Romance is for Everyone

I’ve decided to gift romance novels for the holidays this year. Not to everyone in my life, just my girlfriends; though, if I could turn everyone on to reading romance I would. Especially these days, when the world seems so dark. No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, I think we can all agree that, as a nation, we are very divided right now. Heck, as a planet, we are very divided right now. If we could all focus on the goodness that is out there, loving one another and loving ourselves, it would go a long way toward healing some of our ills.

Back to the topic, I want to give each of my three closest girlfriends a romance novel for the holidays. I can't wait for them to try romance and, hopefully, discover the inherent joy and escapism that I so love about this genre. However, trying to figure out which book to give each of them is a conundrum. There are so many to choose from and I have more “favorites” than I can count on one, two or even three hands. For starters, which subgenre? Suspense/thriller? Historical? Military? What about the tone? Dark and full of angst, or light and comedic?

I scrolled through my Kindle, which took me over an hour (okay, I kept getting interrupted, but still) to look at all the ones I’ve read. Plus, there are the many I’ve read in their paper versions. I feel so much pressure to get it right with this first novel—I don’t want to turn them away from romance, I want to turn them on (to it)!

I put the question out there on Twitter and, while I’ve gotten a couple of likes and a retweet, I’ve only gotten one suggestion. I suspect I’m going to be on my own here. Curious about what I’ve narrowed it down to? Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game for my smart, free-spirited friend who likes a good laugh. Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography for the deep thinking, former magazine editor friend who shies away from “fluff.” And Emma Chase’s Sustained for the single Mom, empty-nester who works with children all day—because I think she might get a kick out of the kids’ antics while enjoying the very adult antics of the hero. But then there is Colleen Hoover’s Slammed, which is one of my all-time favorites, and anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Or Historicals by Lisa Kleypas and Sarah MacLean. So many choices. Just thinking about them is getting me excited. I think I’ll spend the holidays rereading some of my favorites!

What are your favorites? Please send me a note and share. I always love discovering new authors and new books!