Nov 25 2014 2:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

Smooth-Talking Stranger by Lisa KleypasYou Want to Have Dinner with the MacGregor Clan from Nora Roberts’s MacGregor Series:

Virginia Kantra’s Dare Island series. Why? The small town of Dare Island has a hero for everyone. If you love the MacGregors, you’ll fall head over heels for the Fletcher Clan.

Lisa Kleypas’s Travis Family series. Why? Sure, the Travis brothers are rich and famous, even scarily rich and famous, but they’re also surprisingly down to earth and make for protective, supportive, SEXY husbands.

You Want a Part in a Sons of Anarchy Sex Montage with Jax:

Joanna Wylde’s Reaper’s MC Series. Why? Because the second you meet Horse (as in hung like one), get scared by Ruger, kidnapped by Hunter, or hired by Picnic, you’ll be so in it’s ridiculous. Property of Reaper’s MC? We think so!

Anything by Kristen Ashley. Why? Whether her heroes are billionaires, pimps, DEA Agents, or anything in between, the heroes are all the same type—alpha, gritty, and bossy. Ashley has a distinctive voice that will be very reminiscent of Jax and his fellow bikers no matter the setting.

The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne EnochYou Want to Travel Back in Time to Marry Jamie Fraser:

Suzanne Enoch's The Devil Wears Kilts. Why? The Scandalous Highlanders series feature sexy Scottish heroes who could give Jamie a run for his money, and it doesn't hurt that you can savor their blissful HEAs while we wait for the Outlander TV series to put Jamie and Claire through new trials...

Kresley Cole’s No Rest for the Wicked. Why? If you’re looking for a smart, loyal, stoic, hulking leader...who just so happens to be a virgin, look no further than Sebastian Wroth. Sure he’s a vampire, but he has the same characteristics as our beloved Jamie just in a fang-filled package!

Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay SandsYou Want to Rule the Vampire World with Eric Northman from True Blood:

Lynsay Sands’s Argeneau series. Why? Sands’s Argenaux are sexy, fun, serious—but not too serious—and the series spans an entire family, filled with complex characters and intricate relationships, kinda like the ones found in Bon Temps.

Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Why? Barrons is a close second in a ranking of paranormal hotties we wish were real. He’s brooding, alpha, smart, rich… and so much more!

You Want to Eat Shawarma with the Avengers:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, or any of the Marvel Universe Movies.  Why? Because if you can’t have ‘em, you might as well watch ‘em.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellYou Want a Happy Ending for The Fault in Our Stars (Please!):

Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. Why? It’s got a poignant love story, two dynamic characters, and great writing. Many fans of John Green find a lot to love about Rainbow Rowell, and vice versa. It’s a win-win.

You Want a Quiet Getaway Before the Baby Comes:

Pleasure Under the Sun by Lindsay Evans. Why? Because the last thing a new mom wants to think about is real life, so why not let her escape to a distant land with a brooding alpha male? It beats diapers!

Yes Please! by Amy Poehler (The Audiobook) Why? Because your hands are a little full right now with a new baby, and you’re going to need a laugh. Amy Poehler delivers the laughs, and the audiobook delivers the hands-free!

You Want to Finish Your NaNoWriMo Project (So Close!), But You Just Need:

Stephen King’s On Writing and a Notebook. Why? So you didn’t quite get to 50,000 words. Who cares! Just because the month is over, doesn’t mean the writing should stop. So time to get writing! On Writing is not only a great book about the craft—the main advice being, just do it—but it’s also a great memoir in its own right from when King first started writing and on into his success. The notebook, for obvious reasons, is so that you can jot down all those ideas to continue your Great American (Romance) Novel!

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl. Why? If you need to inspire your inner writer, nothing beats the smart, sassy, and sexy Molly Jenkins! She’s an average (though sassy, did we mention that?) gal by day, and a romance writer by night! It’s a great start to a hot series by Dahl, and has the added bonus of an author protagonist.

Hard As It Gets by Laura KayeYou Want to Learn Gibbs’s Investigative Techniques from NCIS:

Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink Series. Why? The guys of Hard Ink are a little gruff, a little weary of life, and dealing with the betrayal of their commanding officer. Track down the truth with this secretive team and enjoy all the tension—both of the suspenseful and sexual kind!

Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. Why? Suzanne Brockmann writes heart-pounding suspense entwined with equally heart-pounding romance.

You Want a North and South Movie Sequel:

Tasha Alexander’s And Only to DeceiveWhy? Because the first book in Alexander’s Lady Emily series is a bit of historical fiction, romance, and mystery, so it’s bound to help distract from those Armitage-as-Mr.-Thornton cravings.

Glitterland by Alexis HallYou Want Canon Johnlock in the New Season of Sherlock:

Alexis Hall’s Glitterland. Why? Because it’s literary fiction with a happy ending—along with one very damaged protagonist, two men falling in love, and a vibrant contemporary English setting.

You Want to Read Your Favorite Romance Novel for the First Time Again:

Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm (with the new cover!). Why? Because Kinsale’s writing is gorgeous, and the characters are layered and nuanced and the moments of passion are written with a delicate restraint. Plus she might have trouble with some of the language, so you can feel infinitely superior because you got it. And with the new cover, maybe you could pretend like it’s the first time you’ve read it.

In the Arms of the Heiress by Maggie RobinsonYou Want the latest season of Downton Abbey to Air in the U.S. RIGHT NOW:

Maggie Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series. Why? It’s set in Edwardian England, the same time period as Downton Abbey, and Robinson’s delightful wit and equally delightful characters are as enchanting as those newfangled horseless carriages.

Downton Abbey Season 1-4. Why? For obvious reasons.

You Want a Time Lord to Land in Your Backyard:

Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga series. Why? It’s a graphic novel series that has a very strong romance set in alien worlds. Yeah, we’re into that too.

You Want to Read Your NEXT Favorite Romance of All Time

When the options start to overwhelm you, we have a few lists you can turn to depending on your favorite subgenre(s):


To find out more about each item mentioned:

Crossfire series books 1-3 (box set)


Release Me by J. Kenner (Stark Series, Book 1)


Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra (Dare Island series, Book 1)


Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas (Travis series, Book 1)


Reaper's Property by Joanna Wylde (Reaper's MC series, Book 1)


Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley (Dream Man series, Book 1)


The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders series, Book 1)


No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark series, Book 2)


A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau series, Book 1)


Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever series, Book 1)


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (blu-ray)


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


Pleasure Under the Sun by Lindsay Evans


Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)


On Writing by Stephen King


Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl


Hard As It Gets  by Laura Kaye (Hard Ink series, Book 1)


The Unsung Heroes by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters series, Book 1)


And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (Lady Emily series, Book 1)


Glitterland by Alexis Hall


Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale


In the Arms of the Heiress by Maggie Robinson (Ladies Unlaced series, Book 1)


Downton Abbey Seasons 1-4 set (DVD)


Saga, Volume 1 (Saga series, Book 1) by Brian K. Vaugh and Fiona Staples




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Megan Frampton
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Thanks--it was an H&H-wide effort, and we're so glad you guys like it! It was fun to do, for sure.
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