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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

5 Reasons Smart Girls Read Romance by Paty Jager



There are most likely more than five reasons a person should read a romance book but I’m keeping the list short. You are more likely to read it if it’s short. ;) And it hits all the reasons I like a romance story. 
 
1) Happily Ever After – Readers know when they pick up a romance that the ending will me happy, the couple that struggled to be together throughout the book will have a Happily Ever After. We all want that for ourselves and sometimes reading it in a story that may have a bit of similarity to our own life, it gives us hope we could have the same type of ending.

2) Stories for Everyone – The romance genre has a subgenre for any reader. Just in the historical category alone you have 7 or 8 subcategories of any time period you prefer to read. I like historical because I know most authors do research to incorporate facts into the stories. I spend as much or more time researching than I do actually writing a book. There is contemporary, sports, westerns, sci-fi, paranormal of all kinds. Anyone can find a genre they like in a romance story. 

3) Emotional Roller Coaster – We read romance to go on that tumultuous journey with the hero and heroine. We want to root for both characters and feel their emotions.  The highs, the lows, the laughs, and the tears. If a book doesn’t have emotion it’s not a good read in my opinion. 

4) Strong Heroines – Readers these days love heroines who know who they are or are strong enough to discover who they are and what they want. They could survive without the hero, but they are smart enough to know having him around is a whole lot better. I write strong heroines. I’m an independent individual and my characters are the same.

5) Hunky Heroes – They don’t have to be an Adonis. Women these days see a man less as a provider and more as an equal. Someone who will share the good times and the bad. A man isn’t less of a man if he can understand the needs of the woman he loves. In fact, it makes him more of a man to be able to understand what she needs and help her gain either her inner strength or her outer goals. 
 
6) I’m throwing in one more, only because I think a lot can be shown about a character or a couple during or after a sex/love scene. Another reason smart girls like romance, especially steamy books, is to see the full evolution and completion of a relationship. A touch, a whispered endearment, or a relinquish of power during a sex scene can switch the feelings of the characters and deepen the relationship. 

That is my list of why smart girls read romance. Do you have other thoughts to add to this list? 

My newest book in the Letters of Fate series will release on July 16th. You can pre-order, Brody: Letters of Fate, now at a discounted price of $2.99!

Brody: Letters of Fate

Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.

A letter from a grandfather he’s never met has Brody Yates escorted across the country to work on a ranch rather than entering prison. But his arrival in Oregon proves prison may have been the lesser of two evils. A revenge driven criminal, the high desert, and his grandfather’s beautiful ward may prove more dangerous than anything he’d faced on the New York docks
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Lilah Wells is committed to helping others: the judge who’d taken her in years ago, the neighboring children, and the ranch residents, which now includes the judge’s handsome wayward grandson. And it all gets more complicated when her heart starts ruling her actions
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You can find an Author Note about the book and the buy links here.

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 25+ novels and over a dozen novellas and short stories of murder mystery, western historical romance, and action adventure. She has a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance.  This is what reviewers says about her Letters of Fate Series: “What a refreshing and well written love story of fate and hope! Very well written but sometimes sizzling love scenes!”

All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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5 comments:

  1. Great list, Paty. Personally, I love knowing the book will end with a happily-ever-after. I find romances and romantic suspense uplifting.

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  2. Thanks, Caroline! I agree, seeing two people overcome obstacles and find happiness is fun to read. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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  3. I like your list, Paty, and agree with each item. Well done.

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  4. Thanks Sarah and Joan! I figured the same things that make me want to read romance had to be the same for others. Thanks for commenting!

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