I will admit, though, that I am reading one of the top romantic trilogies of the summer at the moment. I'm right there with a million others who can't put it down and would be entering a "gray" area if I tell you the name of the book. So I'll let you guess. Really, it's not hard, I gave you a hint!
My own romance is still going strong after almost 40 years! My husband and I just renewed our vows for our 36th anniversary. (You can tell a guy loves you when he goes along with a vow renewal...smile.) It was a special evening with wonderful friends and relatives we will never forget...and yes...the ceremony was romantic.
Heck! Nothing wrong with a little romance from time to time, right?
Romance novels keep the hope that there are knights-in-shining-armor that will ride up to you one day and sweep you off your aching, over-worked feet to a mansion fit for a queen, along with a maid, chaeffeur, personal trainer, and trips on a personal jet to Paris on a whim. Don't you just love a good fantasy?
I would be happy if my husband simply drove up beside me in our Taurus, holding Chinese take-out, with a promise of a possible foot rub later in the evening (if he doesn't fall asleep first), and a trip to the local food club for free samples! I'm easy. (He's asked that I not repeat that phrase too often in front of strangers).
I would never "knock" a romance book or it's reader, since I am admittedly, sometimes smitten by at least one romance novel during the warm rays of summer sunshine; as mentioned above. But give me a great who-done-it with a strong heroine nabbing the bad guy while ALSO exorcising a few ghosts in a haunted bed and breakfast and you've got me...in any season!