I've noticed a lot of people recommending the classics-- and the classics are beautiful reads! But if you're not feeling literary, and just want a fun, sweet romantic read, my suggestion is Ella Enchanted. I read this book in ninth grade, and before that I wasn't really interested in romance at all, but I found myself really getting into Ella's story.
It's another Cinderella story in a way, if you're unfamiliar with the movie (the book is much better, of course, as usual). When she was a baby she was cursed (or according to the fairy who cursed her, "gifted") with absolute obedience. If anyone gave her an order, then she had to obey it. But despite this, Ella grows into a precocious and defiant child and meets Prince Charmont, who first becomes her friend, and later her first love.
It doesn't have any vampires, but it does exist in the fairy tale realm. Unfortunately, I still don't read many straight-romance books. But I would actually recommend against Romeo and Juliet. It's one of Shakespeare's worst plays and, tragically, is also his most famous. If you want to read a Shakespearean love story, my recommendation would be Much Ado About Nothing. It's a much more interesting plot with (two!) much more believable romances.
As for classic romance, I would second the Gone With the Wind recommendation. It's a fabulously intricate story about a driven women torn between the two loves of her lives-- Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler. She's married to Rhett, but Ashley is married to Melanie and, for some reason, Scarlet can't help but constantly pursue him, which changes all her relationships.
Well, I'm not really that much about romance novels without a bit of fantasy or something else like a historical angle. But here are my suggestions anyway:
'The Birth of Venus' and 'In the Company of the Courtesan' by Sarah Dunant (takes place in Renaissance Italy)
'The Dark Queen', 'The Courtesan' and 'The Silver Rose' by Susan Carroll (these are with a small part of fantasy)
'Hija de la Fortuna' by Isabel Allende (I don't know the correct English title, but it means The Daughter of Luck and takes place in Chile and California)
'The Year the Horses Came' by Mary Mackey
'The Girl Who Played Go' by Shan Sa
'Brief Candles' by Alan E. Fisher (Takes place in Skt. Petersburg during the Russian Revolution)
'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo (I can't believe that nobody else suggested it)
'Doctor Zivago' by Boris Pasternak
'The Other Boleyn Girl' by Philipa Gregory (the book is better than the movie!)
And even if you don't like Fantasy I strongly recommend all books by Tamora Pierce and Lian Hearn.
Well, if you want a classic than I would suggest - Wuthering Heights
- Sense and Sensibility; and
- Pride and Prejudice.
Which are all Favourites of mine. Oh, and there is always 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' but that is not your classic Romance novel... is rather sad!
If your after something a bit more recent, than I enjoyed 'The Time Travelers Wife' though it is a bit like a fantasy it is still a really different Romance.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Summer of Roses by Luanne Rice
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Um, yeah hope that helped a little if you still looking for a Romance novel and if you have not read them :D :D
You should read Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell and The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough!!!
as for me, these are two greatest love stories ever!!!!
also Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is awesome!
you could also try some of Jane Austen novels!
no fantasy, no vampires, just love =)
I love classics, and the ones the others mentioned are great!! but I read a book a couple of years ago and I just felt in love with it.. it´s ¨By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept¨ by Paulo Coelho... I read it in spanish but it´s also in english... It´s really beautiful book
Hope you like it too!!
Like all the other responses, all the classics are brilliant, and alongside the Brontes and Jane Austen I would definitely recommend Mrs Gaskell's 'North and South' or 'Mary Barton'. Also, although it is YA fiction, another good love story is 'Soul Love', by Lynda Waterhouse. Finally, if you are willing to read a saga, there is the 'Outlander' series by Diana Gabaldon, starting with 'Cross Stitch'. Each book tells of the epic (and time-travelling) love story between a 1940s nurse and an 18th Century Scotsman, set in the Scottish Highlnds. (A little warning - these books made me cry!)
The Noughts & crosses series are all great reads by Malorie Blackman. And as everyone else has said the classics and also a great series I love, a Japanese love story beginning with Across The Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. The Time Travelers Wife is great too by Audrey Niffenegger. Or even Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden has a love story within it :)
Sarah Dessen has really good books. My favorite is this lulaby and just listen. also Bloom and Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott are really good too. Oh and Beastly by Alex Filnn is a amazing romance story. its like a modern Beauty and the beast.
You should really try some of Nicholas Sparks books, they are so sweet and romantic. Try "Message in a Bottle" "The Notebook" "The Wedding" and "A walk to remember".. There has been made a movie of "The Notebook" and "A walk to remember", and they are really great to:)
by Mark Schreiber is really good.
here's the storyline: How can Christy Marlowe--a wise-cracking horoscope junkie--be in love with Ben, a well-mannered college freshman? Their fateful first meeting takes place at a plastic surgeon's office, where both plan to erase unwanted tattoos along with painful memories. Burying the past isn't easy, and soon their romance is ensnared in secrets and lies. Starcrossed or starmates, can Christy and Ben find their way back to truth and trust?
Jane Austen is, in my mind, the goddess of romances! So anything by her would be great.
Also, (not so classic though) "A Victorian Christmas Cottage" by Jeri Odell, Catherine Palmer, Debra White Smith and Peggy Stoks is great. It's four different stories in the same book. I read it last Christmas, and loved it!
And finally, you can never go wrong with "The Princess Bride"! XD That was originally written by S. Morgenstern, but I recommend reading the abridged version by William Goldman.
This author that I really enjoy is new and is great, its not vamps more grim reapers and its a love story but not all mushy lots of things going on, me and my friends really like it. You can read the first 45 pages on the site too! :) It's called Wingless
If you want something light and still in the supernatural theme (but without vampires), I'd recommend Meg Cabot's mediator series. It's six short books, but you'll devour them quickly. When I was a tween I read them over and over.
If you are looking for REALLY GOOD romance without fantasy, the author I'd recommend the most would be Jane Austen. She is known for her romance, and she's written quite a few. I'd start with maybe Pride and Prejudice? (Not the one with zombies XD)
Why not check out I, Coriander and The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner? The second one that I mentioned is part of a two book series that ends with a book called The Silver Blade. My fave teen review site, www.YABookShelf.com, reviewed the first two, and I'm hoping that it will review The Silver Blade as well in the coming weeks. :)
um i have several one is called Hush, Hush it is so good its about angels which is way better then vampires :D hah the guy is so awesome and um theres one book called "The Truth about Forever" and another one called "Along for the Ride" and there both by the author Sarah Dessen there both awesome hope this helps :]
well i mostly read fantasy but a really good adventure love story is graceling. its about this girl whos "graced" with kiling and works as her uncle the kings thug. then she meets this prince when she's out on a mission and she leaves him unconsios instead of killing him. she sees him again and they work together to find out the mystery of who kidnapped his grandfather.
Fire is the sequel and its just as good as the first one!