Every fall, when the days turn gray and windy and the leaves fall from the trees to cast their skeletal shadows across dark roads, I crave a Gothic romance. Give me the ghosts, murder and events that could be paranormal or the result of sinister humans. Give me a protagonist fleeing their One Safe Place in terror. Give me characters who don't know who to trust but still need to work together to solve a mystery and defeat evil. And please, please give me an HEA at the end of all this. Otherwise I will throw your book against the wall.
This is the first in a series of LGBTQ+ romance lists Sarah has written just for you! Sarah runs a couple of queer book clubs, including Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts, which you can find on Facebook. Find her on Twitter @queer_reader.
For those who enjoy following one couple for multiple books, seeing how they grow, evolve and take down the bad guys together, here are 9 of my favorite gay/bi romance series featuring the same couple.
Remember when Andrea shared some cool jobs in romance? Well, she's back with more!
Editor's Note - This post is from Margrethe, but we're planning to make some more of these posts in the future. For now, you can check out the posts Suzanne wrote for RomBkLove on Road Trip Romances and Neighbors!
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You know how sometimes you read a romance plot and you think, "hmm, this sounds familiar" only to realize it's a story that could be on Bravo or HGTV? Yeah, me too. And I fall for it every time.
Reality TV, whether it's a new person/couple each episode or an entire season with the same people, plays off of dramatic scenarios, big personalities, and high stakes - perfect for a romance novel. Below are a few that I've read. Please tell me your faves in the comments so I can stock up!
I, like millions of people, struggle with depression and anxiety. I know that I’m not alone in this…but that is extremely difficult to remember when the clouds come rolling in. I deal with depression, anxiety, and multiple chronic health issues and I find myself struggling on a regular basis. Admitting you’re depressed out loud feels like being a huge failure at whatever you’re working on, at everything, at life. And there’s such a huge stigma about mental health in the media, and our society in general, that it can feel suffocating and almost dangerous to say it out loud. And for anyone who isn't white, cis, het, able, etc… it’s so much right now.
Thanks to author Cat Sebastian for this guest post about her love of mid-century romances!
This guest post comes from paranormal romance author Nadia Diament, a fellow lover of romance and comics. Her debut novel, Bloodsucking Lawyer, is out today! He's a vampire and a lawyer. More about that below!
I’ve read both comics and romance novels since I was a teenager, but I now read the former to balance writing the latter. I adore my genre, but comics have also influenced me, inspired me, and kept me grounded.
Almost nothing seems to bring people together like how troubling a specific trope can be (let’s be honest, it’s the secret baby trope that gets mentioned most often). Seconds later, the conversation will turn to “Oh, but I loved this secret baby book by…” because there is also always an author who manages to defy expectations of a trope.
Here, the Love in Panels team talks about the books and authors who have managed to defy difficult tropes.
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Whether you started reading romance by sneaking books from your grandmother’s house or by opening a box of books and the most unlikely book was sitting there, we all have stories about how and when we first started reading romance. And usually, there’s a book or series that solidified the love affair. Below are some of the books that got the Love in Panels teams hooked on romance.