Happy Wednesday, Wormies! Welcome to another Read a Romance Blog feature! Today, we’re featuring SE White!
Read a Romance Blog series is a feature on this blog showcasing book bloggers that primarily review romance.
About the Romance Blogger
I’ve been blogging for three years now and writing books for about the same amount of time, pretty much Googling everything I need to know about both and finding inspiration from all of the other awesome book bloggers online. I’m a preschool teacher for my day job, although right now I’m a stay-at-home mom for my youngest. I have three tiny destroyers (ages 13, 6, and 3), one cat overlord, and a husband who can usually be found fixing something in the garage. I’m a book addict, I spend entirely too much time on bookstagram and I can usually be found watching the Great British Baking Show (again).
Ezrah: I also love the Great British Baking Show! I think I rewatched all the collections multiple times now! It’s so relaxing!
Where You Can Find Me
First Romance Book I Read
My family was very religious and didn’t approve of a lot of different media, including romance books. But there was a Harlequin line called “Heartsong Presents” which was Christian romance so I was allowed to read those and I DEVOURED them. I’m pretty sure I was 11, maybe 12. I think Lauraine Snelling’s Dakota Dreams was my very first romance book. I’ve expanded outwards to other romance genres since then and left the “shalt not” of my childhood far, far behind.
Favorite Romance Genre/s
Historical, paranormal, aliens, fantasy, and most anything with humor in it. I’ll try anything once, but those tend to be my go-to.
Ezrah: I find that I am expanding the genres that I read! I recently stumbled upon alien romance and I’m really intrigued!
Favorite Romance Trope/s
Oh my gosh, all of them. Can I say all of them? I’m a huge sucker for repeated themes in literature. Enemies to lovers is a favorite, of course. Also, Thundergrump McStuffington (™ Caiti at TheRomanceMom.com) falls for the Sunshine One, second chances, alpha heroes, misfit finds their niche, mail order bride or marriage of convenience…it might be easier to just say which tropes I *don’t* like. Love triangles or secret baby plots are the only times I get turned off by a trope.
Ezrah: Same! I loathe love triangles! Sometimes, I do like secret baby plots if done well. But I can only count on one hand the books in that trope that I actually enjoyed.
Top Auto-buy Authors
Ruby Dixon (I am obsessed with her series!) Tessa Dare, Grace Callaway, and Anna Carven.
Top Romance Books You Highly Recommend
I recommend Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon to everyone. So often that I’m sure people get tired of hearing about her, haha. I also like to recommend The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin, an awesome historical romance set during the Tang Dynasty era in China.
Let’s see…for standalone recommendations, I also love Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare, The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne by Elisa Braden, and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
Ezrah: I have to say that I absolutely enjoyed Ice Planet Barbarians and of course, Romancing the Duke! The Hating Game was too hyped for me, but I’m definitely adding The Lotus Palace to my TBR!
Top Romance Series You Recommend
I already snuck in Ice Planet Barbarians. Dang, it. So I’ll go with The Bedwyn Series by Mary Balogh. It’s a six-book historical romance series, seven if you count the prequel. Slightly Married is my favorite out of the Bedwyn books.
The romance part of Instagram also got me addicted to the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, and I like to return the favor by trying to addict new readers. It’s a whopper of a paranormal series with 18 books and every single one is awesome. Sweet Ruin is my very favorite, although it’s close between that one and Lothaire.
I also discovered Anna Carven last year. She writes beautiful, emotional, steamy alien romance. Her Dark Planet Warriors series is eight books long and Infinity’s Embrace is my absolute favorite.
Ezrah: I’m adding the Dark Planet Warriors series to my TBR pile!
Favorite Quote from a Romance Book
“Every time you wake up, you let fly the most marvelous string of curses. It’s never the same twice, do you know that? It’s so intriguing. You’re like a rooster that crows blasphemy.”– Romancing the Duke, Tessa Dare
Favorite Thing About the Romance Community
How positive, enthusiastic, and supportive it is. No question. I’ve never met another fandom where people are so accepting! Crazybananas alien romance? Someone will most likely recommend an even more bananas one for me rather than judge me, and I love that feeling of safety. Romancelandia is truly a wonderful place.
Ezrah: I agree! Sometimes a good bananas book will keep you up at night!
Romance Myth That You Hate
That romance isn’t “real” writing. There’s this pre-judgment that romance is lowest-common-denominator, trashy stuff which somehow isn’t as hard to do as a “literary” book and it makes me LIVID. In fact, romance writers have to know how to plot, pace and write a book and then they *also* have to know how to write beautiful, evocative, believable relationships and emotional journeys. It’s like “real” writing times two! I’m digitally sticking out my tongue at anyone who thinks it isn’t hard to do that.
Ezrah: I agree! I also hate that all think pieces with varying posts with this topic are almost always posted during Valentine’s Day. Gaaaah!
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