So, I'm going to let a little secret out of the bag. I like Romance novels. No no, I know you know I like books with a little bit of romance in them. I mean, I like the stereotypically faux pas genre of Romance novels. You know the ones. They always have a gushing couple on the front. Yes, I'm coming out of the closet. My name is Mary and I like Romance novels.
What's with the stereotype? I've been a closet fan because so many people think that such novels are not real books. They claim they are predictable and cheesy. I've heard them described as porn for women. Let me just say that I read to be entertained, not to be studious. I read many different genre's and I just happen to enjoy a romance novel here and there. They are not porn for women.
I'm guessing the stereotype began in the 1970-1980's. These books, mainly historical, featured a virgin who needed to be rescued by the half naked man on the cover. This is where the term 'bodice ripper' came from. Well, let me dispel some of the rumors for you.
Romance novels have come a long way baby! Today's romance novels feature strong heroines, sensitive hero's, and complex plots. They are a fast read. Typically not as large of a book. I can zip through them quickly. I like that. It is nice to finish a book quickly isn't it? I also like the predictability of them. Why wouldn't you want to know the couple gets together? Life is hard enough, I want to know I'm ensured a happy ending. I'm really into the Young Adult novels right now, but it is nice to read about adults too some times.
Romance novels are consistently top sellers on Amazon. I've heard many state how sad this is. But why is it sad? Reading is reading guys! There must be something good about them if so many of us are reading them, right?
Do any of you have preconceived notions about the Romance genre? Are any of you closet fans like myself? What are your favorite Romance novels? Let's talk Romance!
Here are some of my favorite romance novels. I sure hope you'll give them a try!
The Gable Faces East by Anita Stansfield
Gables Against the Sky by Anita Stansfield
Pure brilliance! I have a love for these characters like none other. The setting is what is truly magnificent. Australia! A horse ranch! Historical! What is NOT to love! There is no cheese here my friends. If you read any romance, make it these books.
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey
Fun contemporary! If you want something more with today's settings, this is your book series.
Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr
I read this over Christmas and was so in love with this story! I looked up the author when I was done and found out there is a whole Virgin River series! This place is gorgeous! It is almost magical. I'm excited to read the series. The writing is superb!
Do you have any Romance recommendations for me?