Reading as an Aphrodisiac

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.

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7 responses to “Reading as an Aphrodisiac

  1. Congrats on your soon-to-be published book!! Incredible accomplishment!!

  2. Maybe we need romance novels for couples.

  3. Lucy Balch

    That’s hilarious, and I can totally relate! Which was your fave Julia Quinn? Do you also like Connie Brockway? When my husband took on the qualities of Harry from “As You Desire,” (as he always does when I’m reading a really good romance) I was in heaven!

  4. Thank you, Jessica!

    Sheila, that’s a great idea!!

    Lucy, my fave JQs are Romancing Mr. Bridgerton and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (which Eric read and loved, too!) I’ve never read CB, but I keep hearing wonderful things about her! 🙂

  5. The efect that romantic novels have on you is different. I generaly don’t care for just romantic novels. I like science fiction, adventure and Christian novels with pasionate romances woven in. Just romance has it’s place. It provides a look at future excitment for our youth as well as a happy reminder of the past for senior people. Also an outlet for those that have no chance of a romance. Perhaps I’m different. I live the stories I read.

  6. christinehusom

    Too funny! I used to absorb romance novels at the rate of nearly one per evening. Great entertainment. I even wrote 2 which were never published. Different genres appeal to us at different points in our lives, to be sure.

  7. I don’t do this much with books, but movies can sometimes bring it out in me. Of course, I read a lot (and watch) of crime fiction, so that’s probably a good thing.

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