When it comes to entertainment, I’ve always preferred the more down to earth forms of music, films and books. I work hard enough in my daily life, I don’t want to interpret symbolism, in my entertainment. Call me pedestrian. It’s okay, these days I own it. When it comes to movies, I like comedies, when it comes to music, my taste are broad, but my goto format is Country. When it comes to books, I like romance.
I’ve always loved to read. I was the kid in under the slide on the playground with my nose stuck in a book. It was a wonderful way to escape and experience other people’s lives. I can honestly say if the TV disappeared tomorrow I’d be fine, but if books went away? I’d shrivel up and die. Not all the books I read are romance titles, but the majority of them are. All too often in the real world there is no happily ever after. It’s nice to have a place where it’s guaranteed.
I’m actually a late comer to romance. There was a time when I though all romance books were full of bodice ripping and face fanning and “oh mah word”. I was wrong. There are some that way but at their core, romance novels are the stories of people facing struggles and conquering them. Contemporary romances make up the largest part of romance books I read. Today’s heroine is not a mouse waiting for prince charming waiting to sweep her off her feet. Today’s romantic heroine is strong, she’s faced her share of struggles and has the scars to prove it. Don’t we all? Today’s heroine is flawed, but she knows what she wants and works towards getting it. Like most of us, she knows life doesn’t hand you happiness on a silver platter.
My current favorite authors are Lauren Dane, Shannon Stacey, Stephanie, Tyler, Maya Banks and Megan Hart, just to name a few. Do you read romance? Who are your favorite authors? Never read a romance? why not?