Why Romance Readers Love Cowboys

Browse through the romance section of any brick and mortar bookstore and you will see quite a few cowboys on the covers. Thanks to film and folklore, there is a mythical idea of the cowboy and the legends continue today. Ask anyone to describe a cowboy and they might say he’s a heroic man of action. He could be a charming rogue, a dangerous outlaw or a chivalrous knight.

But almost all of the cowboys in fiction share these traits: they are independent men in charge of their destiny. They make their opportunities and their fortune through hard work and luck.  A cowboy is a dreamer who goes west, untethered by rules and society. His grit is hard-won as he faces adventure and tames nature.

Cowboys are favorites among romance readers because the archetype embodies the American spirit.

If you are interested in reading a cowboy or western romance, try one of these books:  Continue reading “Why Romance Readers Love Cowboys”

Climb Out of Your Reading Rut

Reading might be your first choice of entertainment but there are times when none of the books are your TBR pile excite you. You start to realize that, more often than not, you abandon the book before you get to the happily-ever-after. Or every book feels like the same story. Perhaps you’ve gone to the bookstore and walk out empty-handed because none of the books made you think I have to read this.

We’ve all been there. At first you might believe that you’ve outgrown your favorite author or that romance books no longer interest you. That’s very possible.  Continue reading “Climb Out of Your Reading Rut”

Why You Should Read Romance While Chasing Your Dreams

There are days when you suffer a setback and your support system fails you. You’re ready to hit pause and recharge. Just when you want to curl up in your bed to watch reruns and call it self-care, consider a different form of entertainment: romance novels.  Continue reading “Why You Should Read Romance While Chasing Your Dreams”

The Risk of Reading a Series

Whenever I’m told that I need to read a bestselling book right this very minute I will ask if it’s part of a series.

It usually is. This is when I have to explain that I don’t read a series until it’s completed. My explanation can turn into a rant and I start sounding like Miss Ouiser Boudreaux from Steel Magnolias.

Around this point in the conversation, it’s suggested that I’m crazy.

We can’t rule that out.  Continue reading “The Risk of Reading a Series”

The Meet-Cute and the Black Moment

 

If you are new to romantic fiction, you might wonder why some readers discuss the “meet-cute” and the “black moment”. You have a general idea about the terms but you don’t know why these story elements are important. Here’s my take:  Continue reading “The Meet-Cute and the Black Moment”