Author Amy Andrews's 8 Absolute Favorite Romance Novels
Award-winning author, Amy Andrews shares some of her favorite novels with us.
Author Amy Andrews Wants You to Read These 8 Romance Novels ASAP
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The Absolute Best Romance Novels According to Amy Andrews
I was eleven when I read my first romance novel. It was one of my mother's sexy "red" ones that I'd snuck off with and read under the covers by torchlight. And I was hooked. I adored all those hot sexy alpha dudes and those spunky virginal women (don't judge me, it was the 80's). I was a sucker for the super intense stakes and screaming sexual tension. I glommed Ann Mather, Penny Jordan, Carol Mortimer and Emma Darcy. I was utterly in love. So in love it would be another thirteen years before I realized there was an entire world of romance books outside of the Mills and Boon Presents (which I still adore) range.
I was twenty-four when I read Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Cruise. And let me tell you, the heavens opened and the angels sang and it was good – so, so, so good. I didn't know romance novels could be like that - funny and snarky and irreverent. That the sex could be playful and even comedically awkward. That they could make you snort-laugh and grin like a loon for a solid few hours and have you smiling in the car on the way to work.
I was hooked. But more than that, I knew I'd found my voice. That making people smile and snort-laugh as well as tingle and swoon was how I wanted to write. And so began my love affair with romantic comedy. I thought I'd share some of those formative books and authors I read in the beginning and share some of my current faves as well.
1. Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Cruise
I have to start here of course because this was my gateway book into the genre and Jenny was my gateway drug. Err…author. In fact I've gone on to read everything that Ms Cruise has written. I also own them and have most of them signed. Yes, I am that kind of fangirl. For some other Crusie recs try Welcome to Temptation, Faking It and Bet Me.
2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Every now and then a character comes along that is seminal to their genre and Bridget Jones was exactly that. It is no wonder this book is credited as kicking off the chicklit era in the mid 90's. I adored chicklit and mourned it's apparent death because Bridget opened up a whole new world of books that were romantic and funny centering around a woman's journey as she juggled friends and family, career and love and struggled a little with them all.
3. Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I could literally pick any of SEP's extensive back list for a master class in romcom. As with Jenny Crusie, I've read everything SEP has written but for the purposes of this article I choose book 7 in the Chicago Stars series because beaver suit. True fans will know what I mean. For those who are new to SEP, I'm so jealous you're yet to experience these wonderful books and that famed beaver suit!
4. One For The Money by Janet Evanovich
I feel that Stephanie Plum is the American equivalent of Bridget Jones. They're both single women trying their best to navigate the curve balls that life throws them and, more often than not, screwing it up. With Stephanie we have an ex lingerie salesperson who takes up bounty hunting at her cousin Vinnie's agency to earn a quick buck. I mean…come on…it's already funny.
So, they were my romcom go-to's as I immersed myself in the genre but who's making me snort laugh now?
5. Tikka Chance On Me by Suleikha Snyder
This book was my 2018 find and I talk incessantly to everyone I know about it and even to those I don't know who are willing to stand still long enough. I chortled (don't you just love that word?) the entire way through Tikka and I even sniffled a little too. And really, even just the names of the hero and heroine are enough to get one-clicking. Seriously, who can resist Pinky Grover and Trucker Carrigan – need I say more?
6. Truth or Beard Penny Reid
I am a late comer to Penny's books and I seriously don't know what the hell I've been doing with my life. I absolutely adore all the Winston brother books and am hanging out for the next one to drop! I love how Penny tackles big issues all while making you laugh and swoon. I can thoroughly recommend listening to these books on audio. The dude who voices the brothers is most excellent and I could listen to him read the dictionary. Hell, who am I kidding? I would fan him and feed him grapes while he did it!
7. Open Hearts by Eve Dangerfield
Fellow Aussie, Eve was my 2017 find. I adore this woman and her books and her sense of humour and the quirky twist on kink she always has in her books that presents the range of sexual tastes and fantasies out there as so completely and utterly normal you can't help but smile. And Lordy - the big dumb lug of a hero in this book is so, so delicious!
8. Hot in HellCat Canyon by Julie Anne Long
I've not read any of Julie Anne's historical romances but this book was recommended to me by a trusted romance peep and I'm so glad I read it. Its witty and sparkly and sexy and romantic and I one-clicked the rest of the books in the series before I'd even finished this one!
About Author Amy Andrews
Amy Andrews has written a lot of books and is a firm believer in quirky characters, whacky communities, and laughing them into bed. She also believes in mighty wangs and all the sexy times. She lives in Australia which is a freaking long way away from anywhere.
Amy's newest book, Nothing But Trouble, is available now everywhere books are sold.