What are the best intense and angsty romance novels?

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    #1Perfect 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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    Joe Sims
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "So I didn’t think I was going to like this. But my friend kept on pushing to read it because she couldn’t stop talking about it and I was always asking her to stop talking about it. So I broke down and started to read it because I like this friend. We’ve been friends forever. And I found out I loved this book. I can’t stop talking about it. It’s just not the hot parts either. The story is interesting too."
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    #2Bared 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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    David Ávalos
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a great solution for this problem. In Sylvia Days book, there is both romance and later intense angsty. When Cary says "The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart..." is a good sentence to point out the obvious style of this novel."
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    #3New Moon (The Twilight Saga)

    New Moon (The Twilight Saga)

    Bella and Edward are separated because he thinks that his mere presence was putting her at risk. Devastated, Bella will find a great friend in Jacob Black, who can shape-shift into a wolf and will protect her from Victoria, a vampire seeking vengeance. 


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    Justin West
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "You know, the media has done a great disservice to the Twilight saga. Ever since it's become a series of films, I feel like a lot of casual readers have been steered away because of negative reviews. However, at the heart of the matter, there's some very good writing, especially if you're looking in the intense and angsty subgenre. I'm sure you could find better options out there, but this will do if it's the first thing you grab."
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    #4Hush, 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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    Jose Gordon
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The last half of the book is pretty good, but the first half just dragged on and on. I'm not really a fan of the characters (especially Nora) and parts of the plot were just kind of silly. It wasn't horrible though, so I wouldn't completely tell someone to avoid it."
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    #5Easy (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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    Austin Wilson
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "While I appreciate getting a plot synopsis, the solution doesn't give me any indication of why or what about this book makes it one of the best intense and angsyt romance novels. It would be nice if I had some kind of sense of what the author did that made this book stand out above others in the genre. In fact, there is even less here than on an Amazon editorial review!"
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    #6Gabriel'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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    Hannah Pearson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I thought this book would be more interesting than it actually ended up being. I think most of the characters in this book are annoying and are basically stereotypes."
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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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    Jason Harris
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I read this book over the summer and absolutely loved it. The book is filled with great plot twists and moments that you never see coming. The book is written very well. My favorite part was the ending, which made go buy the next book in the series immediately. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the Hunger Games books!"
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    #8Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)

    Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)
    Eclipse is the third book in the Twilight Series. The story revolves around the new challenges Bella and Edward faces as vampire to human couple. In this book, Bella will struggle to choose between Edward and his best friend Jacob.

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    Cindy Yan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a third book of the Twilight saga Also I have seen the series that was in TV it is a great Movie and book. I gave it 5 stars Bella faces some challenges when it comes to her relationship between Edward she then has to choose him or his best friend which is Jacob."
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    #9City 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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    Bobby Ortiz
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) is a novel about a murder and the investigation by teen Clary Fray. It's pretty intense and a good dark romance, overall a good read."
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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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    Carl Cunningham
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "One of my favorite intense and angsty romance novels, Twilight is the one that started it all, and broke the genre into the mainstream. The idea of a teen girl falling in love with an old vampire has become cliche now, but when it comes to dark romance, it's hard to go wrong with this genre staple. "
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    #11Reflected in You (Crossfire)

    Reflected in You (Crossfire)
    The Gideon and Eva romance continues in the second book of the 'Crossfire Series': they both need each other to recover from their own cases of sex abuse during their childhood, a past that doesn't get on the way of steamy sex scenes but will put in danger their overall relationship. 

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    Omar de la Torre
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I feel pretty good about this solution given that this book has over 13,000 reviews and is highly rated. I would think it would be intense given the usage of the words "steamy sex scenes" but I don't know if it is very angsty but it is also a pretty specific thing to look for."
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    #12Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)

    Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)

    Breaking Dawn is the 4th book in the series Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer that tells the story of Bella and Edward, and their journey in overcoming all the evils that set them apart. After finding out that she is pregnant, Bella decides to move back to her home town, but things won't get any better for her. 


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    Sharon Hamilton
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I have and always will be in love with this series! I have reread it too many times to count. The love Edward and Bella share is beautiful and their world is beyond captivating. The only thing that bothers meis they have so much was shoved into this book. I wish it maybe had been made as two books instead of being shoved together. Amazing job as always, and I'm beyond sad to see the series end."
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    #13Obsidian (Lux)

    Obsidian (Lux)
    Katy Swartz, a seventeen yeard old girl that moved to West Virginia for her last high school year, would have never believed that the hot guy, yet worth of a beat down, living next door was an alien. Daemon and his sister are being attacked by enemies from another galaxy, and he will have to use his powers, like the ability to freeze time, to save them and Katy. 

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    Patrick May
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel was a little too 'out there' for me. I don't want to spoil anything but the plot goes to some weird places. I did find the characters pretty enjoyable though."
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    #14Reckless (Thoughtless)

    Reckless (Thoughtless)

    Reckless is the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series Thoughtless written by S.C. Stephens which follows the love story of Kiera and Allen as they face the struggles of the married life. 


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    Anna Kelley
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "One of the best intense and angsty romance books that I have read is Reckless by S.C. Stephens. The characters were so perfectly written that I felt connected to them throughout the story. This is the third book in the Thoughtless series and I think it's the best one yet. "
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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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    José Antonio Villanueva
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Thoughtless is a perfect solution for best intense and angsty romance novels, because it 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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    #16Love 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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    James Wallace
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Love Unscripted (Love) is the best intense and angsty romance level. Small town girl meets angsty famous movie star who just needs some good lovin'!"
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    #17The Edge of Never

    The Edge of Never

    The Edge of Never is a romance book by J.A Redmerski that tells a story of the young lady Camryn. She does not want to grow old with the same old routine that she does every day. She will make changes that will teach her a lesson. 


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    Edward Nguyen
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This solution seems like an okay solution to the topic. Could have given better discription tho"
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    #18Fifty Shades Darker

    Fifty Shades Darker

    Fifty Shades Darker is the final book in the adult erotica trilogy Fifty Shades written by E.L. James. This book is intended for mature audiences.  


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    Mildred Bailey
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "it was an interested novel to read"
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    #19Walking Disaster (Beautiful)

    Walking Disaster (Beautiful)

    Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire is a contemporary romance of a protagonist surrounded by women, gambling, and violence. Experience a painful bliss through the eyes of Travis who loves hard and fights harder as what he learned from his mother.


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    Nancy White
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is the same story as Beautiful Disaster, except it's told from the point of view of a different character. I thought that was an interesting way to go about a sequel. I enjoyed the first book, so I enjoyed this one too. Instead of simply continuing the story, it added depth to a story I already liked. I recommend it to anyone who has read the first book. "
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    #20Maybe Someday

    Maybe Someday
    Maybe Someday is a book by Colleen Hoover that tells the story of a girl who was betrayed by her boyfriend. She has no idea how to go on with her life then she gets captured and her life changed.

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    Guillermina Peralta
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The book is good, and it sure does create angst! The characters will aggrivate you to no end with their actions, but it's all good. If you are a fan of new adult romance, it is certainly worth a read."
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    Aftershock is a romance novel by Jill Sorenson. It is the first book in the series of the same name, and it tells the story of Lauren Boyer, a paramedic, as she and a group of strangers get trapped under the freeway after an earthquake.

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    Michael Weber
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Simply a high tension romantic thriller. It culminates in a page-turning climax. Despite the mystery, the real tension comes from the emotional relationships, full of explosive sex and terrible secrets."
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    Shanna is a historical romance novel by Kathleen. E. Woodiwiss. Set in the 18th century, it tells the story of Ruark Beauchamp and his obsessive love for the beautiful protagonist, Shanna.


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    Emily Hall
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book fulfilled my search for an angsty romance without question. This historical fiction romance was packed with emotion, rising and falling in gasps that kept me reading, hoping the protagonist would accept the heart of the man she'd already won. The lovemaking in the book was a little ridiculously described at times, but it wasn't too graphic, and it was a minor part compared to the intensity of the obsessive and unrelenting way Ruark desired Shanna."
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    #23Her Perfect Gift (50 Loving States)

    Her Perfect Gift (50 Loving States)
    Her Perfect Gift is an interracial romance novel by Theodora Taylor. It tells the story of Lacey Winters as she tries to reject Suro Nakamura's persistent advances. It is the fourth book in the 50 Loving States series.

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    Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is well-liked by most the people who read it. It is been out for over a decade and only has just over 200 reviews. Seems like a good book for people who enjoy romance novels."
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    #24Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys)

    Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys)
    Finding Kyler is a young adult romance novel written by Siobhan Davis. It is the first book in The Kennedy Boys series, first published in 2017. It tells the story of forbidden love between Kyler Kennedy and Faye Donovan.

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    Daniel Ruiz
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My sister loves intense and angst filled romance novels, and I found one of the best for her online called "Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys)" by Siobhan Davis. This racy romance involves two cousins who unexpectedly meet after an overseas journey. The more they fight their attraction, the more it builds- a true forbidden but exciting romance!"


Best What are the best intense and angsty romance novels
1Perfect ChemistryBooks 34 Paid
2Bared to You (Crossfire)Books 30 Paid
3New Moon (The Twilight Saga)Books 28 Paid
4Hush, HushBooks 26 Paid
5Easy (Contours of the Heart)Books 25 Paid
6Gabriel's InfernoBooks 23 Paid
7DivergentBooks 22 Paid
8Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)Books 20 Paid
9City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)Books 19 Paid
10TwilightBooks 17 Paid

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