Self-Published, Traditionally Published and Hybrid — ATK’s Favorite Romance Reads

ATK's Favorite Romance Reads

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift for a friend, of picking out a special treat for yourself (you totally deserve it!), we’ve got ATK’s favorite romance reads right here.

ATK’s Favorite Romance Reads

We’ve asked our community for their favorite tropes before, so it’s high time we asked about their favorite novels. In no particular order, let’s take a look:

  1. Alice & Jean by Lily Hammond
  2. All the Little Moments by G. Benson
  3. A Good Night’s Sleep by Stefanie Simpson
  4. The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham
  5. Cat Shifters of Aaidar series by Laney Kaye and Christina Wilder
  6. Landing by Emma Donoghue
  7. The Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan
  8. The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
  9. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  10. Interceptedby Alexa Martin
  11. The Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn
  12. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
  13. Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander romances
  14. A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet
  15. Royally Screwed (Royally series) by Emma Chase
  16. Bittersweet (True North series) by Sarina Bowen

Want to learn more about our community’s top picks? Then, keep reading. We’ll take a look, divided by category.

Self-Published Books

Alice & Jean by Lily Hammond
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Alice Jean

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Anne Terpstra

Description from Amazon:

It’s 1946 in New Zealand, and Alice Holden has fallen for the woman delivering her milk every morning. Jean has a way about her, a swagger, honey-sweet and low voice, and a wink with an easy smile that lights up Alice’s world, stirring her in ways she’s never known before, and Alice with blinders on, wants to choose this feeling over all else.

Jean has been head over heels in love with the sparky and adorable single mother since the first time she saw her. She’s even drawn to Alice’s two fatherless children, and family life has never looked so good. Jean’s deep desire to have more than a life spent looking in from the outside seems more than she should hope for, and now Alice has her tossing the dice for it against all odds.

But there are two people in town who believe they have the prior claim to Alice, in duty and affection, and they’ll do almost anything to get what they want. Alice and Jean have discovered that each is what the other has always longed for, each other’s missing link. Now they need to find a way to be together, despite the obstacles.

All the Little Moments by G. Benson
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Little Moments

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Anne Terpstra

Description from Amazon:

A successful anesthetist, Anna is focused on herself, her career, and her girlfriend. Everything changes abruptly when her brother’s and sister-in-law’s deaths devastate her and her family. Left responsible for her young niece and nephew, Anna finds herself dumped and alone in Melbourne, a city she doesn’t even like. She tries to navigate the shock of looking after two children battling with their grief while managing her own.

Filled with self-doubt, Anna feels as if she’s making a mess of the entire thing, especially when she collides with a long-legged stranger. Anna barely has time to brush her teeth in the morning, let alone to date a woman—least of all one who has no idea about the two kids under her care. Just when Anna finally starts to feel as if she’s getting some control of the situation, the biggest fight begins and Anna really has to step up once and for all.

A Good Night’s Sleep by Stefanie Simpson
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads A Good NIght Sleep

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Sarah Smith

Description from Amazon:

Effie Baxter leaves home for a new life in Chadford city after a devastating humiliation at the hands of her ex, leaving her family and best friend behind. Friendly and sweet, she knocks on her new neighbour’s door to make friends. Except the man who opens that door is miserable and mean, but gorgeous.

Stuart just wants to sleep, his chronic insomnia is killing him, and the gorgeous little redhead that knocked on his door wasn’t helping matters. That was until after a drunken night in she became his cure. However, Stuart’s impulses and sexual desires repulse him, making it difficult to do what he wants the most, and make Effie his.

Between Effie and her best friend, they make a mission out of helping Stuart, but life doesn’t go to plan for Effie, or for Stuart. How can Stuart get over himself, and put the mess he makes of things right?

The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads The Duke I Tempted

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Elisa Jacobs

Description from Amazon:

Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won’t discover his secret craving to spend his nights on his knees – or make demands on his long scarred-over heart.

Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence. She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business – not a husband.

But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing and impossibly kind eyes — that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband’s secrets – and to tempt the duke to risk his heart.

Cat Shifters of Aaidar series by Laney Kaye and Christina Wilder
ATK's Favorite Reads Cat Shifters

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Lindsay Hess

Description from Amazon:

Herc

A cat shifter mercenary–gun, fangs, and claws for hire–doesn’t fall for a pretty little human. It’s cost the Regime big-time to have me and my guys hunt down the Resistance fighters skulking in caves spread across this gods-forsaken planet. My sole focus here is this deployment. Until Maya touches me, igniting the first phase of a bondmate.

It doesn’t matter how freakin’ sweet she is. How sexy. No way in all seven hells will I complete the three bonds. As long as I don’t kiss her, we won’t hit second base. And I’ll be damn sure to keep my hands off her incredible body, because having sex with her would bring on bond three, linking our souls for eternity. Problem is, now it’s not just my damn life that’s in danger. My heart is in all kinds of trouble.

Maya

Herc has to believe I’m nothing more than a nurse working for the Regime. If he finds out I’ve infiltrated the military compound to rescue my imprisoned sister, my life’s in danger. He may be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen –shifter or man–but I refuse to bond with someone who’s hunting my people into extinction.

Now that my mission’s accomplished, I can flee into the desert. He’ll never find me once I’m hidden in the Resistance stronghold. Problem is, Herc’s hot on my heels. If he catches me, will he return me to the Regime? Or does he have his own–very personal–plan for me instead? Hooking up with me will ruin Herc’s career and make him an enemy of his own people. But if he hands me over to the firing squad, the bullets won’t need to hit my heart to shatter me into a billion pieces.

Traditionally Published

Landing by Emma Donoghue
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Landing

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Anne Terpstra

Description from Available on Amazon:

A delightful, old-fashioned love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, Landing is a romantic comedy that explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance relationships―the kind millions of us now maintain mostly by plane, phone, and Internet.

Síle is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who’s traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude’s and Síle’s worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit.

This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with? What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so?

The Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads The Drake Sisters

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Tauri Cox

Description from Amazon:

“Sarah Drake has come home.” Ever since Damon Wilder sought refuge in Sea Haven, he’s heard the same breathless rumor pass the lips of nearly every local in the sleepy coastal town. Even the wind seems to whisper her name—a reverie so powerfully suggestive that it carries the curious Damon to Sarah’s clifftop home, and seeks to shelter him there.

But Damon has not arrived alone. A killer has tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House. But Sarah has her own secrets, and danger—as well as a desire more urgent than either has ever known—is just a whisper away…

The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads The Crossfire

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Alessandra Pino

Description from Amazon:

Bared to You (Book 1)

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Beautiful Disaster

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Alessandra Pino

Description from Amazon:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Intercepted by Alexa Martin
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Intercepted

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Stephanie Scott

Description from Amazon:

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.

The Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads The Bridgerton Series

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Tauri Cox

Description from Amazon:

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places… This is not one of those times.

Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.

Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should… Or not.

There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…

Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Flowers From The Storm

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Melonie Faith Johnson

Description from Amazon:

The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the ′D of J′ in scandal sheets, where he and his various exploits featured with frequency. But sometimes the most womanising rake can be irresistible, and even his most casual attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms, quiet daughter of a simple mathematician.

Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander romances
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Highlander Romances

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Melonie Faith Johnson

Description from Amazon:

Beyond the Highland Mist (Book 1)

He is known throughout medieval Scotland as Hawk. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until Adrienne de Simone tumbles out of modern-day Seattle and into Hawk’s legendary bed.

A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads-A-Promise-Of-Fire

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Maxym M. Martineau

Description from Amazon:

KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

Hybrid Authors (both traditionally and self-published)

Royally Screwed (Royally series) by Emma Chase
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Royally Screwed

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Tauri Cox

Description from Amazon:

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Bittersweet (True North series) by Sarina Bowen
ATK's Favorite Romance Reads Bittersweet

Available on Amazon

Recommended by Jill Smith

Description from Amazon:

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

Go Forth and Read!

So there you have it, some of All the Kissing’s favorite reads! Have you read any of these? Do you have some of your own favorites to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!


Feature image by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash

All cover images and descriptions pulled from Amazon.

Lindsay Hess
When Lindsay isn’t writing stories with magic and kissing, she spends her time devouring as many tacos as she can get her hands on, and wrangling the Hess herd of rescue pets—two cats, one dog, and an almost entirely house-broken husband. She watches muuuuch more Netflix than is good for her productivity, and loves to cook and entertain…but detests cleaning her house. Consider this your warning should you ever come over and encounter a cat/dog hair tumbleweed (or three). It isn’t her fault. Don’t blame her.

Also, bring wine.
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