Is it just me who has those books that you just keep going back to? Those books that no matter how many times you read them, they always comfort you. Other people may not understand why you keep picking up the tattered old book, but the familiar characters and story ease your mind and let you know all is well with the world, leaving you refreshed and ready for whatever new read you will pick up next. Here are my top ten comfort reads!
I just love this book. I know the cover is, lets face it, bloody awful, but much like the hero of the book, don’t let the outside appearance fool you, on the inside it’s warm, and romantic! If you like stories about BBW (which I have a weakness for) then you will doubly love this book.
“Christopher…you are the one that’s beautiful.” She lifted her head. “And not just on the inside. You’re beautiful on the outside, too. To me…you’re perfect.” She could see several emotions move across his face before his eyes half closed…
“You say that to me…and if you’re not careful you might end up stuck with me.” It was a warning.
You may notice a theme going through my comfort reads, I like my heroes and heroines to be imperfect, whether in looks or temperament, perfection can become boring. And there is nothing boring about The Raven Prince, I love the bad-tempered and ugly hero and I can’t help but go back for more.
“I’ve heard some people say my temper is rather . . .” He paused, apparently searching for a word.
Anna helped him. “Savage?”
He squinted at her.
He frowned and opened his mouth.
She was quicker. “Barbaric?”
He cut her off before she could add to her list. “Yes, well, let us simply say that it intimidates some people.” He hesitated. “I wouldn’t want to intimidate you, Mrs. Wren.”
I may be cheating a little with this one, it hasn’t been out long, but already I know it is a book that I will read again and again. Girl who runs away with the circus + Boy who likes to play with fire = Supreme satisfaction.
“Skin is important, Lille. Some marks last forever. You have to decide if they’re worth it.”
It wouldn’t be a proper list if I couldn’t include Kristen Ashley on it some how, and honestly I take comfort in quite a few of her books, but this one… I can’t get enough of. It has a lot to do with Tate the hero of the book, and possibly something to do with his beard…
“God, if he wasn’t so handsome, strong, sometimes sweet, didn’t have a Harley, that beard, a tendency to play with my hair, didn’t look so good in jeans and wasn’t so danged good in bed, he would seriously not be worth it.”
I absolutely love this series, and this is the book that started the obsession and also the book I always go back when I fancy dipping my toe in. Why do you say? Because no matter how bad I am feeling, I know Kenyon has put my fierce Nyk through way worse. I think Kenyon has a secret sadistic streak.
“You have to learn to smile through your pain. Sometimes it’s all we got.”
Psy Changeling Novellas
Psy Changeling Series
by Nalini Singh
Why pick just one? I love the Psy Changeling series, but when I want a little something to read, I normally go and pick any one of the novellas that accompany the series. It has all the romance I have come to expect and love from Nalini but with out any of the politics present in the main series. It’s perfect for a little comfort.
Just. Love. This. Series. In fact I feel like abandoning this post and rereading it right now. Hands down the Kate Daniels series is my favourite ever series, and I LOVE this installment and I always reach for it in my times of need.
“You thought about dragging me into your bed this morning.”
“I thought about stabbing you and running away screaming. You broke into my house without permission and slobbered all over me. You’re a damn lunatic! And don’t give me that line about smelling my desire; I know it’s bullshit.”
“I didn’t need to smell you. I could tell by the dreamy look in your eyes and the way your tongue licked the inside of my mouth.”
When I first read this book, it took me by complete surprise, it was love at first chapter…only not with the hero. One of the things I love most about this book is that it is the heroine that steals the show and who I keep going back for. This book’s fun and sense of adventure always leave me feeling suitably comforted.
“I’ve spent twenty-eight years doing what everyone around me expected me to do…being what everyone around me has expected me to be. And it’s horrid to be someone else’s vision of yourself.”
You can’t go wrong with Lisa Kleypas, but the book I always reach for when I need a pick-me-up is It Happened One Autumn. It’s mixture of humour, romance and friendship always leave me feeling like I have had a warm hug. Plus, drunken library scene. Hilarious.
“I can’t get it out,” she said.
“Just pull at it.”
“It hurts. It’s throbbing.”
“I can’t! It’s truly stuck. I need something to make it slippery. Do you have some sort of lubricant nearby?”
“Much as it may surprise you, we’ve never needed lubricant in the library before now.”
I just love this book. It isn’t strictly romance, although romance is a big presence in the book, but Sarah Addison Allen is magical with her words; she makes the everyday things enchanting. Reading this book is like a hot cocoa on a stormy night, comforting and warming, and I always look forward to reading it again.
“Like magic, she felt him getting nearer, felt it like a pull in the pit of her stomach. It felt like hunger but deeper, heavier. Like the best kind of expectation. Ice cream expectation. Chocolate expectation.”