When I first started reading romance novels in my teens I became one of those people. You know… the type who hides the cover of their book when reading in public. Now almost twenty years later, when I read paperbacks, I still find myself lowering my book to my lap. When half naked hunky men or a couple writhing in passion grace the glossy cover of a book, it’s pretty obvious what you’re reading. Thank God for tablets.
It’s not that I'm ashamed to be caught reading such “trash”, I'm just tired of explaining to my friends that I'm not reading it for the sex, I really am reading it for the story. Then I get the ‘uh-huh’ look and I roll my eyes in my head because I know they've never even read a romance novel yet they’re judging. Those of us who like to indulge in this guilty little pleasure of ours know that there are some romance novels that don’t even have one line of sex. Romance doesn't always equal sex. It’s about the journey the characters are on. The obstacles they face, challenges they overcome and finally finding their happily ever after. Personally, I love reading about a powerful man whose heart is conquered by a willowy flower of a woman. I truly do skim the sex scenes and enjoy the banter between the hero and heroine. I like rooting for them to succeed, groaning in frustration at their near misses and being angered by a really good villain. I also like men on horses, ladies in long flowing gowns, and medieval castles. I do so love a good historical that can take me back in time. So poo....I like to read romance novels.
And now I've added the paranormal romance genre to my reading list. Oye...now I get two kinds of looks. The ‘uh-huh’ for reading a romance novel and the ‘what the hell’ for reading something about vampires and werewolves. I have to admit that I use to give my cousin the ‘what the hell’ look. Guilty. I didn't know any better. So why do I now read about witches and fairies? Because it's fun. They do humanly impossible things and live in this extra ordinary world where anything can happen. And the secret truth is...they're so damn sexy. Their stories always seem a little more intense, a little more dangerous. I love the darkness that seem to cloak the paranormal genre that's lighten by the romance between the main characters.
So yeah, romance novels have some sex. And maybe it is mommy porn for some of us. But its the story that really gets me going. A romance novel can have all the hot steamy sex scenes it wants, if the story's not there it falls flat for me. If the journey fizzles, I won't be reading book two. If I can't connect to the characters, then I've wasted my time. So I don't really care if there's sex or not, I just want a good story. Because a well crafted story stretches my imagination. For me when I read, it's like there's a little movie projector in my head and I'm seeing the story play out on a screen right in front of me.
And that's my naughty thoughts about sex and romance novels.