What Are Your Happy Place Romance Recs?

I was inspired by Dahlia Adler’s tweetstream about books that are escapist fun when the news is too much. She’s the author of Under the Lights and several other YA romances.

First, how lovely and kind, and what good recs.

Second, GOOD GRAVY WHEN IS THE NEWS NOT TOO MUCH RIGHT NOW. We need these safe book places twice a day, I should think. So, inspired by Dahlia, I asked the Bitches this question:

What are your recommended “Ok, this is a bit much and I need to check out for awhile” books?

For me, my top solace reads, with humor and comedy and adorableness and comfort, are (to absolutely no one’s surprise whatsoever) both Lucy Parker books, Pretty Face ( A | BN | K | iB ) and Act Like ItI may have re-read Act Like It a few times since January 2017.

I’ve also visited my literary happy place in the Call of Crows series (again, surprising absolutely no one ever) by Shelly Laurenston. Superpowers driven by rage and a sisterhood of support without question or judgement? Yeah, totally a happy place for me.

Finally, I didn’t expect to re-read this one as much as I have, but Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins is another I’ve re-visited when I needed solace. This is particularly true of the scene where the heroine, Mariah, travels from Philadelphia to pre-statehood California to escape her abusive mother.

One more! Speaking of traveling: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is definitely one of my “happy place” books.

RedHeadedGirl: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake:  by Sarah MacLean ( A | K | G | iB | Scribd ).

Elyse: Pride & Prejudice.

Sarah: My comfort movie on long plane rides is the Joe Wright version of P&P, or better yet, the soundtrack by Dario Marianelli. Marianelli soundtracks are my auditory happy place.

Amanda: The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas. I remember having so many happy sighs while reading.

Sarah: Oh, gosh, me as well.

What about you? What are your happy place romance recommendations? What books do you turn to again and again when the world is a bit too much and you need a break? 

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