Morning everyone!  I’m here today to chat with you all about romance novels – the stigma attached to reading and writing them, the funny stories, the jaw dropping moments, and more …  I hope you are all prepared to share your funny and/or frustrating experiences, to respond to other romance lovers, and to just have a good time.

During the course of the day, I am going to post about 5 threads/posts, and I’d love to see what you have to say about the topics.  Respond to one, respond to them all, or however many you wish. : )

To start things off, I’d like to tell you a little bit about my own experiences …

I picked up my first romance novel at age 15.  I haven’t a clue at the author’s name, but the title stuck with me.  It was one of the older bodice rippers, with an alpha male who wasn’t so much alpha as a control freak.  Looking back, it is amazing that romances stuck with me so much.  He was a prick, and the way he treated the heroine was way, way beyond acceptable.  Yet at the time I was fascinated.  Before then it was Black Stallion and Flowers For Algernon, and things like that.  This book opened a whole new world for me, and I haven’t stopped reading them since.


So my first question today is — when did you start reading romances and what was your impression of that first book?  Did you hate it, but decide to give another book a try?  Did it completely floor you, and you knew romances were something for you? Or was your reaction somewhere in between?



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