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Oct 4 2012 9:23am

What Romance Novel Have You Reread the Most?

Many romance readers read—and then reread.

Maybe it's for comfort, or to reacquaint yourself with a series in preparation for a forthcoming release, or because there was some part you didn't understand completely the first time. Whatever the reason, most of us reread, at some point or another.

What book have you reread the most?

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35 comments
Vanessa Ouadi
1. Lafka
The only reason why I have ever re-read a book is because I've liked it very much and want to immerse myself again in its universe. Among my most re-read romance books :
- Julia Quinn's Romancing Mr Bridgerton
- Barbara Elsborg' Strangers
- Sarah MacLean's Nine Rules to break when romancing a rogue
- R.L. Mathewson's Perfection
- Tessa Dare's A week to be wicked
- Robin Schone's Gabriel's Woman
- Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me
- Linda Howard's Mister Perfect
- Marc Lévy' Seven days for an eternity
Allison Culver
2. aculver1
I can't seem to get enough of the BDB brothers. Every time Ward comes out with a new brother, I have to read about the others, most especially Wrath. Dark Lover just set that whole world up and I crave more.
Victoria Janssen
3. VictoriaJanssen
I don't reread as much any more, but I've read books from these series multiple times:

Marjorie Liu's Dirk & Steele series
Nita Abrams' Napoleonic spies books
Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels
Jo Beverley's Company of Rogues
Anything by Laura Kinsale, but the winner for most-times-read is The Shadow & The Star
Jennifer Crusie, Anyone But You
Carla Kelly's Regencies
Tonya Burrows
4. Tonya Burrows
BDB is the only series I've ever reread. Can't get enough of the Brothers!
Tonya Burrows
5. Ora
It's hard for me to think of which ones I like to reread the most. I love Mary Jo Putney's historical books, in partiular her Fallen Angel series. I can't honestly say how many times I have reread Laura Lee Gurthke's And Then He Kissed Her. James Marlowe is one of my favorite heros. Sarah MacLean's books, in particular Nine Rules to Break When Romacing a Rake, and Maya Banks higlanders books. I love Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, especially book 4 Dead to the World. I will be definitely be rereading the entire series before the final book comes out next year.
Marian DeVol
6. ladyengineer
Probably my most reread romances are Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades and Devil's Cub. They're long time favorites of mine.
Chelsea Mueller
7. ChelseaMueller
I don't re-read often, but I've read Lover Awakened (Zsadist's book) from J.R. War'ds Black Dagger Brotherhood series more times than I can count.

On a completely different tone, I've already re-read Richelle Mead's Shadow Kiss more than once. Angsty, romantic YA. Also, not sure what this says about me as it has a heartbreaking cliffhanger.
Aly O'Hare
8. wingZER0angel
BDB and DH, definitely. My copies of Rhage's and Z's books are beat to hell. I've read Night Pleasures and Fantasy Lover more times than I can count.
Mary Lynne Nielsen
9. emmel
Loretta Chase: Lord of Scoundrels
Mary Balogh: The Temporary Wife
Mary Jo Putney: Thunder and Roses
Lyn Ellis: Dear John
Dinah Dean: The Ice King
Linda Winstead Jones: The Star Witch

I'm citing older titles to show what's won the test of time with me.
Lege Artis
10. LegeArtis
Sticking strictly to romance:
The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Asley
Dreaming of You and Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
As You Desire by Connie Brockway
Black Ice by Anne Stuart
Mr Impossible by Loretta Chase
Unraveled by Courtney Milan

All my comfort reads...
kathlyn smith
11. castiel
I reread LOTS of books on a semi-regular basis. Most battered copies are:
Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series
Joseph Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles (Spook's books)
JRRTolkein's Lord of the Rings (almost all, I skip Frodo and Sam's bits!)
David Edding's Elenium and Tamuli trilogies (Sparhawk books)

Actually, I reread most books I enjoy, which is why I've HAD to get a kindle - I just don't have the storage space for everything I want to keep!!
Thank goodness I can read pretty quickly, else I wouldn't have time for new stories!
Evangeline Holland
12. EvangelineHolland
Possibly a tie between Lion's Bride by Iris Johanssen and Luck Be a Lady by Betina Krahn.
Jordan R
13. jrojrojro
I've reread Books 1,2, and 3 of BBD about a million times. But I always skip the lesser/bad guy parts on all but the first read through - and sometimes I skim those parts then...

I've reread the Kate Daniel's Series and the Edge series and all the Cat and Bones books quite a few times as well, usually before a new book in that world is released.

Oh, I sometimes go back and read chunks of the Outlander series. Usually not a whole book reread. But the part when Claire shows up in Jamie's printing shop after so long...I've read that scene about a million times!
Missy
14. mimi2930
I'm a little obsessed with the BDB...I have them in paperback, kindle version and audiobooks, so those get read over often.
I also reread Dark Hunters and Karen Marie Monings Highlander series
Tonya Burrows
15. Judy Migliori
While I have never reread any books in the romance genre I have read before - what I am drawn to are the answers to the question posed on this blog. I inevitably find a new author to read. Thanks for posting. I am now off to research Mary Jo Putney - never heard of her books before.
Barbara Bauschka
16. njoireading
@LegeArtis: I am so with you on your list other than Loretta Chase and Anne Stuart's books I have reread all of the others multiple times. Additionally, my all time reread is Not Quite A Husband from Sherry Thomas (I can probably recite it from memory), followed by When He Was Wicked from Julia Quinn and Flowers From the Storm from Laura Kinsale.
Tonya Burrows
17. JacquiC
I re-read all the Lisa Kleypas Travis contemporaries. LOVE. Also some of the Hathaway and Wallflower historicals.

I used to re-read a bunch of Anne McCaffrey books (The Lady in particular) but don't do that much anymore.

And classics -- Pride and Prejudice and Dorothy Sayers mysteries (especially Gaudy Night and Busman's Honeymoon).
Rakisha Kearns-White
18. BrooklynShoeBabe
Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me.

I've read and reread part of Jane Eyre. Does that count as romance novel? I rarely reread abook because there's so many great ones out there yearning to be discovered and just don't have enough time.
Tonya Burrows
19. MelissaJo
After the Night by Linda Howard
Tonya Burrows
21. Tammye
Bet Me, After the Night, Night Play (DH), Mackenzie's (Linda Howard), The MacGregor's (Nora Roberts), Saving Grace (Julie Garwood)
Tonya Burrows
22. Angie Hocking
Oooh, another good question. Yes, Jane Eyre and Pride & Predjudice get re-read annually. Old fashioned, I know. Recent picks: About Last Night (Ruthie Knox), Seducing Cinderella (Gina L. Maxwell), The Fifth Favor (Shelby Reed), Beyond Shame (Kit Rocha), Down to You (M. Leighton) and a bunch of Sylvia Day's books. So many good books, so little time...
Tonya Burrows
23. pamelia
My most read romances are:
"Shanna" by Kathleen Woodiwiss (which I've had since I was 12)
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
"The Bride of the MacHugh" by Jan Cox Speas
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
"These Old Shades" by Georgette Heyer
"Requiem for the Devil" by Jeri Smith-Ready
"Knight", "Motorcycle Man", "Sweet Dreams" and "Lady Luck" by Kristen Ashley
"The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" by Jennifer Ashley
"Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake" by Sarah MacLean
Tonya Burrows
24. nicole1000
Mr. Impossible/The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase; Devilish by Jo Beverly; A Rose at Midnight/Shadowdance by Anne Stuart; Trust Me by Jayne Krentz (i read these particular books annually, but will read others by the same authors as the mood strikes). Series: Mercy Thompson/Alpha & Omega by Briggs; Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews; Fever Series by KMM

Other favorites: Dead in the World (sookie book 4) is also a favorite. Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
Tonya Burrows
25. jsmom2
I love old school Amanda Quick, she's my favorite comfort read. Scandal and Deception are the most beat up.

Also, Rising Tides by Nora Roberts. Ethan Quinn is one stand-up guy.
Tonya Burrows
26. susanb
My favorites to re-read are JR Ward's BDB, Julia Quinn's Bridgerton Family, and Mary Balogh's "Slightly" series, and Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series. I have read all of these saga's multiple times and will revisit them again in the near future.
Brianne Sherwood
27. bri_in_nj
What is this DH abbreviation of which a few of you speak?

I've re-read a few of Lorelei James' Rough Riders books to try to keep the family straight - there are so many of them!
Tonya Burrows
28. dianag
DH= Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon,
excellant writing and highly recommended. I have re read Tolkien 5 or 6 times since first introduced at age 15.
Series:
Outlander by Galbadon (would you believe I have not read the last few
in her series?) i could not bear for the first three to be spoiled, lol.
Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson..and I have re read Alpha and Omega lots of times.
Illona Andrews' Kate Daniel ("Here kitty, kitty" lol ...weeeee!)
Stacia Kanes' Downside (a druggie heroine and an ugly mafia style enforcer hero? I love them both! Excellant plot and story....)
Karen Monings' Highlanders AND Darkfever
CL Wilsons' Tairen Soul series ( I dont know how many times I would lay the book down and sigh in complete contentment to treasure that moment. She connects with something deep with in)

singles:
Loretta Chase Lord of Scoundrals- absolutley hilarious! She reminded me how wonderful Romance books can be.

I could go on and on but I have reading to get to :0). I like these type of sites, I now have many more new autors to sample...where do I start?
Carmen Pinzon
29. bungluna
I re-read, a lot. Any book that makes it to my keeper shelves gets re-read at least every year. I have Regencies and Categories that I read when I was a teen manny, manny moons ago that I still pull out when the mood strikes. A good book gets better every time you re-read it, imo.
Jordan R
30. jrojrojro
@dianag - Oooh, I've been meaning to reread the Tairen Soul books again. Thanks for the reminder! Weekend plans made!
Jena Briars
31. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
The only romances I can recall rereading (from cover to cover) are: JR Ward's Lover Eternal and Lover Awakened, and Kleypas' Suddenly You. The rest I've usually picked up trying to remember a certain scene or line - and then trailed off... I DO need to go back and reread more though!
Tonya Burrows
32. embraceky
I'm into Immortals After Dark series
Rosalind McGarry
33. kui
The Bride and Ransom by Julie Garwood
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
Dark Needs at Nights Edge by Kresley Cole

Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels & Edge Series

Sarah Addison Allen: all her books are stand alone and they all are wonderful--if you havent read any of her books start with Garden Spells which is her debut novel
Rosalind McGarry
34. kui
and nalini singh!- read her books especially the guild hunters!
Yvonne De La Cruz
35. ymdlc1
I admit, I've reread both the 50 shades trilogy and Sylvia Day's Crossfire series three times. When I have nothing new at hand to read I just go back to those books who's storyline just kept me captivated. J.R. Ward's The Brotherhood Series and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series are great. Based on a poll on Heroes and Heartbreakers I started to read J.D. Robb's In Death series and I too am in love with Roarke. I am currently finishing the 2nd book in this series and can easily say that they are worth rereading.
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