Thanks to the explosion of self-publishing and e-books, there are more books than ever available and at your fingertips. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in really great romance novels. And I don’t mean in just self-published books. Some of my favorite romance authors are self-published.
Part of the problem may be traditional and self-published author’s efforts to keep up with the crazy-prolific publishing schedule of some indie authors. Because trying to put out that many books in a year can hurt quality.
While some people certainly write and edit faster than I do, it takes me time to write a book that’s layered and emotional and real. The kind of book that sucks you in and takes you on a journey that doesn’t end until you finish the book at three a.m.
Sometimes, when I DNF another book, I think maybe I’m being too critical. Then I remember I’m equally as critical of my own writing (Which is why it takes me so damn long to write and edit a book.).
If a romance novel has all of these, it’s likely to be a great read. That’s regardless of the setting, or level of steaminess (though I’m all for super-steamy!). One of my favorite recent reads was a male-male hockey romance, and I don’t like hockey or have a particular affinity for m/m romances. But in a great romance novel, the characters backgrounds, ethnicities, or sexual orientations only add to the story (the more diverse the better!).
Here five great romances I read last year.
What makes for a great romance for you? Got any romance recommendations you think are amazing and unputdownable? Please do leave a comment below.
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