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My favorite "five star" romance novels

Gemma "bookworm"
The list author says: "I am a very picky romance reader, so when I find a good book, I like to recommend it to others. I include both historical and contemporary books in this list, in no particular order, and I don't put books from just one author. This list is updated whenever I come across another five-star read."
Prelude to Heaven (Harper Monogram)
Prelude to Heaven (Harper Monogram)
"Regency romance. A lovely story about an abused woman learning to love again."
Annie's Song
Annie's Song
"Historical romance. I recommend pretty much anything by Catherine Anderson, but this is one of my favorites. One of the most selfless romance heros I've ever read."
His Forbidden Touch
His Forbidden Touch
"Medieval romance. Forbidden love theme. A man falls in love with the princess he is supposed to deliver to another man in a marriage that will bring peace to two warring clans."
The Wives of Bowie Stone
The Wives of Bowie Stone
"Historical romance. This is actually a double romance, but the primary relationship earns this book five stars. An abused woman learns to love and trust the man she married out of convenience."
Years
Years
"Historical romance. Forbidden love theme. A widowed man in his 30s falls for a woman who's barely 18. I like almost anything written by LaVryle Spencer, but this one remains one of my favorites."
Yours Until Dawn (Avon Historical Romance)
Yours Until Dawn (Avon Historical Romance)
"Historical romance. A woman helps a blind, bitter man rediscover the joy in life. This one kept me up all night reading!"
The Wild Child
The Wild Child
"Historical romance. And what a twist in this one! The heroine is so unique. I loved how she seemed to be a part of nature and the wild."
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
"Historical romance. The first and best of Catherine Anderson's Comanche series. Other books in this series include (in order): "Comanche Heart" "Indigo Blue" and "Comanche Magic". All recommended by this reader."
The Bride Thief
The Bride Thief
"Historical romance. This author writes with such humor and wit that her books are such a delight to read. I've yet to read a book by this author that I didn't like, but so far, this one was my favorite."
A Stranger's Kiss (An Avon Romantic Treasure)
A Stranger's Kiss (An Avon Romantic Treasure)
"Historical romance. A man is forced to deceive a woman into believing that he is her husband, all for the sake of saving his country. One of the best "big secret" romances I've ever read."
Silk and Shadows
Silk and Shadows
"Historical romance. The first in Mary Jo Putney's "Silk" trilogy, and the best of the three."
Only by Your Touch
Only by Your Touch
"Contemporary romance with a touch of the paranormal. I really liked the concept behind this one."
One Night of Scandal (Fairleigh Sisters)
One Night of Scandal (Fairleigh Sisters)
"Historical romance. Another enjoyable read by Medeiros. Has a somewhat Gothic theme to it, but I recommend it even if you're not a big fan of Gothic romance (I'm not!). You'll find this a good read."
Remember Love (Time Passages Series)
Remember Love (Time Passages Series)
"Time-travel romance. A woman is transported back in time, into the body of a woman who was mentally a child in a woman's body. Her proxy husband has a hard time accepting her, but when he does... Really interesting story."
Cheyenne Amber
Cheyenne Amber
"Another five-star read by Anderson. Historical romance. I loved how she portrays Native American cultures so vividly and accurately without preaching. In this story, the heroine hires the hero to find her kidnapped son."
Heart of the Hawk
Heart of the Hawk
"Historical romance with a paranormal twist. A gunslinger falls in love with the woman he made a widow. Marvelous characters."
Be My Valentine
Be My Valentine
"Contemporary romance. This one was so funny! More than one relationship in this book, and all were done well. Some real issues were raised and dealt with in this book, but it was witty enough that it remained an enjoyable read."
The Perfect Wife
The Perfect Wife
"Historical romance. I devoured this one in a day! I loved watching the heroine get her revenge, but lose her heart in the process."
Vows
Vows
"Historical romance. Forbidden love theme. LaVryle Spencer is one of the few authors who can pull of the "engaged woman falling in love with her fiance's best friend" theme without offending me. Awesome."
The Sound of Snow
The Sound of Snow
"Historical romance. A tear-jerker! Wonderful, wonderful characters. And talk about your plot twists!"
Seventh Heaven
Seventh Heaven
"Contemporary romance. One of Catherine Anderson's best, a deeply moving story about a woman recovering from a brutal attack. This one made me cry."
Simply The Best (Zebra Contemporary Romance)
Simply The Best (Zebra Contemporary Romance)
"Contemporary romance. Best friends falling in love theme. Laugh-out-loud funny, and sizzling sexual tension without being overdone."
Whispers through Time (Time Passages)
Whispers through Time (Time Passages)
"Time-travel romance. The hero travels back in time and finds love with a widow struggling to hold on to her late husband's ranch."
Come What May
Come What May
"Historical romance. Lots of humor in this book and good intrigue keep it from being your run-of-the-mill marriage of convenience story."