I know we are often asked and sometimes we ask ourselves “why do we read romance novels?” What is the draw? or so great about them? They can sometimes be silly, heart warming or even heart breaking, yet we still read them.
I read Romance novels because it gives me hope, that it’s is real. Let me explain….
When I say real, I mean the fact that no matter how damaged you perceive yourself to be or how closed off from the world you might be there is someone for you, that you are not broken or too damaged to be loved. And sometimes I think we all need to be reminded of this from time to time and these novels do that. At least they do for me, not only are they the escapes I need on bad days ( who doesn’t want to be seduced by a Duke?) But they give that little glimmer of hope that even though you can be so shy, or awkward or broken you will get a happy ending . you happy ending will find you eventually.
The other appeal for me is, that a well written romance novel can make you fall in love. When I finish a book I want two things out of it I want to feel emotionally satisfied and yes in a way, if it’s an erotic romance I want to feel it sexually. Let me explain that part better, I sometimes put myself in the characters shoes when I am reading a really good book. and if it’s promised really good sex then the book had better deliver, just like if it’s a happily ever after then it better be waiting at the end. There are the sweet books like that leaving you feeling just plain happy and those are good as well.
Romance novels for me are, just as therapeutic as my knitting or stitching. Plus the added bonus of connecting with the characters I can always visit the Bridgertons or go back to Spindle Cove and in a way know everything will be alright or take comfort in things have will never change or they will never change.
And sometimes in a world like ours we need that. We need Romance novels.