Romance novels

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  1. Ramsey

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    Any women here really into them? Are they porn for women as I've heard it said? Most of it is pretty steamy from what I've read and seen, but do some women get into them just for the relationships?
    Why are the things that you really like about them (if you do, obviously)?
     
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    never read one.
     
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    Girls go from kids fairy tales to adult fairy tales like Mills & Boon.

    They're evil.
     
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    yes, I love Romance stories, be they books or shows. "The butterfly lovers" is one of my favourites.

    Chinese Romance stories though, maybe different from what your talking about though.
     
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    They make me puke. I read non fiction books and children's books.
     
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    Sounds like me! Prefer non-fiction and love children's lit. Fiction tends to be out of the realm of romance - more thriller, horror or something that reveals something of the human condition.

    Romance books like Harlequin, or even books by the likes of Danielle Steele make me queasy. Unrealistic and totally laughable with immature relationships and sex scenes that make me shudder.

    But I don't really care for chick flicks either.
     
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    I think I'm in love :biggrin1:
     
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    I read them.

    I like them, even if they are mostly fantasy. I actually much prefer the historical based and fantasy based novels. I've learned interesting things about history from reading them and honestly it's the best way to get me to pay attention. Tell me the true story of William Wallace, then weave him into a fictional tale. Give me the history on Lachlain MacRuairi and Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan and how she is one of the greatest Scottish heroines. Tell me the story of how she stood up for Robert the Bruce and hung in a cage from the tower at Berwick Castle by order of King Edward...then give me a story, say what if... I've actually started reading more non-fiction history to learn the facts.

    The fantasy based books about lycans, vampires, other shifters, aliens, merpeople etc. are quite fun to me.

    I read plenty of other types of books as well. I would pretty much always pick a book over watching tv. I don't read Danielle Steele because I don't care for her style of writing, boring. Harlequin books are to short. I like 500 pages or more.

    I do not consider them porn. Just fictional stories. Some have a lot sex in them, some have no sex. If I want to read porn I read erotica ebooks. Ellora's Cave is where I get most of those from. Laurann Dohner is currently one of my favorite writers on that site. I love her imagination.
     
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    I edit and publish them. Erotica is good for you, like vegetables. And just like whodunits and thrillers, they are fantasies.

    Good plot makes any story worth reading. Those who denigrate the genre use examples of the worst quality available. But there's a reason why the genre is such a popular one!

    I have been warned by the mods not to do publicity here, but go to my press link in the sig.

    Laidey, some of our authors also write for Ellora's Cave!
     
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    There IS a reason why the genre is a popular one. I totally agree with you:smile: If I ever reach a point in my life where I become close minded and ignore my imagination I hope someone reaches out and shakes me.


    Ellora's Cave is probably my favorite, Laurann Dohner has become a national bestselling author. She deserves it. People compare her with Lora Leigh *shudders* Lora's style doesn't draw me in at all. Books are supposed to transport me, make me sit on the edge of my chair, make me laugh and cry... how can someone who's writing style is so detached achieve that?

    I've read smashwords books before. I read all three of the Kindred books a month or so ago. I found them on Allromance Ebooks. Honestly, I've read so many books that I don't even remember most of them. I'm sure I've probably read more from that publisher, I only remembered the Kindred series was published by that company because I wanted to see if the last Kindred book had been written and I looked at the publishers site.

    My most favorite romance *not erotica* author is Catherine Anderson. I've read her books over and over again and I refuse to part with them. I love books that have perseverance in the face of adversity.

    My biggest issue with most of the erotica type books is that they are to short. If I can read it in an hour it's just not enough. However, I know that there are a whole group of readers that just want the smut and want the books to be short.
     
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    I definitely enjoy erotic books and books about love, but I don't read books that are found in the romance section. I don't know what the differences are exactly. My favorite book is about love and sex, and I found it by reading The New York Times Review of Books Notable Books of the Year, which is an excellent way to find a good book to read.
     
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    What's your favorite book?
     
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    I'll pm you!
     
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    I could write a chapter or 2. Would cause your hair to stand on end. You sheer yourself? What other things do you conceal?. Such bloodlust. Blood letting. Why?
     
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    Interesting, dirty, maybe a little to coarse for me, but a good part of what I read comes off of bestseller lists. I'm always up for reading something new.

    Catherine Anderson is a nytimes bestseller as well. It would be impossible to name one book as my one and only favorite. This is an excerpt one of my favorite romance genre books.

    BARNES & NOBLE | My Sunshine (Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series #6) by Catherine Anderson | NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback, Hardcover
     
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    True Romance stories are beautiful, with deep emotion, love and sacrafice.
     
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    What about poetry?

    The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje

    If I were a cinnamon peeler
    I would ride your bed
    and leave the yellow bark dust
    on your pillow.

    Your breasts and shoulders would reek
    you could never walk through markets
    without the profession of my fingers
    floating over you. The blind would
    stumble certain of whom they approached
    though you might bathe
    under rain gutters, monsoon.

    Here on the upper thigh
    at this smooth pasture
    neighbor to your hair
    or the crease
    that cuts your back. This ankle.
    You will be known among strangers
    as the cinnamon peeler's wife.

    I could hardly glance at you
    before marriage
    never touch you
    -- your keen nosed mother, your rough brothers.
    I buried my hands
    in saffron, disguised them
    over smoking tar,
    helped the honey gatherers...

    When we swam once
    I touched you in water
    and our bodies remained free,
    you could hold me and be blind of smell.
    You climbed the bank and said

    this is how you touch other women
    the grasscutter's wife, the lime burner's daughter.
    And you searched your arms
    for the missing perfume.
    and knew
    what good is it
    to be the lime burner's daughter
    left with no trace
    as if not spoken to in an act of love
    as if wounded without the pleasure of scar.

    You touched
    your belly to my hands
    in the dry air and said
    I am the cinnamon
    peeler's wife. Smell me.
     
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    I must admit I find westen poetry difficult to read and understand :frown1:
     
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    Ohhhhhh, I love poetry!!! I hadn't read the Cinnamon Peeler before, very erotic.

    Once again, I couldn't possibly pick one favorite. I do love Byron,

    She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that's best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
    Thus mellowed to that tender light
    Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

    One shade the more, one ray the less,
    Had half impaired the nameless grace
    Which waves in every raven tress,
    Or softly lightens o'er her face;
    Where thoughts serenely sweet express
    How pure, how dear their dwelling place. And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
    So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
    The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
    But tell of days in goodness spent,
    A mind at peace with all below,
    A heart whose love is innocent!
     
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    I love Byron! Have you read Ondaatje's novel, The English Patient? His prose reads like poetry sometimes.
     
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