February Romance Shenanigans: Top Favourite / Highly Recommended Romance Series

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Hi guys! So today’s February Romance Shenanigan post is my top favourite and therefore highly recommended romance series! *cheers! There’s just something nice about reading series because you get sneak peeks of characters in the previous books! Especially siblings! I love sibling series. haha. So here’s my favorites in no particular order. (Also please note that some of the synopsis is from Goodreads, author sites, while others is me because they wasn’t one and the covers are the first in the series. Click the name of the series for more info! And some book titles have links to reviews too. All very random).

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The Duke and I - Julia Quinn(01) The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

Type: Historical / Siblings
Number of books in series: 8 / Finished
As standalone?: Fairly easy; characters make cameos throughout the series

1. The Duke and I
2. The Viscount Who Loved Me
3. An Offer from a Gentleman
4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
5. To Sir Philip, With Love
6. When He Was Wicked
7. It’s in His Kiss
8. On the Way to the Wedding
9. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After (Epilogues)

The Bridgertons, eight siblings famously named from A to G, are the toast of London. Now we get to see each of them find lovely (in fun, quirky ways!).

Okay. This is probably my most favourite of the Julia Quinn romance series. Legit, 8 siblings (all introduced in the first book) and they all get their happy endings! Heck with the epilogues, everyone gets happy endings! It’s so easy to like this series, because with 8 books, and each book having it’s own romance style (ie. bickering love, I loved you all along love, second chance love, etc.) there’s bound to be a story and Bridgerton you’ll fall head over heels for.

The Truth About Lord Stoneville - Sabrina Jeffries(02) Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries

Type: Historical / Siblings
Number of books in series: 6 / Finished
As standalone?: medium; overlying arc story throughout 5 of the 6 books.

1. The Truth About Lord Stoneville
2. A Hellion in Her Bed
3. How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
4. To Wed a Wild Lord
5. A Lady Never Surrenders
6. ‘Twas the Night After Christmas*

They’re the scandalous Sharpes, five hell-raising siblings tainted by a shocking family legacy. Now each faces a daunting ultimatum: marry by year’s end—or kiss their inheritance good-bye.
* Book 1-5 are of Sharpe siblings, but book 6 belongs to a secondary character seen in book 4 and 5.

Another fantastic historical sibling series! I read this series kind of strangely, because it was book 5 that caught my eye first. So I ended up reading 1 (so that I would know the characters), 3 (because it sounded more interesting than 2 + 4), 5 (because that’s the first one I wanted to read), 4 (because it appealed to me more than 2), than 2 (sorry, Jarret). The whole series is actually fantastic, despite me reading it weirdly. There is a big overall mystery throughout the book that gets solved in book 5.

A Night to Surrender - Tessa Dare(03) Spindle Cove by Tessa Dare

Type: Historical / friends
Number of books in series: 4 + 1 novella / on-going
As standalone?: fairly easy; characters make cameos throughout the series

1. A Night to Surrender
1.5. Once Upon a Winter’s Eve
2. A Week to Be Wicked
3. A Lady By Midnight
4. Any Duchess Will Do (May 28th, 2013)

Spindle Cove, nestled in a peaceful corner of Regency Era England, has long been known as “Spinster Cove,” due to its preponderance of unwed ladies of “delicate constitutions”–and that’s the fictional setting for a delightful historical romance series by Tessa Dare.

This series is a pretty cute and funny read. I really loved A Week to Be Wicked since it was basically a road-trip love story haha. You’re introduced to all the characters before they get their book, so I already make attachments haha.

Firelight - Kristen Callihan(04) Darkest London by Kristen Callihan

Type: Historical / siblings, friends
Number of books in series: 4 + 1 novella / on-going
As standalone?: fairly easy; characters make cameos throughout the series

0.5. Ember
1. Firelight
2. Moonglow
3. Winterblaze
4. Shadowdance (November 2013)

A Victorian era paranormal romance

I absolutely adore this series (and might I add, most gorgeous covers!). Truth be told, the main reason why I read this series was because of the cover of Winterblaze. But I hate jumping into as series so I started at the beginning and it’s was totally worth it. I want Shadowdance nowwwwwwwwwwwww please.

How to Dance with a Duke - Manda Collins(05) The Ugly Ducklings by Manda Collins

Type: Historical / Cousins
Number of books in series: 3 / Finished (?)
As standalone?: fairly easy; characters make cameos throughout the series

1. How to Dance with a Duke
2. How to Romance a Rake
3. How to Entice an Earl

The Ugly Duckings are three cousins who are considered wallflowers but as they find love, they become swans (lol sorry I’m so corny).

So the perks of this series is on top of the romance is the generally pretty interesting murders, mystery and spyseque actions that’s happening. Too boot, Collin’s heroes are rarely the emotionally brooding type (hey, it’s nice to have a happy hero). I particularly enjoyed How to Romance a Rake, and I’m currently reading How to Entice and Earl, so far so good.

Something About You - Julie James(06) FBI/US Attorney by Julie James

Type: Contemporary / Connections
Number of books in series: 4 / On-going
As standalone?: fairly easy; characters make cameos throughout the series

1. Something About You
2. A Lot Like Love
3. About That Night
4. Love Irresistibly (April 2nd, 2013)

In the Chicago criminal justice system, the people are represented by two groups of confident, frequently sarcastic, and shockingly attractive people, all of whom seem to spend an inordinate amount of time at Starbucks: FBI Special Agents, who investigate crimes, and the U.S. Attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are the stories of what happens when they’re not out busting bad guys. Happily ever after guaranteed.

Okay! If historical romances aren’t your thing, here’s an awesome contemporary series that got great romance and awesome action! All of Julie James are usually winners, and this is a fun series were they can all be standalones, but it’s nice to see that some-what side character in Book X get their happy endings too! Also another series with gorgeous covers (:

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HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

1. The Hathaways by Lisa Klaypas;

When an unexpected inheritance elevates the Hathaway family to aristocracy, they find new challenges in navigating the intricacies of London society–and new desires. Lisa Kleypas’ historical romance series is sensual and compelling, with lords and ladies, gypsies and governesses–all harboring dark secrets and secret passions

Probably one of my favourite series by Klaypas. And yes, more siblings! I couldn’t resist haha

2. Smythe-Smith Quartet by Julia Quinn

The world’s worst amateur musicians finally take center stage.

If you’ve read any of Julia Quinn’s romance novels, than you’ve probably have stumbled across the Smythe-Smith family! So glad to see a few of them get their own stories. Also, it’s killing me a little bit that I have to wait until autumn for The Sum of All Kisses :'(

3. Boy Series by Meg Cabot

Told in emails, IMs, and brief journal entries, these loosely connected (but each also stands alone) romantic comedies will keep you laughing: “Full of clever e-mail banter and tongue-in-cheek humor, this cheeky novel should be enjoyed in one sitting”

Not text, e-mails. A bit old school, but still one of those series I can re-read over and over again. Love it. (Ps. It’s a contemporary series.)

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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