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The grandeur of something like that just doesn't make sense to them. They want the things that are meaningful and unspoken -- not the gestures that are overstated or blunt. If it seems like you have ulterior motives what might those be? Put on her favorite song while you're cooking dinner. Bring her a cup of coffee just the way she likes it when you know she's in for a long day at work. It's the small things -- the attention to detail -- that proves to her how much you care. Be confident. Pisces wants a man who knows who she is -- ultimately she seeks protection and support.

In order to be her rock, you gotta be confident enough to do so. She needs someone who has it together and can go hand in hand with her on her journey through life. It's also important to be yourself! If you're not genuine, she'll see through you like you're some Victoria Secret lingerie.

She has a keen eye for motivation and character -- fake it in front of her and she'll detect it for sure. Part 1 Quiz If you're interested in dating a Pisces woman, it's best to Flirt hard with her. Get to know her as a friend first. Wait for her to make the first move. Understand that she is a water sign. And this water runs deep. She is emotional, intuitive, and sensitive.

She often goes off her feelings instead of logic or rationale. She is compassionate and understanding, mainly because she's so empathetic. With all this emotional prowess, she's quite the nurturer. Present her with anything and she can morph to it. However, she can also have mood swings and flow to each side of the spectrum. Hopefully you can keep up! Talk about everything.

Pisces wants to explore every inch of your mind. She wants to hear about that one time you scraped your knee in 6th grade. She wants to sit down and take in your stance on lite mayonnaise. Don't hold back!

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This is how she'll feel like she truly knows you. Don't worry about her judging you -- she's far too sweet for that and you are far too confident to be concerned! If it's important to you, it's important to her. So while you may feel like you're talking your mouth off, don't worry. It's a means to an end! Go for thoughtful gifts. Random gifts along with the big ones like mentioned earlier aren't Pisces' cup of tea.

She wants ones that you've actually put thought behind -- not something you're doing just to get in good with her. So pay attention to what she says! You'll find little opportunities everywhere. Instead of getting her flowers, get her that book you two were just talking about.


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Instead of chocolates, buy her tickets to that comedian you told her you're convinced she'd die for. When she sees the reason behind it, she'll love it. Know that sex is very serious. When a Pisces girl takes you to bed, it means you're in. She doesn't let those who she doesn't supremely trust get her this vulnerable.

She sees it as the most intense form of bonding -- one that can't really be broken. Since this is such a big deal to her, respect it. Only go this far with her if you plan on sticking around. If you're not looking for a girl who might get emotional on you, stay away from the bedroom with this one. And definitely, definitely call her back. Let her know you are supportive of her. Since she's looking for a rock, make it clear that that's you. When you see her growing emotional, be there for her. Comfort her. Ask her how she's feeling if she's not coming out and saying it. When she feels like you're in tune with her, she can let her guard down and open the gates.

If you want to get on her good side, use encouragement and genuine compliments not the fake kind -- those are a total turn-off to build trust. Be her 1 fan and she'll treat you with the same undivided attention and praise. Part 2 Quiz When you're buying a gift for your Pisces woman, it's most important that it's Something traditionally romantic Almost!

Something grand and showy Nope! Something personal to the two of you Right! Value her compassion.


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Though some see her as a people-pleaser and far too ruled by emotion, that's not always how it is. When you look at her, see how loving and caring she is. She has compassion for everything she sees, down to the smallest flower in the crack on the sidewalk. Wouldn't it be something if more people were like her? And above all, don't use it against her. She recognizes when people take advantage of her kind, giving nature. I've been looking everywhere for this book. I'm not sure if it's a past harlequin historical title, or an early Avon or Zebra historical book.

If anybody knows this book please let me know. I'll also try to work on others' requests for info. I know what it's like to have that crazed "obsessed" feeling. Looking for a book I read sometime between and , dont remember when exactly, I was at a library. I really hope you all can help me. I don't remember much about it, but here's what I do know: -The H wears a lot of black, and it seems like he's dark as well. In fact no one at the castle is happy about the H's presence -I think I remember the h has been running the castle by herself for a while now-though I may be getting that from another book.

I read this book years ago. I really hope someone can help! I seem to run across that book everytime I try to search for this book! The heroine was a nurse in the civil war and was a year later down on her luck. She answers an add for a wife and meets the man she thinks she will be marrying.

Turns out to not be him, but his brother, whom she instantly dislikes. Hope this helps, but I have seen quite a few books with a discription close to this. There are some websites that allow you to search by historical era or location. Good Luck! Can't think of the title. Years ago I started reading this book and got interrupted and was never able to finish it. It's been driving me nuts through the years! I believe it was a Harlequin. The woman is a surgeon who was working too hard and I believe collapsed and was forced to take a vacation.

She is staying in this house and the next door neighbor's dog comes over. She is mistaken for a teenager and is hired by her neighbor as a housekeeper or assistant? She pretends to be a teenager and the neighbor is conflicted because he is attracted to her. It was not a harlequin romance. The hero was an actor. He comes to the Heroine's grandmother's island to shoot a pirate film. The heroine works in the perfume industry.

She calls her boss "Madame". Her sister lives on the island and makes glass designs. The heroine's grandmother dies in the end. There is a particular scene in the book in which the heroine names her new perfume "winterfire". Theres another scene in which the hero shoots for a new perfume ad in which he wears a lab coat.

Thanks in advance. I really wish there was some sort of database where you could search keyword plot lines to books and find titles! It would make this so much easier! I've been looking for a book I read years ago and thought someone may be able to help. It begins in contemporary time although I think this book was published in the 80's or 90's.

The H is an artist who meets the h at a restaurant one night, and tells her he bets she has dimples on her ass. She gets offended but decides to take him up on his offer to pose for a painting. She keeps having these visions, and the H in the other times was an officer in the military during the war, and the h was always on the opposite side. In contemporary times, h tries using hypnosis to go back in the past and save H, but H contemporary ends up channeling the angry war General and no longer acts like himself. Hi, I'm looking for a historical romance book. She's captured by the hero and taken to his ship to sail to America and I think he chains her feet together, because he thinks she could hurt them.

His crew mocks him during the journey, because she doesn't act like a captive at all. That's all I remember. If you could tell me the name of this book I'd be so happy. It's been bugging me for a really long time. I'm sorry if there's not enough detail. I read this book a long time ago. Hi - what a wonderful place this is!!! I've been looking for a book that I read about 5 years ago. The main character is a writer of historical romances and her main character comes to life along with his footman.

Together they solve a mystery. Her main character is a bit of a rogue, a count??? His footman is oafish and funny. Thanks so much for your help. Hi, Could please someone help me in finding a mills and boon novel of a greek tycoon arranged marriage with a girl who does charity works.

The heroine loves the guy but he is not sure that his husband loves her.

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The marriage was arranged by heroine grandmother and hero grandfather. They are passionate in bed and married for 3 years. Then comes a lady who was hero ex lover and trying to create problems in there marriage but at last hero tells her wife that he loves her and he is not interested in anyone else. I cant remember the name of the novel. Could anyone please help.

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Regards, Aditi. So excited I found this site. I have been looking for a book that I read over ten years ago, but it was probably from the 80's. It's a historical romance about an orphaned woman who takes over her dads fishing boat and dresses like a man so she gets left alone. They think she is a man at first but then somehow they realize she is a woman and then the crew is unhappy she is there, they keep calling her a Jonah and she was going to bring bad luck to them.

They were getting followed by a pirate captain who was mad at the other captain for some reason and one day in port he sees the woman and tries to kidnap her or he does. I don't remember much after that. Hopefully someone can help me!! Please help I want to read this book again but I cant remember the title or author.

The story was about a woman who slept with this hunk rancher then while she was in the city she lost her memory and cant remember him. Here's the catch she's pregnant with his baby and has lots of money she either will or has inherited. I think she worked in a law office I remember some horrible man she couldn't believe she would even think about sleeping with trying to convince her the baby was his to get his hands on the money and I seem to remember the name Tucker for the Ranch hunk.

I could be wrong. Please help with the title of this book! I believe it was one of a series and this one was about one of four English sisters and very funny. The story is told from the perspective of the sister who is getting married to an engineer and she is embarrassed to be thinking to herself that he has rescued her from a crazy life with her family.

I remember that she and her mother rode the Tube under the Thames - which she found very exciting and her mother found terrifying. Before the wedding, the sisters and their mother go to some ritzy restaurant for tea but discover they have almost no money but the mother deals with the head waiter with honesty and class. One of the married sisters is wealthy and arranged it but never pays for anything. Once married, they take a honeymoon cruise to Australia where the husband has taken a job for a year or so.

One of the bride's younger sisters is also on the ship relocating to Australia - either to work or live with another relative. The bride and the sister are sitting in deck chairs behind the husband and his friend and the bride observes her sister just gazing adoringly at the back of the guy's head.

That's all I remember but always wanted to read the other books by this author - whoever she is. I remember the cover was solid red with the only the title on it. Forgive me if I do this wrong, I am new at this. I read a book about a year or so ago unfortunately, I cannot remember if it is one I got at the library or what. I cannot remember the title or author and can only remember a couple of scenes.

I want to say it was in an anthology but I am not sure. Here Goes: It starts off with the heroine sneaking into a guy's house to return something or maybe retrieve something as a favor to a friend. Her friend is the mistress of the guy who owns the house.

She is caught by a different guy hero who is staying there I believe he is the guy's brother or something and I believe she convinces him that she is the mistress because he was drunk. Next, she runs into him and is introduced to him at a party. He recognizes her and she recognizes him and they end up in a discussion and kissing in a dark room.

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She is daring and willful. I have been trying to figure out this book for over a year now. He is now a famous businessman. He came to buy a product. The heroine also wants to buy that product. She is known as a ruthless CEO and her career depends on that product. The hero is the heroine's sister's friend. They meet at the sister's engagement. When the hero was here he used to be a rouge. The heroine always had a crush on him.

So when she was in college she created such a situation that they had to spend the night in a hut and she had previously planned that she'll lose her virginity to him. Later like always the hero plans not to call her but when she doesn't call he does. He calls for a week she never picks up. He thinks she ditched him because he is poor and she doesn't pick up because she knows he'll break her heart This thought drives him to the top. I can't remember the name but it's kind of bugging me right now.

I posted in the other thread a while back but did not get a response so I thought I would try again. I read this book years ago it was about a French heroine she's living in France and she happens to meet the hero by chance they spend a night together and she finds out that she is pregnant. The hero has already left at this point I think he was in the military? He was British though.

Her father finds out and sends her to a convent where she gives birth to a daughter that she names Emma. A few years pass and she somehow ends up in England and becomes the governess? The hero had thought that she abandoned their child this whole time so he hates the heroine for her actions but they end up making up by the end of the book I think she might be blind???

I clearly remember that she was a French aristocrat though but she becomes broke after the French revolution. I really really hope someone recognizes this book I am almost convinced that I've just imagined the whole thing. Glad to find you all and looking forward to recommendations and help. Unknown title and author. Book published before I believe it was set in Scotland. He may have plotted with her brother to sleep with her in order to get he pregnant and pass the child off as his son's. If anyone could help, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Second book: Another one set in Scotland.

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The only thing that I can remember is that it runs into Christmas. The h is at her birth father's house for the first time. Enjoying this site emmincely! I'm also new to this site, but I'm so happy I've found it! I have spent the last few hours jotting down all the books i had forgotten about reading the previous thread : sooo, down to business, I read a book maybe 5 years ago, but it was bought from a car boot sale, so i have no idea when it was published etc.

Also, i dont remember anything about it really other than begging. Man and woman get married i cant remember how it came about - it was arranged and the girl doesn't know anything about sex, other than what she had seen in her farm? I do remember her thinking that his willy looked more like a babies arm than a mushroom a maid or someone told her this I haven't described it very well, but this book is one of the funniest historical romance books i have read, and would love to read it again! WadcbNo, unfortunately that's not it, but I am now going to have to read it lol.

Another Newbie here : I read a historical romance in the 's which I know I loved but have barely any memory of! The only clear memory I have is of the beginning: a girl is being hunted down by two men, in a forest, who have intentions of raping her. I think she ends up hiding in a tree trunk? The girl has red hair and green eyes?? I feel like she's been living with a nasty old uncle or something due to the death of her parents.

That's all I have! Any help is much appreciated :. It came out in Thank you but I actually found it on Google! Thanks anyway :. Ok, I'm driving myself insane and asking all of you for help please! The plot: Woman marries a man out west in the 's - 's. She grows up on the East cost and marries a man whom owns a ranch in Utah or Nevada. She travels by train and is from money. She arrives in her hoop skirt but is quickly told by her husband to wear pants. She had trouble adjusting to this new life where she rides horses and wears pants instead of being the lady she should be.

She then learns how to garden in the dry west part of the country. After months of ranching with her husband. Her husband eventually falls ill from a sickness going on there. She tells her native american neighbor that she'll watch over the baby to ensure that he does not get the sickness his mother has.

She kidnaps him. She then flees to PA and then to Europe. The baby's father spends many years searching for his kidnapped son. The woman meets a man in Europe and leaves the baby she is hiding in the attic by the lake on their property. The baby is then found by neighbors who are gypsies. The gypsies then raise the baby. The woman has two more children, both girls who are friends with this kidnapped little boy.

After the mom dies, the girls start unraveling what happened. One of the woman's children and the kidnapped boy now a man start a relationship What is this book, I'm loosing my mind?! All help is appreciated! I've been trying to think of the title and author of this book for months. I've gone through lists of books by authors I usually read but can't figure it out.

The book was 4 stories in one. It was based around two sets of sisters that are cousins. Each story is for each sister. The first story starts with one set of sisters coming west to live after the civil war. The older sister's husband died in the war. The late husbands best friend comes to live with them and of course the two fall in love and marry. The second story has the cousins, another set of sisters coming to live with them.

The older sister of this set ends up falling for the sheriff and they marry. The next story is the younger sister of the first set of sisters. She marries the rich guy in town after she lost a bet to him in a horse race. This guy was originally interested in the older cousin, but he was only interested in him because of his money. The last story is about the last sister. Her name was Meg I think but I can't remember what her story was. If anyone can please help me. It's driving me crazy. Hope this helps! I can't remember this title, or author! Published late 80s, early 90s.

Setting: Scotland, s, the year leading to the second Jacobite rebellion, and right after. Marriage of Convenience between I think a Campbell woman and a rebellious highland clan. The eldest daughter was to marry the man, but she fainted at the alter, so the younger daughter married him. The man she married was the only remaining son on the clan laird, who was a scarred, womanizing, jerkface. The woman stood out for being practical and smart; before marrying she demanded concessions like having soldiers periodically check on her to make she is ok. This has ramifications later because the English officer who checks on her becomes a friend, and she uses him to save her husband.

The woman ended up in the highlands at the castle, made friends with the old cook and her young maid, but lived separate from her husband who was sleeping with his father's redheaded mistress, Fiona? Eventually, they go to a highland wedding, the husband gets sucked into Bonnie Prince Charles' rebellion, and the wife returns to her father's estate. At that wedding the h beloved cousin is killed by the H's father. Eventually the rebellion fails, the wife finds the husband, her father captures him, he is sentenced to hang, and she uses Rob Roy I think?

They sail to America. Not a lot of sex, and a lot of historical detail, in the book. There are a lot of secondary plot points. I honestly remember almost everything except the name and title. Cover, I think, was a castle in the distance, blue sky, green hills. I'm looking for a book that I do not know the title or author to. I know it was published before The heroine travels to the Yukon, I think looking for her father I believe. He works in the gold fields in Dawson City. If I'm not mistaken she ends up marrying his younger partner or something like that.

His name is Logan not sure if its his first or last name, It might have been O'shea or that could have been the girls last name. I think she also ended up leaving him and going back down to Dawson. There was also I think a Mountie that was vaing for her affections as well. I just remember his name being Logan. I have been looking for this book forever and have been trying to locate it with no such luck. They end up in Scotland, at her birth father's.

It doesn't sound perfect, but the kidnapped h helps heal the H's little sister who was raped by h's stepbrother or something. Part of a series, though. Hi, I have being trying to rememeber the name of a book. The basic synopsis is that a florist is dropping off flowers at her brother and his new wife's house only to find her sister in law flirting with a man.

The man wants revenge on the family because of something her father did so he decides to break up the marriage. The sister in law is young, bored, her husband is always away and she is feeling neglected. No doubt she would be easily seduced. To protect or brothers marriage she suggests the man use her for revenge instead. He agrees and says they should get married.

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The woman is in a relationship with a man and breaks it off to marry the virtual stranger. They get married, with the women wearing jeans to her wedding. After the wedding the groom finds out that the father disaproves of the daughter and it is no big deal that he married her. They all in love etc etc with him building her a greenhouse and buying her a car I think there was a line in there, like "you're the typre of man who'd by his child a train set and then end up playing with it yourself.

I think there was something in there about her always wearing clothes with flowers on them. The sister in law gets jealous. There is a jealous scene where the groom thinks his new wife is getting lunch with an ex. There is a happy resolution. It is a contemporary novel written in the last years, it may have been a country setting, I think there was a mention of a cowboy hat. Hello I'm looking for a book that I read years ago.

I'm pretty sure that it was written in the 80s or early 90s. It's a Regency romance book. It's a bout a young redheaded girl who becomes the ward of an English Lord. I think he's of Spanish or Italian descent. He hates that he is attracted to her because he's older than her. He hates that she has beautiful red hair and makes her wear hats anytime she's outdoors. She's very feisty and sometimes immature because of her age.

I think someone tries to kidnap her. But he thinks that she ran away and when he finds her it's pouring down rain they make love and he doesn't realize, because of the rain and all her skirts, that she's bleeding to death because she's been cut on her leg. She gets pregnant, they get married, and she has a baby boy. I can't remember why but she ends up leaving him and he doesn't know where she's at. When he finds her she's a governess, they get back together.

She leaves him again this time for his best friend and she's pregnant. He finds out where she's at and kidnaps her. She ends up giving birth to their little girl on the ship. And after that I really can't remember anything else. Thank you ;. I'm so glad I have found this site. I have found many books to add to my "to read" list. I have read a book some years back. This is what I remember about it. The hero is a cowboy -in texas, perhaps? The son had interfered with mail even then -I think it was the late s, but don't hold me to it- it was a crime and the boy roughly aged 8 has admitted to it.

If I remember correctly, he said the that he liked the picture the heroine of the story sent; his father had no idea of it. The heroine is a woman with a small boy. He is approximately the same age as the hero's son. The boys don't get along at first, but as the story unfolds they practicaly become inseparable. The hero's son admits near the end of the story that he was jealous of the other boy because the heroine's son had a mother who wanted to protect him.

See, the story begins in front of store -feed store, maybe- and if I remembert it right, the woman was concerned about her son getting her. The heroine is from Ireland and is on the run. The man, and later his family, accused her of kindapping to separate her from her son. And she saw the ad for a teacher as a chance for escape as far west as possible. The offer I think included the room and board. Anyway, the matter came before a judge and that is how our heroine came to live on the ranch and became a teacher to his son.

Thanks for you help! I am desperately trying to find a book I believe I read in the mid to late 90s not totally sure. It would most likely be Harlequin or Silhouette. It is about a man who is after the person who killed his wife and twin daughters in a car bombing. Then a few months later she discovered she is pregnant.

She has three identical triplet boys and she tries to find the man she spend the night with but with no luck.


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Then she runs into to him like three or four years later. I think at this point the triplet boys are around three years old and he then protects her and his sons because the man she had been dating for the last six months is the one who initially killed his wife and twin daughters.

I think the triplets names were Ryan, Sean and unsure of the other one. If anyone one remembers this I would greatly appreciate it. I loved this book and would love to read it again. I scanned through the last post but not these ones yet. So if someone has already asked about this book just point me in the right direction please. I mostly remember scenes ant he plot and I think it was a Harlequin. But it was about a guy, who used to be a surfer I think and now he works for or owns a magazine and is doing a photo shoot of the new swim line.

Back when he was still surfing he met a girl had an amazing night with her but was so drunk he only remembers the tattoo on her back and not her face. She owns a shop now that sells organic fiber? Very hippy. I remember the part where she, I think, bets him that her swimsuits are better and she can make the models look better in the shoot than he can. He makes her wear one of her own suits and realizes that she is the one he was looking for and when he asks why she never said anything she tells him that she already knows who he is. Please help me find this book. It's driving me nuts! I read this 4 or 5 years ago and think it was a fairly recent publication.

It's historical European, maybe early s. The hero is in London with friends. His wife is there. It was a marriage of convenience, and they had never lived together. She was struggling to hold the estate together. She nurses him and they fall in love. The villain ends up trapping them in the same mausoleum, but they escape and live HEA. Author or title? This is it. I have been looking for this book for so long.

I greatly appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Thank you so much. Hi dear Hi am new to this site Ariel discovers that Robin is a girl and persuades her to dress as a girl in a blue gown borrowed from Louise Robin cannot walk properly in a gown and Ariel sends her up on deck to practice walking with her blonde hair loose Hero Cannot remember the name is drunk and sees her, thinking it's the governess Louise she's also blonde for whom he has the hots One day hero sees Ariel return the blue gown to Louise and thank her for lending it to Robin I am new to this and just moved my solo write up to this section.

I read a novel a number of years ago maybe between - It likely is medieval England. He takes them with his men. The friend ultimately finds out she is pregnant. One of the hero's knights is married to her. Ultimately the hero and heiress end up together. This is much of the detail I can recall. I would much appreciate the author and title if anyone out there can remember.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you! Hi I'm looking for a book I believe it was a harlequin presents don't remember the title I read it I think 10 years ago or more. The book was about a heiress whose father made a man marry her because she liked him but after they were married he left her alone for years she thinks she loves someone else but her husband showed her he was only after her money.

Sorry it's been awhile but I remember I really enjoyed this book I also believe the cover had a woman in a blue silk dress hopefully someone can help. Hi everyone I've also posted before and I'm getting kinda desperate. I can't remember why. I do remember something about a seduction in a chair on the way to London. Also it was definitely published before Yes that is the book thank you so much starlight genie it was driving me crazy trying to remember what it was called.

I believe that book has a chair scene but I don't remember the rest. Its a long shot but thought I'd mention it. I am new to this site and any help with a title or author would be much appreciated. Sometimes the larger culture is aware of the magical in its midst; sometimes it is not. Some paranormal romances focus less on the specifics of their alternate worlds than do traditional science fiction or fantasy novels, keeping the attention strongly on the underlying romance. These books time travel, fantasy, science fiction, and futuristic blend romance with fantasy or science fiction, and they often overlap the paranormal subgenre.

While exploring their alternate worlds, they also offer a fully developed romance. The sensuality level in these novels varies from chaste to very sexy. Over the years, many publishers have included futuristic, fantasy, and science-fiction romances in their contemporary series lines for example, Harlequin Temptation, Harlequin Superromance, Silhouette Special Edition. The e-Book publisher Ellora's Cave has published many erotic romances with fantasy themes and other-worldly heroes and heroines. There is overlap in these subgenres. Steampunk is science fiction mixed with alternate history which takes place during the Victorian era.

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Romantic fantasy has been published by both fantasy and romance lines, with some publishers distinguishing between "fantasy romance" being more like a contemporary fantasy novel with romantic elements, and "romantic fantasy" with more emphasis on the romance elements of the story. Time-travel romances are a version of the classic "fish out of water" story.

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Some writers end their novels with the protagonists trapped in different time periods and unable to be together—to the displeasure of many readers of the genre. Inspirational romance, as the market exists today, combines explicitly Christian themes with the development of a romantic relationship. Sex, if it is present at all, occurs after marriage and is not explicitly detailed.

Many novels in this genre also focus on the hero or heroine's faith, turning the love story into "a triangle: the man and the woman and also their relationship with God. The first line of series inspirational romances debuted shortly after the U. The books were aimed at born-again Christians and were marketed in religious bookstores.

The Silhouette Inspirations line was closed after Harlequin acquired Silhouette in because it was not profitable. BET Books purchased the line in , and the number of new authors that they publish has continued to expand each year. BET has also developed some of the Arabesque novels into made-for-television movies. Two novels were published every month until late , when the line went into hiatus.

Although romance novels featuring African-Americans and Hispanic protagonists are becoming more popular, those featuring Asian or Asian-American characters are rare. Author Tess Gerritsen believes this is due to the fact that there are fewer Asian-American women who read romances: "We read romances because we want to feel good about love Erotic romance is a blend of romance and erotica. Erotic romance novels are characterized by strong sexual content, but can contain elements of any of the other romance subgenres.

Erotic romance novels tend to use more frank language, avoiding many of the euphemisms used in books with milder content. These novels also usually include more sex scenes, often focusing more on the sex act rather than being a more traditional love scene, and may include more unusual positions or acts. Pornography concentrates on the sex acts, but erotic novels include well-developed characters and a plot that could exist without the sex acts.

Erotic romances' lengths run from short stories to single-title novels. Some of these are published as part of a category, such as Harlequin Blaze, while others are published as part of an anthology and are only novella length. Even single-title erotic romances may be as short as a novella, however. Many of the publishers of erotic romance are either small press publishers or electronic book publishers.

Writers often have more leeway as to what types of erotic acts can be included when working with an electronic publisher than they would have when working with a print publisher. Themes such as pedophilia, incest, and bestiality are discouraged by all publishers.

The market for erotic romances has grown rapidly. Ellora's Cave , an electronic publisher that focuses on erotic romance, became the first electronic publisher recognized by the Romance Writers of America as a legitimate publisher. Chick lit or chick literature is named after the readership it attracts women in 20s and 30s , and it is said to be inspired by the novel Bridget Jones Diary.

Some of the dominant themes of chick lit are a single woman's journey through career, high powered work environment, personal life, relationships, motherhood, parenting etc. Some sub categories of this genre are baby lit and mummy lit []. A survey of regular romance readers the same year "found that they mirror the general population in age, education, and marital and socioeconomic status. The women admitted to reading romances as an antidote to stress, for mental escape, and to learn about history and new careers. This expansion was due in part to voracious readers, with over half of Harlequin's customers purchasing 30 novels per month.

By the s, romance had become the most popular genre in modern literature. Over 74 million people claimed to have read at least one romance novel in , according to a Romance Writers of America study. The study reported that 9. Author Heather Graham attributes this to the fact that "emotions translate easily. Although romance novels are translated into over 90 languages, [36] most authors of women's fiction are from Great Britain or North America. Some publishing companies in Germany refuse to allow their romance authors to use their own names, fearing that readers will not buy a romance novel that does not have an American pseudonym.

The Anglo-Saxon perspective in the fiction at times can be much less successful in a European market. Although Italy is the strongest foreign market for the chick lit sold by single-title imprint Red Dress Ink, in that country romance readers do not care to read books about cowboys , as this type of occupation was not common in their culture.

The paranormal romance genre is not popular in countries such as Poland and Russia, although historical romance tends to be very successful. The alternate scenario also occurs, as other German translators censor the love scenes. The most prestigious and notable awards for romance novels are the RITA Awards , which are presented annually by the Romance Writers of America to the best novels in romantic fiction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the type of genre fiction involving love and lust. For literary fiction romance novels, see Novel.

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