You Gotta Love 'Em! Read Some of the Best Trashy Romance Novels, Ever
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The Best Trashy Romance Novels
Whether they're a TV show we watch away from prying eyes or a phone game we only play when we're alone, we all have out guilty pleasures. That includes books! Some of the best guilty pleasure books around are trashy romance novels that we return to again and again.
There doesn't have to be any logical reason why you like your guilty pleasure. You can still enjoy it even if you know it's bad and not everyone's cup of tea. Why not embrace your guilty pleasures instead!
Here are some of the trashiest romance novels ever, books you're sure to ironically love.
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
One of the best-selling novels of all time, Jacqueline Susann's 1966 Valley of the Dolls remains a guilty pleasure. Following Neely, Jennifer, and Anne, three friends living in New York City and struggling to make it in the entertainment industry. As their frustration grows, so does their dependence on dolls, amphetamines and barbiturates. Once they finally make it, they soon discover that "there's no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls."
Lace by Shirley Conran
Four old friends in their forties - Kate, Maxine, Judy, and Pagan - are invited to the apartment of movie star, Lili, and surprised to see each other. "Which one of you bitches is my mother?" Lili asks them. When they refuse to answer after promising each other they would keep their secret quiet, Lili makes it her mission to travel the world seeing answers. Shirley Conran's Lace tops out at a whopping 751 pages and is chock for of drama, scandal, and sex. What more could you ask for?
Wifey by Judy Blume
Judy Blume helped raise many of us with her books. However, Wifey is definitely not a teen book. Sandy Pressman is the traditional nice suburban wife and mom. Outwardly, she's conventional but her mind is a different place. She isn't actually interested in making friends at the club the way her husband wants her to do. She doesn't want to play golf or get her hair done. She fantasizes about the naked man on the motorcycle, and then does a lot more than just fantasize.
My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews
V.C. Andrews is known for writing trashy gothic romance novels. Flowers in the Attic could easily be on this list, but there's something about My Sweet Audrina that is equivalent to watching a car crash you can't look away from. Seven-year-old Audrina lives in the shadow of her dead older sister, "the first and best Audrina." Homeschooled with no concept of time, Audrina wants nothing more than to step from her sister's shadow. She discovers that her family is full of secrets, some of which are better left buried.
(This entire book needs a trigger warning. Just about anything back that can happen to a formerly rich white family does.)
The Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton
With her Anita Blake series, Laurell K. Hamilton is known for writing sexy, fun books. However, it's the Merry Gentry series that really shines. In the first book, A Kiss of Shadows, Merry Gentry is pretending to be a human in L.A. while working as a P.I. In reality, she's a prince of the high court of Faerie. Her life gets turned upside down when her aunt, the Queen, sends an assassin to return Merry to court. It turns out the Queen has plans for Merry, big plans.
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Grace Metalious' 1956 novel, Peyton Place, follows three women as they make their way through life in the small New England town of Peyton Place. Constance MacKenzie is both lonely and repressed, Allison is her illegitimate daughter, and Selena Cross works for Constance, born on the wrong side of the tracks. Peyton Place illuminates the underbelly of the conservative town, featuring plot lines of social inequality, class privilege, sexism, and racism. Between the adultery, murder, and incest, there always seems to be something going on in Peyton Place.
Scruples by Judith Krantz
Judith Krantz's Scruples is an inside sneak peek into the lives of the rich and famous living in Beverly Hills. The novels follows Billy Winthrop, a woman who grew up lonely. After spending time in Paris and losing weight and learning to dress better, Billy returns to attend secretarial school in New York. She begins an affair with her much older boss and eventually marries him. When he passes away, he leaves Billy depressed and with more money than she knows what to do with. Eventually, she decides her calling lies in Beverly Hills.
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