As a teen, I remember reading my mom’s Danielle Steel novels while on vacation but that was really the only time I indulged and there would be a huge gap in time before I picked up a romance again. Once I went to college, and for some time after, I was too serious to appreciate the joys of a good Happy Ever After story. I was a Ms. Magazine-toting, Alice Walker-reading, young feminist for crying out loud.
Over the past few years, however, I’ve grown to love romance novels. It is a pure indulgence and I absolutely love it. Nora Roberts is my go to when the mood strikes. I can always count on Nora to bring incredibly hot men, funny dogs, cool careers, strong women, and great food to my world for an afternoon. It’s a world where the women don’t have to try too hard to make their men fall at their feet; where life is ripe with opportunity and new beginnings; and let’s face it, a world with great sex at every turn.
The contemporary romance scene today is really fun and the options are vast—from the tried-and-true publishers and their big-name authors, to new players (like one of my favorites, Entangled), to some great self-published titles. There is something out there to meet virtually all tastes and heat levels.
I’ve been on quite a romance-reading kick since the holidays. Here are a few that may make your day a little brighter:
· The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
· On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
· The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
· Losing It by Cora Carmack
· Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson
· Operation Cinderella by Hope Tarr
· Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell
And for those who like a higher heat level:
· Hard to Love by my friend, Kendall Ryan
· The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Reisz
Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!