5 Romance Books You Need on Your Keeper Shelf

You’re having a great day and you want to celebrate. You’re having a bad day and need to curl up on the couch and shut out the world. You’re bored and looking for some fun. Would you pick the same book for these moods? Probably not. In that case, have a few standbys on your shelf for each mood. 

The comfort read. Trust me, you’re going to want this. This is for those crazy days when the world’s fast pace leaves you spinning. A comforting romance allows you to relax and unwind and follow a slower rhythm. When I need a comfort read, I pick a small-town romance from my shelf that allows me to revisit a familiar setting and cast of characters.

The red-hot read. These are for the days when you want something passionate and provocative. A book that is all about pleasure. This kind of story celebrates sexual fantasies and maybe encourages a few new ones. What stories offers a sensual escapade yet doesn’t lose the romantic elements? Try a book from Entangled Brazen or Harlequin Dare.

The roller-coaster read. Some days you’re bored and you need to read something dramatic or adventurous. This is when you grab your favorite romantic suspense, medical romance or dark paranormals. You might not get the same edge-of-your-seat excitement you experienced the first time you read it, but you will still have the anticipation and thrills.

The flirty read. Yes, you might adore the heart-rending sagas that leave you snot-sobbing in your bed, but then you need a lighthearted and fun romance to cleanse the palate. It can be anything from amusing or my-stomach-hurts-from laughing funny. When I need a romantic comedy for a pick-me-up, I’ll re-read Jana Aston or Jill Shalvis.

The glamorous read. There are times when you want to escape from the chores, the bills and the daily grind. That’s where the glamorous read comes in, complete with sexy billionaires, unlimited credit, and private jets. What kind of book can offer an escape to a sophisticated world? I go straight for my stash of Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Desire.

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These types of books offer different reading experiences for five basic moods. What kind of read or reading mood do you think is missing from this list?

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