Starting Nov. 3, the Amherst Library will be offering a four-week in-depth look at romance novels. We’ll cover everything from Fabio to feminism, including the history of the genre, authors, trends, and more! No homework or previous knowledge of Romance novels is required.
To get ready for this romance novel extravaganza, here are some of my favorite romances and what’s on my to-read list.
Sarah MacLean is a romance author and romance novel promoter extraordinaire! Sarah MacLean is more than willing to recommend romance novels to anyone who asks her on Twitter, and I use her a lot to decide what to read next.
Some of my favourites that she has recommended include: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (considered by Sarah MacLean to be the BEST historical romance written ever), The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (considered by me to be one of the best historical romances written), and Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha (dystopian erotica that I was shocked to enjoy as much as I did), just to name a few!
On my Sara MacLean to-read list are: A Hunger like No Other by Kresley Cole, which is a paranormal romance about a shifter who is searching for his mate only to find out she is his enemy. It sounds like a typical paranormal romance plot, but if its cheese factor is as high as The Black Dagger Brotherhood books, this maybe my new favorite series.
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. In this story our heroine is a writer who has been sheltered by her family. She ventures to the bad side of town to make her writing more realistic and ends up meeting with our hero. I loved Lisa Kleypas’ Suddenly You and I’m hoping that this new series will be as engaging as Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. This is a story within a story and it has been on my must read list for a while. In present day, our heroine Eloise is searching for the identity of the Pink Carnation, and while doing her research the reader gets to hear the story of our second heroine, Amy, aka the Pink Carnation.
The reviews for this book are extremely divided; people either love or hate it! If you are looking for historical fiction, this may not be the book for you. If you are looking for a slightly different historical romance and you don’t look too hard at how accurate the historical details are, you may love this book and the rest of the series.
If you are interested in talking about romance novels, join me at the Amherst library Fridays in November at 10 a.m. I want to hear all about your favorite romance reads!
Chantelle Taylor is the assistant chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries