Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway (Books) to Romance

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Love Freebie

My freebie topic is:

Gateway (Books) to Romance

These are all non-romance books that lead to reading romance by tricking you into falling in love with an author who writes different genres.

1. Mud Vein ⇒ Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
Author: Tarryn Fisher

I’m not truly sure how to categorize Mud Vein…maybe Suspense? Chances are it will leave you wanting to read all of Tarryn Fisher’s books, half of which are romances like Atheists Who Kneel and Pray.

2. Verity ⇒ Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is known for her romances, but if you find her through her psychological thriller Verity you might just find yourself reading her romances like my friend did.

3. The Ghostwriter ⇒ Hollywood Dirt
Author: Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre writes a wide range a books. It would be easy to fall in love with her writing in The Ghostwriter and then end up reading one of her romances like Hollywood Dirt.

4. Stillhouse Lake ⇒ Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine

This one is kind of a stretch. Rachel Caine writes a really good thriller, but she also writes a lot of paranormal romance-ish books. Her Morganville Vampire series has a fun romance aspect to it as well.

5. He Will Be My Ruin ⇒ Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker

Yep. It’s another author who writes both thrillers and romances.

6. Naked in Death ⇒ Vision in White
Author: Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb

If you enjoy Eve Dallas kicking serial killer butts in the In Death series, you’re bound to want to read Roberts’s softer side in Vision in White

7. Dark Witch ⇒ The Next Always
Author: Nora Roberts

This is kind of a repeat, but Nora Roberts wears so many different writing hats. If you like her fantasy novels, you will probably love her romances.

8. Always Time to Die ⇒ Eden Burning
Author: Elizabeth Lowell

I’m going old school with this one, but Elizabeth Lowell writes some great mysteries. If you like them, you’re going to love her romance novels.

9. The Raging Ones ⇒ Amour Amour
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

If you fell in love with Krista & Becca Ritchie’s writing in the sci-fi YA novel The Raging Ones, you’re almost guaranteed to love their circus romance Amour Amour.

10. Pivot Point ⇒ The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West

Pivot Point is the one of two fantasy novels Kasie West wrote. If you want more of her writing, you will fall in love with her contemporary books like The Fill-In Boyfriend.

68 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway (Books) to Romance”

  1. I love this!! Such a unique topic and I’ve never seen it done before! I love your comparisons, too. The Next Always series is one of my all time favorites. I want to stay at Boonsboro. 🙂

  2. Great twist on this week’s topic, Deanna! Colleen Hoover has long been one of my favorites. Verity was so out of left field but I loved it. I’m excited to see if she’ll continue to expand outside the romance genre. Alessandra Torre is one that I have yet to try. I’ve even met her and have a couple signed copies so I really have no excuse. I loved the Morganville Vampires. I was so hooked on that series! My husband even read the books. 🙂 K.A. Tucker is practically an auto-buy author for me. Love her. And Krista & Becca Ritchie… the world they have created with all the Addicted characters is simply phenomenal. I feel like I know those people.

  3. Creative topic this week! I don’t think I’ve read any of these authors yet, but I do like several authors that write in different genres. Always love it when a favorite author writes in multiple genres.

  4. I am not generally a romance fan, but Amazon was offering Verity for free today and I’ve heard so much about it that I had to download it and give it a try.

  5. Ha love this topic! The Rachel caine books have always looked good to me, I just haven’t tried her stuff yet. One of these days hopefully! Pivot Point was one I almost read when I started blogging but never got to that one either yet!

    1. Thank you! The Rachel Caine books are good. I would recommend. I think you would probably like them based on what I see you read.

  6. I found the Pivot Point books after reading one of West’s contemporaries, and though the sci-fi nature of the book surprised me, I really enjoyed it.

    1. Thank you! You should give the first books in this a try then! Maybe they will convince you to give the romances a try. 😉

  7. Wow, I had no idea some of these authors wrote in different genres! Like K.A. Tucker! This is the same Tucker that wrote The Simple Wild, right? And Kasie West is an author that I’ve heard much about in romance (although I haven’t read anything by her yet) but I had no idea she also wrote fantasy! Very keen to check some of these authors out. Great list and take on this week’s love freebie 😀

  8. This is a great take on the topic 🙂
    I remember really enjoying The Next Always by Nora Roberts. I think it was the first of her books i’d read and very different from my usual choices. I read the rest of that series too 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, that is one of her best series, in my opinion. I’m happy to hear you liked it!

  9. I need no tricks to read a little romance! Give it all to me! I totally forgot that Kasie West wrote a fantasy series. I might have to give it a try. Nora Roberts is an author that I have been wanting to try as well. Great list! 🙂

    1. That Kasie West series…the first book wasn’t my favorite but I really liked the second. If you try Nora, my favorite is that series or The Villa or Midnight Bayou.
      Thank you!

  10. This is such a fun twist on the topic, Deanna. Love it. I’ve never read a novel by Colleen Hover, but know her books are extremely popular. I do love a good Kasie West novel though!! 🙂 Thanks for the visit to Finding Wonderland.

  11. I haven’t read any of these books, but I really like your take on this topic! It’s very uncommon for me to pick up another book based solely on the author, so I’ve never really had any “gateway” books like this. However, I know plenty of readers who will pick up anything an author writes if they enjoyed one of their books, so this is an interesting way to think about getting into different genres.

  12. What a creative twist on this week’s topic! I love it. Every one of these book pairs are intriguing and make me want to investigate deeper – and I’m not heavily into the romance genre. I find an author I like and then read everything I can get my hands on by them. Anyway – great list. I can tell you put a lot of work into it. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week.

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