The romance genre is jam packed with trilogies, quartets, series, duets, chronicles, serials… In general, you know if you pick a book up, you need to invest for the next few years. Or you pick up a book realise it’s number 4 in the series so you have to read book 1 to 3 before you can pounce on it. After all, reading out of order is a bibliographic sin, punishable by dogeared pages and perpetually flat batteried e-Readers.
But sometimes, you don’t want to go through the agony of reading a series, the financial outlay, the year long waits, the occasional dud book in a series…sometimes you just don’t have the devotion to spare. Which is where the standalones come in. And I don’t mean the “this book can be read as a standalone but is better read as part of a series” malarkey. I mean the true standalones. It starts at page 1 and by the very last page the story has concluded. Of course all the great ones leave you wanting more. But deep down, do you really want another one? Do you want to risk it spoiling the perfection of the first book? No, you don’t.
So today I am giving you a list of my favorite standalone books. They have all been read. Then read again. Then read a few more times. They are well loved favorites that I feel confident in recommending and hope you love as much as I do!
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward…what a duo! They produce some of the best light-hearted and funny standalone contemporary romances, with the hottest covers. Lots of delicious man muscle on display! But, there’s more to a book than the cover and there may be more to a man than his sharp suit…as our heroine in Stuck-Up Suit finds out. Stuck-Up Suit stands out as my favourite book by the writing duo, it’s funny and sexy with a lot of heart as well as a terrific addition to the “opposites attract” trope. But, if that one doesn’t appeal to you, then Keeland and Ward have plenty more funny, sexy standalone romances you can pick!
Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin
Arrogant hero. Check. Feisty heroine. Check. Adorable pet who is the heir to a billion dollar conglomerate. Check. Yup, that’s right, a small fluffy white dog named Smuckers has inherited a fortune and our “dog whisperer” heroine is the one who speaks for him. Welcome to a hilarious, quirky and sexy contemporary romance penned by Annika Martin. If there’s one thing that’s bound to draw me to a book, it’s quirkiness. I love books that do things a little differently, or who have a unique take on something tried and tested. In Most Eligible Bastard Martin certainly gives us an eye-catching premise and she follows through with a funny book and one bad ass pet. Smuckers 4ever!
The Girl in the Picture by Kerry Barrett
I love a good mystery and Kerry Barrett gives us exactly that in The Girl in the Picture. Our heroine investigates a mysterious disappearance from a century ago discovering some heart-breaking secrets and solving a historical crime. This tale is told both from the present and the past revealing more and more as the book goes on slowly revealing the tragic tale of the girl in the picture. If you want an intriguing mystery that leaves you with a tear in the eye then you need to pick this up. It was an absorbing read that won’t fail to move you.
Until it Fades KA Tucker
Sports romances…they can get a little old. Luckily K.A.Tucker has shock it up a little in her standalone romance Until it Fades. Tucker’s signature writing will have you wrapped up in a captivating story of struggles and new beginnings. When A woman rescues the victim of a car crash she ends up finding unwanted fame and unexpected love. This original take on a sports romance is a sweet and endearing story that will put a smile on your face and have you scouring the roadside for crashed cars!
Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas
Now for something a lot darker and a little different. Normally I steer clear of the romances that classify themselves as “taboo” or “dark” – but that’s a whole different post – but I found myself enjoying Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. Well, maybe enjoy is the wrong word, but it was certainly a memorable and fascinating read. I didn’t really view this as romance and you certainly shouldn’t expect a HEA. Rather it showed a woman, who after being kidnapped is psychologically stripped down and can’t put it back together again. So, when you pick this up, don’t expect a sexy BDSM dark erotic romance, (no matter what it may say!) instead it’s something far more unique and interesting. Prepare to be disturbed.