The Pink Heart Society is delighted to welcome another Romance SuperFan as one of our columnists - Desere Steenberg. Today she tells us just what it is about romance that makes her heart beat that little bit faster...
Hello from a gorgeous sunny South Africa! First off I would like to thank the lovely ladies of PHS for inviting me to be a part of their amazing family.
Now you’re probably wondering who exactly I am and why I'm here, well the answer is a simple one, I'm a romance reading addict! Since the age of seven I have always had my nose glued to the inside of a book, at first it was children’s reads of course, (What were you thinking, romance? Hello I was only seven!). Following tales of puppies and fairies were the history books, mystery, psychological thrillers, suspense and paranormal books. No matter the book, it always came down to one thing:
While my friends were out partying, you could find me engaged in a good book.
Then came the day I moved up from small town library to big city library and on my first visit, as I entered the door, the cover of a book in the romance section caught my eye. The title was a Mills & Boon Modern, Willingly Bedded Forcibly Wedded by Melanie Milburne. I walked over, picked it up, read the blurb and two weeks later I had read over twenty five romance books.
I was hooked and I've never been able to stop!
You get the history, the suspense, the action-whatever you feel like reading!-and all of life’s twists and turns along the way. What’s not to love about having everything you love within one genre?
When I step into the pages of a romance it offers me an escape from everyday life. It transports me to a whole new world , where the characters become real and I get to see inside their minds. Nothing is hidden, whereas in real life, human nature blocks all of that out and, at times, seems less real.
Many say romance books aren't like real life, but to me they truly do feel real. When I'm reading, I climb inside the book and live every single emotion of each character.
But more than anything, I love romance because it lets me live a thousand lives, experience a million emotions and best of all I get to fall in love over and over again!
Why do you read romance? Is it for the escapism it offers or is there a thrill or natural high you get when picking up a romance by your favorite author? Do you imagine yourself as the heroine, walking in her shoes or fantasize about the hero and wish he was real? What about the emotional roller-coaster? Do you prefer a romance which makes you laugh or cry, swoon or sigh, or a combination of all the above? Let us know!