It’s easy to see why romance is such a popular genre among readers all across the world.

A good love tale contains drama, intrigue, jokes, and, if you’re lucky, a little heat; and the best romance novels may feel like falling in love — intimate and personal, yet huge and life-changing all at the same time.

Turn up the heat with some of the finest romance novels on the shelves. Light some candles, unwrap a couple of chocolates, change into something silky, and get ready to turn up the heat with some of the greatest romance novels on the shelves.

There’s something for everyone on our list, with both old-standby classics (if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, what are you waiting for?) and brand-new reading.


Best Romance Novels to Read

1. Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
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About the Book

A beautiful, limited-edition book of one of literature’s most beloved stories. All titles in this series will be first editions, with a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping.

There will be a total of 10,000 copies printed, each of which will be individually numbered from 1 to 10,000.

It was silent at the opposite end of the house, but I knew where I was going, and the unclouded summer moonlight streaming in through the passage windows helped me find it quickly.

Jane Eyre maintains a feeling of self-worth despite the mistreatment she receives from those close to her throughout her upbringing. Jane, eighteen years old and dissatisfied with her life, looks for a job as a governess.

The advent of her odd and violent employer, Mr. Rochester, throws her new existence at Thornfield Hall into disarray.

Book Review

Jane Eyre is free of grammatical errors, has professional formatting and modern font, as well as always a useful X-Ray tool, making it a pleasurable read.

It is a very inspirational and descriptive tale, and it was amazing to be transported back in time.

Jane is a fantastic heroine who is strong, driven, and dedicated to leading a basic, ordinary Victorian existence. She is a woman who is aware of her own ideas and refuses to be misled by strong, domineering characters such as Rochester and St John Rivers.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Jane Eyre, a classic of Victorian literature, captivates readers with Jane’s fiery courage, a powerful picture of childhood injustice, uncompromising analysis of women’s constraints, and worthwhile exploration of the intricacies of both faith and desire.

About the Author

Charlotte Bronte was born in the Yorkshire town of Haworth in the year 1816. She was the third of six children, two years Emily’s age and four years Anne’s age. She worked as a governess after finishing school and then went on to teach in Brussels.

Book Details

You can purchase this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Charlotte Bronte
  • Pages: 100 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Romance, Classic Literature & Fiction.

2. Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah’s Book Club) 

2. Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) 
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About the Book

“Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah’s Book Club) ” written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, an International bestseller and modern library classic is a love story of astonishing power.

Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza have a passionate love affair while they are young. Florentino is upset when Fermina chooses to marry a wealthy, well-bred doctor, yet he is a romantic.

He spends his time in 622 affairs as he advances in his commercial career, but he saves his heart for Fermina. Florentino attends the funeral of her spouse, who has finally died.

He will proclaim his love for Fermina once more, fifty years, nine months, and four days after the first time.

Book Review

Garcia Márquez writes about love as a saving grace, the energy that makes life meaningful, with a beguiling, masterful narrative.

The writing is nothing short of extraordinary. The completely developed characters and the description of time and place are well portrayed. Be warned: this is a long and dense work that is not for the faint of heart.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The story is set in an unnamed tropical city on the Caribbean coast, most likely Cartagena, Colombia, by Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fell in love as teenagers but are unable to be together, so they write to one other about their future lives together.

About the Author

Gabriel Garcia Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time Of Cholera, The Autumn Of The Patriarch, The General In His Labyrinth, and News Of A Kidnapping are among his many works of fiction, nonfiction.

Book Details

This book is available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audible versions.

  • Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Pages: 368 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Caribbean & Latin American Literature, Classic Literature & Fiction.

3. North and South (Penguin Classics)

3. North and South (Penguin Classics)
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About the Book

Margaret Hale’s life is turned upside down when she is uprooted from Hampshire and relocated to Milton, an industrial town in the north of England.

Her sense of social injustice deepens as her sympathy for the town’s mill employees grows, and she works zealously for their cause.

She cannot deny her developing attraction to John Thornton, the mill owner, just as she cannot deny his abuse of his workers.

Gaskell wonderfully captures the lives of ordinary people via one of her strongest female characters in literature, highlighting the changing environment of nineteenth-century Britain and supporting the position of women in Victorian society.

Book Review

It’s difficult to put down. Characters with depth in a character-driven story. Thoughtful, occasionally frightening, and frequently romantic.

This is a fantastic book, and if you’ve read or like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, you’ll recognize plots, themes, and characters.

Despite the parallels, Gaskell’s work is distinct in its own right, and it raises crucial debates about the image of Northern and Southern England, class, economy, and health that are fascinating to research if you’re a researcher.

Gaskell does a wonderful job of showing all viewpoints, making it difficult for the reader to choose sides. Oh, and why do two people who adore each other have to make things more difficult than they need to be?

Key Takeaways from the Book

Not only is it a story about a family relocating from the rural southside to the metropolitan northside, but it also depicts a class fight between employers and employees, as well as labor unions, which is still going on in 2018.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British novelist and short-story writer who lived from 1810 to 1865. Her publications were Victorian social histories that covered a wide range of socioeconomic classes.

Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters are among her most well-known works.

Book Details

You can buy this book in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audible versions.

  • Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Pages: 608 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Victorian Literary Criticism, Classic Literature & Fiction.

4. Pride and Prejudice: (Special Edition) (Jane Austen Collection)

4. Pride and Prejudice: (Special Edition) (Jane Austen Collection)
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About the Book

Jane Austen reinvented the literary romance in a publishing career that lasted less than a decade, utilizing it as a platform to confront themes of gender politics and class consciousness that were rarely addressed in her day.

‘Sense and Sensibility,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘Mansfield Park,’ Emma,’ Northanger Abbey, ‘Persuasion,’ and ‘Lady Susan,’ among others, represent Austen’s mature work as a novelist and offer the reader with an introduction to the world she and her iconic characters inhabited.

The Letters of Jane Austen and a Memoir by James Edward Austen-Leigh have also been added to this lovely compilation.

Book Review

“Pride and Prejudice” is one of the best sociological analyses of British loyalty and society in the early nineteenth century.

There are many fantastic characters in the book, but Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet is the star. Her character is so well-developed and thoroughly realized that she occasionally jumps off the page and into my life.

Our protagonist is flawed, prejudiced, and strong, and the characters are depicted genuinely. Elizabeth Bennet is no doormat; she will marry for love, not for convenience or financial gain.

Mr. Darcy, the archetype of the strong and silent males, had to be my first fictional crush. Both of them were immortalized by Jane Austen.

Key Takeaways from the Book

It will keep you captivated by the screen until the very end. By the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be wishing for more. Language can be a little tough at times, but that’s nothing that a dictionary app can’t fix.

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose writings are among the best-known in the world.

Her sharp eye for social tension and ear for crisp, witty dialogue have captivated readers for ages, and her works have remained historically significant due to their examination of women’s reliance on marriage for social position and security.

Book Details

You can get this book in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook formats.

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Pages: 208 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature, Classic American Literature, Classic Literature & Fiction.

5. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)

5. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)
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About the Book

Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility was released in 1811. It was published anonymously; the phrase “By A Lady” appears on the title page, possibly in place of the author’s name.

It follows the development of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor (age 19) and Marianne (age 16 1/2). They have an older half-brother, John, who is stingy, and a younger sister, Margaret, who is 13.

The tale follows the three Dashwood sisters as they relocate with their widowed mother from Norland Park, their childhood home, to Barton Cottage, their new home.

The four ladies are forced to relocate to a small cottage on a distant relative’s land, where they experience love, romance, and tragedy.

Book Review

Austen achieves an ambitious blend of humor, sincerity of devotion, meditative logic, and even a testosterone-fueled midnight encounter between the book’s protagonist, Elinor.

Austen has a masterful knack for capturing a person’s soul in a few pages and then addressing you directly with his or her direct speech. When John Dashwood speaks of his and his wife’s troubles, no man has ever been more odious.

It’s strange to read a narrative with so much drama that was written so long ago. Marriages are created more for financial gain and status than for love or romance in today’s society.

Some of the characters are extremely cunning and jealous and will go to any length to gain an advantage.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Sense & Sensibility is a heartwarming story about two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their journey through life’s obstacles on their way to love.

About the Author

Jane Austen was born in rural Hampshire in 1775, the daughter of a wealthy village rector who supported her artistic endeavors. Jane spent most of her life in the vicinity of her childhood home.

Book Details

You can obtain this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Pages: 97 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Victorian Literary Criticism, Friendship Fiction, Sisters Fiction.

6. The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

6. The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
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About the Book

Buttercup, Westley, and their companion adventures are now available in a wonderfully illustrated deluxe version of William Goldman’s popular story.

This is a tale of true love, high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a terrifying assortment of wild beasts, as depicted in the 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Fred Savage, Robin Wright, and others.

It is available in a beautiful new package with foil on the cover and an interior printed on elegant uncoated cream stock with rough-cut edges, as depicted in the 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Fred Savage, Robin Wright.

In addition to fifty full-page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul, full-color chapter openers, and a magnificent color map printed on the endpapers, this keepsake edition contains fifty full-page color images by Michael Manomivibul.

No fan will be able to resist this gorgeous set!

Book Review

Goldman’s swashbuckling adventure is hysterically funny. A ‘classic’ medieval melodrama that sounds eerily similar to all the Saturday serials you’ve ever seen frantically remade by the Marx Brothers.

This is the edition to have if you want a lovely, classic-looking book that is a good size to read and will look wonderful on your bookshelves.

William Goldman claims to have cut down a favorite narrative from his boyhood to only the best parts, with excellent commentary strewn throughout.

It’s fast and exciting, and it only gets a little stale near the end with Buttercups Tale, which picks up where the movie leaves off and, as others have noted, succumbs to sequelitis and the Law of Diminishing Returns.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The book has a lot more information and backstory, such as the fact that Inigo Montoya’s father is still alive and that Count Rugen was the one who first spotted Buttercup, which is how the Prince chose her as his bride.

About the Author

William Goldman (1931-2018) was a novelist and screenwriter who worked for more than fifty years. He received three Lifetime Achievement Awards in the screenplay and two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men).

Book Details

This book can be obtained in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook versions.

  • Author: William Goldman
  • Pages: 464 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Classic Action & Adventure, Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature.

7. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)

7. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)
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About the Book

When Tess Durbeyfield is compelled by family poverty to claim kinship with the affluent D’Urbervilles to share in their fortune, meeting her ‘cousin’ Alec proves to be her undoing.

Angel Clare, a totally different guy, appears to offer her salvation and love, but Tess must decide whether to confess her history or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, entitled “A Pure Woman,” is one of Hardy’s most emotional and poetic works, with its compassionate description of the wronged Tess and a scathing indictment of societal norm.

This edition includes Hardy’s Prefaces, the Landscapes of Tess, scenes originally prohibited from the Graphic monthly version, based on the three-volume initial edition that stunned readers when it was first released in 1891.

Book Review

Though it is the banner it flies, the story is not simply a call for compassion for the perpetual victim. It also entails a serious examination of current morals.

Reading Tess’s narrative serves as a timely reminder of how far women’s lives have changed in the 140 years since it was set in the 1870s.

To avoid giving too much away, every woman in the Western world should read this book to discover how much better off they are than their nineteenth-century counterparts.

Tess is abused by practically every male she meets in the book, and she receives so little protection from people who should be protecting her that it’s heartbreaking.

Key Takeaways from the Book

It’s a dark novel, yet it exemplifies Thomas Hardy’s genius. Tess is an amazing woman. If you haven’t read the novel, you probably don’t know what happened to her. Hardy’s prose is frequently flamboyant.

About the Author

In his writings, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) glorified his birthplace, Egdon Heath in Dorset, near Dorchester. He was delicate as a child, and his mother taught him at home before he went to grammar school.

Book Details

This book can be bought in Paperback, Kindle, Audible, Hardcover forms.

  • Author: Thomas Hardy
  • Pages: 608 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Gothic & Romantic Literary Criticism, Classic American Literature.

8. Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)

8. Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics) 
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About the Book

A riveting story of love, decorum, and tragedy—one of English literature’s classic masterpieces. One of America’s best-loved novels has been nominated by PBS.

Emily Bront’s only novel has had a great and far-reaching impact. The Penguin Classics edition is the definitive edition of the text, edited by Pauline Nestor and featuring an introduction by her.

Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the lonely Yorkshire moors, is obliged to spend one night in his landlord’s house, Wuthering Heights. There, he learns of the tumultuous events that occurred many years before.

What follows is the story of the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw’s passionate love.

When Catherine was forced to choose between the passionate, tortured Heathcliff and the peaceful, well-bred Edgar Linton, she succumbed to her class’s expectations.

As Heathcliff’s wrath and revenge for his betrayal are passed down through the generations, their innocent heirs must battle to break free from the past’s burden.

Book Review

It’s as if Emily Bront could rip apart all we know about humans and infuse these unfamiliar transparencies with such life that they transcend reality.

This is a fantastic book. Its remarkable emotional strength, brave uncompromising picture of imperfect humanity, and Emily Bronte’s immense courage and force of feeling in imagining it all and committing it to paper are what make it exceptional.

The story is given to the new tenant of “The Grange” by the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights, and it is rife with love, desire, and possession.

Key Takeaways from the Book

A new introduction by Lucasta Miller, author of The Bront Myth, looks at how the work has been understood from Charlotte Bront onwards in this version.

The introduction by Pauline Nestor, which explores evolving critical interpretations of the novel as well as Emily Bront’s influences and history, complements this.

About the Author

Emily Bronte (1818-48) is one of the most important literary figures of the nineteenth century, together with her sisters Charlotte and Anne. She was a skilled and intense poet who authored only one astonishingly innovative novel.

Book Details

This book can be purchased in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Hardback versions.

  • Author: Emily Bronte
  • Pages: 416 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Gothic Fiction, Classic American Literature, Family Saga Fiction.

9. Gone with the Wind

9. Gone with the Wind
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About the Book

For nearly eighty years, Margaret Mitchell’s page-turning, sweeping American epic has been a classic.

Gone with the Wind is a narrative of love, hope, and sorrow set against the tumultuous historical backdrop of the American Civil War, and is considered by many to be the finest of American novels.

The novel’s central lovers, the selfish, privileged Scarlett O’Hara and the rakish Rhett Butler are captivating, drawing readers into the convoluted story of a never-forgotten struggle to survive.

Book Review

This is without a doubt one of the most impressive debut novels written by an American author. It’s also one of the most effective. This will go so far as to argue that nothing in American fiction compares to it in terms of narrative strength.

Gone With The Wind is a complex, nuanced work, we can and should dispute a story that has captured the American imagination in such a powerful way.

Key Takeaways from the Book

You’ll enjoy it if you’ve never read it before. If you’ve already read it, go back and reread it. You’ll notice things you previously didn’t notice, and you’ll understand things you previously didn’t grasp.

About the Author

Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 1900. She went to Smith College in Massachusetts after growing up surrounded by ancestors who had survived the Civil War, but after her mother died, she was obliged to return to the family home.

Book Details

You can get this book in Paperback, Hardcover, Mass Market Paperback, Audio CD versions.

  • Author: Margaret Mitchell
  • Pages: 1072 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: American Historical Romance, 20th Century Historical Romance.

Final Verdict

So whether you’re looking for a how-to or cautionary story (there are plenty), want to read the next rom-com blockbuster before it hits Netflix, or just want to lose yourself in classic romance clichés, we’ve got you covered!


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