The term “beach read” used to have a pretty negative connotation. It used to refer to “trashy” or “throw-away” novels, often romances, that people could take the beach in paperback, and if it got ruined in the sand and surf...no great loss. Well, we don’t like to think of beach reads that way. We prefer to think of them as reads you can easily finish while sunning yourself for a few hours on the beach or at the local pool. So, what could be better for beach reads than anthologies of short stories and novellas where you could conceivably finish SEVERAL stories from your favorite authors in a single sitting? That’s why our beach read list consists of our favorite collections and anthologies. You’re welcome. Here it goes:
For those who aren’t aware, (or for those of you who don’t watch rom coms or anything on the Hallmark or Lifetime Channel) a “meet cute” is when two characters in a book, film, or television show “have an amusing or charming first encounter that leads to the development of a romantic relationship.” (Merriam Webster) In the romance novel world, there are literally so many great meet-cutes that we could NEVER list them all. We could list them every Friday until the end of TIME and we still wouldn’t run out of choices. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few favorites that we could read over and over again. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 romance novel meet-cutes we just can’t get enough of:
So, are you thinking maybe you’d like to give paranormal romance a try, but you’re a little scared of all the bare-chested vampires, dragons, and werewolves you’re seeing on the covers and reading about in the blurbs? Well, then THIS is the list for you. The romances on this list are pretty much straight-up contemporary romances with just a hint of the paranormal to spice things up. It’s a perfect introduction to the category, and before you know it, you’ll be diving into those vampire, werewolf and dragon romances with bells on. (Not that you normally wear bells. It’s just a saying. It’s a really weird saying, now that we think about it. But we digress…) Happy reading, y’all!