The Ultimate Romance Rec List

Thanks for tuning in to the First Annual Ultimate Romance Recommendations list. By which I mean a List I Made and Which I May or May Not Do Again Next year.

For those tuning in for the first time, my name is Michaelbrent Collings. I’m an internationally-bestselling author of everything from fantasy to humor to mystery to horror and more… and I write Western Romance under the moniker Angelica Hart.




Below you will see the favorite romantic fare in movies and books from some of my favorite people – many of whom also happen to be USA Today, NY Times, and Amazon bestselling, award-winning romance authors. These are the best of the best, and I’ve asked each for a few sentences on their favorite Valentine’s Day movie or book. These are books and movies guaranteed to set your heart to fluttering, your pulse to pounding, and make you fall in love right along with the authors.

Be aware, too, that if there’s a newsletter or website listed for these authors, you should definitely click it – a lot of them offer free books for signing up for a newsletter or otherwise cyberstalking, so they’re definitely worth a click! And if you want a free Angelica Hart book, you can sign up for my newsletter by clicking here.

The other authors who have participated are listed in alphabetical order by first name/internet moniker so as not to show favoritism. I’ll toss in my own personal faves dead last. SUSPENSE!

And without any further ado. . . Go!


Amelia Adams – “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It hits me on so many levels – the acting is phenomenal, the way it was filmed shows her inner thoughts and feelings through imagery and symbolism, and it gives a strong feeling of community and hope even through the darkest hours.”

Amelia Adams is the bestselling author of the Kansas Crossroads series. See her Amazon page here, follow her on Twitter here, or check her out on her website.


Jewel Allen – “My favorite rom-com movie is The Leap Year. It’s funny, the setting (Ireland) is beautiful, the characters (even the side ones) are a hoot, and the romance is swoony (that innkeeper scene!).”

Jewel Allen is the author of sweet romance. Her Amazon page is here, or you can find her on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or subcribe to her newsletter here.


Juliette Cross – “True Romance is one of my all-time favorite romantic movies. Reasons? 1-Badass, heart-pumping action told in typical Quentin Tarantino fashion. 2-Stellar acting with an all-star cast–Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and more. 3-Wild, crazy, romantic love and an HEA.”

Juliette Cross is the author of paranormal and fantasy romance (angels & demons, vampires, and half-dragon men). See her Amazon page here, or feel free to stalk her on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or join her mailing list by clicking here.


Rebekah Ganiere – “Hey! So for my ultimate Valentine’s Day Movie I would recommend the very first romance movie I ever watched that turned me on to both romance as well as shifters at a very young age and that’s the movie Ladyhawke. It’s is a beautiful movie with a young Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer. And a hilarious young Matthew Brodrick.”

Rebekah Ganiere is the author of Books with a Bite. Check out her Amazon page here or find her on Twitter here, on Facebook here, on Instagram here, or join her mailing list by clicking here.


Josi S. Kilpack – “I love to watch and re-watch movies, some of my favorite romance movies are Return to Me, The Cutting Edge, and Sense & Sensibility–I think I’ve seen each of them two dozen times at least. My favorite on-screen kiss, however, is Ron and Hermoine in the final Harry Potter. Highly reccomended.”

Josi S. Kilpack is the author Regency and Historical romance, most recently Promises & Primroses. Her Amazon page is here, or find her on Twitter here, or at her website here.


Tami Lund – “My must-watch romantic movie is Sweet Home Alabama. I adore all of the characters, even Andrew’s mother, but Jake is my favorite. He’s such a not-alpha hero, and he’s sooooo adorable and dreamy. Even more so than Andrew, who certainly holds his own and is played by Dr. McDreamy himself (although I’m pretty sure he was cast in this movie before he became Dr. McDreamy, but I digress. . .)

“Anyway, the beauty of this movie is exactly that: You can’t help but love all of the characters, so you don’t really want Andrew to lose, but you really, really, really don’t want Jake to lose. It’s the most perfect love triangle I’ve ever experienced, and that is why this is my favorite movie to indulge in on Valentine’s Day. Or any day, really. . . ”

Tami Lund is the author of paranormal and contemporary romance, with a propensity toward romcom. See her Amazon page here, follow her on Twitter here, or find her at the Sexy Bad Lounge Facebook Hangout.


Ahley Merrick – “My all time favorite romantic movie is When Harry Met Sally. I love the friends to lovers trope.”

Ashley Merrick is is the best-selling author of the Mail-Order Brides Club series. Her Amazon page is , on Twitter here, or find her on Facebook here.


Heather Moore – “The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen is a wonderful slow-burning romance set against a gothic backdrop that combines both past and present as century-old family secrets are uncovered one by one.”

Heather Moore is the USA Today bestselling author of a plethora of genres, most currently the Pine Valley small town romances. Find her on Facebook here, on Instagram here, or follow her on Twitter here.


Marianne Morea – “What says Valentine’s Day more than a fairytale romance? Especially one that combines the fairytales we love with a modern twist…even better if that twist is shrouded in paranormal heat and fantasy! Rebekah R. Ganiere’s, Fairelle Series, covers all bases. From Cinder the Fae, to Snow the Vampire Slayer to Red the Werehunter, these award winning, romantic suspense twisted tales will put the sizzle in your season!”

Marianne Morea is a native New Yorker and Urban Fantasy/Supernatural Suspense author whose stories embody the grit and complexit of the City that Never Sleeps. See her Amazon page here, or find her on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or contact her directly by clicking here.


Jo Noelle – “Jo’s favorite romance novel is Persuasion by Jane Austen. Every Valentine’s Day I reread The Letter! Noelle’s favorite romance is Crazy Rich Asians–it’s hysterical!”

Jo Noelle is one of the best selling authors in the Twickenham Time Travel romance series and in the Cowboys and Angels series. Check out her Amazon page here, or find her on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or sign up for her newsletter here.


Kirsten Osbourne – “I would recommend Notting Hill for any romance lover. So many times it seems as if things are going to work out for the couple, and something tears them apart again. You have your satisfying happily-ever-after ending, which will make any romance lover smile.”

Kirsten Osbourne is the bestselling author of 150 romance stories. See her Amazon page here, follow her on Twitter here, or hear about new releases by following her on Bookbub.


Virginia Smith – “A good love story needs more than romance to keep me engaged. I like sweeping novels that feature relationships with real depth. One of my all-time favorite novels is The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. A multi-generational story of love, passion, tragedy, and faith, with an over-arcing love story that touched me deeply. The movie, not so much!”

Virginia Smith is the bestselling of The Room with the Second-Best View. See her Amazon page here, follow her on Twitter here, or on Instagram here.


And finally:


Angelica Hart/Michaelbrent Collings – “I am one of those who will unabashedly tear up at a moment of true romance. I was recently introduced by Amelia Adams to the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which had two words, perfectly placed, that had me getting misty. I love love LOVE The Return of the Man From Snowy River (and those who have read Not All Cowboys Are Cruel might see an homage or two in there). But my favorite romantic movie is The Princess Bride. Not just because of the romance between Wesley and Buttercup, but because the grandfather’s final words as he leaves his sick grandson’s room are absolute perfection.”

Michaelbrent Collings is the bestselling author of books ranging from horror to sci-fi to mystery to humor and back again. He is a produced screenwriter, multiple Bram Stoker Award and Whitney Award finalist, and has done other stuff, too. As Angelica Hart, he writes the Baxter Homestead Romances.


And there you have it! Hopefully some of the above recommendations have sparked interest, and even more than that, I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and a year full of love, laughter, and life!