Featuring our favorite romance book bloggers!
Happy Wednesday, Wormies! Welcome to another Read a Romance Blog feature! Today, we’re featuring Renee @ Addicted to Romance!
Read a Romance Blog series is a feature on this blog showcasing book bloggers that primarily review romance.
About the Romance Blogger
I am a 32-year-old romance blogger of almost ten years. Born and raised in Utah, LDS (Mormon) and obsessed with books and anything romance. I also am the host of two podcasts. I live for bringing out positive change and inspiration to others and sharing my passions.
Steeped in Romance Podcast
Where You Can Find Me
First Romance Book I Read
Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins – I was 16 years old. My father got me into reading Christian/LDS romance novels, and when I went looking at my school library for other romance I fell upon this treasure and read the whole Avon True Romance line and became hooked immediately.
Ezrah: I have never heard of Avon True Romance so I had to do a lot of Googling!
Avon True Romance is a historical romance series for teens. It looks like the books in this series were published in early 2002-2003, with only 12 books in the line. I found more info about Avon True Romance on Bookriot.
Favorite Romance Genre/s
My favorite romance genres are: I LOVE THEM ALL —but if I had to choose I lean more towards Historicals, Epic Fantasy, and Paranormals. But I really love all sub-genres in romance.
Ezrah: Same! I am now starting to read and explore other sub-genres of romance! I love that I am discovering a lot of new romances!
Favorite Romance Trope/s
- Arranged Marriage
- Mail Order Bride
- Fairy Tale Retelling
- On The Rocks
- Fated Love
- Best Friend Sibling
Ezrah: I am a fan of fairy-tale retellings and the sibling best friend trope!
Top Auto-buy Authors
Ezrah: All of these authors! The only author I haven’t read is Christine Feehan! I also can’t believe I haven’t reviewed a Johanna Lindsey book before!
Top Romance Books You Highly Recommend
Ezrah: So, I just borrowed Another Chance to Dream! I’ve never read Lynn Kurland before! I also haven’t read the other books on your list, so I’m adding them to my TBR!
Top Romance Series You Recommend
- Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner (4 Books) / Historical Romance Western – My favorite book is Do Not Forsake Me
- Psy Changeling by Nalini Singh-(18 Books) / Paranormal Romance – My favorite book is Declaration of Courtship
- Carpathians (Dark) by Christine Feehan (29) / Paranormal Romance – My favorite book is Dark Wolf
- Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson (4 Books) / Epic Fantasy Romance – My favorite book is Lord of the Fading Lands
- Malory Anderson Family by Johanna Lindsey (12 Books) / Old School Historical Romance – My favorite book is Say You Love Me
Ezrah: I have to admit that I haven’t read all the books on your favorite list but I have a few of them on my TBR! I recently discovered Nalini Singh and I can’t wait to continue with her Psy-Changeling series! I also need to read more Old School Johanna Lindsey, I don’t remember ever reading Say You Love Me.
Favorite Quote from a Romance Book
“I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.”
Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil
“When I was a boy, I went to war searching for glory. I didn’t find it. I came here, thinking I’d find glory if I built a ranching empire or a thriving town. Instead, I discovered that I didn’t even know what glory was, not until you smiled at me for the first time with no fear in your eyes…
A hundred years from now, everything I’ve worked so hard to build will be nothing more than dust blowing in the wind, but if I can spend my life loving you, I’ll die a wealthy man, a contented man”
Lorraine Heath, Texas Glory
Favorite Thing About the Romance Community
The lasting connections we build with each other, it doesn’t how different we are from each other or where we live; there is so much love and acceptance. The friendships I have made with these beautiful souls all over the world are truly life-changing and humbling. I feel truly blessed to be a member.
Ezrah: I agree! Romancelandia has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for me, as well! I love that I get to interact with other amazing females who read and love romance the same as I do.
Romance Myth that You Hate
Romance Novels are for the uneducated and are poorly written. This is so NOT true and I hate the myth that romance writing isn’t good writing so us, romance readers are so uneducated we can’t tell the difference. Romance readers are from all walks of life some have Ph.D.’s and Doctorate degrees and others just have a High School Education but that doesn’t mean that we can’t tell if there is quality writing or not. I have learned more from romance novels than any other book in intelligence, more loving and true to myself. There is a certain finesse that comes in writing a story that allows its reader to learn, escape from this world and truly embrace all that the genre has to offer.
Ezrah: I absolutely agree! It absolutely pisses me off when people look down on romance books and romance writers! I also learned a lot from romance novels!