Can you believe that Richard Curtis' uber-romantic comedy Love Actually turns 10 this week? If you still love this holiday classic, you'll adore these books with similar love stories.
Some erotica and romance novel covers are cool...you know, in a romance novel sort of way. They have the right mix of sex and mystery. Sometimes they have Fabio (who is actually a lot cooler than you might think.) And then sometimes, an animal gets thrown on there for no good reason. The animals themselves don't seem to understand why they're there, and neither can we.
In the spirit of bestselling author Lori Foster's new release, "Getting Rowdy," set in handsome Rowdy Yates’ neighborhood bar, we’ve stirred up five seductive spirits sure to get you in the mood ... to read, that is!
Let's face it: Romance novels tap into the wish-fulfillment part of our brains. The scenarios can be delightfully outlandish, the romantic leads perfect dramatic (and erotic) foils for one another. There are mistaken identities, swordfights for ladies' honor and often unrealistic sex scenes. We've rounded up all the reasons we wish we were being courted by a fictional character — and one reason we're glad that's not the case.
Summertime and the flirting is easy. With long days and sultry nights, even adults can't resist that carefree "school's out" feeling. In Susan Andersen's "Some Like It Hot", the second book in her Razor Bay series, summer brings new girl Harper Summerville to the idyllic town of Razor Bay, Washington for a seasonal job. But work quickly becomes pleasure when Harper meets Max Bradshaw, the town's sexy deputy sheriff.
Why can't every day feel more like a good romance novel? Why can't every day have some zing to it; the excitement and expectations we often feel when we're reading a romance?
This close to Valentine's day I’ve fallen back into my old reading habit of romance novels. To be honest, I had been leaning towards that anyway because I am a member of a couple of “interesting” & fun Facebook groups, one of which has a romance novel author as a member. I read her books, I liked them. She sent me some more, I liked them too…then I had to ask myself what exactly did I like about these works?
For some men, the art of being a gentleman is second nature. They ooze a certain sense of confidence and debonair. Whether they were raised well, its in their DNA or they were inspired by characters seen in movies, some men just know how to wow a woman. For others, it can be a challenge. Courtmanship and courtesy are as foreign as speaking Latin. In fact, speaking Latin may be easier. Saying "Bless you" after a sneeze is as close to chivalrous as they get.
Anastasia, you've shown us that love, in its unique, original form, can really conquer all. So remember to enjoy every moment, never forget to laugh and always focus on the brightest shades of Christian Grey.
Dear Anastasia: Let me get this straight — after only FIVE days of being away from Christian, you've rekindled your romance already? Geez, that didn't take long! I'm thrilled you're back with your man, but it's obvious you're still tormented by your own issues with your sex life, his past and your future together. Let me let you in on some advice.
Yes, it's true that your love for Christian Grey has made you feel happier than you've ever been in your life. But it has also caused you to cry uncontrollably, lose your appetite for weeks — or devour an entire jar of cookies, drink irresponsibly, send inappropriate text messages, lay in bed for hours on end, and question everything you have come to learn about life and who you are as a person.
When it comes to banned books, we're used to seeing classic titles on the blacklist, but a new essay from British psychologist Susan Quilliam suggests that we should take similar precautions when considering romance novels. In her research, which appeared in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, Quilliam says that these fanficful stories can cause women to idealize sex and relationships.
Harlequin, one of the largest romance novel publishers, thinks they've got a shot at locking down a patent for the "essential romantic kiss." We figured this timeless tradition was far past patentable, but they're certainly making a case for it. The Canadian company is looking to patent a specific brand of lip-locking. According to a press release, it's a way for "two people (to) reciprocate their romantic feelings toward one another in a manner that deepens attachment, provides pleasure and promotes physical and emotional well-being—the essential romantic kiss."
I'm here to tell you that romance is easily summed up in one word: Fabio. Oh, yes, the long, blond hair, the gleaming hunks of waxed man-cleavage shown off by a shirt that's undone but still tucked in: these are the hallmarks of romance. I'm kidding, of course. That may be the stereotypical image of romance, and most certainly of romance novels, but that's not romance itself—not by a long shot. Here's what is.