Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday Talk-Time : Top Five Reasons I Love Romance Novels

New Pink Heart Society columnist, Taryn Leigh Taylor, is counting down the top five reasons she loves romance novels, despite what people say...

Hi everyone! I'm really excited for my first post on Pink Heart Society. I figured I'd introduce myself by telling you why I do what I do.

Since becoming a published romance author, I've been...surprised by people's reactions when I tell them what I write. People are still dismissive, embarrassed, or downright defensive about the fact that they "don't read trashy novels."

Trashy? I don't this so, and here's my TOP 5 REASONS why romance novels rock:

5 – ABS. Need I say more?

Superficial? Maybe. Realistic? Rarely. Hot as hell? Oh yeah! And that’s the point, right? There’s nothing wrong with a little fantasy now and then. Life is too short not to indulge, so whether you’re into rock hard…abs, bulging…biceps, or thick…ly muscled thighs, it’s healthy to let your imagination run wild sometimes. Besides, those cover models work really hard. Appreciating them is the right thing to do. Mick and the boys were wrong. You CAN always get what you want.

4—Variety is the spice of life…and my bookshelf.

I’m not talking sexual positions—although there’s plenty of that as well. I’m talking the sheer number of choices out there to suit whatever mood strikes me. Alpha male or Beta guy-next-door? Killing vampires or romancing them? Kicking footballs or kicking back on a yacht? Funny? Dramatic? Sweet? Sultry? Whatever I’m craving, there’s a romance novel for that.

3—And they lived happily ever after…

By Takuma Kimura - PhoTones Works #112, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46327372

Look, I make no apologies for loving this one. In real life, there are very few guarantees, and most of them cost extra when you’re at the till at an electronics store. So I’m not going to feel guilty about the comfort I derive from knowing that no matter how bad it gets, my hero and heroine are going to get through it. In a world of instant gratification, it feels good to root for them, worry about them, and celebrate with them.

2—Good, nay, GREAT sex.

By Nevit - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11792408
A friend of mine recently sent me an article that says that sex that lasts between 3-7 minutes is considered “adequate” and 7-13 minutes is “desirable”. (http://thecut.io/1VbJOe8) Say wha’??? I don’t want to get soap-boxy on you here, but I will say that healthy, female-centric depictions sex are not only important, but necessary. Does this mean we’re all destined for hedonistic hours of simultaneous orgasms with our partners, or conversely, that 3-7 minutes isn’t more than adequate sometimes? No. But I think knowing that great sex exists is the first step in empowering women to go out and get some for themselves, whatever that means to them. Girl power.

1—Sisters are doin’ it for themselves…

Let’s face it—romance heroines kick ass. And not just the chosen ones prophesied to save the world in paranormal romances. I also love the feisty ones in historicals who buck societal conventions to bring the Sir Alpha-Duke to his knees. And the contemporary ones who are quite happy owning their own flower shops and bakeries, practicing law or medicine, and wielding guns or paint brushes, depending on the situation. 

These ladies are strong and independent and navigating life as best they can while juggling careers with their roles as friends, sisters, widows, mothers, divorcees, and single ladies. They are smart and kind and frustrated and bitchy and flawed and I love watching each and every one of them find a sexy man who loves and respects them not just in spite of, but because of, those traits. I also love that none of those women need that man to be self-actualized and empowered leading ladies in their own lives. They choose him back, even though he’s not perfect either (except for his abs), and that’s the most romantic part of all.

I'd love to hear your #1 reason for being a romance reader, so join the discussion in the comments below!

Taryn's latest release for Harlequin Blaze, Playing to Win, is available now:

Playing to win means playing dirty...

Holly Evans is intelligent, educated and crazy about sports—so how did she end up prancing about in a miniskirt and teasing her hair like some broadcasting bimbo? Of course, since she's already iced her journalistic integrity, Holly might as well indulge in a little fangirl lust for the ripped captain of Portland's hockey team. 

Luke Maguire sees right through Holly's bunny disguise, and he's ready to pull her into the locker room and strip it all off. Then Holly discovers someone on the team is profiting from a little over/under betting. Suddenly her lusting for Luke is going head-to-head with her reporting instincts. And if she's caught offside, there's no telling what the penalty will be…

Since this internet thing doesn't seem like it's going to die down any time soon, I've carved out a cyber niche at tarynleightaylor.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so stop by some time. I'd love to virtually meet you!


  1. I agree with it all! Life is hard enough, tedious enough. And it irks me that those people who are so judgmental about romances don't even read them! Or worse, love romantic comedies but not romance novels. What's the difference?

    1. Right? NO DIFFERENCE at all between romantic comedies and romance novels. I'm so with you on that!

  2. Ahhh! I love #1! Kick-ass romance heroines FTW!

    1. Agreed. Love all the strong, independent ladies cropping up in romance lately!

  3. I'm a romantic person. Love is the key for me and especially when it's romantic love. There's nothing better than a well written romance (I know which authors write them); a great, believable plot; an imperfect hero; great sex; and a happy ending. What more could you want?!!

    1. Nothing I can think of! You just described most of the books on my keeper shelf. ;)