The interesting thing about Jude Deveraux novels is that for every book someone adored, there’s a nearly equal number of readers who didn’t like it. So it’s difficult to create a recommendation list for early Deveraux books, and I’ve tried to include the balance of comments so that readers who are curious about her backlist can get a sense of what might appeal to them.
So, let’s get started!
You can’t be surprised this made the list! This time-travel romance is a little unorthodox in the ending, but it is among the most beloved romances. Some don’t love the ending – as Karen said, “I have to say that I didn’t really like KISA—the ending just didn’t quite work for me as a true HEA (but I feel that way about a lot of time travel books).” But yet, it is one of those romances readers still talk about.
More than Knight, so many recommended this book.
Recommended by ShellBell, and by Morphidae, who says “I can’t help but love a book with a book shopping spree.” E_bookpushers agrees that this is an excellent starting point. Nicole gave an excellent summary as to why so many love this book: “Mike is sweet to Samantha; he’s NICE to her, he’s FUNNY (marry the one that’s FUNNY should be the motto) and he’s still a guy – he doesn’t have a clue sometimes, he can get jealous, he thinks up ways to wear down Samantha’s defenses (in good ways, of course). And Sam’s not a bad character either; a lot of Mary Jane types in JDs books, but Sam’s got issues and is likable anyway.”
Kiersten added, “It was her first contemporary hardcover and the story and characters all delivery. Made be want to drink a boilermaker every day. Loved it.”
Anna Bowling says that The Velvet quartet “remain her favorite Deveraux ever.” Michelle C. says the Velvet Promise is wonderful “Though Gavin could be a bit of a schmuck, I rooted for Judith the entire book.” Evaine says, “The Velvet quartet is still amongst my favorite of favorites. I go back to it every so often for comfort reads. My favorite is Highland Velvet which I must have read a good 20 times by now.”
Some disliked the hero, while other readers adored everything about it, despite the flaws. Sasha did indeed release the Kraken on the thread and wrote, “Oh my god, it was so full of asshattery—the characters themselves, and the narrative they exist in. The hero, Trevelyan, has greatly influenced my reception of all subsequent TallDark&Broodies;, ugh. I can’t help but love it still. I also realized that I can still repeat passages by heart.” (And in the interest of fairness, Sasha HATERATED Knight in Shining Armor.
Reneesance says this was her first romance. Hellion says, “The scene where he finally confesses to the heroine HE’S the Raider, and they’re looking down at the town and another Raider *rides* through the town in front of them—PRICELESS.” Darlene Marshall agrees – and it was one of her first romances as well.
And – a note of caution! Overquoted cautions not to start with Remembrance: “it’s one of my favorites. I think maybe I just like tragic romances.” Cleo agrees: “I agree that Remembrance probably isn’t one to start with, but I enjoyed it – in all of its weird, sprawling, ranty splendor.”
So – what author of classic romance would you like to learn about next? Any suggestions for our next edition of “Which One First?”