My 3 best guilty pleasure romance novels

I am such a sucker for a good romantic novel. Not the kind where there is a cheesy shirtless pirate from the 16th century posing on the front cover. I love a good romantic story where there are lots of plot twists centered around authentic, yet dazzlingly gorgeous main characters that just make you look at your own romantic life with a sigh of despair. So whenever I want to have a little fairy-tale romance in my life, these are my go-to books:

The Greek Escape by Karen Swan: 

This book just made me want to pack up everything and go on a spontaneous trip to some little Greek island. Imagine frolicking around in the hot sun with a handsome stranger with a lot of money and a really big yacht. Ummm yes please ! See what I mean about books that make you look at your own love life with despair. This was the kind of book that after finishing it, it took me about 3 days to actually remember what my name was and that I was not in a Grecian fantasy world.

The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

I love a little bit of fiction sprinkled over my romance, the two definitely pack quite the punch when combined. I adored this book because the romance we focus on is the love between the main character and her stunningly witty girlfriend. It was refreshing to read about a mutually invested gay couple instead of the usual “innocent girl chases brooding bad boy” plot.  If you are a big fan of music and opera then you will love that the context in which the story takes place is centered around the world of opera. I don’t have the faintest idea about opera, but I was still highly enthralled.

Crash,Clash and Crush by Nicole Williams

This trilogy is my secret guilty pleasure and my all time favorite. Whenever I read these books it is like snuggling under a worn out, cosy blanket. I don’t know if it was because the main character was a ballet dancer or if the Beatles was interspersed throughout, but I could not put it down. This book is the perfect mixture of the angst we find in 50 Shades and the predictable teenage love in Twilight. Nicole Williams managed to keep the story sophisticated and realistic, without stripping the reader away from being immersed in this wonderfully swoon-worthy romance.

Are the relationships in these novels healthy and the best examples of good communication ? No. Do they make you wish you could tear out the leading man/woman and manifest them in the flesh and bone? Definitely. ( I tried to order the life-size cut out of Jude Ryder from the Nicole Williams trilogy, but shipping was too expensive…)

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