I wanted to create a tag for romance readers. I have been seeing quite the surge of romance content creators across all platforms and it makes me so happy. Here are the questions I came up with for us as romance readers to share bits of our journey reading the romance genre.
- What is your romance origin story? (How you came to read your first romance novel): I was late to the game. I didn’t have the cool experience of having an aunt or someone close to me sneaking me romance novels to read. I picked my first romance up a few days before my 30th birthday while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. It was Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber and I haven’t looked back since.
- If you could be the heroine in a romance novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?: This may come as a little shocking, but please put me as the heroine in something dark, sexy and forbidden by Sierra Simone. I don’t know how she does what she does, how she gets her mind to drift to the places she creates but I want to be part of it. The trope would HAVE to be Forbidden. She writes forbidden romances so well.
- What is a romance you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?: Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole which is a novella in her Reluctant Royals series. Honestly, read the entire series if you haven’t, but especially this novella as well as Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. Both novellas were my favorites.
- What is your favorite romance subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?: I love contemporary romances. I would love to read more paranormal romances.
- Who is one of your auto-buy romance authors?: I love Raeanne Thayne. I’m working on hauling her backlist and will buy anything she puts out now. The first series I read by her was her Haven Point series and I loved basically every book in it.
- How do you typically find romance recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..): Lately the book I’ve been hauling have been older romances that I want to track down before they become impossible to find and surprisingly, I am ‘recommended’ most of those over on Pinterest.
- What is an upcoming romance release you’re excited for?: I have two. Feast of Sparks by Sierra Simone and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai. Both release in August 2019.
- What is one misconception about romance you would like to lay to rest?: I remember one reason I hesitated to read romance for the longest was I assumed the storylines would only center around the romance and I couldn’t imagine dedicating all this time to just that. Trust me, there is so much more. Go read a Kennedy Ryan book or anything by Beverly Jenkins and you’ll see how romance authors incorporate so much more into the stories and how the happily ever after is just the icing on the cake.
- Who is the most recent romance reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?: I love seeing Lisa from remarkablylisa and Lacey from laceybooklovers on Youtube now! I have followed them both on Instagram since I created my account and they bring this freshness and new perspective to the book tube community that I love to see. Lacey is a paranormal romance reading Queen and I can definitely see her swaying some people to give it a try *including me*. Lisa will just go on these random reading binges where she’ll read like 5 historical romances on a Saturday just because or listen to 27 audiobook in the span of 3 days. Her and I chat all the time and I highly respect her opinion so I’m super excited for more people to fall in love with her!
If someone had never read a romance before and asked you to recommend the first 3 romances that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan, 30 Day Boyfriend by Whitney G and A Lesson In Thorns by Sierra Simone.
If you are a romance reader, I would love to know your answers to these questions. Please tag me so I don’t miss your responses or chat with me in the comments. Until next time, take care of yourselves.