If you are a regular reader of www.bookthing.co.uk you will know I have a particular penchant for romance and will read almost anything with a romance label no matter what genre it is!
I was asked the other day why I enjoy reading romance. I guess the simple answer is I love happy endings. It is also pure escapism but certainly not because anything is missing in my home life – indeed I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and I love him just as much now as I did all those years ago.
Happy endings are very important to me, I feel cheated if I have been reading a book and there is no happy ending – I appreciate not all books have happy endings just the ones I choose to read usually do. For me when reading I like to experience the emotions, and while I don’t mind going through a whole range of emotions, I fine reading needs to give me warm fuzzies at the end and not leave me feeling like I want to go kick something or drown my sorrows at the unfairness of life!
My first romance love has always been historical romance, I love history so combining that with romance is a win win for me. I really enjoy reading about times gone by (not always sure how accurate some of the descriptions are mind you) and as long as the description is there to allow me to immerse myself in the period I am happy. I think I was born in the wrong century. Authors who do the historical romance well for me include Gaelen Foley, Stephanie Laurens and Sarah Maclean – but there are so many I cannot list them all.
My other great love is paranormal romance – which I was only introduced to a couple of years ago (thanks Grete)! I cannot believe I spent so many of my 40 something years not knowing of its existence. There is something extra sexy about a man with fangs or a man who goes wild – literally!
I like my romance stories to be at least 200+ pages, in my view you cannot get an interesting romance going in less than this and indeed when I have read short kindle books I am often left feeling that everything was just a bit too rushed.
What makes a good romance story for me? The men have to be hot (of course) and the women feisty. I enjoy stories where the protagonists argue a lot but I get irritated with misunderstandings. If the misunderstandings are only there for a short while it’s okay but if the whole book is based on one big one it gets me really annoyed and I am likely to put it to one side. A good dose of sex is always good but for me it does not make or break a good book, although it usually improves a mediocre one. I also really enjoy those books where we get an epilogue, a peek into the future (happy) lives of our hero and heroine. This is also why I enjoy reading books that are part of a series involving different protagonists but with previous characters on the periphery. Authors I enjoy who do this well include Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward and Stephanie Laurens to name just a very few.
In summary I love romance, am a sucker for happy endings and am just a total sap and thanks to Grete and BookThing! I have discovered so many more wonderful authors to indulge my passion.