Have you ever read a romance novel? If not, I’m going to give you a few reasons why you might want to give this a try.
- In romance novels, things always work out for the hero/heroine.
- Though the scenarios are idealistic, it’s really okay to have high expectations.
- Romance writers are the among the most rabid feminists to be found.
- If a kilt reveal or bodice ripper book cover ever embarrassed you, switch over to ebooks - nobody will know what you’re reading!
- Life is already too real - love provides a much-needed escape.
If you think every romance novel is identical, you’d be both right and wrong! The story arc is almost always the same - Me Before I Met You, Meeting You, Falling for Each Other, Crisis/Calamity, Resolution, Happily Ever After - but the settings, pacing, characters, and plot are always changing. Here are a few of my favorite romance subgenres, with titles from our collection.
Men in Kilts
The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch - Scotsman Ranulf MacLawry descends on the ballrooms of London in order to rescue his sister from a society he holds in contempt, only to fall for sharp-tongued Lady Charlotte Hanover, who believes that she prefers docile men.
The Guardian by Margaret Mallory - Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory - Drew is in San Francisco for his ex-girlfriend’s wedding, without a date. When he finds himself stuck in an elevator with Alexa, they hatch a plan to go to the wedding together, pretending to be a couple.
Confucius Jane by Katie Lynch - When Jane meets medical student Sutton St. James at her local noodle shop, sparks fly. Their fledgling relationship is soon threatened when a nationwide scandal involving Sutton's father, who disapproves of her "lifestyle," hits the news. Will Jane be left brokenhearted?
It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian - This delightful story has little melodrama and is terribly romantic, brimming with Ben's good nature and easy smiles and Phillip's grumpy ways that mask a lonely heart. When the vicar and the sea captain finally connect, the story sizzles!
The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas* - Working on a bridal quilt for a granddaughter who abruptly calls off the wedding, Ellen imparts the story of a woman who avoided marriage twice before finding the love of her life. Dallas has done it again, telling three different stories with her trademark homespun style.
*Mark your calendar! Sandra Dallas is coming to Denver Public Library Central, Sunday, September 30th.