I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We need MORE fearless, take-charge, kick-ass women who can handle themselves in a crisis in romance novels. Doormat, wimpy, TSTL heroines are automatic DNFs as far as I’m concerned. So, with that said, here are some of our favorite fearless females in Romancelandia.
Romances have often been accused of being too dude-focused, meaning that the women in romance novels are only concerned about men and finding love. That’s actually so far from the truth it’s laughable. There are in fact plenty of romances that can easily pass the Bechdel test. And for those of you who don’t know, the Bechdel test is a measure of how women are portrayed. It usually applied to movies, but works pretty well for novels, too. In order to pass, a book needs to have 2 named female characters that carry on a conversation (however long) about something other than a man. These are just a few of our favorites.
Let’s face it. There are some traits our favorite book boyfriends possess that make them at least 59% hotter than other book boyfriends. (Don’t bother checking my math. I’m sure I’m right. Go with it.) These are traits we’d like to make romance authors aware of so that they can add them to any book boyfriends they might be writing at the moment. (Please and thank you, authors) So, without further ado, here are some of our all-time favorite book boyfriend traits that we wish ALL book boyfriends possessed.
he term “cinnamon roll hero” has been tossed around Romancelandia for some time now. For those of you who don’t know, a cinnamon roll hero is a sweet, supportive, kind, and oh-so-sweet hero who is just too good for this world. (Like a really good cinnamon roll. Hence the name. Or a doughnut, really. Doughnuts are sweet and too good for this world. But I digress…) So, if you love alphahole jerkwads, this list isn’t for you. For the rest of you, enjoy!
I’m not one to say, “If you love author X, you’ll also love author Y.” I mean, we’re all different, and authors are all different, so it’s really hard to say who is going to like what and why. But sometimes when you run through every book your favorite author has ever written and you’re months away from a new release from them, you just need some recommendations—maybe a little guidance on what to do with your reading life when you’ve exhausted your supply of a particular author’s books. In this list, we’re focusing on what to do with your life when you’ve run out of Jill Shalvis books.
ot all romance novels are like Hallmark Channel movies. Sometimes the characters go through hell before they find their happily ever afters. (We can only assume that’s because authors are big meanies who love to torment their characters and make readers cry. But I digress…) So, with that in mind, here are our picks for the best reads that prove there can be love after loss.
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