Well, I officially only read Romance in February. I learned a few things, enjoyed myself for the most part, and have lots of questions.
First, I’ll start with what I read.
By Grace Burrowes: Too Scot to Handle
By Johanna Linday: Wildfire in His Arms
What I learned and what I want to know:
I learned that I like Grace Burrowes (reminds me a bit of Lauren Willig) and Tessa Dare the most. Specificaclly, Too Scot to Handle and When a Scot Ties the Knot. I learned that Maya Banks is probably the most sexist and violent (a lot of possession and mine and overly dramatic “protection”).
I also learned there are a lot less rapes than I expected* (although there is plenty of threat of rape from non-hero characters, especially in the Scottish ones), the heroines aren’t always innocent and pure and virginal (although I only read books published in the last 10 years or so), and finally, it’s really hard to find a historical romance not in England or Scotland. Which brings me to my questions.
What is the obsession with Napoleonic England and Highland Scotland? Why are the heroes always “big” or apparently of above average height and strength who tower over everyone or fill up doorframes? Why did it take me most of the afternoon to find a romance set in the American West that is available on Ebook that is not a Beverly Jenkins? Not that there is anything wrong with Jenkins, but I’ve already read some of her books and I wanted to try new things. With the popularity of WWII books (and the beginnings of a 20s fascination), why aren’t there historical romances set in those periods? The early 1900s is very similar to Napoleonic England– there are still rules and nobility and titles, and I would have thought the popularity of Downton Abbey would inspire some romance copycats.
I’m a bit romanced out for now, but I will certainly be coming back. I was snowed in last weekend and I made myself a nice indent in the couch since all I did was read and watch Netflix.
*I’m sure if I read some romance books from the 70s/80s and possibly 90s there’d be more violence against women marketed as “romance.” Outlander is just one example.