’m an avid romance reader. I very rarely venture outside of my nice, comfy, and-they-lived-happily-ever-after comfort zone. But I’m also not one to say no to a dare. So when The Design Dude double-dog dared me to read his favorite genre, post-apocalypse dystopian, I said what the hell? I enjoy The Walking Dead. I’ll give it a go.
Here’s the results of our little social experiment:
ere’s the thing folks, I like reading about monsters. The kind of strange and terrifying creatures that make you wonder about that sound in your closet when you’re laying in bed at night. I also read a fair amount of post-apocalypse fiction, usually involving zombies or some other horde of thingies who look at all of mankind as an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s dark, scary, intense stuff and I rarely venture outside my ghoulish literary bubble.
That said, I challenged our editor Jennifer, a long-time romance reader, to take a walk on the wild side and give a book in my favorite genres a try. To my surprise, she actually agreed. I wish I could say I was surprised when she issued a similar challenge for me to crawl out from my horror crypt and take a ride down the gooey, happily-ever-after, lovey-dovey romance road. Given that she’d already stepped up, declining the dare wasn’t an option.
while back, we talked about why Dean Winchester (aka: Jensen Ackles, aka: my future second husband) would make an awesome book boyfriend but a lousy real life one. We also had a similar conversation about Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead (But with Daryl, let’s face it, he’d need some serious clean-up before you’d welcome into your home on a regular basis, which would make having a relationship with him super tricky. At this point, a pressure washer might be needed. But I digress...). So, with that in mind, I thought we should take a minute to discuss some of our all-time favorite book boyfriends who would make lousy real life boyfriends.
f you followed parts 1 and 2 of this series, you know that we’re not here to make fun of anyone or to be cruel. We just want to rehab the genre and crush the stupid romance stigma once and for all. And frankly, unless covers like these go away, we’ll never be able to do that. So, to anyone who might be offended... bygones.
o, I’m going to be super truthful for a minute. I know what you’re thinking: But Jennifer, when are you ever NOT super truthful? (Some people call it “blunt” and “rude”...but I digress…) You’re right...I’m always truthful. But I don’t always admit to the stuff that makes me sound ignorant. And today, I’m admitting that I’m totally ignorant about podcasts. What can I say? I don’t drive much, and I work from home in complete silence. (Seriously, if someone is BREATHING loudly in the house, I’m useless from an efficiency standpoint.)
But Romance Rehab’s resident Design Dude recently made me aware that while I’m ignorant of stuff like podcasts, y’all out there in Romancelandia probably aren’t. And armed with that info, I did some internet digging and found some podcasts that SEEM like they’d be super interesting for all you tech savvy podcast-y types out there who also enjoy a good romance novel. (I say “seem” because I haven’t checked them all out yet. I’m hoping I can be lazy and maybe y’all can let me know which ones you like? (Please and thanks.) Happy listening! (Note: We threw in a couple selections that aren't specifically about romance novels but we think you'll like them anyway. Plus, it's our list so we can do whatever we want. So...there's that.)
his week will officially mark the beginning of the Gemini zodiac sign. It’s known that Gemini peeps are adaptable, versatile, witty, intellectual, youthful and lively. So, with that in mind, for your binge-reading pleasure, you’ll need some hilarious witty banter and smart heroines. Try these:
Hello all, Design Dude here. I’m the guy who works with Jennifer behind the scenes to make all her awesome content look pretty (or at least I try to). I’m stepping out from behind the curtain to let y’all in on a little secret about our favorite romance blogger. Even though she’s a HUGE romance fan, one of the things I respect most about Jennifer is her willingness to occasionally step outside her comfort zone and give other genres a try. She even convinced me to try a few romance, which led me to discover what she already knew: good writing is good writing, regardless of the genre. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite non-romance books that feature touching and passionate love stories. Now, I realize most of you are pretty dedicated to the romance genre but if you ever find yourself in an adventurous mood, I humbly suggest you give one of these selections a try.
’ve been pretty vocal about things I can’t tolerate in romance novels and tropes I never want to see again. But I will admit that there are just some authors who so darned good that I can forgive nearly anything. And this post is all about a few of my favorite exceptions.
’ve seen sooooo many book lists that claim to contain romance novels, when in reality, only a few of them would really qualify. It seems to stem from the misconception that a romance novel is just a book about a man wooing a woman. (I got that one from Reader’s Digest, y’all)
Some folks seem to think that if there’s a love story involved, it’s a romance novel. That’s a concept that’s so patently ridiculous that I’m not sure whether to laugh or roll my eyes. Using that logic, you could call The Terminator a romantic movie because Kyle Reese loved Sarah Connor and travelled across time for her. Clearly, it’s NOT a romantic movie. (Totally off topic, though: Props to 1984 Michael Biehn who was totally hot in the role of Kyle Reese. Well done, sir. Well done. But I digress...)
So, what IS a romance novel? Glad you asked.
So recently, The Guardian came out with an article about book thieves. (Note: I’m calling them book thieves and not “pirates” because “pirates” sounds way too cool for these thieving losers. They don’t deserve the title, frankly.) The things these thieves said were so utterly ridiculous that I’m going to need to take a minute to address them comment by comment, I’m afraid. Sorry.
So, with that in mind, The Guardian’s text will be in black, and mine will be in "Romance Rehab red."
Here we go…(takes a deep breath)...
There are so many things to love about romance novels. But just like in any genre, not all books can be winners. And one thing that can ruin a romance novel at lightning speed is a crappy villain. With that in mind, here are the top 9 romance novel villains I HATE and wish authors would stop creating (please and thank you):
Romance novels and erotic novels are NOT necessarily the same, no matter what Cosmo says
So recently, Cosmopolitan magazine thought it would be a good idea to discuss “erotic” novels. Great, right? Well, it WOULD have been great, if the magazine and the writer had been bothered to research what “erotic” novels actually WERE. Let’s talk a little bit about where they went wrong, shall we?
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