Recently a very popular Facebook group began called the Old School Romance Book Club. Almost 900 readers signed up to read classic romance novels, like The Bride by Julie Garwood,
The Flame and the Flower by Laura Kinsale,
and Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux.
I have actually read all of those and most of the other books considered classics, but only because a few years I go, I intentionally read them. I didn't read them when they came out. I was either too young or unaware of them.
Recently, I also re-read The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. I don't know if that's considered a classic, but it should be. I did read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon when it came out, and I was surprised to learn it's now considered a classic.
Some other classics include
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small
Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey
I've read most of these, but I still need to get my hands on Skye O'Malley and re-read Whitney, My Love because I read it and don't remember it.
What about you? Did you miss any classics? My list is woefully short on contemporaries. What novels are contemporary romance classics?
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