November 10, 2017

5 Debut Romance Novels I Love

I think most authors who’ve written a few books would attest to improvement from their first novel to their latest release. All authors have to start from somewhere and not all of the books will be loved by all fans. 

How did you discover your favorite authors? Was it with a series or their latest release? And if it was their latest release, did you backtrack and read of all of their previous work? I usually do that when I’ve found a new author that I really like, which brings me to the topic at hand: debut novels.

Debut romance novels can be tricky, and there aren’t a ton of them that age well. However, the ones listed in this post are some of the exceptions to the rule.

Here are 5 debut romance novels I love:

Tonight and Forever by Brenda Jackson

This was the first book I read by Jackson and the novel that really made me to fall in love with romance novels.


After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, all Lorren Jacobs wants is to leave California behind. Returning to her roots in Texas seems to be just what the doctor ordered…until she meets real-life physician Justin Madaris. Lorren has vowed never to give her heart to another man, but she can’t stop herself from responding to the handsome widower’s sensuous whispers of love….


Justin thought no woman could ever move him as deeply as his wife had. Until Lorren. She rekindles a desire he never believed he’d feel again. But sharing a life together means letting go of the past. Somehow, Justin and Lorren must fight through the painful memories to fulfill the passionate promise of tomorrow….”

Hideaway by Rochelle Alers

Because this is my favorite fictional family.

“Parris Simmons has spent the last ten years in hiding, fearful of her ex-husband’s deadly threats and avoiding her ex-lover, Martin Cole. Forced to flee West Palm Beach because of another man’s evil designs, Parris never forgot her passion-filled nights with Martin…or the precious gift he left her.

Now it’s all over, and Martin has found Parris again. When he offers her the protection of his name, Parris agrees to marry him—and prays that the past can finally be laid to rest. Yet even as desire reignites old passions in Martin’s sensual embrace, a dangerous, decade-old secret threatens to destroy all that Parris and Martin cherish most—and puts their newfound love to the most perilous test of all….”

Night Song by Beverly Jenkins

“A Traitorous Heart . . .

Cara Lee Henson knows no soldier can be trusted to stay in one place—and that includes handsome Sergeant Chase Jefferson of the Tenth Cavalry. Dallying with the dashing man in blue could cost the pretty, independent Kansas schoolteacher her job and her reputation. So Cara is determined to repel Chase’s advances—even though her aloof facade barely masks her smoldering desire.

A Blazing Passion . . .

Never before has Chase longed for a woman the way he ached for lovely Cara Lee. The strong-willed ebony beauty, however, will not surrender easily. But with tender words and soulful caresses, Chase intends to conquer the reluctant schoolmarm’s misgivings—and teach her how to love fully, sensuously . . . and forever.”

All That and A Bag of Chips by Darrien Lee

Darrien Lee isn’t an author I’ve read in a while but I have quite a few of her books on my bookshelf. I first read All That and A Bag of Chips in 2009 and read this saga which features Venice, Craig, and their friends quite a bit. This book (and series) isn’t as well known as I would like and one I consider to be underrated. I highly recommend reading it. I reread it late last year and it has aged fairly well.


“Torn between the two most passionate men that she has ever met, a young woman must decide who she wants more: her football star boyfriend or a new, sexy architecture major?

Venice Taylor believes that her relationship with sexy football star Jarvis Anderson is unbreakable, especially since they have been intense lovers for almost four years. During that time, they experienced some unique events that drew them closer together than most couples their age.

Jarvis and Venice have no choice but to trust that the love they share will withstand any challenge. Heading off to separate colleges would undoubtedly be a test of their undying love and fiery passion. Even though they have agreed to see other people during college, Venice is not counting on falling in love with another man. That is, until drop dead gorgeous Craig Bennett, a junior architecture major, enters her life like a hurricane. From the moment their eyes meet, Venice realizes that she is in trouble. Craig stirs feelings inside her that she has only previously felt with Jarvis. Within weeks, Venice finds herself in a full-blown love affair. At the same time, she is hoping and praying that her secrets will not destroy her new relationship with Craig or cause Jarvis any undeserved pain. Torn between the two most passionate men that she has ever met, Venice has to make a decision. But at what cost?”

With Every Breath by Maureen Smith

Perhaps my favorite romantic suspense novel.

“Professor Imani Maxwell is devastated when one of her students is kidnapped. The last thing Imani needs or wants are the sparks that fly between her and the dangerously sexy FBI agent assigned to the abduction case. Dark, brooding Garrison Wade is exactly the kind of man Imani has sworn to avoid at all costs.

But when she suddenly finds herself the target of the kidnapper’s sadistic game of cat and mouse, it’s Garrison she turns to for help. Nothing will prepare them for the intense heat that ignites between them…and no one can stop a deadly predator who wants Imani dead.”


What are some of your favorite debut romance novels?

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Natalya Muncuff

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Natalya is an Account Manager by day and writer by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is somehow keeping track of 55 television shows. You can follow her rantings and occasional sparks of brilliance on Twitter @NatalyaMuncuff.
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