Let’s talk romance novels, shall we? Personally I go through phases of either reading lots of romance novels in a short time span, to reading none for months on end. When I was in middle school there was one summer that I read like 50 of the trashiest romance books that my grandma had lying around. Thus, my love for a good yet tacky read was born. My tastes have changed over the years, as you will see below. My romance novel preference has evolved been common “bodice rippers”. Also, I’ve mentioned the Vaginal Fantasy book club before, but most of the books on this list were the group’s picks.
We (VF) read a different book by Grace Draven called “Master of Crows” and I really enjoyed it. I also liked this book even though it had fewer sex scenes, but the romance was very well developed. Also this is the first book I read about a relationship between two different species (not as weird as it sounds). I picked up the sequel and whilst I didn’t love it on the same level, I will continue with this series because the characters and world building are interesting.
Well this book really surprised me! I thought it would be your a-typical bodice ripper, due to the synopsis and cover. What I read was a witty and very sexy story that luckily ignored most romance tropes. I like when romance novels are fun and witty, compared to serious and sometimes a bit rapey. These types of books I can read in two days and are like snacks between chunkier more serious books.
I’m counting this as a romance novel, even though it could be labeled as historical fiction. What makes this book stand out is the male protagonist, which is rare in the genre. Also it has pirates! This book will make you hungry (like GRR Martin GoT writing), you have been warned. The story was at times funny, sad, and full of action. I loved it and would recommend it to non romance readers.
There is one sub-genre of romance novels that I do not like, and that is paranormal. I’ve tried many times to read PR books, but they just don’t interest me. So I was very hesitant to read Firelight when I heard that it had aspects of paranormal and steampunk…then I first chapter, and I was hooked! I liked that the heroine had cool powers and wasn’t just a damsel in distress. The sex scenes were very hot (read the book and you’ll get the joke). This book gives me hope that I can enjoy paranormal romance.