Yes, I love all things zombie.
Yes, I love all things horror and blood and guts.
But that doesn’t mean I am not in need of some love! Believe it or not, I love love!
I was always a reader, however the contemporary romance and young adult romance genres are what really got me reading more. It started out with a recommendation that a friend made to read 50 Shades of Grey.
That book was more of the erotica genre than anything else. I swear I felt naughty and guilty for reading certain parts of that book. I had never read anything like it before. But after tearing through the trilogy in like…2 days, I decided to step away from the usual mysteries and thrillers and into the world of love stories. Minus all dirty, almost embarrassing stuff.
That was when I went on a reading spree! I was reading a new book every other day, and discovering some great indie romance authors. But the wonderful thing about these books weren’t just that they were well-written and interesting…it was the feeling that they gave me. I could get lost in these books and actually find myself relating to them in so many ways. Just think about it: everyone knows love. Everyone has been in love before or has experienced love in some way or another. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love the beginning of love? The first kiss, the dates, the fear of the unknown…we’ve all been there before.
Now I know what some of you are thinking. When you think romance novels, you are thinking Fabio on the cover of a book half-naked and holding a woman’s head back before he kisses her. You are thinking the cheese fest ones.
No, these books are different. Like I said, these are more relateable and aren’t erotic to the point of making you blush. There is just enough to keep you wanting to read more, and makes you use your own imagination.
And for all of you women out there who are married or have boyfriends or partners, these books can really spice up your life a bit. Maybe there are ideas you can steal for a romantic evening with your lover, or maybe these books just make you feel good or get you in the mood. Whatever the case, it could be beneficial.
Trivia: Originally, I went into writing Turning Grace with the intention of having more romance and romantic situations. I initially wanted a horror love story, with Tristan being just as important as the main protagonist Grace was. However, as I wrote the book, I soon realized that this has to be more than just romance. And that will be highlighted heavily in the second book. Romance kind of took the back-seat in the upcoming sequel.
Anyway, here is a list of contemporary romance novels that got me really into the genre. They are worth reading and are all the first of a series.
The Edge of Never
Do you read romance novels? What are some of your favorites?