Titanic, you know, that one movie directed by James Cameron, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in February. Released in 1997, it made Jack and Rose’s story one of the most epic romances of our time and gave new light to the tragic sinking of The RMS Titanic.
In celebration of the movie, movie theatres across Australia will be showing screenings from the 10th of February. If you’re not quite ready to sit through 3 hours and 16 minutes, because you need to save on tissues or can’t stomach hearing ‘I’m the King of the World!’ even one more time, we have the book recommendations that will make sure your heart will go on.
Whether you were creating your own romantic fantasies with Leonardo DiCaprio or still hold a grudge against the iceberg, we have the perfect romance recommendations for all your favourite moments.
Please be aware that this list comes with spoilers.
Your favourite character was Lewis Bodine.
No one would blame you for not recognising this character by name alone. Lewis Bodine is the delightful crew mate at the beginning of the movie that gave Rose, well, a colourful description of the Titanic’s final hours above water. The fact that the gear he operates is also called ‘ROV Snoop Dog’ makes him an icon in our humble opinion.
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He’s not impressed by her fame. She’s not impressed by his money. These opposites are about to ignite!
From the moment R&B star Cambria Harding walks into Miles Woodson’s Atlanta recording studio, he knows there’ll be trouble. She’s as fiery as he is reserved, and she gets under his skin like no woman ever has. The impassioned artist forces Miles out of his comfort zone, saying this spark is just a pleasurable distraction. But the heat of their ‘limited engagement’ makes them wonder if opposites can do more than just attract…
You loved Jack’s drawings.
We get it: who doesn’t love an artistic temperament in a love interest? Especially if he’s interested in drawing you like one of his French girls.
Read: Need You Tonight by Leisl Leighton
Not even fame will protect him from her violent past.
Reclusive music producer, Lexi Deningham, has worked hard to escape a violent past, building her reputation so world famous rock stars come to her at her isolated recording studio in the Victorian High Country. That includes the wildly talented Daemon Flagherty who has just arrived to discuss his band’s next album. After a messy divorce, all Daemon wants is to focus on his music, even if that means going to the end of the world to work with the best, albeit mysterious, music producer there is.
When Lexi gets a call from her twin sister’s secure mental health hospital telling her Cat has been attacked, Lexi has no choice but to bring her twin home. Lexi isn’t ready to deal with both Cat and Daemon at the same time but if she wants to work with Daemon – and she does, desperately – she has no choice.
Romance should be the last thing on their minds, but it seems that neither Lexi nor Daemon can ignore the passion between them. Until the threat from Lexi’s past comes crashing into the present, determined to make her pay and with no care for who might get in the way. Lexi is used to going it alone, but will she realise she needs help before it’s too late?
You thought the people in steerage knew how to party.
While Kate Winslet is gorgeous in all her period costumes throughout this moving, there’s nothing quite like the moment she kicks off her shoes to join the ‘commoners’ in a jaunty Irish jig.
A lifetime of being good…one night of sin!
A Warriors of the Night story: virtuous Joan de Laurent is fated never to marry. Three betrothals, each ending in the groom’s death, have convinced her she’s cursed! But only her hand in marriage can help darkly brooding Irish prince Ronan win back his fortress. To break the curse, Joan must risk all to spend one forbidden night with the royal warrior…
The string quartet deserved a better ending.
These men provided the soundtrack for the crisis unfolding and, arguably, were some of the bravest people throughout the movie. We applaud anyone who can face tragedy by providing comfort for those around them.
Read: A Song of Secrets by Jayci Lee
Her secret tore them apart. Will his secret reunite them?
World-renowned cellist Angie Han is desperate to save her trio’s chamber music society. So when she discovers that her ex Joshua Shin is the anonymous composer setting the classical music world on fire, she asks for his help. The sexy musician agrees to an uneasy truce to protect his secret success. But when their passion reignites, Angie’s own secrets may be exposed. Will Joshua ever trust her again? And will what’s keeping them apart ever lead them to happily-ever-after?
If you think Jack could have fit on the door.
It’s a hot button issue, one so regularly debated that it has now involved National Geographic in an attempt to answer. In my opinion, it doesn’t seem like there’s conclusive evidence if Jack only tried to get on the door once. Just saying.
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A love against all the odds…
For stewardess Jennifer Spencer, working on-board the luxurious Titanic means more than just a ticket to America – it’s her ticket to a better life! So when handsome American tycoon Max Blakely steals a sizzling kiss from her, the temptation to enjoy her Cinderella moment is irresistible!
Max’s sweet seduction feels like a dream to Jennifer, but when the unthinkable happens and the nightmare begins, will their love be strong enough to survive?
If you wanted romance for Rose after the Titanic.
When you count all the time spent together, Jack and Rose only knew each other for two days. So, while we all wish they had more time together, it would be a shame for Rose’s love life to end there.
From third class on the Titanic… to upper-class bride?
When barmaid Bridget McGowen boarded the Titanic, she never could have imagined the crossing ahead of her. The resilient Irishwoman saves four-year-old Elsie, the niece of New York banker Karl Wingard. Swept into Karl’s world, Bridget feels like a fish out of water, except for the quiet moments she shares with him. As her connection to Karl and Elsie grows, can she break free from the shackles of society so they can be a family?
Mills & Boon Historical — Your romantic escape to the past.
If Rose should not have thrown the necklace overboard.
We understand that Rose probably isn’t as concerned with inflation as the rest of us right now, but surely Rose should be a little more concerned about her assets?
Read: A Golden Betrayal by Barbera Dunlop
In his kingdom, Crown Prince Raif Khouri commands, and women obey… until he meets headstrong American Ann Richardson. To get back the priceless statue he’s convinced she stole, Raif kidnaps her!
Held captive by the sexy prince and mired in scandal at her auction house, Ann has her hands full. How can she convince Raif she’s innocent… and convince her traitorous body to resist his sultry kisses?
But after one night with the woman his duty will never let him have, it’s Raif who realises that the highest price to pay might just be his heart..
Whether you love, hate or feel indifferent to Titanic, there is no doubt the heavy impact this love story has had across the romance genre. We would be amiss not to honour this anniversary. Jack and Rose: God himself could not sink this ship.