Today seems like as good a day as any for a nice book tag! This one is perfect for the month of February, as well. I know Valentine’s Day is over, but I still wanted to get this one end before the month of loooove was over. Why? Because it’s the Romance Reader Book Tag! Now, I’m still a novice when it comes to romance novels. I’ve only recently started actively picking them up more and trying to figure out what I like. That being said, I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring this genre and I’m eager to continue.
Before we get to the post, I want to thank the wonderful Ashlee @ Books Are 42 for tagging me! You should definitely go check out her blog if you haven’t already. I promise you’ll find something there to enjoy! I tried to discover who originally created this tag, but hit a dead end. If anyone knows, please share so I can give credit where credit is due!
Now, let’s get to the tag!
What age did you start reading romance novels?
As I was thinking of the answer to this question, I was going to say I didn’t pick up a romance novel until fairly recently. I’ve read books involving romance for forever, but not something that was specifically shelved in romance. But then I recalled being a teen and discovering my mom’s collection of Amanda Quick novels! I can’t tell you for certain which ones I actually read (none of them have stuck in my memory) but I know I read at least a few. Then I avoided romances for years because, for some misguided reason, I thought all romances were like historical romances. It wasn’t until my 30s that I tried a couple of contemporary romances and found I didn’t hate it, lol. Now I’m happily digging into the genre more.
If you could pick one hero to meet from your favorite romance novels who would it be and why?
Oh, definitely Zafir from Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert! He’s such a giant teddy bear and I love how sweet he is with Dani. Besides, he would probably have good romance recs to keep me going on my romance reading journey! And he sounds like he wouldn’t be bad to look at for an extended period of time. There’s also the off-chance that he’ll bring Dani along and we can be nerds together!
Who are your favorite romance authors and why?
I feel like it’s hard to say having not read that many romances. I usually reserve ‘favorite author’ status for when I’ve read and loved at least two of an author’s books. The only romance author that currently fits is the above mentioned Talia Hibbert. I loved both Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown and am eager to read the last book in the series, Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Her romances are both steamy and sweet and I love the banter she writes. Her characters are complex and she does a great job of making me root for the main couple. So she is definitely a fave! I’d also like to give a shout-out to an author I’ve only read from once, but know I’m probably gonna love: Jen DeLuca, the author of Well Met! This book made me realize that I could, in fact, enjoy romances. And the fact that it centers around a Renaissance festival spoke to my nerdy little heart. I have yet to continue the series, but I have a feeling I’m going to love it!
What is a favorite romance novel to re-read?
I’m not a big re-reader in general, even in my favorite genre, so I don’t really know for this one. Probably the two authors I mentioned above? After all, I’ll probably want to re-read Well Met before continuing the series. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it and I’d love to revisit Emily and Simon’s story before continuing on. That would, of course, require me buying a copy of the book since I originally borrowed it from the library, but I’m certainly not opposed to that!
What book would you recommend to a non-romance reader?
Oh, that’s a good question! As a recent non-romance reader myself, I would say something that appeals to the reader’s interests. For example, Well Met was one of the first romance novels I tried when dipping my toes into the genre because it involved something I love; Renaissance fairs. Or maybe suggest a universal crowd-pleaser, like The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. This is another book I picked up at the early stages of my romance reading journey and it was simply because of how hyped it was. I figured if so many people who read romance regularly loved it, then maybe a romance newbie like myself should start there. Thankfully, I ended up really enjoying it, else my journey may have been cut short!
Which is your favorite: contemporary, suspense, or historical and why?
Most definitely contemporary. After having read a few Amanda Quick novels and not really loving Outlander by Diana Gabaldon all that much, I think historical isn’t really my cup of tea. And the only romantic suspense that I’ve read is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and that was… a time. I mean, I gave it three stars, it had its merits, but I didn’t love it. Of course, all these books I’ve mentioned are older, so perhaps a newer historical romance or romantic suspense wouldn’t leave me feeling underwhelmed. But, for now, contemporary has my heart and I don’t see that changing any time soon. If it’s a rom-com in book form, then I’m probably gonna love it! Which is funny cause I dislike rom-coms in movie form… I make no sense.
I’m not tagging anyone in particular for this one, mostly because Ashlee already tagged the people I think would most enjoy it 😂 But, if you read this post and would like to join in, consider yourself tagged!
And, until next time, happy reading!