out with!
10) Ricochet by Skye Jordan
I love Skye’s Renegades series—super sexy heroes and strong, smart heroines. Skye also writes some of the best love scenes I’ve ever read. I particularly love this story because of the emotion. And the hot love scenes. And the great cast of characters. And the hot love scenes. But really it’s the emotion—all the feels are present! (And the hot love scenes.)
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