Random Musings: Consent in Romance and Real Life

Random Musings: Consent in Romance and Real Life

Aug. 30, 2019 by

Consent in Romance Novels – Sexy or Not Sexy? In the #MeToo era I’m always shocked to hear someone say they don’t think consent belongs in romance novels because it kills the mood. Sure, early romance novels featured plenty of

Random Musings: The Five Biggest Relationship Lies

Random Musings: The Five Biggest Relationship Lies

Jul. 12, 2019 by

The Five Relationship Lies We’ve Been Fed for Years Hurt Everyone In my teens and twenties I was your typical relationship pessimist. My parent’s marriage seemed a thing of evil, and I couldn’t understand why anyone would get married voluntarily. 

Book Review: A Father for Her Child

Book Review: A Father for Her Child

Jun. 27, 2019 by

A Father for Her Child by Laurel Greer is a Swoony Ski Romance with a Dash of Steam While I don’t read much Harlequin, I find a good mountain town ski romance pretty irresistible (go figure). And I always enjoy

Random Musings: Romance Novels & the Hot Guy/Hot Sex Fantasy

Random Musings: Romance Novels & the Hot Guy/Hot Sex Fantasy

Jun. 13, 2019 by

Are Romance Novels Selling Women an Unrealistic Fantasy of Fidelity, Respect, Hotties, and Orgasms? Just the other day, a man on Twitter (who claimed to be a lover of the romance genre) asked why all the men in romance novels

Random Musings: Media Representation, Romance Novels, and Changing Norms

Random Musings: Media Representation, Romance Novels, and Changing Norms

May. 31, 2019 by

Romance Novels Have the Power to Transform Our Relationships with Ourselves, and Others The impact of media on societal norms has been on my mind for years, but it was a recent article celebrating Sesame Street’s fiftieth anniversary that made

Random Musings: Diversity, Politics, Love, and Romance Novels

Random Musings: Diversity, Politics, Love, and Romance Novels

May. 2, 2019 by

Washington DC Sits at the Intersection of Diversity, Politics, Love, and Everything Great About Romance Novels A couple weeks ago, I took a trip to Washington DC with my best girlfriend. Neither of us had been there since we were

Random Musings: On Men and Women and Orgasms

Random Musings: On Men and Women and Orgasms

Dec. 11, 2018 by

Why Do We Treat Men’s and Women’s Orgasms so Differently? And What Does that Say About Us? Something has been haunting me lately about men and women and orgasms. It’s been sticking in my head, popping up during conversations and

Random Musings: The Rise of the Beta Male

Random Musings: The Rise of the Beta Male

Nov. 12, 2018 by

Beta Male Characters are Popping Up in Movies, on TV, and in Romance Novels Just the other day I read another article discussing the many virtues of the young actor, Timothée Chalamet, as a new age, sensitive guy. He wears

Random Musings: Alpha Males, Romance Novels & #MeToo

Random Musings: Alpha Males, Romance Novels & #MeToo

Nov. 28, 2017 by

Writing Steamy Romance Novels in the Age of #MeToo Recently, I read a fascinating article: “3 Cult-Classic Films That Reveal the Depth of Sexual Assault Culture in America”. One of the movies mentioned was Saturday Night Fever. I remember watching it

Random Musings: What Women Really Want

Random Musings: What Women Really Want

Jul. 7, 2017 by

What Women Really Want in a Marriage Partner—and a Romance Novel Two things you should know before reading on… 1) This article has nothing to do with that awful Mel Gibson movie from the early 2000’s. 2) I’m talking primarily