When talking about some of the best love stories of all time, I can't possibly leave this one out. Nicholas Sparks is one of my favourite authors and his love stories never disappoint. 'The Notebook' has to be one of my favourities, because I think all romance lovers out there can't help but shed a tear while getting immersed in Allie and Noah's tale.
I know, another Nicholas Sparks novel... I can't help it! When I think of books that make me swoon, 'The Lucky One' has to make the list. U.S. Marine Logan, who is stationed in Iraq, finds a picture of a smiling young woman he doesn't know and that picture becomes his lucky charm. When he is back home, he decides to go on a search to find her. Even though this is once again a truly captivating Sparks romance, there is another reason that makes this novel swoonworthy: the fact that Zac Efron plays Logan in the film version!
In the first book of the popular Hunger Games series, the reader is introduced to Katniss and Peeta, and we quickly learn that Peeta has been in love with Katniss for a long time. It's such a sweet story and I love how their friendship is explored and develops because of the particular cirumstances they find themselves in. In this particular instance, I think that the book is definitely a lot better than the film and really managed to take me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
One of the last books I remember reading in which I instantly developed a crush on one of the male characters is Carole Matthews' novel 'A Cottage by the Sea.' It's a lovely summery chick lit read which stars a hunky hero named Noah. I loved him and the book and immediately thought of this when thinking about books that made me swoon.
A definite chick lit classic and a must-read for anyone who loves romantic comedies like 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually.' The heroine of this novel, Scarlett, is easy to relate to and just a lovely character, but it is the male lead, Sean, who completely captured my heart. His romantic gestures are simply brilliant and 100% swoonworthy!
Lindsey Kelk's 'I Heart...' series is another must-read for any chick lit fan which stars a lovely male hero in the form of Alex Reid, a singer in a popular band. His relationship with Angela, the leading lady in this series, is just amazing and I think many of us secretly long for a guy like Alex in our lives to sweep us off our feet!
And another classic romance tale to finish this top ten with: Jane Austen's 'Persuasion.' Not one of Austen's most popular novels, but definitely one with a fantastic love story at its centre. The romance between Anne and Frederick is one that will make you sigh and perhaps even shed a tear of happiness.