Out of all the types of books I have read in my life, romance does it for me. Lately, I have been pondering the reason why. Why do I love romance? Why does it work for me? What made me fall in love with it in the first place?
I was fifteen when I was first introduced to romance. Now many need to understand that up until this time I hated reading *GASP* I know…I know….so bad of me right? But up until then I was more concerned with hanging with friends and playing outside than reading. Some of the first books was Nancy Drew…but then my father (yes, many men love romance they just hide it most of the time hehe), introduced me to a Christian romance, it was emotional and very romantic and that is what led me down my road. I then discovered the Avon True Romance series (for those that have never heard of this series, its a series that Avon did, where it is a YA based series, with a combination of authors: Beverly Jenkins, Karen Hawkins, Lorraine Heath and Meg Cabot) and boy were they fun to read. Witty, humorous, sweet love stories and that was the beginning of my journey of reading romance novels, and I have never regretted it. I have loved every moment of it. It also has been interesting as I love over the past ten years or so, and seen how much the romance genre has evolved and changed. When I first started it was most just historical romance and a few contemporary—does anyone remember those days? Before e-readers came to be or Goodreads, and you had to either go to the library or go to an actual bookstore to get the most popular books. it was much more difficult to find romance then now. There are so many sub-genres of romance now, it just blows me away–but in a very good way. I have loved seeing paranormal become popular, and to see science fiction and fantasy romance, and contemporary has become so huge!! I love contemporary, but if I had to choose a favorite it would always be historical romance.
The reason I love romance is how easy it is to connect with the story, and how much we learn about human behavior. What drives us and motivates us. Its fun to see how different each relationship is, and seeing a couple face a conflict and come together. I am fascinated with seeing a couple build a relationship and fall in love. I do have my personal favorite that won me over in the beginning. The first one was The Secret by Julie Garwood, This is a book that is a must and it is one of the best books ever written. There are many books by this author I have loved, but if I had to choose just one, it would be The Secret. We see a beginning of a friendship (that is quite entertaining…anyone remember the bee moment?) and our heroine goes to visit her friend who is a Scot. And then she meets Ian, the hero. Even though she is just visiting, we see a magical bond form between these two. Garwood is a rare author, that pulls you immediately in. It doesn’t matter if its ebook, paperback, or audio…you fall in love. The humor and wit, the intimacy, and the poignant romantic moments. The second choice of mine would be This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland. This is a story that is very light in the sex department, but one of the best love stories I have ever read, and I have read quite a bit. This is a book set in the medieval era, and both characters are emotionally damaged, and you see how right they are for each other and need each other, especially since they don’t see it. Our hero is blind, and our heroine has been beaten and scarred by her father and has little belief in her own worth until she meets Christopher. What made this a memorable story for was, was how heartbreaking it was, but at the same time a most compelling story. My last and third choice is A Notorious Love by Sabrina Jeffries. This is more of an “on the road” trope of a romance. This pair is in search of our heroine’s sister who they believe has been taken. But they fall in love in the process and work out some past issues. What I loved most about this book, was seeing the process of these two falling in love with each other and the charming way they connect to each other. Now I want to re-read all of these again LOL.
I do want to mention one last thing, romance will always be my go-to type of books to read. In fact, I read pretty much just romance when it comes to fiction. As long as it has a love story I will read it —and must have an HEA. I love the way romances work and seeing the emotional and physical bonds form, and knowing that they will end up together.
Questions For The Readers?
How old were you when you fell in love with romance? What is your story?
Why do you love it so?
What are your favorites that won you over?