Can anyone recommend a book that is a romance but something unique and not cliche?

Can anyone recommend a book that is a romance but something unique and not cliche?

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  • Have you read the black jewel series? it’s magical, kind of disturbing but ultimately a love story of a different kind.

  • Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. Only the first 100 pages are not exciting, but they are necessary. The remaining 900 are very exciting, romantic, well, everything!

    • At the end of 1000 pages you will say, where’s the next in the series? That was way too short!

    • And it will stay with you forever. This is a series I keep and won’t loan out. I reread them from the beginning about every other year. I cry, I laugh, I get angry and by the end of the whole thing….I still want more and have to reread all the side books too

    • Me, too, . I loan mine out to get others started. Some are very tattered now, and Outlander is missing. Isn’t it funny how you just accept time travel without question?

    • I know. It makes perfect sense the way she wrote it ….lol. I have read a lot of time travel books and hers never made me question it.

  • I’m in the middle of the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid – quirky, funny romances. Maybe a liiiittle cliche, but I now have a crush on a fictional character named Cletus, so take that as you will. 😂

  • I love the Keller Family Series by Bernadette Marie. 10 book series that goes through and builds on all the relationships in the family. Great story lines too all the way through! 😃

  • The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters is mystery with a bit of romance. Totally fun!

    • I love them, too. I was so sad when I heard that she had died, but there is one more Peabody book which was released this summer.

    • I bought that book…The Painted Queen. I generally don’t purchase fiction, but get it from my library, but I own a few books and fave series that I like to own… Including these.

      I am not letting myself read it yet. I’m teasing myself by re-reading all the books in the series.

  • I find that my favorite “romances” are those spread over a series of books — usually Urban Fantasy or thriller/mysteries. Favorites are Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Dana Stabenow, Seanan McGuire, Outlander… Anne Bishop’s “novels of the others” are a charming and unique romance.

  • The Wolves of St. Peter’s (I think I’ve recommended this book a few times now so i better stop before everyone thinks I have a vested interest!)

  • Dysfunction in love. Try Graphic Novels. Joker and Harlequin. Mad Love.

  • Check out any of the books by Anita Shreve, really good writer.

    • Loved this book!! The Girl You Left Behind is really good, too.

    • Thanks. The only other one of hers I had read was One Plus One, which I really enjoyed. I like her writing style, and I plan to wander through her other stuff. I think she really nails challenging relationships without being whiney. Thanks for the suggestion, I will add The Girl You Left Behind to my TBR list.

  • Americanah is really good. Set between Nigeria, USA and UK, about lots of things but also a good romance! X

    • Moby Dick *could* be construed as a romance, I suppose….😂😂

    • Sorry, I just saw this!

      I was joking – meaning we’ve all spent time chasing that one that got away, haha 🙂

  • Second The Rosie Project, Last Letter From Your Lover, and Time Traveler’s Wife. Also adding Me Before You and Lilac Girls (mostly historical fiction with an ultimate romance).

  • Warm Bodies is basically an amusing zombie version of Romeo & Juliet

  • And even though it was corny, I really like Cinnamon and Gunpowder. It was a fun book

  • The Housekeeper and the Professor, not sure this is what your looking for. It is a lovely book.

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – has some romance in it, many twists though

  • I recently read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma which is a YA romance about incest between a brother and sister. Defy by LJ Sheen is a steamy, adult romance about a student-teacher relationship.

  • 😳😳😳 incest?? Pretty sure that would be a HUGE turn off for me lmao

    • It was for me too before I read it, but it’s really good (and many on GR seem to agree with me).

    • I heard some talk about this one a few months ago and there are strong feelings on both sides in the reviews. For people who could get past the incest, the reviews were very good. For me, I have read some pretty questionable things over my almost 45 years. I will probably pick this one up at some point and give it a go.

    • I read all of her books when I was in high school and college. How lovely to see her listed here!

  • Have you read The Nightingale? It’s not a romance but there is one in it and it’s beautiful. Trying to think of others.

    • So many layers to uncover in this book! What a storyteller Hannah is!

  • The Marriage of Opposites and The Museum of Extraordinary Things- Alice Hoffman.

  • The Night Circus – I don’t do romance, and upon reading the final chapters I realized it was a romance novel all along.

  • Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. It’s a fabulous historical fiction surrounding the building of the Taj Mahal. And John is a very accessible author.

  • Oh, another book I fell absolutely in love with…if you like historical fiction and music. It’s called And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer. Beautiful!

  • Oh! Oh! I have another one! Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand! Perfectly charming!

  • I have another, too!

    The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is so charming, I still get warm fuzzies when I think of it.

  • The Light We Lost. Just came out a few months ago (melancholy). The Rosie Project (light and funny).

  • The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman. Very different and unusual. Loved it!

  • The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama, Beginner’s Luck or Heart’s Desire by Laura Pedersen, All a little older – but wonderful reads!

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It’s the gay Harry Potter you never knew you needed.

    • I’ve been on the fence about Carry On becuase I hated Fangirl and Attachments, but loved El & Park. I’m wondering if Rowell is a one hit wonder for me – like John Green.

    • I REALLY liked Carry On and haven’t read Fangirl and Attachments soooooo

    • Thanks for the rec! I do love gay romance and I find it rare in YA compared to adult/erotica. I will add to my never-ending Amazon cart.

    • My gf says that the big kiss in that book is the sexiest thing she’s ever read, so hopefully that moves it up a notch!

    • I thought it was really interesting, and not just because I’m also born on Oct. 2!

    • Loved this one. It messed with my head for days after I read it. I love Blake Crouch

    • he’s on my must read list now. This had to be one of the most romantic reads of the year for me

    • he is great! Realllllly made me think hard about string theory and if it’s a possibility. Most of his stuff leans toward graphically gory but this one was different

    • We just read this for book club and had a great discussion around paths not taken in our own lives.

    • Jill Chesler why does any book have to “fit”. It is when we are out of our comfort zone that the magic really happens.

    • I think Our Souls at Night tops them all. But I did love Plain Song.

    • I loved this one. I find myself missing that character. She really grew on me. It reminded me of The Rosie Project.

  • Lots of my favorites were already mentioned! Here are a few others that I really connected with: Broken for You, Those Who Save Us, I’ll Give You the Sun, The Improbability of Love, The Sun is Also a Star, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • The Little Paris Book Shop. Its wonderful
    . By Nina George

    • Six of Croooooows! I LOVE that series. I especially loved the easter eggs she stashed in there from the Grisha trilogy.

      And AJ Fikiry is wonderful, too!

  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, Kathleen Rooney. Also, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce. Both excellent, reflective type reads.

  • A Year of Wonders: Novel of the Plague! Totally different, not cliche, fascinating.

  • Fantasy and Romance…Princess Bride.
    Romance/love angst literature – the great Gatsby
    Like Water For Chocolate

  • The majority of the recommendations are far from romance. I’m really confused, 😯😊

  • The witness-Nora Roberts
    How to fall in love-cecelia ahern
    One plus one-jojo moyes
    Twenties girl-Sophie kinsella

  • Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. She pranks the cliches of romance at every turn.

    • Gothic pastiches…the locked drawers and doors..shadows and candlelight. Fantastic.

    • Rosie Project is a great suggestion. Lovable Aspy guy creates spreadsheet to assist in finding true love. Funny and sweet.

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