Isn’t it fantastic to get to live a thousand lifetimes in the span of one, experience all the ‘what ifs’ from the safety of your house and the warmth of your covers, step into the shoes of another person for a few pages, and eventually step back into your own once the journey is done, completely refreshed and rejuvenated?
ROMANCE REMAINS TO BE one of the most read genres. Romance stories present the readers with an opportunity to decompress. In the process, one will not only find relatable characters but also learn from their mistakes.
Romance stories are full of positive psychology. They are reassuring, and they train the mind to have positive expectations of the world.
Indeed, it has been determined that readers of romance novels are actually happier than other people.
When you read stories with a happy ending, you are inspired to keep optimistically working towards happiness in your own life. So without further ado, some of the outstanding romance novels that build this positive feelings include:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
If you are ready for action, sex, life, and death, Outlander is the story for you. But then be prepared to read the sequels. There are eight books in the series.
The year is 1945. Claire and Frank have been married for six years. However, they have not spent much time together because Frank was serving in the war while Claire worked as an army nurse aid. Claire and Frank have come to the Scottish Highlands for a second honeymoon. Frank has a deep interest in his Scottish roots, and he spends his time researching his ancestors while Claire pursues her interest in Botany.
Together, Frank and Claire travel to the standing stones, on the outskirts of the town to secretly observe the rituals that the town women perform.
This is where Claire enters the year 1743. Claire returns alone to the secret stones to retrieve a plant that she had seen earlier. Accidentally, she leans against one of the stones, and she is transported back in time to the raw highlands of Scotland. She stumbles into a man who greatly resembles her husband Frank, only that he is dressed in the costume of an eighteenth-century English army officer.
The man is Captain Jonathan Randall, Frank’s ancestor, the wicked ‘Black Jack’, whom Frank had told Claire about. Black Jack attempts to force himself on Claire, but Jamie, one of the Scotsmen rescues her. This is how Claire’s adventures in time travel start.
The prominent themes in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander include:
- Time travel
- Magic and science
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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient is witty, sexy and a breath of fresh air. The story is about a strong, brilliant young woman Stella, who has autism. Stella is good with numbers, and she’s a highly successful economist.
Unfortunately, because of her condition, Stella struggles with social interactions and dating. When it comes to sex, it falls apart for Stella. Stella doesn’t enjoy sex, which leaves her convinced that she is just not good at it.
Unfortunately, Stella is under increasing pressure from her mother to settle down and start a family. In an effort to find a solution, Stella hires a male prostitute, Michael, to teach her everything about relationships and sex.
Michael is handsome, intelligent and highly talented. However, he finds himself in a difficult position. Once a week, for the past three years, he has been selling his body to make enough money to get out of massive debt that his father has left them in and support his mother who is undergoing Chemotherapy. Michael also has to hold his large family together after their father’s abandonment.
Amazingly, as different as the two are, they find that they have a connection that goes beyond their current circumstances. Michael seems to understand Stella better than other man she has been with, and it is exciting to watch them discover all the ways they are perfect for each other.
The central theme in The Kiss Quotient is the Exploration of the challenges of a woman living with autism. While her thoughts process may be slightly different, she still has the same fundamental needs and desire like everyone else. How does she manage to fulfill these needs despite the social awkwardness and other challenges that a person living with autism has to endure?
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Bared to you (From the Crossfire Series) by Sylvia Day
Bared To You is the first book in the Crossfire series. The story focuses on two protagonists with equally abusive pasts. Eva Trammels, a recent college graduate starts her life in New York City as an assistant to junior account manager at an advertising agency.
Eva is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and finds it difficult to overcome her past. On her first day to work, Eva comes across the most gorgeous man that she has ever met. This is the first of the many encounters with the man whom she finds out is Gideon Cross, a billionaire playboy.
At 28, Gideon is a mogul and corporate superstar who is intelligent and wealthy: he seems to own half of the buildings in New York City. Gideon Cross is also a childhood sexual abuse survivor, and he is therefore emotionally damaged.
When the two meet, there is no question that the chemistry between Gideon and Eva is nuclear. Romance sparks between them that will test their emotional limits. As messed up as Gideon is, he tries his absolute best to be everything that Eva needs to be. Gideon and Eva realize that they can make it in their relationship as long as they have each other.
The underlying theme in the story is triumphant love. Sylvia successfully demonstrates that even people with messed up pasts can have functional relationships. Gideon, the strong, arrogant man evolves, becoming vulnerable and passionate. He works towards letting go of the guilt and hurt he feels from his past. Bared To You is an encouraging story on nonfunctional functionality.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James
Anastasia Steele is an English literature major at Washington University. Her roommate is scheduled to interview Christian Grey, a 27-year-old billionaire entrepreneur, for the college newspaper. When she falls ill, Anna agrees to conduct the interview in her place. Christian Grey is the year’s WSU, the commencement speaker.
Christian is a handsome, wealthy young man who has made his mark in the business world. However, Christian has a hidden life. Having been abused as a child and being introduced to the BDSM lifestyle, Christian can only have the dominant-submissive kind of a relationship.
On meeting Anna, he takes an instant interest in her. He makes Anna sign a non-disclosure agreement if she has to agree to be his submissive. Anna, who is not only intrigued but also immensely attracted to Christian, agrees to sign the agreement. Eventually, the two discover that they can actually pursue a real relationship
The underlying theme in the book is The Power of Love. Anna and Christian love each other, but their fears and personal issues will test their love.
The book also explores BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, and Masochism) and it has sparked the debate as to whether BDSM is abuse or just part of romance.
Many people have an opinion on it. Get a copy here and discover which one of your friends you agree with.
The Final Chapter
Romance novels are an excellent way to spend your quiet time and distress. They provide lessons about love to people of all ages: about understanding others, communicating with them and strengthening the relationships with our loved ones.
Once in a while, escape the monotony of your life by indulging in these and many other romance novels out there. Thanks for reading this guide on finding the best romance novel.