His at Night is a wonderful novel, with some very funny moments as well as some really emotional ones. Do you want your troubled marriage story to also feature sky pirates, a kidnapping, explosions, and enormous mechanical sharks? A struggling wife who is battling insecurities and a husband who had lost his way. I am a total sucker for marriage in trouble trope in romance books. What they aren’t is a couple, at least not in the conventional sense. They’re on the original list linked to in the introduction!!!!! Once a Ferrara Wife... by Sarah Morgan 7. I highly recommend." She finds out what has happened and chooses to follow him home to Canada and fulfill her part of the vows. 1. The Best Book of 2020? Making It Last is the actual, realistic epilogue, a novella sequel to How to Misbehave (which you should read first). In this steampunk novella from the Iron Seas series, Georgiana Thomas’s husband Thom returns from the sea with a bullet wound and a single gold coin. These two are already in love but circumstances have either forced them apart, or lack of communication has driven them to feel alone. I too miss Calhoun. They don’t have to be read in order but I do think Midnight Feast is more enjoyable if you’ve read the others first, because Margie is such an intriguing character. (This story is available in the Enthralled anthology). To get technical, dark romance books are not romances in the strictest sense of the word. A short stint as boyfriend and girlfriend in their twenties went poorly, and the two decided to prioritize their friendship. But they’re different people now – maybe they can make it work? It was very well written. This list goes out all loving partnerships that bend and cradle. Contemporary Arranged Marriage Romance Novels A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. Julia Quinn's beloved Bridgerton series follows the siblings of a sprawling family in Regency England. There was no magic fix (as there shouldn’t be) to their problems but a willingness to communicate and try again leads them in the right direction. Kai and Kurt have been driven apart by miscarriages and depression. Thanks for all the interesting recs – both blog and comments. All three are wonderful examples of the authors ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in a ‘bad’ marriage and deliver believable, romantic, and unique happily ever afters. Most romance novels are about characters falling in love with each other for the first time. See search results for this author. Thanks! He’s a Blueblood, she’s a human and, when the novel begins, he wishes he never gave her a second thought. It definitely had a lot of angst. What Peterson sets up is the interplay between two men who’ve had decades to reconcile their differing personalities to the daily grind of military life and who now face a new frontier. Here’s a place to discuss it! Never Let Go: A Marriage In Trouble Romance (The Storm Inside Book 4) Kindle Edition by Alexis Anne (Author) Format: Kindle Edition. Cheating is a big turn off for me. As long as you put a fresh twist on them, they can all inspire unique love story ideas. Oh the angst as they find their way. And the sympathy you feel for both of them. Maybe it’s struggling with work-life balance, adjusting to milestones like retirement or the arrival of a child, managing financial stress, experiencing a health crisis, or simply getting stuck in a rut – can our protagonists find their way through and reach an HEA? He wants to prove he’s changed and win back his family; she’s skeptical and wants to avoid raising false hopes in their two kids. 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As a general rule, though, I don’t read many marriage-in-trouble stories, because they tend toward women’s fiction rather than straight romance, and I prefer romance to WF unless the WF has been highly, highly recommended by a reader I trust. Harlequin romance novels. Romance romance flourishes quickly, and the two get married on a short holiday. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Unfinished Seductions: A billionaire bad boy marriage in trouble romance (Bad Boy Capital Book 2) at Amazon.com. Many books tellingly end on the “happily ever after button,” leaving the results to the imagination, making it easy for the reader to dream up perfect marriages in which no one fights, cheats, or googles “divorce laws in my state.” Yet there are those books with plenty of real-life marriage … I can’t believe I forgot one of my favorite books of this year: Molly O’Keefe’s ONE LAST CHANCE: a beautifully-written and melancholy story of a married couple who have been apart more than together during their ten-year marriage. Learning that her food-and-beverage magnate husband Cyrus bought off her then-boyfriend so he could ask her out is the final straw for Daniella Johnson, and she demands a divorce. What will they do to keep busy? Rend is a superbly crafted portrait of a marriage in trouble that encompasses incredible highs and incredible lows as it charts the downward spiral of one of its protagonists and the way it affects his marriage. Agree that Sherry Thomas’ is a favorite writer; and she does this trope so well. Not sure if this qualifies – the marriage doesn’t take place until a while into the story, but The Duke I Tempted certainly features a troubled marriage and is in my Top 5 all-time favorites. Can they salvage their marriage? Kora Oliver, Tony-winning actress turned director, and Tariq Evans, NFL star turned financial advisor, have known each other for over two decades. She did just seem to vanish. There were a few things to recommend it: the working-class ethos, that stays working-class, and the marriage-in-trouble trope, which is a rarity and yet should appear more often in contemporary romance. @JenniferRNN @mharvey816 @PennyRomance @SOSchmieg @LauraFlorand (threw a few amnesia ones in there for your pleasure). The resolution, which takes place over the last 25% of the book, is one of the best endings to a romance I’ve read. Off to look for it! I highly recommend this series if you have not read it. The difference, I believe, is that romance novels are only dangerous if you’re looking for something in them that you can’t get in your marriage, but I can’t say there’s any case when a husband can look at porn and claim it’s not causing any difficulties to his marriage. Unfinished Seductions: A billionaire bad boy marriage in trouble romance (Bad Boy Capital Book 2) 4.5 out of 5 stars (13) Kindle Edition . Just as a happily-ever-after marriage is really only one possible positive ending for a romance, escaping an arranged marriage to find true love outside of … I think it’s a great book—well-written and emotionally-nuanced—but the role-play is extremely intense, very violent, with filthy name-calling, so CW/TW. --Sheri Meyers, a marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles Get "Make Love Last A Lifetime" by Barbara De Angelis Most romance novels are about characters falling in love with each other for the first time. This book is really good for men and women, and it gives easy, step-by-step techniques that couples can immediately apply to give and get the love they want and need. Matt and Rhys have been married for eighteen months and are blissfully happy, but when Rhys – a musician – goes away on tour for a few months, Matt’s deep seated insecurities – never far away – come back to haunt him in full force, and he starts to fall apart. I loved Anne Calhoun’s The List and thought it was an intense romance between a troubled young woman and her devoted husband. Despite thinking I don’t really have favorite tropes (see other blog post), I think this might be one of mine. The author does a great job of showing the effect of betrayal on a relationship and of painting a portrait of a marriage in trouble – and then showing the work needed to fix it and make it work long-term. Lawyers Nate and Live Sawyer were happily married, but are hitting a major rut in their relationship and decide to take a second honeymoon to recharge their batteries. A whirlwind romance ends in a marriage that goes badly wrong in this novel, and the eventual HEA is hard-won. ... Read about the Marriage in Trouble Romance. The author balances this rediscovery with the story of their romance, told in a series of flashbacks, while in the present of the novel, they come to a new appreciation and understanding for and of each other. This novella is very nice exploration of both their romance and the connection that has kept it alive and stable for so long, but this short sequel is definitely better if read after the couple’s first story, Before Jamaica Lane. In short, this novel isn’t just about a failing marriage, it’s the OG portrait of the failure of the midcentury American Dream. I think it’s her best book. $4.99 . Read 2 299 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. North American Wordcat: Romance Reader Reviewer, Romance List Maker.Twitter @Catsbookrom, Cat's Books Romance Novel Theme Park catsbooks.net Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cats-Books-Romance/. Inspector Winston Lane of Scotland Yard discovers his wife of fourteen years has been lying to him and keeping secrets after he is attacked and badly injured by a werewolf – and naturally is not happy at the deception. 3. A lovely book. Despite what anyone says romance novels are just chick flicks in print. If you’ve got any suggestions for titles that fit the bill, please let us know in the comments. One nit in the original list: Pamela Morsi’s 2004 title is Suburban Renewal (not Urban Renewal). It has been awhile since I read it. ) The Unwanted Wife book. This post was originally titled, "Master List of Romantic Conflicts,"… Are you tired of epilogues in which couple blissfully picnic surrounded by tooth-meltingly cute offspring, gazing into each other’s eyes as if they’re in that Doctor Who episode where statues will get you if you blink? Haha, it’s fine. Once a Ferrara Wife... by Sarah Morgan, 10. The readers decide! A fun as heck take on True Lies in which our – formerly retired – hero and heroine spies unite (and compete) to foil the bad-guys while at the same time starting to forge a new appreciation for each other. I read romance novels and many other genres. Both Vicki and Caleb are nice people,they work maturely and methodically through their issues and seek to become more honest and open with each other. Thought I’d read everything by Jennifer Crusie but I don’t recall Maybe This Time – that’s a welcome find. A romance novel is just a 300pg answer to such a question. I second the endorsement of His At Night. I love Molly O’Keefe and I haven’t read this one yet. Yes, it’s true – I have a history as a voracious romance novel reader. In a troubled marriage or troubled relationship story, these characters were in love at some point in the past, but now they’ve hit rough waters. Discovering her pregnancy sends her back to him. Six months after their breakup, Ethan tries to win Kira back by asking for help with a harassing female boss, by asking for work advice, and by playing off their intense chemistry – but not by opening up, the one thing Kira asks for. A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy 5. Never Let Go: A Marriage In Trouble Romance (The Storm Inside Book 4) - Kindle edition by Anne, Alexis. Their different ways of handling that grief contributed to the breakdown of their marriage. This kind of romance always makes me ache and even though I know there will be a happily ever after again and love that has been tested is sweeter. The novel is divided into three parts: first, flashbacks both from Jack’s and Elizabeth’s points-of-view tell the events that led to their marriage and how their relationship developed after that; second, Jacks’ return to Yorkshire, and third, the history of 1815 intruding on their fragile new equilibrium. And two that might fall out of category as the hero and heroine are already divorced: “Fallen” by Leslie Tentler where the cop hero and trauma surgeon heroine divorced after the death of their child but are still drawn to each other and via their jobs also come in contact again when someone starts targeting cops. A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy, 6. I just re-read her whole back catalog over the summer and enjoyed every single book. Who: Naledi Smith, STEM grad student and epidemiologist-in-training, definitely doesn’t have time for hoax emails claiming that she’s betrothed to an African prince. If it’s hard to write the story of a couple falling in love, it’s even harder to write the story of a couple falling in love again after credibly falling out of love, and hats off to Gill because she nails it. I just read a really enjoyable marriage in trouble story – A Passionate Reunion in Fiji by Michelle Smart. Love it? The resolution of this troubled marriage novella is gorgeous, moving, and utterly believable. Seconding Zoe York’s “Love in a Small Town” and would recommend these as well (sorry if they’re already on one of the lists and I just missed them): “Back to You” by Jessica Scott where the Army wife heroine files for divorce because she discovers that the hero lied and voluntarily signed up for continued deployment, leaving her home alone with two small children. I too hope is doing well. Calhoun excelled at writing complicated characters; I wish she were still writing. 2. I love, love, love a marriage in trouble trope in a romance book. If you want to vote for the Marriage in Trouble Romance, go to the Goodreads list: Trouble: Marriage on the Rocks Romance. While the cause Georgie and Thom’s separation is a bit simple, the action-adventure and teamwork in this novella are top-notch. Loathe it? You really do believe that these two have done what it takes to make things work. I want to re-read it now, and I should also give Not Quite a Husband another try. This lovely Valentine’s themed novella by Kelly Jensen explores the changes that happen naturally in long term partnerships and how to rekindle the romance that brings people together in the first place. The Slightest Provocation by Pam Rosenthal, 9. Yes We Can! These list are especially for some very fine women on Twitter who just love these kinds of romances. I love A Civil Contract too. This is a story that doesn’t underplay the difficulties of a broken relationship, nor does it rush its characters into resolving it. I finally had a chance to read this & was wondering when someone would bring up His at Night – and really, most of Thomas’s catalog!. (Probably written by men.) Read 3 580 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. But Adele is manipulative, devious, clever, and determined to thrive, all of which make her a match for Malloryn, our hero. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley, Marriages in Trouble Contemporary Romances, 1. Fictional or not it doesn't matter. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendricks, PhD This is arguably the … Arouse (Spiral of Bliss, #1) by Nina Lane (Goodreads Author) (shelved 3 times as marriage-trouble) … What’s great about the marriage-in-trouble trope is that is shows people that those problems don’t necessarily mean the end of being in love or the end of a romance. Another book that I liked, was Anne Calhoun’s, The List. I thought of another one—also by Zoe York and also part of the same Pine Harbor series as LOVE IN A SANDSTORM (mentioned above): LOVE IN A SMALL TOWN. She has explored the tensions between couples who work through misunderstandings and antagonism toward forced marriages or marriages of convenience, His at Night is a personal favorite in this category, a book that abounds with so much hostility as well as sexual tension. Mr. It made my personal Top 100 list. With themes of PTSD, courage, resilience and deep abiding love, this is a marriage in trouble story with a realistic and hopeful happy ending. The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. Some other troubled marriages that I thought were good: —Play by Karina Bliss, a novella in her Rock Solid series. Do they even want to? 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