I am so delighted. So very floating around the Ceiling.
All About Romance has just published their list of 100 favorite Romances.
I'm on the list.
See it here. Or try here.
These are books readers loved. These are the memorable books. The keepers. Books from 1813 or 1991 or 2010. Historical, Paranormal, Contemporary, and Romantic Suspense. Most of the authors are Best Sellers, but there are midlist authors on the list too.
Interestingly, I'm counting eight 'first books' out of the hundred. (I'm going to include my own Spymaster's Lady in there too, even if it's cheating.)
I could be wrong, Lord knows, but I think these are all first books:
The Duke of Shadows , by Meredith Duran
Passion by Lisa Valdez
Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
(ETA to add a book. Thanks to Scorpio M who pointed out the Hoyt, which I had missed.)
(ETA yet again. To remove a book. Jane Austen's first published work was Sense and Sensibility, not P&P. Bad jo! Bad, bad jo!)
This is just a hilluvalotta first books.
I have decided to call this the "First Book Effect".
I've read 85 of 100 -- which is to say I don't read much Romantic suspense or Paranormal but I've read all the others. I can testify that the ones I've read are powerful romantic works. If you want to recommend Romance to a friend, put forward any of these books.
If you haven't read them yourself, you might go ahead and do so.