Sexy September! Romance Novels and why we love them, featuring guest bloggers!

GUESS WHO’S BACK FROM HIATUS! That’s right, your favourite book reading, coffee drinking disaster gay is back to provide you with fresh new content! I’ll admit, I did think August was going to be far more productive than it actually was in terms of blog content, but I chose a 600+ page monstrosity to read and it dominated the ENTIRE MONTH. Look forward to that review when I actually finish the beast. 

I was talking with a friend at work recently about Romance Fiction and it got me thinking. Why, why is romance treated the way it is? Genre fiction as a whole is sniffed at quite a bit, especially in academic settings where anything less than 150 years old is an edgy addition to most reading lists, but Romance is outright mocked. I mean sure, some of the covers are ridiculous – check out the ‘Cover Snark’ tag at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for some real gems – in fact I used to work in a library and when it was quiet I’d examine the covers of our plentiful Mills & Boon supply just to amuse myself. Men without shirts, women with bosoms perilously close to erupting from tightened corsets…you know the ones. We’ve all heard it: Romance is ‘trashy’ and low brow, it’s the reading choice of middle-aged women and teenage girls just discovering books with naughty bits in them. Silly little love stories sold in paper bags to protect the public reputation of the person buying them. But why? Why are these bad things? Why can we not read what we want to without being cross-examined for our book choices? 

Romance Fiction is a female-dominated genre with a female-dominated readership, and apparently that is an unforgivable crime. 

Romance is the ultimate ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ genre more often than not, but if you open that cover and read what’s inside, you’re in for a treat.Possibly my first experience with the genre was a paranormal romance the name of which I have forgotten. I remember vividly that at about the age of fourteen, my friend brought a book to school which involved werewolves, forbidden love and extremely detailed sex scenes. I remember very little else about it, other than that the school library, unsurprisingly, didn’t have that series in stock. I’ve read books with romantic subplots for years, but I started reading Romance (capital R) very recently – I found podcasts via some of my other genre-based commute listens and discovered that I actually really enjoyed listening to them. Eventually, having listened to several of them discuss the same book, I made my first purchase. My gateway book to Romance was A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole, and I have never looked back. 

Now I’m writing as a reader of more recently published Romance fiction. My views are biased, so I decided to reach out to other bloggers online and ask about their Romance readership! I hope you enjoy, and check out their blogs too!

Rachael Stray
Lifestyle Blogger
Social | Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook

What name and pronouns would you like me to use when referring to you?
Female pronouns. Rachael Stray.


Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m a born and bred proud Geordie (from Newcastle upon Tyne) who returned back up to my native North East after a four-year stint living in lovely Lincolnshire back in 2017.
I’ve been married for three years to my amazing husband Steve and in July 2019 I became a first-time mammy to our beautiful daughter Elsie.
I’m an NCTJ trained journalist who has spent the last four years working my way up the communications and PR ladder.
I am an avid reader; I love good food and spending time with my family and friends.


How old were you when you read your first romance book? Do you remember what it was and how you found it?
I would often read Mills and Boons books that I discovered at my family’s houses. I always enjoyed buying second hand books in charity shops especially when I was on holiday.

What do you love about romance fiction?
I am a big fan of romance and love. For me romance fiction offers escapism.


Have you ever had to defend reading romance?
Yes ,unfortunately when suggesting some romance fiction novels in book clubs, people often turn up their noses.

Any favourite tropes? (Personally I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience and the good old classic – fake dating).
Soul Mate/Fate – probably because I think this is true for me and my husband and how we met. I also really like second chance at love because I believe everyone deserves to be happy and another chance at love!


Could you recommend one book to my readers?
Just the one is tough! I would say One Day – it made me feel so many emotions reading this book and although it didn’t end the way I would’ve wanted I really enjoyed the book.


Any posts you want to share with the world?


Juliette / Clarateddy
Social | Twitter & Instagram

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Loves to escape with a great book. Love cocktails, taking photos and fundraising. Growing older disgracefully

How old were you when you read your first romance book? Do you remember what it was and how you found it?
When I was growing up I used to read my mum’s books she loved Danniella Steele & Jackie Collins


What do you love about romance fiction?
Escapism, watching relationships develop or fall apart


Have you ever had to defend reading romance?
No


Could you recommend one book to my readers?
So many but love Isabelle Brooms latest book One winter morning
I would recommend Jill Mansell, Paige Toon, Adele Parks, Rosie Walsh, Lindsey Kelk, Rebecca Chance (more lust than love) Freya North and so many more


Any posts you want to share with the world?


Lana / Bibliomedico

Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Wattpad | Twitter

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Lana, med student and bibliophile. 

Writer and Translator (multilingual) (currently working as book translator from English to arabic /Turkish to English) 

Mental health, neurosurgery, languages and reading enthusiast. 

I’ve started blogging in 2018, I write about anything and everything I’m passionate about.

How old were you when you read your first romance book? Do you remember what it was and how you found it? 

I was 18 actually, I’ve started reading when I was 18 ☺️but since then I’ve read more than 200 romance books.

My first Romantic novel was “Breaking Up with Barrett” by Katy Regnery, found it through Wattpad.

What do you love about romance fiction? 

I love the idea of how love can change everything, your plans, thoughts, ideas, attitudes…. Everything. I also, love reading about people finding their HEA 😁, there are enough problems and sad events in our lives, we need to read about happy things. 

Have you ever had to defend reading romance? 

Basically, all the time (not on social media but in real life), people view romance novels in a completely wrong way.

Any favourite tropes? (Personally I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience and the good old classic – fake dating). 

I love “friends to lovers” and  “marriage of convenience” tropes.

Could you recommend one book to my readers? 

Moti on the water by Lelah attar (I’ve finished it recently and I loved so much) 

(also, Ayesha At Last is pretty amazing)

Any posts you want to share with the world?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Kelly, I’m 25 years old and I enjoy blogging about all things beauty, books, fashion & lifestyle. I am also interested in aviation and love visiting different airshow around the uk.

How old were you when you read your first romance book? Do you remember what it was and how you found it? 

I was about 14 years old when I read my first romance book. I cant remember what it was called but I do know that I enjoyed it so much, I went into town and bought everything else that writer has published.

What do you love about romance fiction? 

The thing I love most about reading romance fiction is how real it is. I can immerse myself in the story as if I’m living through the characters. 

Have you ever had to defend reading romance? 

A few people have made comments in the past about how by reading Romance books, I’ve got my head in the clouds and that real life isnt ever like that. My response to that is that life is what you make it and if you’re romantic to someone, they are likely to be romantic back. 

Any favourite tropes? (Personally I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience and the good old classic – fake dating). 

I wouldn’t say I’ve got a particular favourite trope. 

Could you recommend one book to my readers? 

A must read book for me is The Undomesticated Goddess by Sophie Kinsella 

Any posts you want to share with the world?

Theres no particular blog posts I’d like to share however make sure you’re subscribed to my blog because I’ve got some exciting book related posts coming soon. 

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