Look, I enjoy a good Netflix binge session as much as the next person but you can only watch so much TV before your brain starts turning to mush. So before your poor gray matter becomes gelatinous goo, why not binge a few great contemporary romance series instead? Here are some suggestions that’ll fill up your free time nicely. You’re welcome.
I can’t even express how TIRED—absolutely, bone-deep TIRED—I am of remakes and reboots. Hollywood has been remaking movies and shows that aren’t even that old for years now. It’s almost like rebooting an old movie or show is the only option available to Hollywood writers. Frankly, there are very few things I watch on TV anymore, and very few movies I’m willing to pay to see in a theatre these days because of this tiresome reboot trend. What do I do instead? I read. So, after reading A LOT of books (seriously, it’s a scarily huge number), here’s what I think the movie and TV industry can learn from romance novels.
Some of my first romance reads were historical westerns, and they hold a special place in my heart to this day. Here are some of my favorites, as well as some of our super-smart readers’ favorites. Enjoy!
These heroines have been through THINGS, y’all. But they’ve all lived to tell the tale and find their happily ever afters. What’s more inspiring than that? And couldn’t we all use a little inspiration these days?
(BookBub stalker series)
Ever wonder what your favorite authors are reading? Me, too. So, I did a little BookBub stalking and checked out their recommendations. Here’s what I found:
I don’t really want to talk about The Rise of Skywalker anymore. I already did that. I could rant for a hundred years about why I want to throat-punch JJ Abrams, why Rose, Hux, Rey, and especially BEN SOLO (yes, I used the shout-y caps) were done really dirty in the film, and why The Last Jedi was superior to TRoS in nearly every way. But I won’t. That’s been done to death (and frankly, it’s hard to get me to STOP talking about it once I start). What I WILL do at this point is recommend some AWESOME enemies-to-lovers romances that might help you get over your disappointment with that dumpster fire of an ending TRoS had.
I grew up on Disney movies, y’all. So don’t think this post is about hating on Disney movies. I’ve loved just about every single one of them. But that doesn’t mean that they have always depicted healthy romantic relationships like the ones depicted in my favorite romance novels. Here’s a few things that happened in beloved Disney movies that would make me DNF a romance novel with a quickness.
Who doesn’t love a bad boy hero? Do bad boys get any, uh, badder than ex-cons? That said, here are our recs for some super sexy ex-cons you’d LOVE to spend some time with. Enjoy!
In case you weren’t aware, the wildly popular Virgin River series by Robyn Carr has been made into a Netflix series. I went ahead and watched it for you so that if you were on the fence, you’d be able to make a nice, comfortable viewing decision. You’re welcome. Here’s what I discovered.