Welcome to the Fall Into Romance Giveaway Hop, hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup. Today, I will be reminiscing about the romances that made me fall in love with the genre. Also, I will be giving away $5.00 Amazon e-gift card to one person who comments.
Fall Into Romance Giveaway Blog Hop
Fall Into Romance! Share the romances that had you falling in love with the genre!
Or the ones that keep you smitten! Stop by each blog for new recommendations and giveaways!
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Romance is my favorite genre to read.
Of course there are sub genres like Historical Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary, etc. All are great and it is really hard to pick just one. But really, it all started with Historical Romance for me. When I was 13 I really didn’t sneak into my mother’s bookshelves. Her books with bare chested males (like Fabio) did not interest me. I kept blowing it off. One day, my mom convinced me to read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. First of all, it did not have the usual front cover and secondly I decided to humor her. (Whatever mom, I won’t like it). Boy was I wrong!
The storyline grabbed me. A down on her luck woman, a time traveling medieval knight, and some more time traveling, introduced me to one of my favorite tropes. Yes, you guessed right! Time traveling! 🙂
Well then of course I had to retract everything I thought about the genre and to my chagrin I reached for my next read; a bare chested Fabio book. I might have cringed but I was curious. Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey is my second favorite read. Thus, introducing me to my next all time favorite trope: Women disguised as men. Doesn’t sound appealing but the humor in that situation is what attracted me to it.
As you can see from the weathered and worn covers that I’ve read both these books countless times. In fact, reading A Knight in Shining Armor as an adult provided me a different view on the lead character Douglas. I found her to be a bit immature and whiny. But as a teen, I related to the character more. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it. Even though the ending is bittersweet. Which now, I want a gushy HEA (happily ever after) in the books that I read. Gentle Rogue is still awesome, and whenever I hear the term “brick wall” I think of the hero, because that’s how he was described in the story.
Romances provide the nostalgia and the everyday triggers that makes us think about the books we’ve read.
It’s also a great way to make friends that share the same passion as you do. My mom and I still talk about these books and now we have a book relationship that will last forever because I gave up on my misconceptions about the genre. So, to those that think these types of books are for lonely women, think again! It’s for those who love to build connections to those with like minds and hearts.
Give up the romance prejudice like I did all those years ago (if you have one), and you might be pleasantly surprised 🙂
What are your favorite romance tropes?
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