Ah...Valentine's Day. Chocolate, flowers, sentimental greeting cards, chocolate, candlelight dinners, chocolate...
What's not to love about romance, right?
Hey, I'm a woman. I'm all for an occasional romantic date and for keeping the romance alive in my marriage. But I have a confession: when it comes to reading, romance novels are not at the top of my favorite genre list. Well, at least not "official" romance novels. Give me romantic suspense, edgy romance, or chick lit any day. But sweet and sappy? Nah...not too interested.
Years ago, I couldn't get enough of Mary Higgins Clark - queen of romantic suspense (although, I have to say, after a while, all of her stuff started sounding the same so I branched out). Romantic Suspense authors I now love include Colleen Coble, Virginia Smith, and Linda Hall. Chick lit-wise, I enjoy Camy Tang, Erynn Mangum, and Kristin Billerbeck, just to name a few.
Not that I don't enjoy a good old fashioned romance from time to time. But really, does the romance genre need me as a reader? Romance has been and probably always will be the top selling genre, overall. In 2008, sales totals topped one billion dollars, making it clear that romance sells. Hey, just ask my 94-year-old grandma. She can't get enough. And sometimes sweet love stories aren't the only type of romance novels on Grandma's nightstand. She's been busted for reading steamy ones, too - but don't tell her I told you.
As I said, we all have our preferences. My grandma, for instance, does not enjoy chick lit. This surprises me a little, since Grandma is one sassy chick. You'd think she'd relate to the characters. But, she sticks with her official "romance" novels, and that's okay.
Q's 4 U: What type of romance do you read? Historical? Suspense? Chick lit? Sweet? Which authors do you enjoy? And what is the last book you read that contained romance?