Ever since I picked up a paperback romance for a trip last fall, I have been hooked on romances. I’m talking about the paperbacks with the risque covers and the consistently happy endings. They are dangerously addictive; I can read one in just a few hours, so I’m constantly telling myself ‘just one more chapter!’ until I’ve stayed up way too late and the dishes are still piled up in the sink. Nonetheless, I have to say that while by definition the conclusions are predictable, there have been a few things that I’ve learned, perhaps a few of my prejudices dispelled, and I want to share those with you.
3. Romances can range from chaste to erotic. You can’t go wrong with Georgette Heyer, but if you want some serious sexiness, look for titles and covers like this one:
5. Some of the best romances, in my opinion, have an important element of women’s friendships as part of the story. I don’t know why this surprised me, since Jane Austen pretty much started it all, and her novels are full of female relationships. And that brings me to…
So now I’m curious (which is the trait that keeps me up late reading all the time)! Are there romance readers out there that have found their way to this blog? What else should I know about romances? What are your favorites? Have they ever surprised you? If you’re not a romance reader, what’s the genre that’s surprised you most?