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Ryan Hi. I'm new to romance novels but really want to get into them but have no idea where to start. I'm male, 30yrs and shy. I would love to find some books about two people meeting and falling in love. Sort of finding their soul mates. I appreciate your help.
Cheers, Ryan


sublimosa What type are you looking for? Dramatic, erotic, funny, My favorite romance author is Kristan Higgins. Her romances have a realism to the characters. They tend to be people you can imagine in real life. They have family and friends and aren't perfect. They are funny and the sexy parts are pretty tame. Have you read the Helen Fielding Bridget Jones books? (I'm a sucker for humor mixed in with the romance.) Anyway, tell us more about what you want or don't want in the romance. Have you read any at all?


Kathy Lies You CANNOT go wrong with the Outlander series. Begin with Outlander, by Diana Gabladon. It is currently on Starz, and my husband loves the series (on TV). I have read the entire series 2 or 3 times. I view it as historical fiction, but it definitely has romance, a bit of time travel, and a bit of history. One of my favorite series!


Aj the Ravenous Reader Ryan wrote: "Hi. I'm new to romance novels but really want to get into them but have no idea where to start. I'm male, 30yrs and shy. I would love to find some books about two people meeting and falling in ..."

I strongly recommend Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover :)


message 5: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Thanks so much for the recommendation regarding outlanders. It sounds great I'm going to pick that up.
What I'm looking for (ideally) are stories that involve people around 25-30 and up finding someone and falling in love. It's a difficult thing to meet the right person, and the story has all kinds of struggles within it. The characters have maybe had a tough passed (being cheated on etc) but when they find each other they are truly in love and will always have each others back. Possibly one of them fights for the other, or they are already in a relationship (failing) and see each other secretly.
I hope this makes sense.
Thanks a million for your help.


message 6: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Maybe someday sounds perfect! Thank you!


Chelsea Kathy wrote: "You CANNOT go wrong with the Outlander series. Begin with Outlander, by Diana Gabladon. It is currently on Starz, and my husband loves the series (on TV). I have read the entire series 2 or 3 times..."

Personally I would disagree. Reading that first book was sheer torture for me.

I scanned my library and here's what I would recommend. they're not all "romance" but they all contain romantic elements:

Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha

David Nicholls - One Day

Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus

J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood series (very formulaic, but vampires are sexy!...but perhaps not for you.)

Paige Toon - Pictures of Lily and Chasing Daisy (she has 2 others but I'm not as fond of them. This is definitely in the chick lit genre.)

Sara Gruen - Water for Elephants

Sophie Kinsella - pretty much anything she writes (at least under this pen name. Again, very much chick lit, but fun light reads)

Karen Marie Moning - Fever series (One of my favourite Paranormal/Urban romance series)

Cassandra Clare - Infernal Devices series (I DESPISE the Mortal Instruments series, but this one I actually found really endearing.)

Christopher Moore - A Love Story series (funny!)

Jasper Fforde - Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (1st in a to-be trilogy. Not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey. This one is a really interesting concept and a great read.)


Aj the Ravenous Reader Ryan wrote: "Maybe someday sounds perfect! Thank you!"

:) You're welcome. Hope you'd find the time to read it and hope you'd let me know what you think after reading it.


Karen I agree with the Colleen Hoover and Sara Gruen suggestions.
Maybe also
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Wool Series by Hugh Howey (maybe not actually romance, but it has an element of it. My husband and I both really liked it)
When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Medicine River by Tomas King
Marian Keyes is my favourite - I recommend everything of hers. Maybe Rachel's Holiday or Anybody Out There? as starters
Good luck! Would be very interesting to hear if you find something you like.


Kathy Lies Chelsea wrote: "Kathy wrote: "You CANNOT go wrong with the Outlander series. Begin with Outlander, by Diana Gabladon. It is currently on Starz, and my husband loves the series (on TV). I have read the entire serie..."
it is interesting how people's tastes differ. Most of my friends also love the Outlander series, but a couple were not willing to read descriptions. My advice it to try it, skim if it seems boring, and just see what you think. Personally, of the books suggested by Karen and Chelsea, I enjoyed the Wool series, but considered it more sci-fi, not necessarily romance. I didn't care much for the Rosie Project- just ok- Memoirs of a Geisha was excellent-but didn't look at that as romance, more classic fiction. My husband read Shades of Grey and thought it was soft porn, but I haven't read it. Some of those books listed I would consider just fiction...Perhaps books by Maeve Binchy, Barbara Taylor Bradford, or Rosamund Pilcher would be a good start...


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