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Initial post: Apr 22, 2012 12:03:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2012 12:06:41 PM PDT
Adnana says:
I know this sounds terribly cliché, but that's ok, if it means more recommendations for books with this theme. Paranormal or not, it doesn't matter.

I'm really in the mood for a book where the hero is very attractive, rich and popular and desired by many girls, but he's not interested in them. And then he meets the heroine and their mutual attraction is off the charts. Also, I'd like the hero and heroine to become a couple at some point well before the end, so that we can see them actually dating and having some cute moments together. And I'd like the hero to be really in love with and possessive of the heroine.

Thank you for your help.

ETA: Examples which fit what I'm looking for:
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 2:53:21 PM PDT
the unbecoming of mara dyer is a good one by michele hodkin. It's a really subtle paranormal storie with romance and a bit of a phsycological thrill. The boy in the story is british rich and everything that comes out of his mouth is just....sexy! Check it out!

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 1:37:09 PM PDT
I love, LOVE, LOVE! these kinds of stories too, here's a few that I've found;

Fifty Shades of Grey (definitely not YA, it has a lot of sex, so be warned)
Breathe by Abbi Glines YA - He's a rockstar, she's a housemaid, so so romantic
Jane by April Lindner - YA - modern retelling of Jane Eyre, I didn't like it as much as the orig, but it was pretty engaging.
Prom and Prejudice by Stephenie Eulberg, YA modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Epic Fail by Claire Lezebnick also a retelling of P&P YA
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - cyborg and a prince. Personally, I didn't care for this book, but it does have the premise you are looking for . .

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 1:59:30 PM PDT
april moses says:
These are all really REALLY good ones
Hush Hush
Hex Hall
Unearthly
Falling Under
Mortal Instruments
Clockwork Angel

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 5:05:46 PM PDT
The Tiger's Curse series seems along the lines to this and is one of my favorites.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 12:56:39 AM PDT
Adnana says:
Thank you so much for the recommendations. Keep them coming! ;)

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 5:13:09 AM PDT
S. Reading says:
A few that I would recommend but they are more historical/ YA fantasy...but still WONDERFUL!:
The Agency 1: A Spy in the House
Eon
Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel)- She is still a titled lady but is poor/ uneduated etc
Other Countess (The Other Countess)
Clockwork Angel as someone already mentioned

Posted on May 8, 2012 12:48:00 PM PDT
Andrea says:
Good For You (Between the Lines #3) fits the bill pretty well!
It's not insta-love and the characters develop a lot throughout the story.
(it's the 3rd in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone)

Posted on May 8, 2012 3:10:24 PM PDT
Firebird says:
This is a great thread! Just what I am looking for! Would love to have more people contribute!

I recommend the Hush, Hush saga as well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 9:09:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2012 4:34:29 AM PDT
Adnana says:
Jennifer,
thank you for your recs. I am a fan of the "Fifty Shades Trilogy", and of course, these books fit perfectly into this thread (except for they're definitely not YA, lol. But hey, if anyone can think of any great books fitting the request, do share your thoughts regardless of the genre that the books fall into).
Other than that I have, so far, based on your post, read "Breathe" by Abby Glines and "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer. They were both nice reads, but also disappointing in some respects. The former book could have used some better editing, imo, a little more depth regarding character development and romance intensity and believability. The latter... Well, the romance itself didn't really capture me. It seemed weird that the Prince (heir to an Empire) would be so interested in this ordinary mechanic girl, especially as she was always rejecting him. On the plus side, I read both of these books in one sitting, so they definitely held my interest.

Posted on May 10, 2012 9:14:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012 9:15:09 AM PDT
Adnana says:
I've also discovered another book which I really really liked. It hasn't been mentioned yet on this thread, so I thought to share:
Fateful by Claudia Gray

Another book that sort of fits (and which is another favorite of mine) is Heart on a Chain by Cindy C Bennett. This books also deals with the issue of the heroine being physically abused by her mother. Very intense read and the romance is very sweet. Henry (the hero) is such a nice, protective boyfriend. The perfect guy, really.

Posted on May 10, 2012 9:17:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012 9:18:04 AM PDT
Adnana says:
For those of you who recommended the "Hush, Hush" saga. Just out of curiosity I wanted to ask if you also read the "Fallen" series by Lauren Kate (which seems to have the same theme as the "Hush, Hush" books). And if yes, how do the two series compare (i.e. which one is better written / has nicer, better-developed characters / has the more intense romance etc)?

Posted on May 10, 2012 4:34:45 PM PDT
april moses says:
I loved hush hush. hated HATED fallen.
Hush Hush definitely has a better characters BY FAR, and the Romance is actually VERY intense. Anyway just because I didn't like fallen, doesnt mean you will. But I personally think hush hush is waaaaaay better.

Posted on May 10, 2012 4:40:25 PM PDT
Try Phantom by Laura DeLuca - Totally my new fave! HEr Destiny books are cool too and the romance there is pretty intense. Chapters alternate from the guy to the girl so you can see how both develop over the course of the story.

Posted on May 13, 2012 12:49:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 12:50:16 PM PDT
read4fun says:
In Someone Else's Fairytale H is an actor.

Posted on May 19, 2012 4:38:57 AM PDT
Adnana says:
I recently read The Selection by Kiera Cass. It is about a poor girl in love with a boy and she is selected as a potential bride for the Empire's Prince (and thus future ruler). The Prince is very attracted to and interested in her, and the heroine starts to have feelings for him as well.

Posted on May 23, 2012 7:26:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2012 7:28:31 AM PDT
Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? --> a girl stranded with a couple of celebrities on an island

Awkward > thanks to YouTube video, girl becomes famous and a hot rockstar is wooing her

Northanger Alibi (Jane Austen Diaries) (The Jane Austen Diaries) --> again, a teen rockstar falling for the ordinary girl

Foolish Games--> guess what? a rockstar!

Rock and a Hard Place: A Young Adult Novel --> yeah, yeah, another rockstar falling for the ordinary girl

Shooting Stars --> hottest teen actor around meets teen girl paparazzi

There You'll Find Me --> she's some sort of IT girl (hotel heiress), so it doesn't really fit. He's a teen actor.

Teen Idol --> well. In this one she really isn't into the teen actor that much; it's between him and an ordinary guy

Just One Wish --> ordinary girl and teen actor

... not in love with Kale Eddison -->teen actor undercover

His Eyes His Eyes - by Renee Carter --> rich, hot, blind guy

The Stillburrow Crush Stillburrow Crush - by Linda Cage --> hot, rich, most popular guy in school

The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club - by J.C. Isabella --> popular jock

The Ex Games (Romantic Comedies) The Ex-Games - by Jennifer Echols --> rich and most popular guy (and arch enemy!)

Puck Bunny Puck Bunny - by Joelle M. McClure -->ice hockey star

The Princess & the Pauper The Princess and the Pauper - by Kate Brian --> ordinary girl is double for princess and falls in love while acting royal

All-American Girl All American Girl - by Meg Cabot --> teen girl saves President's life and falls in love with his son

The Boyfriend League The Boyfriend League - by Rachel Hawthorne --> teen baseball player

My Double Life My Double Life - by Janette Rallison --> teen girl becomes double for the hottest teen singer out there and falls in love with a real celebrity

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 12:46:22 PM PDT
Adnana says:
Thank you for recommending "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer". Loved the book and loved Noah. ;)

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 3:06:09 AM PDT
@april moses - Hi just wanted to ask whether your recommendations fit this theme. Cz i cant really decide form reading the blurb :)

Posted on May 1, 2013 6:35:26 PM PDT
I thought Hush Hush was a lot better than Fallen. Something about the main character of Fallen really rubbed me the wrong way, too passive and confused.

Adnana - I feel the same way about Cinder, way too instalove and never made sense why the Prince liked her so much.

Here are a few more that I think fit your request;

Death and the Girl Next Door
Beautiful Disaster Special Signed Edition: A Novel
Sweet Evil

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 8:40:59 AM PDT
Iowegian says:
I loved Someone Else's Fairytale, and it fits this thread perfectly. Yesterday I saw that there is a sequel, Nobody's Damsel (Someone Else's Fairytale).

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 8:38:22 AM PST
I frequently read on worthyofpublishing.com and there's some great stories on there that fit your description, the one that comes to mind predominantly is "The Perfection Paradox"- see if you can find it, I think you'll enjoy it!
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