It seems that lately when people hear I read romance novels, the question is usually “You mean like 50 Shades of Grey?” Um, no. Not like 50 Shades. There are so many different types of romance books and they are NOT all the same. I am not really interested in erotic romance. I prefer less sex and more story.
If people haven’t looked down on my choice of books and stopped the conversation at that point, I then usually get the question, “So what types of romance books do you read then?” Well, I read books that include fast paced action, edge of your seat suspense and falling in love. Sometimes the people falling in love are stuck in the dessert in Iraq trying to capture a terrorist who has plans to attack the US. Some of those people just found out their loved one who they thought was dead is actually alive and needs their help in uncovering a CIA conspiracy. Some of those people that fall in love can shift into a werewolf or are witches and are just trying to fight evil. Are they all realistic? No. Is that what I like about them? Yes.
I am married, have kids and work a full time job outside of the home. I read romance to take me out of reality and allow me to live through the characters in my books. I have been married for over 13 years and I know that the relationships in romance books are not always reality. But can some of it be reality? Sure. My husband and I have actually grown closer because of them. They have made me realize that I am married to my true hero and to not take him for granted. In fact, I have gotten ideas on how to spice up my marriage from romance books and my husband has been very receptive! And no, I am still not talking about 50 Shades of Grey.
So, just like some of you scrapbook, bake, shop, or fish, etc as an escape from the real world, I read romance books. What do you do to get away from the real world? Do you read? If so, what types of books do you enjoy?
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