Why Romance? By Donna Grant + Giveaway

December 6, 2012

                                                 Why romance?

I’m always appalled when people turn up their noses at romance.  They think back to the days of the bodice rippers and think its nothing but porn.  But romance is so much more.  It’s about the journey between two people of finding themselves and the love between them.  

When I was a kid I read anything I could get my hands on.  Once I read everything at my school library and my parent’s library, I found a romance book my mom had at her office.  I remember that day well.  I was twelve, and after five pages, I was forever hooked.

From then on my genre of choice was romance.  I loved reading about all the different characters and their battles whether it was a Medieval book, Western, or even contemporary.  Setting didn’t matter.  It was the struggle between the characters, their growth, the hardships, and whatever they had to overcome whether it was internal conflict or some villain out to get them.

I was riveted.  Romance shows us that love is out there, that people are willing to fight for it.  Is there sex?  You betcha, because isn’t there sex in relationships?  

With romance you can have alpha heroes (my favorites!) or beta heroes or anything in between.  You have heroines who need to be saved, and heroines who do the saving.  You have heat levels from sweet (behind closed doors) to all out steamy and even erotic where you need a cold shower afterwards.  There are historicals, contemporaries, futurstics, fantasies, romantic suspense, and all sorts of paranormals.  

There’s a romance book out there for everyone no matter what your tastes.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a romantic element in just about anything they watch, and even read.  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, George R.R. Martin, and so many others always have a romantic element in their books.

It may not be central to the book, but it’s in there.  Why?  Because its life.  Relationships, love.  It’s what we do, so why not put it in our entertainment?  We put in everything else like murder, theft, and violence.

There is romance in movies such as the Shooter, The Stand, 300, Terminator, and I could list hundreds more.  

Years ago I told many of my guy friends these facts, I convinced them to take another look at romance.  I offered them one of my books to read, just to try out.  Maybe it was the fact my books have lots of sword fights, but I got most of the guys to change their opinion of romance.

Will the view of romance change overnight?  Not in the least.  We in the romance genre have been working for decades to get rid of the stigma of the bodice ripper.  But the largest and bestselling genre in books can’t be wrong. 

INT – Ends Dec 13

When did you start reading romance?

Tell me for a chance to win a signed copy of MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION, the third book in my paranormal Dark Warriors series.  

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And look for MIDNIGHT’S WARRIOR (Nov 27, 2012), book four!


For ten long years, Tara has been a woman on the run, hiding from the magic-wielding Warriors and Druids of modern-day Scotland. Now, as a tour guide at a remote Highland castle, she hopes to finally escape her past—until one impossibly gorgeous man enters her life…and exposes her wildest secrets.
For centuries, Ramsey MacDonald has concealed his strength and skill as part Warrior, part Druid, for fear of unleashing the full force of his power. But when he takes Tara into his arms—and seals their fate with a kiss—Ramsey will have to fight for her love…though it may mean losing control of the magic inside him.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, features a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas. Visit Donna at www.DonnaGrant.com



  • Babel December 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Like you, I started very young. I read all my mother’s romance books and I stayed up very late at night just to feel alone with the story and the power of the emotions it stirred. Never stopped since then :-)

  • miki December 6, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    early i guess but apprpriate one for my age^^ ( quo vadis! is teh first i can remember that wasn’t “disney” kind i love romance yes but i love when the relationship is slowly building i don’t like when it’s a one nioght kind because i can,’t recognize myself in that kind of behaviour so yes i want to read so i can hope they are still romantic , loyal and persisten men somewhere^^

    thank you a lot!

  • eli yanti December 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Hi Donna,

    I started reading romance since I was 13 years old, the first I read was manga when i was 11 years old. And the first book i read was from harlequin but i don’t remember exactly which author’s book

  • Adisty December 6, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I read romance in manga when I was 8-9 years old because my big sister introduced me to it. Then when I was 13 I started reading harlequin, which I read secretly – I knew it wasn’t appropriate age to read that kind of book but I totally dig it the first time I read it and until now I become romance addict for sure.

  • Elizabeth H. December 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I didn’t like reading until I was 30. Someone suggested I read the Twilight books and once I did, I was hooked. I went to another YA series after that, then I realized that I needed more “heat” in my books so someone suggested I read this vampire series called The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I read Dark Lover and have been hooked since!

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  • Carol L December 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I actually never had the time while raising my 7 kids. But once the youngest was in school full time my sister lent me one of her books and the rest is Romance History. :) I’m now addicted to romance of all kind.
    I also love your serie’s books Donna.
    Carol L

  • julie barrett December 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    as a youjng child i was always reading. after trick or treating i’d go to a local elementary school with my dad-he had to watch the night before Halloween and that night to be sure no kids would trash the building. so i sat in the school library and read to my hearts content-well til 930 at night. it was heaven and he’d stop by and we’d read together.

  • Michelle Kelly @AnotherLookBook December 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    When I was little, I read Little House on the Prairie and I was so smitten with Laura and Almanzo.
    Then in Grade 7, Judy Blume’s “Forever” made the rounds. I lost touch with books in late teen years and when I was a young mother but made my way back by discovering Judith McNaught, Janet Evanovich and Julie Garwood. I got awe struck with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series and now I am one of the top 50 reviewers on Goodreads and have my own book review blog LOL

    I love romance books so much and I have no shame about admitting it to anyone.
    Michelle Kelly
    another_look_book_reviews at hotmail dot ca

  • May December 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    As a teenager…

    But I had to hide it from my parents because they think it’s sex! :) Now I don’t care and I read it on subway…

  • Olga December 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I started reading romance books at the age of 18. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Maria D. December 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I started reading romance books when I was in the 7th grade. That was the year that “The Thorn Birds” was all the rage and I remember sneaking a borrowed copy of it home to read – it’s funny because I read through it so fast that I really didn’t get all of the nuances of the writing – but I sure did get the romance part- lol….I’ve since gone back and read it and now when I read a romance I make sure I enjoy every line:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lona Stringer December 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    The first romance book I read was A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole and have not stoped reading since, I think I was about 25 or so. I read anything romance. Thx for the great giveaway. Love the Druids Glen Series, looking forward to this one.

  • Judy-Ree December 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    I must admit that I started reading romances rather young. I can remember taking my mom’s Harlequin romances when I was about 9 or 10 years old and reading them on the sly. I actually was reading romances long before I discovered science fiction/fantasy in high school. Thanks for the great post and giveaway.

  • Candace December 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I was around 13 or 14 and I was reading teen love stories, one day in the summer I was reading and my grandmother handed me a book and told me to read this, but not to tell mom…lol… It was a Karen Marie Moning novel. And I was hooked!! My grams and I had a secret book club of romance novels.

  • Kristia December 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Quite late I’m afraid compared to you. I started reading romance at 15-16 in my language but it wasn’t very compelling. Then I was hooked at 18 with historical romance reading one of Julia Quinn’s book in english. I’ve been reading romances ever since!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  • Lori H December 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I’ve been reading romance since I was 13 or 14 years old. My grams lived in another state and I would visit every summer. She lived next door to a lady that later became a dear friend. This lady would give me a sack of romance novels every summer and I would read them all. I’m 40 now and still reading them when I can.

  • Raonaid Luckwell December 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    When did I? Oh wow.. it was after my eighth grade year, around my ninth grade year in school. I really cannot say how old I was. 14 ish. Mom was cool with it because I was the responsible one. And she bought it . I had her buy me The Dragon and the Jewel. I liked the cover and it was at Woolsworth where she worked

  • gamistress66 December 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I started reading early in high school. I can remember reading romance books during chemistry class (the chemistry in the book was much more interesting than what the teacher was trying, badly, to teach) & study halls. now many years later (we don’t like to think about just how many that is) I still enjoy them as my preferred read.

  • Viki S. December 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    My first one was when I was 12 and spending the summer with my aunt. She read a book a day so we spent loads of time at the library and she got me to try romance. It was Valerie Sherwoods Imogene Van Ryker books that got me ;).

  • Heather Coulter December 6, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Around my junior year of HS.
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  • Natasha December 6, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    When I was a teenager. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Karin Anderson December 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I started late in college. I was a very picky reader up until then, and I would only ever read Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Then I picked up Laurell K Hamilton and Patricia Briggs. I loved them. I moved on to PC Cast (her Goddess Summoning series) and I was hooked!

  • erinf1 December 6, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    thanks for a fun post! Probably around 13? when I used to sneak my grandmother’s Laverle Spencer books :)

  • Linda December 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I´ve been reading romance as long as i can remember, i started with sneaking away my moms books, Jackie Collins and Barbara Taylor Bradford *happy sigh* and i never stopped. Love romance, with or without smutty fluff.

    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Friday!

  • Lisa @silverlightoo December 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    I was about 14 and I haven’t stopped since! Thank You!!

  • Janie McGaugh December 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I started reading books with romances the summer before I turned 14; they were my brother’s Edgar Rice Burroughs books and my father’s old Zane Grey westerns! It was the romance that hooked me on them, and I graduated to “real” romances the following school year (9th grade).

  • Jenny December 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I guess I must’ve been about 14 or so. The first one was The Bride by Julie Garwood. Still a favorite of mine. :)

  • JanD December 6, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    When I was about 12 with the thin Harlequin paperbacks.

  • Martha Lawson December 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Like you I started reading romances probably 13-14. I had read everything in my small town library! My husband likes romance novels set in the old West – he even has favorite authors! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance.

  • Donna Grant December 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Thank you all so much for sharing. I love reading these. :)


  • catslady December 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I remember my older sister gave me a cute romance story when I was in maybe 6th grade. Later on I read gothics and really didn’t realize what I was looking for until I read Kathleen Woodiwiss (late teens by then) and I was hooked for life!

  • Mary Preston December 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I’ve been reading romances forever I think. It began when I picked up a medical romance of my sisters.

  • Wendy Lohr December 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I started reading romance when I was twelve, too. My step-mother was huge into romances and I snuck one of her books out to read because I was bored one day. That day totally changed my life and I’ve been devouring romance books ever since. I like contemporary (that’s the first type of romance I read) but I’m much more drawn to historical and am really enjoying paranormal since I discovered it over the last couple of years. And I’m so glad that authors of this beloved genre are working hard to get rid of the bodice-ripping notion! I never did like or agree with that stigma.

    Anyway, thanks so much for the great post and the awesome giveaway opportunity!
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  • Maris December 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I got sick and very depressed because of my diagnosis. I went into Borders to browse during they’re going out of business and bought a few books. I couldn’t believe how wonderful I felt after reading the romance book. So now that’s all I read and it’s become quite an addiction. It’s my happy pill and I take it (read) everyday. I’m in a much better place now than two years ago. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  • Joy F December 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    I started when I was 16. Loved it ever since.

  • Cathy P December 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    I started reading romances when I was about 14 years old. I graduated to Barbara Cartland books when I was in my later teens, and started reading the heavier stuff with Kathleen Woodiwess and Rosemary Rogers when I was in my early 20’s.

    kscathy AT yahoo DOT com

  • Leanna Morris December 9, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    I was probably in jr. high (age 12 or so) when I started reading light teen romance novels…

  • Monica V. December 9, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    I started reading romance in my teen years starting with my Mom’s Harlequins. I then graduated to the Bodice Rippers and found my favorite genre, Historical Romance.
    Midnight’s Warrior sounds great and I’m looking forward to reading all of the series.

  • Filia Oktarina December 9, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    First i just read comic and usually i choose action or fantasy genre on that comic. And then about three year ago, when my friend borrow me a novel romance. I love that story, so i borrow another novels from her, and without i know, i read all her novels and buy my collection too :)

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  • sienny December 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    reading romance? probably around junior high :)

  • Diane Sallans December 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    it’s been a long time, but it was probably in about 6th grade, but of course they were very mild.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • bn100 December 12, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Maybe when I was in high school.


  • linette December 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I started in high school with Danielle Steele! Could.not.get.enough! Now I find her books too intense! Lol. I love donna grant…have read many many of her books! So grateful for kindle because it keeps me sane amidst my life as a homeschool sahm to my 8 and 4 year old. Romance and love stories are my favorite…through in some paranormal cozy mystery or twilightish adventure series stuff…highlanders witches time travel…oh my! Love love love my books! Started writing my own and hope to publish one day! Thanks to all my favorote authors out there!

  • Nicole Nobles December 14, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    My grandmother introduced me to romance novels when I was 13…haven’t gone a day since without one in my hands:)
    I picked up and read anything I could get my hands on…from Shakespeare to well, anything I could find in the school library or parish library before romances came into my life. My hubby gets jealous of my books but all in all, he knows I can’t do without them.

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