Dear Fellow Reader,
A new week means a new book review. I have decided that I will never catch up with my list of books to read. There are more all the time and I sometimes feel like I am drowning in choices. I’ve fallen behind in book club and just see more and more books I want to read.
How terrific is that? How fortunate we are to have libraries full of books and so many new books coming out each week.
This week’s review is a new book by Annabelle Bryant. It is in a genre that if you asked me, I would say that I don’t generally read. But that might not be true.
We are on to Romance Fiction.
I saw that blink. What? You think you don’t read romance? I bet you do but you don’t realize it. Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte wrote romance novels. Oh, those love stories.
I think that those of us who are a certain age think of Harlequin Romances as the source of all romance novels. There are still Harlequin Romances but there are many other publishers as well and many types of romance books. I think back to the days of Sweet Savage Fury and the shirtless hero on the cover with a busty wench being saved – even though she probably didn’t want to be – at first. I think the genre was referred to as “bodice rippers”.
But there are now Historical Romance, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Romance, and even Romantic Suspense to name a few of the sub-genres. The romance novel comes in many flavors and is set of a variety of tastes. Romance novels sales exceed $1 BILLION every year, selling more than many other genres combined. That means that one-third of all mass market fiction books are romance novels.
Not only that but traditionally, romance novels sell better during bad economic times than other forms of entertainment. Why? Because they can be at a lower price point and provide more escape from hard times.
So three cheers for the Romance Genre.
Duchess If You Dare by Anabelle Bryant is almost what I would think of as a “traditional” romance novel. Scarlett Wynn is not your typical female in old London. She has had a hard life but has been taken in by a group of women (the Maidens of Mayhem) who have committed to help fight injustice. As part of her fight, Scarlet (Who is stunningly beautiful), has a dressmaker adapt her clothing to help her fight off bad guys and escape. One day when she goes to pick up her latest order from her seamstress, she finds the young lady missing. In asking around, she finds that the young woman was also working as a prostitute. She goes to the brothel to see what she can find out. While there, she encounters the Duke of Aylesford. (A breathtakingly handsome, rugged, muscular, man) They meet and are at once magnetically attracted to each other. Ambrose is not there for the brothel services but to see if he can also find a missing girl. His brother was the frequenter of the brothel and was concerned about the young lady that he liked to visit.
It might be possible at this point that you think that perhaps this is not the type of romance novel you read years ago. You are correct. It appears to me that there is more sex in the romance novels of today. Back in the olden days, there was illusion but not description. So, there is sex in this book because, well, the attraction was just so strong. A kiss was just so overpowering that they could not stop there.
This is a big, lusty book. There are fights and rescues. There is love and passion. There are the good guys and the bad guys. A fun read. If you read to escape this is a good way to escape without having to think much. And don’t we all need to escape occasionally? So, go enjoy a romance as they are written today.
Thanks for reading!