I third Julie James. I do have to warn you that she writes contemporary romances, not historical ones, and they’re pretty formulaic in that they always feature !successfulfemalelead and !successfulmalelead leading !successfullives. And her later books are noticeably better written than her earlier ones too, though they’re all pretty damn addicting. Her standalones and Something About You, the first book in her series, are a meh for me, but I adore the third and fourth book in the series to bits.
Also, if you’re looking for historical romances, I highly recommend Lisa Kleypas and Courtney Milan. I’ve confused Lisa Kleypas books with Julia Quinn more than once, mostly they’ve published a whole lot of books over the years, with a slew of OK/Good books before awesome ones in the form of the Wallflowers/Hathaways series and Bridgertons series. Courtney Milan’s books are also great. Not at all formulaic, though her latest books, especially The Countess Conspiracy, might border on preachy.
I tend to prefer historical romances, but I certainly don’t mind contemporary suggestions! I just never know where to start with them outside Lora Leigh (ughhh Alpha Males), Sylvia Day, Nora Roberts, and whoever else my mom has kittens over all the time. (She’s big on the contemporary and Harlequins, and I do all the historical and paranormal reading for the both of us.)
I’ll keep my eye out for these names next time I’m trolling the romance section at work
aka TOMORROW. Finding a new romance author with a gazillion books out to love is always a great joy. Also Currently Reading: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke #1) by Julia Quinn.
Currently reading: To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
The last of the Bridgerton novels! What will I do with myself now?