Having read everything Nora Roberts has written, I wanted to finish the year with a summary of her 10 best books, so new readers can start off with her stronger novels.
Well, that was clearly never going to happen. Because she has done some amazing trilogies and series, I was never going to be able to pick 10 individual books, so I figured I’d consider grouped items as one.
That still didn’t work to fill a top ten list. But after thought, and some ruthless cutting of the list, I did manage to come up with her 11 best works. Put these on your reading list.
This trilogy was a really good example of Nora Roberts’ more light-hearted, fun stuff, and she’s done enough books with ghosts that I felt at least one should make it on here. These books aren’t extremely deep, but they’re virtually flawless, with amazing character development, a well-paced plot, and plenty of details to make the books feel real.
10. Carolina Moon
Nora Roberts does some dramatic books and this one is always pretty hard-hitting. Family drama, a serial killer, a little bit of supernatural senses – there’s a lot going on. Plus, the character development is really great. Pretty much every character in the book has a personality so developed, you’re going to feel like you’ve met them before. I always love this one.
9. Montana Sky
I am shocked Montana Sky is only in my number nine slot, since I’ve considered it my favorite for so long. It’s still amazing, I still adore it, but during this, I revisited other books that I’d either forgotten or read new books I hadn’t touched before, and overall, some of them are better. That said, this book is still really great – a story of people finding family, finding friends, finding love, and finding themselves.
This set is great. For her supernatural books, which generally aren’t in my wheelhouse, she really managed to write a story that can appeal to everyone. It’s spooky enough to make you not go to bed until you’ve finished, and the characters are fun enough to keep it from getting too dark. I also appreciated that there’s no truly problematic romantic tropes, and none of the women are weak and spineless – something you see far too often in the literary world.
I still adore this book. Sure, there’s no real mystery, but I will never not love a woman going hard on a plan to get revenge on such a terrible person. Adrienne is badass, so I forgive the fact that I don’t particularly care about the male lead. Considering this is one of Nora Roberts’ earlier works, it’s amazing.
The Obsession was great. I was hooked from the beginning, and stayed riveted the whole time. It was one that I kept trying to put down to work or clean or cook, and I’d just itch to pick it up again. Even when I guessed who the villian was, it didn’t diminish the story quality at all.
Still one of my favorite sets. These books are just light and happy, and sometimes we need that. I like every character in them, and frankly, these are how romance novels should really be – no negative tropes, no problematic “bad boy” roles, just romance as it could happen in real life.
There was no chance the MacGregors weren’t making it on the list. I mean, Nora Roberts wrote 10 books on the Scottish family, and I laughed out loud in each book! And it’s all thanks to Daniel MacGregor, 10 peoples’ worth of trouble crammed into one body. These are great for first-time Nora Roberts readers.
One of the most heart-wrenching sets in her repertoire, The Quinn Brothers, twenty years later, still make me tear up. I swear, these books make me want siblings. You feel for each man individually, you feel for them as a whole – there’s a lot of feels. Just really – have tissues handy.
Of the new Nora Roberts books I read this year, I think this one was the one that shocked me most. I feel like it was a bit out of place for what she normally writes in her books, but it is so well done, so powerful…I loved it. Loved it. Her writing style even changes a bit among scenes, accentuating fear and tension, softening for sweet, safe scenes. An absolutely amazing book.
I chose to make the In Death Series number 1 because, despite the fact that it may not be all incredibly deep (although it has that), controversial (although it has that), heartfelt (although it has that), the series as a whole is impressive, and some of that is just because of the sheer quality being maintained over 60 books. I mean, to have characters so well-developed that 60 books in, I can predict how they’re going to respond? That’s detail.
On top of that, I think that all the books are good, and there are enough that stand out to make the series an overall contender. I adore, and can’t wait for the next book in February.
So that’s it. My Nora Roberts Challenge is over. Check out one of the best authors of our lifetimes by picking up one of these books.