A little less my forte, but deserving of a post of its own all the same.
Romantic novels are usually my turn-to when I’m feeling overwhelmed with school. Similar to those who have guilty pleasures in the form of a television show, I have guilty pleasures in the form of books. When I’m feeling bogged down with the obligations that come alone with a full course load – many times an intense course load – I love sitting down to a mindless read that requires no thinking, just simple enjoyment of the writers style and story-line.
So here are a few of my must-reads when I can’t stomach another day of microeconomics or British Literature Prior to 1800.
If you thought the Fifty Shades of Grey series was hot – or rather Christian Grey – than you’ll melt in your seat reading Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Gideon Cross puts Christian Grey to shame – over and over and over again. For an erotic romance series, you can’t get any better than Day’s series. Here they are broken down:
#1 Bared to You: Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private worlds…and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart..
#2 Reflected in You: Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.
My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.
We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…
#3 Entwined with You: From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.
No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.
Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…
#4 Captivated By You: Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…
#5 One with You: Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.
We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.
But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.
Lucky Santangelo Series
Jackie Collins is a global icon. A woman who wasn’t afraid to break through barriers to deliver her readers stories of the things that were hush-hush by all others. Collins’ Santangelo series doesn’t disappoint. Although they’re technically classified as romance novels, they border along mainstream fiction . . . maybe. Collins is truly in a class of her own.
This series in particular focuses on the Santangelo family, beginning with Gino Santangelo, an Italian-American former gangster and his daughter Lucky. The novels which span from the 1920s to present day, are set in the world of organized crime and include the Santangelos’ rivalry with the Bonnatti and Kassari families. There are nin novels in the saga and one spin-off. The order is as follows:
- Lady Boss
- Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge
- Dangerous Kiss
- Drop Dead Beautiful
- Poor Little Bitch Girl (loosely connected)
- Goddess of Vengeance
- Confessions of a Wild Child (prequel of Lucky’s teenage years which we seen briefly in Chances
- The Santangelos
Anything by this man is truly heartwarming and wonderful. Sparks has an amazing talent for always pulling at the heart string. I can’t actually pinpoint favorites by this author, as I own them all and love them! (PS the movies are just as warm and fuzzy!)
Any of these are truly wonderful in their own right. Romance is one of those genres that is actually quite diverse. There is a subcategory to suit all tastes. My choices are diverse as well, as you may have noticed – none quite the Harlequin kind, but all very different.
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Enjoy you guys!