Who needs a Happy Ending?

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Who needs a Happy Ending? We Do! A blog in support of the Romance genre.

It’s no secret that romance novels have appealed to women for decades. Romantic fiction remains the top-selling sector of the book market. Last year, the genre brought in a whopping $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone. Romance fiction is smart, fresh and diverse. Whether you enjoy contemporary dialogue, historical settings, mystery, thrillers or any number of other themes, there’s a romance novel waiting for you!

Most of us go through our daily lives on autopilot. We’re assailed from every direction with so much ( family demands, tedious chores, etc.) that we become numb out of self-defense. Reading romance  gives us a chance to feel, to remind us that we’re human and that there is a beautiful, exciting world out there, waiting to be discovered under the piles of laundry that command our attention. If you are new to the world of romance novels, here’s a list of titles to get you started. The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.  Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.

As the role of women in society has changed over the past 30 years, so have romance novels. Romance novels are often called “bodice-rippers,” (in a derogatory tone) but the steamy historicals with Fabio on the cover were published back in the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time, the spectrum of romance novels has exploded. On one end of that spectrum, there are chaste evangelical romances. On the other end, there are BDSM romances (yes, like that one).

In between, you’ll find paranormal romance with vampires and shapeshifters, time-travel romance, historical romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. There are growing romance subgenres for LGBT love stories, a large community of writers who specialize in African-American romance, and there’s even an extremely popular Amish romance subgenre. I enjoy all the genres and many of the sub-genres. Some of my personal favorites are the FEVER series by Karen Marie Moning in paranormal, and the FAIRY TALES series by Eloisa James in the historical genre. In the time-travel sub-genre and one of my overall favorite series is the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon. I can’t get enough of the romance genre. Luckily 84% of women agree with me so we’ll always have talented, creative writers filling our need for romance sprinkled with mystery, suspense, faith or fantastical creatures , every way we like it, because really who couldn’t use more happy endings?

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Do you love a Bad Boy or Tortured Hero?

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If you haven’t already discovered author J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood, you don’t know what you are missing! Ward puts a new spin on the old vampire genre. The Brotherhood are the biggest, baddest and the best at protecting their species (vampires) from the Lessening Society, a group of  humans that have given up their soul to the Omega.  They live, love and defend in Caldwell, New York. The series is an outstanding example of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. The Brotherhood listen to their music loud, play hard, and when they are lucky enough to find her, they will love one woman until they die.

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”

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Lover Awakened

Here are the first six titles in this amazing series by J.R. Ward.