Fall Romantic Reads

It’s another gloomy day in Indiana, which is the perfect weather to snuggle up with a good book. As the warm weather fades for much of the US and Canada, there’s no better time to prepare your reading list for those longs days spent cooped up inside the house.

I’ve made a short list of some of my fave romantic reads. Think of it as a PSA to help relieve the cold weather boredom.

  1. Paradise by Judith McNaught – I reread this one at least once a year. It has everything one could wish for in a romance. My tastes have always leaned toward historical romance, but this contemporary gave me everything and more. Poor boy meets rich girl, boy loses girl by horrible misunderstanding by evil father, girl and boy meet years later while she’s engaged and he’s rich and powerful. I can’t put it down once I start reading.
  2. A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss – This beauty and the beast story turns out not to be. The hero in this is cocky, self-assured, and could easily seduce any woman – my perfect idea of a book boyfriend. Woodiwiss was a gifted writer and keeps me reading and interested for hundreds and hundreds of pages (her books are pretty long).
  3. Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare – This book introduced me to Tessa Dare, and I can safely say I’ve been hooked ever since. She’s a hilarious author and her books keep me laughing.
  4. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – My aunts Robin and Judy recommended this one to me. They said it was “comforting”, one of those books you go to after you’ve had a bad day. They were right. This book is like chicken and noodles – comfort reading for the soul. It’s a tender story with sexual tension, hot love scenes, and makes me say “awww” every time.
  5. If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones – Part of her Inside Out Trilogy, this book introduces Chris Merit – the sexiest book boyfriend out there. He’s a tortured artist on a motorcycle – need I say more?
  6. Anything from the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long –Redmonds or Everseas, it doesn’t matter. I love them all. Recently, the last in the series debuted. I’m actually saving it since I know once I’ve read it, the series is done for me. DONE! How do you move on after something like this??

What are your comfort books?

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page. Fall in love with romance again... www.jessicajefferson.com

4 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    LOL re the last in the Pennyroyal Green series. I’ve started it, but I’m reading it very slowly, not so much because it’s the last one but because it’s such an intensely emotional read. I’m also looking forward to seeing what Julie Anne Long will write next!

    • Jessica Jefferson

      I can’t. I just can’t. It’s on my Kindle, waiting for me to read it. Begging me! But the very idea of reading it actually gives me anxiety. I’m going to start crying on page 2, I just know it!

  2. Maggi Andersen

    Thanks Jessica, I’ve added two of these to my TBR pile.