Erotica author, aka Elspeth Potter, on Writing from the Inside

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Top 16 Romance Novels

I'm exactly one month late posting my sixteen favorite romance novels, but, they are anyway, in random order. And it was really hard and made me very sad, but I did it for you.

I limited myself to books published as romance, not science fiction or fantasy or mystery that included a romance in the story. I allowed one book per author. One of my requirements was that I'd read the book more than once and plan to read it again in future; the re-read requirement meant most of the newer books I've loved, by new authors or by old favorite authors, didn't make the list.

My List:

1. Judy Cuevas, Dance
2. Suzanne Brockmann, Frisco's Kid
3. Carla Kelly, Summer Campaign
4. Jennifer Crusie, Anyone But You
5. Liz Carlyle, No True Gentleman
6. Loretta Chase, Lord of Scoundrels
7. Laura Kinsale, The Shadow and the Star
8. Janet Mullany, Dedication
9. Marjorie Liu, Shadow Touch
10. Nita Abrams, The Exiles
11. Connie Brockway, As You Desire
12. Mary Jo Putney, River of Fire
13. Tracy Grant, Daughter of the Game
14. Jo Beverley, Christmas Angel
15. Mary Balogh, The Notorious Rake
16. Anna Campbell, Untouched

Amazon links for your convenience:
Frisco's Kid
Summer Campaign
Anyone But You
No True Gentleman
Lord of Scoundrels
The Shadow and the Star
Shadow Touch
The Exiles
As You Desire
River of Fire
Daughter of the Game
Christmas Angel
The Notorious Rake


  1. I really, really wish DANCE and BLISS would be reprinted.

  2. Thanks for the list! I have a few of these on my TBR pile but am always looking for books to read. I see you have Captive of Sin on your Shelfair shelf. I want to read that one too!

  3. CAPTIVE OF SIN seems to have about five of my "bulletproof kinks," so I'm saving it for a day when I can read it all at my leisure.

  4. the shadow and the star was a book that knocked me on my ass, so i picked myself up and read it again and it laid me out cold. wow i love that book. i didn't know many of these, and loved the others, so i can't wait to use this list as a tbr. thanks for doing this! but, ummm, why 16? is that an internet thing?

  5. Sixteen had to do with the author of FOREVER AMBER, Kathleen Winsor, whose birthday was October 16th. But I didn't have my list ready yet!

  6. Ooh! Victoria, thanks for the mention of DEDICATION (the only traditional Regency with two bondage scenes).