With: Ophelia London
Hey there. I’m Ophelia London, author of the shiny-new “Love Bites,” and I’m cray-cray about love stories. So I’ve decided to take this opportunity to talk about my favorites books with romantic hooks. *rubs hands together* Let’s get started!
“Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Two words: Mr. Darcy. We might as well get this out of the way: I love P&P. I read it as a teenager and never really got over it. Not only is the story timeless, but the traditions and manners and charm Austen’s paints of Regency England makes me sob for a time machine.
“Jaws” by Peter Benchley
I know, I know but hold on. Yes, the blood-bath-of-a-movie is uber-famous, but it was taken from a 1974 novel. For the most part, the movie holds pretty true to the action of the book, except for one huge thing…the romance. Funny thing is it all takes place in one chapter and is barely touched on again. But can I tell you…it’s hot! Oh, and I love sharks, too. Heehee
“Outlander” by Diane Gabalon
Speaking of time machines… Even if this wasn’t a “time travel” book—which turns a surprising number of people off before they’ve even met sexy Jamie Fraser—(swoon!), it’s adventurous, romantic and has all the feels. So excited it’s finally coming to TV.
“Anybody Out There?” by Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes is the master at taking tragic subjects and adding warm and wet-my-pants humor. Her talent never ceases to amaze me. And if you’re not following her on Twitter, start now!
“Austenland” by Shannon Hale
This book is about a woman who is obsessed with Pride & Prejudice; more specifically, the 1994 BBC version of P&P staring Colin Firth. I mean, hello?
“Losing It” by Cora Carmack
The last chapter and epilogue still make me giggle and stare off into space. I love tidy wrap-ups to swoony stories.
“Anna & the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins
Good golly, do I love a great YA. Maybe it was my own boring high school experience that made me live vicariously though this lucky high school senior who spends her senior year in Paris only to fall in love with a dreamy boy with an accent.
“I’ve Got Your Number” by Sophie Kinsella
What I love: Who knew a page of “xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” could make one so giggly?
“Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare
Enemies-to-Lovers has always been my favorite type of storyline, and the Bard’s rom-com from circa 1599 hits it out of the park.
“I do love nothing in the world so well as you—is not that strange?”
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding
Honestly, I can’t say enough about this book. It was my first proper P&P retell and done so perfectly. Who didn’t melt when dreamy Mark Darcy told a mortified Bridget that he likes her just as she is?
How do you like your romances? Perfect Matches or Enemies-to-Lovers? And don’t forget to enter my rafflecopter for a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes!
Falling in love is like swimming with sharks...
Sharona Blaire is only in Australia for a business audit, but she’s determined to make the most of her one free night. So when she spills her drink on a handsome stranger and they end up flirting, she does something completely out of character—she kisses him. But the prospect of taking it further totally freaks her out…almost as much as discovering the next morning that the man she’s auditing is the sexy, tanned stranger she left with zero explanation.
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