Top Ten Tuesday (3)

toptentuesdayAHH. It's the end of the day, but I had to get my TTT in! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list features the Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101). For the purpose of my top ten list, let's say I'd be teaching a Contemporary Romance 101 class (of course, most of my titles cross genres--mostly between Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance).


  1. The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by JA Redmerski. A++for plot and pacing.
  2. Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1) by Jill Shalvis. Really, I could probably teach a whole course with just Jill Shalvis books because it takes a lot to create a small town that is the setting for more than 10 books. Also, she has a great voice.
  3. Rush Me (New York Leopards #1) by Allison Parr. My FAVE contemporary sports romance. You have to teach what you love, right?
  4. A Risk Worth Taking (Red River Series #1) by Victoria James. I would really want to teach #2, but you probably have to start with book one. Maybe I would do them both? But I like #2 because it sure delivers on the unexpected in a great way. So extra credit to the students that read both!
  5. Jewels of the Sun (The Gallaghers of Ardmore #1) by Nora Roberts. Because as I've said 100 times before--Nora Roberts is QUEEN. But I picked this book in particular because it is a contemporary romance, but it brings myths, legends, and magic in to the mix.
  6. After the Kiss (Sex, Love & Stiletto #1) by Lauren Layne. This book is a fabulous example of the whole "opposites attract" theme.
  7. Kissing the Maid of Honor (Secret Wishes #1) by Robin Bielman. One of my favorites because the hero is both the older brother of the the heroine's best friend and the best friend of the heroine's older brother. I LOVE older brother's best friend stories!
  8. Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout). Because JLA knows how to put believable chemistry on the page!
  9. Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family #3) by Shannon Stacey. Okay, now I know this is book #3, but I feel that you can definitely read these as standalones. Should you? NO. But I really, really like this book. It's got the whole "I need a fake boyfriend" thing going on. So, I would be obligated to teach it.
  10. One Night with a Hero (The Hero #2) by Laura Kaye. Again, not the first book in the series. But, I needed one war hero book on the list & this would be a good example for those students learning to write sexy scenes, too.

Honestly, these books can definitely help teach future romance writers the basics and more. BUT if I really were to teach this class, I would probably spend the whole time debating with the class who the best book boyfriend is! That's a sign of a good teacher, right? AND clearly I'm addicted to series so my class would be a chaotic but enjoyable mess! If I do say so myself. 😉