Reading has always been an important part of my life. Books gave me worlds to visit, friends to make, and ideas to explore. I read ahead of most kids in my class and yes, I was the one kid who got excited when the teacher said we could read silently to ourselves.
I don’t remember when I picked up my first romance. It had to be about the time I was allowed out of the children’s section at the public library. I can’t even tell you the title of the first romance I read. All I can tell you is that it started my whole love affair with the genre. I began to devour every book I could find. There is something about the idea of finding that one person who understands the simplicity and complexity that makes you special.
Historical romances won my heart early on. It may have something to do with my dad’s love of Bonanza and Gunsmoke. I used to dream of being Miss Kitty and running off with Marshal Dillon. Western romances took my breath away, but when I discovered Hannah Howell , Scottish/Irish romances took over
It was around 1994 or 95 when I picked up a book that had an interesting theme. I later learned that this genre was called paranormal. romance. If I loved romance on a whole, then paranormal was by far my favorite sub-genre. I picked up any book I could which would fall into this category. Ghosts, weres, shifters, zombies, you name it, I read it.
When I began reviewing at Coffee Time Romance & More, I discovered a whole new world! Not only did I meet friends who shared my passion for books (this is where I met Hollie), but there were sub-genres I wouldn’t have dared pick up before this. With the risque covers and titles containing sexual innuendos, I fell in love with erotica and erotic romance as well as GLBT romance. Slowly, I climbed out of my shell to begin a wild and passionate affair with these also.
To this day, if you look at my bedside table, you never know what you will find on it. From westerns to historicals to contemporary or paranormal and everything in between have the chance of being there. Currently, I’m re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (for the 30th time at least) and I have an ARC from Saranna DeWylde on my tablet that I’m reading when I’m on break at school. I can’t even begin to tell you how many erotica, erotic romance, BDSM, and GLBT titles are on my tablet. Most are fairly quick reads so I will often read one or two before bed
As you can see romance has always been a big part of my life. So, tell me which sub-genre is your absolute favorite? Why do you love it so? Talk to me! Let’s discuss books 🙂