Guest post by author Eliot Grayson
Like superheroes, every romance reader has an origin story. Mine is pretty typical: I purloined my grandmother’s Harlequins as an adolescent and read them far into the night. I’m guessing I’m not alone!
We’ve all played dump, date or marry at some point in our lives. It never really gets old, does it? With that in mind, we’ve got a good one for you. Which one of these urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel heroes would you dump, date, or marry? We’ve got our answers, even though it was anything but easy to decide (see below)...
Look, I’m generally not a fan of cheesy rom com movies. I’ve never been able to watch a Hallmark movie all the way through. But I’ve generally had better luck with Netflix movies. I mean, I did enjoy The Kissing Booth, based on the book by Beth Reekles, and I ADORED To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, based on the book by Jenny Han. So when I saw the promo for Falling Inn Love, I figured Netflix had earned the benefit of my doubt. (If I’m being honest, though, if I’d seen the premise on a Hallmark movie, I would’ve run the other way, screaming. But I digress...)
There are very few things I even watch on TV anymore. Why? Because it seems like lately, when I love a TV show, it comes to a horrible, horrible end. Sometimes the ending is so horrible that it negates everything I enjoyed about the show in the first place and I feel like I’ve wasted years of my life fangirling for no good reason at all. I’m actually TERRIFIED that Supernatural is ending this year because what will become of my precious Dean??? So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with this list of the WORST TV endings that need to be rewritten by romance authors ASAP—because let’s face it, romance authors know how to give good ending.
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 Penny Reid books.
So, if you’re a Penny Reid superfan (like me), you know her books are hilarious, feature smart, sassy, take-no-crap kind of heroines, and also include sexy, supportive, alpha-but-not-alphahole heroes. These books all fit into one or all of those categories. Happy reading!
If you’ve taken a stroll through the paranormal romance category on Amazon lately, you’ve probably noticed some disturbing trends among the covers there. I certainly have. So, without further ado, here are a few things I NEVER EVER want to see again on paranormal romance covers again. (Please and thanks in advance to all the cover designers out there)
And please note: This is not intended to bring shame to the authors of these books, and I’m not saying these books are bad. Some of them might be GREAT books. Some of them are even huge bestsellers, so the covers obviously aren’t hurting sales. These are just my personal opinions and you shouldn’t let them keep you from reading any or all of these books. There. End of PSA.
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.
e’ve already talked about heroes, heroines, and villains I never want to see again in romance novels, and we’ve talked about tropes I never want to see again. But we’ve never talked about secondary characters I never want to see again, and I thought it was high time to rectify that. So, without further ado, here are the offenders…
’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.
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