Priya is pursuing her undergrad in law and business administration. She loves translated books, world cinema and French chic.
As a romance junkie, I always prefer a standalone as opposed to a standard trilogy. I like a book that captures everything—right from the moment the heroes meet to the sweet romantic finish. While there are plenty of contemporary romance novels, I have often found it difficult to find a good book, the kind that just makes me smile and giggle and swoon. So after a few years since I forayed into the romance genre, I have a list of ten Standalone Romance Novels for you in no particular order.
I've also written a Part II so be sure to check that out.
10 Standalone Novels Worth Reading
Welcome to Temptation
Law of Attraction
Most Valuable Player
The Hating Game
Made for You
The Kiss Thief
Mistress of the Groom
1. Welcome To Temptation by Jennifer Cruise
Did you know Welcome to Temptation was a New York Times Best Seller? I had accidentally stumbled upon this book and boy am I glad I did. It’s a terrific novel—it’s funny, witty and refreshing. I love how the author paired up two seemingly normal people and turned the book into a can’t-put-down story. I stayed up all night reading it. Sophie Demsey and Phin Tucker decide to hook up to satiate their mutual attraction and eventually (read: in three weeks) fall in love with each other. And I actually bought it! That’s how well it's written! This is where you start when you’re looking for a romance novel.
2. Law Of Attraction by N.M Silber
The novel follows two lawyers—on two different sides of the courts—who decide to get to know each other, start dating, meet each other’s parents and just have a fun life. In terms of plot, from a critical point of view, there wasn’t conflict involved. It’s a no-drama, no fuss and no-nonsense type of love story. It may sound very unrealistic, to begin with, however, angst, plot-driven drama has become a cliché in the romance genre and that’s what keeps this book sweet and refreshing
3. Most Valuable Player by Lauren Blakely
I really liked this book because it was narrated solely from the point-of-view of the male protagonist as opposed to the usual ridiculously silly and infatuated female protagonist. Not to say that Cooper Armstrong wasn’t ridiculously silly and infatuated. It’s a classic trope of a football player who falls in love with his hometown girl. Cooper kisses Violet in front of the cameras, and though she is his best friend’s sister and totally can’t-even-say-whether-she’s hot category, he starts falling for her. I liked the narration, liked the trope and liked the writing. I found Cooper to be sensible, focused young man, a good son and a good friend and still every bit as hot as a classic romance hero novel.
4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I forayed into the love/hate trope with this book. It was such a delightful read with real, relatable characters with flaws and everything. What started out as a hating game between two colleagues sharing the same space gave away to sweet romance. The author did an excellent job of bringing out a sharp contrast between Joshua and Lucy. It was also hilarious with laugh-out-loud moments. I read it on a flight and I could barely hold on the giggles in the otherwise quiet plane. There are really rare good romantic-comedy books out there and this one definitely makes it in the list. I really hope Netflix makes a movie out of it. It would be so good.
5. Made for you by Lauren Layne
Made For You is another one of my favourite love-hate books. This book follows Miss Perfect Brynn Dalton who becomes unhinged when her childhood enemy William Thatcher moves into the house next door. But William had come back from the East Coast with a sweet motive. Not to make her life miserable as she thought, but really, to win her forever. It’s a cliché trope with a predictable ending but everything between was beautifully put together.
6. Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren—these two women just know how to spin a swoon-worthy story with sizzling hot protagonists and a lot of banter and fun. I especially enjoyed Sara’s character; she was refreshingly headstrong and wonderful. Max and Sara become acquainted in a bar—a few instances later, they are in a no-strings-attached relationship but in good romance novel everything falls into place and they start developing serious feelings for each other. I preferred it over their first book, which was equally good, but I felt this one had a nicer setting because the guy was a smokin’ hot British venture capitalist and every romance junkie has a thing for a smokin’ hot British anything.
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7. The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen
This one is one of my all-time favorite books! It follows the love-hate trope and has the most ridiculously sweet storyline. It was unexpectedly lovely. Senator Keaton forcefully marries nineteen-year-old Francesca (such an M&B theme) much against her wishes but both naturally start falling in love with each other. I loved how Senator Keaton or Francesca wasn’t obsessively described but their dialogues, body language and other non-verbal cues all played up to frame their characters. I found LJ Shen to have a remarkably non-obtrusive style of writing, quite a gem in the romance genre. You don’t even realize that you’re actually reading it – it’s like a wonderful story playing in front of your eyes; a perfect execution of showing, not telling.
8. Indigo Nights by Louisa Bay
This one is a quick, easy read. It’s about a chance meeting between Dylan and Beth, a one-day no-strings-attached relationship when their flight gets canceled. It’s the kind of luck that only happens in cheesy fiction BUT I’m not complaining. The writing was without fault, the steamy moments and witty banter kept me hooked, and I absolutely loved that it had no zero extra drama. What annoys me most in a romance novel is unnecessary drama, and this book without any of it is one of my favorites.
9. Womanizer by Katy Evans
In this book, Callan Carmichael promises his friend to take on his sister as an intern in his company. It’s a variation of forbidden romance. There was nothing really special about this book, in the sense; it’s a common romance dish. But oddly enough, I probably enjoyed it more than I should have. It’s the kind of book you read just to pass the evening, you know, while you eat cake and contemplate how a silly young girl chanced upon a really hot guy.
10. Mistress of the Groom by Susan Napier
It’s a romance novel that is well-written with a lovely storyline and characters that are tough and hot. There is sexual tension and there is one really hot sex scene which makes it worthwhile the read. I loved the way the story started and how it unfolded and concluded in a sweet, romantic way. There are few romance novels that are well crafted and well-written and this is obviously one of them.
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© 2019 Priya Barua
Priya Barua (author) on February 20, 2020:
@Umesh, Thanks. I’ll try to get my hands on that book.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 20, 2020:
This is a fabulous collection and compilation. I have yet to read these books. Your article made me remember the book 'Gunahon ka Devta' written by Dharmveer Bharti. It was the most subtle relationship story I ever read.