I started reading romance novels about 3 years ago on a whim. I had been an avid Chick-Lit reader before then, with the occasional high-brow literature thrown in. I had always seen Romance as a “lesser” genre, assumed it was probably poorly written, and therefore never even ventured to that section of my local bookstore.
The interesting thing about me has always been that I tend to take on personality traits of the heroines in the books I read (my mom actually used to take books away from me because they affected my disposition.) When reading Chick-Lit, I tended to become fiercely independent. I would get snarky and sarcastic with my hubby. I wouldn’t want to cuddle or be close as much as I normally did. I became a twenty-something working girl who didn’t need a man to make her feel good about herself.
Well, that’s great and all, but it wasn’t me, and Hubby knew that. I’m a romantic at heart who loves to be cuddled and cared for. So, deciding to take a break from my independent working girl heroines, I took a jaunt through the romance section of my local bookstore and picked up a Julia Quinn novel which, I later learned, was a Regency-set historical novel. Without getting too detailed, let’s just say that Hubby and I were ready to name our first born after Mrs. Quinn!
I can’t explain what happened to both of us, even though I was the only one reading. It was if the whole world turned pink and birds sang and grass grew just for us. I fell in love all over again – all thanks to a romance novel. And my disposition? Well, the snarkiness eased out of me. I still read chick-lit from time to time, but Hubby always knows. What can I say? I’m an impressionable gal!
Jerrica Knight-Catania is the author of A Gentleman Never Tells, soon to be published by Second Wind Publishing.