Romantic Thursday Rec: Nora Roberts

Romantic ThursdayIt’s Romantic Thursday with Book Munchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.


Hey guys! When Cyn told me about how she’s bringing back the meme aspect of the Romantic Thursdays and doing a summer special, I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon to talk about my favorite romance author ever, Nora Roberts!

Even if you know nothing about the romance genre, you’ve at least heard of Nora Roberts. She’s one of the lucky genre fiction authors who grace our grocery stores. Because of all the hype, I understand it might be daunting to get into her novels, so here’s an easy Top 3 list of the best standalone novel or series to start off with:

3. River’s End

I’m starting my Top 3 list with one of her standalone novels, River’s End. There are so many romances out there that are sizzling hot and all about the lust turned love trope. (Admittedly, that’s fun once in awhile. But for me, I need more to keep my interest.) What’s brilliant about reading a Nora Roberts romance is that you’re getting more than what you expect from a romance. Instead, you get a fleshed out story of intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat, some well developed characters, and a romance you can believe in.

River's End by Nora RobertsMass Market Paperback: 330 pages
Publication date: May 1, 2000
Publisher: Jove
Add on: Goodreads

Olivia’s parents were among Hollywood’s golden couples…until the night a monster came and took her mother away forever. A monster with the face of her father.

Sheltered from the truth, an older Olivia only dimly recalls her night of terror—but her recurring nightmares make her realize she must piece together the real story. Assisted by Noah Brady, the son of the police detective who found her cowering in her closet so many years before, she may have her chance. Noah wants to reconstruct the night that has become an infamous part of Hollywood history. He also wants to help Olivia and heal the longing in her lonely heart. But once the door to her past is opened, there’s no telling what’s waiting on the other side. For somewhere, not too far away, the monster walks again.

2. Chesapeake Bay Saga

I love the Chesapeake Bay Saga for its great range of characters. It also demonstrated how you don’t have to be blood to be family. All four novels in this saga have breathtaking romances and the best sort of endings: happily ever after. The first book in the saga is Sea Swept.

Sea Swept by Nora RobertsMass Market Paperback: 330 pages
Publication date: January 1, 1998
Publisher: Jove
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A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight.

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together–or tear them apart.

1. Three Sisters Island Trilogy

One of my absolute favorite romance series, this has all the hallmarks of a classic Nora Roberts tale. Magic, love, sisterhood, and good triumphing over evil. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters as Nora Robert deftly creates this world and this heartbreakingly poignant story of personal triumph. The first book in the trilogy is Dance Upon the Air.

Dance Upon the Air by Nora RobertsMass Market Paperback: 373 pages
Publication date: June 1, 2001
Publisher: Jove
Add on: Goodreads

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago…But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely.

Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

Author: Kim

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0 Replies to “Romantic Thursday Rec: Nora Roberts”

  1. Not read any of those but they sound good. I need to read more Nora Roberts. 🙂

    1. Yes you do! She’s awesome! 😀

  2. Nora is a favorite for me as well. Anytime I pick up a book by her it’s guaranteed to be a fun read. A mediocre Nora Roberts is still really good! I love all the ones you’ve posted though ti’s been ages since I’ve read River’s End. I picked up the In the Garden series (Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, Red Lily) at the library on a whim and have been loving it. I forgot how great it was!

    1. Exactly! She’s a great author, and a guaranteed good read.

  3. wondering if this is your day to celebrate romance or is it actually a linkup ?

    1. It’s just our day to celebrate!

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