What are the best and favorite romance novels of all time?

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    #1Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 

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    Maria Fox
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice is the ultimate love story! Jane Austen has a way with character development that leaves you wanting more. If romance is what you're looking for, this is a great book for you."
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    #2Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Roy Barnes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Gone with the Wind is actually one of my favorite books. Not only has it won the Pulitzer Prize, it captures human passion like no other book has before. I truly recommend giving this book a try!"
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    #3City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Bones is about 15-year-old Clary Fray and a weird murder that she witnessed in a city club. The culprit is invisible, and the body disappeared into thin air then an angel came and everything gets messier when Clary's mother is gone.

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    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.


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    Luz María Caballero
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This series is not for me but I actually did see one of the movies and the story is fairly interesting. I'm sure the movie didn't do the books justice. This would be a great gift for young teenagers if they also liked The Hunger Games."
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    #5A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember
    A Walk to Remember is a novel by the well-known romance writer, Nicholas Sparks. It tells the love story of Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan and was the basis of the famous movie of the same name, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.

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    Emma Foster
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a good solution, and a really good book"
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    #6Hush, Hush

    Hush, Hush

    Nora Grey is a smart and good girl and that against all odds, falls for Patch, a classmate with a questionable past. The attraction between the both of them gets stronger as days go by, but his mysterious past makes Nora feel insecure about completely falling for him.


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    Doris Fisher
    Written on May 15, 2018
    " I really enjoyed this book and am excited to read the next book in this series. It's a great thrilling, romantic, funny book and I think everyone can relate to parts of it. I definitely recommend it. "
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    #7Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood) is the first book in the series Black Dagger Brotherhood. The story revolves about vampire warriors who save their kind from de-souled humans who kill their race. 


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    Jean Burton
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "i like reading novels Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood) is my best and favorite romance novels of all time it talks about de-souled humans who kill their race."
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    #8Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins tells the story of Anna, a high school student in Atlanta who is about to embark on her senior year. She has a great best friend, a cool job, and a budding romance when suddenly her father sends her to boarding school in Paris, where she meets Étienne. He is almost perfect but taken... What will happen? Will she find love in Paris and have a true French kiss, or will she go back to her Atlanta sweetheart? 


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    Lawrence Jensen
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This romance novel is one of my personal favorites and always keeps me in suspense and heart break. I can't get enough of the relationships and turmoil! Buy this book!"
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    #9Love Unscripted (Love)

    Love Unscripted (Love)

    Love Unscripted is the first book in the contemporary romance series Love written by Tina Reber which follows the love story of movie star Ryan Christensen and small-town girl Taryn Mitchell.


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    Martha Edwards
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love the concept of this book, Love Unscripted by Tina Reber. It's a love story with the promise of a happy ever after ending. However, I struggled to finish this book. It's too long at over 600 pages, the story is too slow to build, and the characters especially the heroine, Taryn, seem too perfect and unrealistic. I tried but I couldn't get into the book as much I would have liked."
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    #10Gabriel's Inferno

    Gabriel's Inferno

    The first book of 'Gabriel's Inferno' starts the story of Gabriel Emerson, a respected professor haunted by his own past that lives an uninhibited life. Dark and full of terrors, his life seems to have find light when he meets Julia Mitchell, a sweet and innocent student that will make him meet his terrible past. 


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    Bruce Fernandez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "you will find yourself rereading sylvain seynard's new book of gabriel's inferno trilogy because it is so good!"
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    #11Easy (Contours of the Heart)

    Easy (Contours of the Heart)

    Easy is the first novel in the Contours of the Heart series. It tells the struggle of a girl who is recovering from a breakup, learning to fight back against an attacker, and accepting the love she gets from a secretive boy.


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    Rebecca Roberts
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This novel had my heart pumping on every page. I could not keep my eyes off of it! I laughed, I cried, I even read it twice!"
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    #12Bared to You (Crossfire)

    Bared to You (Crossfire)

    Bared to You is a book by Sylvia Day, that tells the story of Eva. She is currently living with her best friend Cary Taylor when she meets Gideon who noticed Eva's beauty, and after getting rejected once, something happened to them. 


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    Jesse Banks
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I think a better solution to this novel would be to re-write the second sentence to better clarify Eva's experience in this story. Can the mention of her getting rejected be better stated? I think it would be helpful to create a better solution."
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    Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Claire Randall, the main character, lives two love stories in two different centuries. 
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    Brandon Black
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Outlander is a powerful romance story set in a world where a woman is transported back in time. It panders to its audience quite a bit, but I enjoyed it. However, this link goes to the television series, which is based on the novel. Those looking for romance novels may want to read the book first."
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    Thoughtless is a new adult romance novel by S.C. Stephens. It tells the story of Kiera and her unbidden attraction for her new roommate, rockstar Kellan Kyle. It is the first book in the Thoughtless series.

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    Austin George
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I had a lot of people suggesting that I read Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. They said that it was one of the best romance novels of all time. I gave it a read but definitely do not agree. I did not like this book at all."
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    #15The Notebook

    The Notebook

    The Notebook is a romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks published in 1996 which is about the love story of mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2004. 


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    Jessica Hansen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you loved the movie then you will definitely love this book! I loved everything about this book. The best part was the fact that it went into more detail. I've read it twice so far and it never gets old!"
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    #16Perfect Chemistry

    Perfect Chemistry

    Perfect Chemistry is the first book in a young adult romance series by Simone Elkeles. It tells the story of it-girl Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes as they try to reconcile their differences for a chemistry project.


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    Mark Taylor
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "There are a lot of young adult romance novels out there, and so I'm hesitant to declare this title one of the best. But I really enjoyed reading the story of an unlikely duo from different sides of the tracks. I think I'll give this book to my daughter when she's old enough to appreciate it. "
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    Twilight is the first book in the Twilight Saga series, a book by Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of Bella Swan, a transferee student, and Edward Cullen who is a vampire. They will fall in love with each other and defy all odds. 


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    Deborah Carter
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The world has heard of the book (and the movie) "Twilight". We have heard that it is a young adult romance between vampires and teenagers. To call it the "best and favorite romance novels of all time" is a stretch. What about "Jane Eyre"? What about "The Notebook"? "Pride and Prejudice"? "Gone With the Wind"? Despite an impressive 8,600 positive reviews on Amazon, the novel "Twilight" still needs the test of generations of readers before being called the "best and favorite romance novels of all time"."
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    #18Golden Trail (The Burg)

    Golden Trail (The Burg)

    Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley is a contemporary romance fiction novel that was originally published in 2011. This is the third book in her The Burg series. It is preceded by At Peace and followed by Games of the Heart.


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    Zhang Yan
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I recently bought the romance "Golden Trail (The Burg Series)" for my fiancee, and she's really enjoying reading it. This book is part of a trilogy, so it's better to start reading from the first two books "At Peace" and "Games of the Hearth"."
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    #19For You (The Burg Series)

    For You (The Burg Series)

    For You by Kristen Ashley is a contemporary romance fiction novel that was originally published in 2011. This is the first book in Ashley's The Burg series that tells the story of two high school sweethearts. It is followed by At Peace.


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    Thomas Jenkins
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Books about young love always touch a special place in my heart. A friend showed me this book and once I started it, I could not put it down. There are so many things that will remind you of the good times and the bad times in high school. Heart breaks, forgiveness, tears, all the emotions are here. Great book."
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    #20At Peace (The Burg Series)

    At Peace (The Burg Series)
    At Peace by Kristen Ashley is a contemporary romance novel that was originally published in 2011. This is the second book in Ashley's The Burg Series. It is preceded by For You and followed by Golden Trail.

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    Michael Schmidt
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "At peace is honestly one of the worst novels in the burg series. It just drags on and on and there is never a end in sight."
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    #21Play It Safe

    Play It Safe

    Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley is a contemporary romance fiction novel first published in 2012. This book tells the love story of Ivey as she moved to Colorado and met a rancher named Grayson Cody.


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    James Brown
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is a good looking romance novel from a fairly prolific author. It's highly rated, so it's likely someone's favorite romance novel. Again, I don't know romance novels, so I can't speak to the quality personally, but the amount of good reviews does a good job pointing toward the quality of the book."
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    #22Safe Haven

    Safe Haven
    Safe Haven is another novel-turned-movie masterpiece from #1 New York Times Bestselling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. The suspense-thriller romantic novel was published on September 14th,  2010 by Grand Central Publishing.

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    Caroline Lin
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This isn't my favorite romance novel, but it's certainly in my top ten. Sparks has a writing method that I would describe as "stream of suspense"; he knows how to construct a story that bounces dynamically from one plot development to another, and that keeps it very entertaining."
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    #23The Toll-Gate

    The Toll-Gate

    The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer is a detective fiction and historical romance novel originally published in 1954. This book was preceded by Cotillion and followed by Bath Tangle. The story was set during the Regency era.


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    Gloria Hicks
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love Georgette Heyer. I had missed this book somehow. I know it was published years before I was born. But I had managed to find others of hers from back then. I think a lot of people would find it surprisingly good. They don't think anything written back so long ago could be interesting today."
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    #24The Silent Waters (Elements)

    The Silent Waters (Elements)

    The Silent Waters is the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series Elements written by Brittainy C. Cherry which follows the love story of Maggie Mae Riley and Brooks Tyler Griffin.


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    Kathy Dean
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is not my genre but I did read this book on vacation. Is it the best romance novel of all time? No, I don't think so as classics are clearly better. This is a good story however but clearly not the best of all time. That is a difficult award to win and one must stand the test of time to get it. This novel is too new to get that title."
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    #25These Old Shades (Alastair)

    These Old Shades (Alastair)

    These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer is a historical romance novel originally published in 1926. This book is followed by Devil's Cub. It is set during the Georgian era and follows the story of Justin Alastair.


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    Kathryn Brewer
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A really good book and the historical era was interesting to me. This wasn't the most romantic romance book ever, but the author is very talented and after the first quarter of the book it was a good read. I wouldn't call it the 'best' or a 'favorite' but it's a very solid book."
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    #26False Colours

    False Colours

    False Colours by Georgette Heyer is a historical romance novel originally published in 1963. This book is preceded by The Nonesuch and followed by Frederica. It tells the story of a young man masquerading his missing twin.


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    Paul Hamilton
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "If you like reading some of the oldies in the romance genre, False Colours may appeal to you. I liked reading an early work of romance, and was entertained by the story. The best? No. But a solid entry all the same. "
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    #27Devil's Cub (Alastair)

    Devil's Cub (Alastair)

    Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer is a historical romance novel originally published in 1932. The story of this book was set during the Georgian era. It is preceded by The Conqueror and followed by An Infamous Army.


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    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I read this previous book in the series and was looking forward to this one and honestly this ones better. That a fun, fast paced book but it had lofty expectations put on it and it really delivered. The characters are better built and the setting is more thoroughly explored."
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    Amber Leigh's romantic erotica novel, Cuckold tells the story ow a man who gets sexually turned on by watching his wife cheat on him with other men. The book was published on October 4th, 2007 by Nexus Enthusiast.

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    Jane Torres
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Strange choice for a favorite romance novel, considering the subject matter. One would think we would be leaning more traditionally here. "
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    #29Hard And Fast

    Hard And Fast

    Hard and Fast is a romantic erotic novel for young adults written by Lisa Renee Jones. It was first published in 2007. It is about the love affair between a lady sportscaster and a baseball superstar.


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    Marcy Tang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Another boring book that I couldn't finish. Can't even get through the first chapter."
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    Kamilla Shamsie's Kartography romantic drama novel about best friends Raheen and Karim and all the secrets that come with the lifestyle they were born into. The novel was published on June 7th, 2004 by Mariner Books.

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    Hannah Simmons
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Kartography was told to me to be the best romantic novel of all time, but I just don't see it. I thought it was ok but it wasn't a book that I would tell friends that they had to read. There was other books I enjoyed more that were romance novels."
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    #31The Grand Sophy

    The Grand Sophy

    The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer is a Regency romance novel originally published in 1950. This book is preceded by Arabella and followed by The Quiet Gentleman. It follows the story of Sophia Stanton-Lacy set in 1816.


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    Marcela Vera
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I don't usually read romance but The Grand Sophy drew me right in. This novel opened my up to a whole new genre. Its beautifully written and will stand the test of time."
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    #32Friday's Child

    Friday's Child

    Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer is a historical romance novel originally published in 1944. This book is preceded by Faro's DAughter and followed by The Reluctant Widow. It tells the story of Antony Vereist and Hero Wantage.


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    Susan Patel
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This novel is regarded as one of the author's funniest novels, which makes it a heartwarming favorite even without the subject or characters being profound. The lead character is annoying, at best, until partway through the novel he realizes the woe of his ways and has a change of heart. It's a little predictable, but cheery."


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2Gone with the Wind Books 28 Paid
3City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)Books 26 Paid
4DivergentBooks 23 Paid
5A Walk to RememberBooks 23 Paid
6Hush, HushBooks 20 Paid
7Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood)Books 20 Paid
8Anna and the French KissBooks 17 Paid
9Love Unscripted (Love)Books 15 Paid
10Gabriel's InfernoBooks 13 Paid

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