I found this tag at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures, who found this tag over on Delighted Reader and she found it on Under the Covers blog. The tag was created by Romance Queen of Booktube and Not Just Romance Novels.
1. How old was I when I first started reading romance?
I started reading historical and contemporary romances when I was in middle school. Not really sure what the age is there. It was more like the summer between middle school and high school. There was a lot of teen angst and I didn’t want to go out so I immersed myself in the only thing I could find, which was my mother’s romance novels.
2. If I could pick one hero from a favorite romance to meet, who would it be and why?
I definitely like my heroes to have a sense of humor, which is why I think I would pick either William from the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, or Ian from Night Rebel by Jeaniene Frost. Although, I’m feeling like I’m betraying so many of my other loves right now.
3. Who are my favorite romance authors and why?
This is tough. Some of my favorite urban fantasy authors offer a touch of romance. I’m not sure I would call them romance authors, though. I think I’m going to pick from the clearly paranormal romance genre, where I feel romance is the main thread. Definitely Nalini Singh is a favorite, as well as Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and J.R. Ward.
4. What is my favorite romance to re-read?
I am not a re-reader. There are a lot of books that I think I would love to go back and re-read, like the Lords of the Underworld series, or the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But I just have such a long list of new-to-me books that I feel like I’m backtracking in a way. There used to be a time where I would re-read an entire series right before the release of a new installment. But now some of my favorite series have gotten SO long, I’d never be able to do it.
5. What would I recommend to non-romance readers?
I think this depends on what other components a reader is looking for. If they are like me and fascinated with the Paranormal, there is an extensive list I could go into. I want non-romance readers to know that a romance novel is not necessarily totally focused on the sex. I get that assumption from a lot of people when they hear you read romance. This is such a wrong assumption. There are many romance sub-genres that contain other story lines along with the romance. Military romance, romantic suspense and the list goes on. My advice is to find something you’re interested in and pair it with romance. You’ll soon find yourself trapped in your favorite reads!
6. Which is my favorite genre and why?
My favorite genre is Paranormal Romance with Urban Fantasy running a close second. I love the world of vamps, shifters and other magical creatures. Throw in some romance and I am all for it. It is truly an escape for me. I tend to stay away from pure fantasy, as I like my books set in a somewhat contemporary world.
Romance has been the genre I’ve read most over my lifetime and I still can’t get enough. What do romance books mean to you? Let me know your answers in the comments!