Hey Book Lovers!
Today is Valentines Day and I will probably be curled up with a book. Anyway I thought I’d talk about my feelings on Romance in books.
To start I will just list some of my favourite books with a romance in that I enjoyed.
Priory of the orange tree, illuminae, Mistborn, This is how you lose the time war,Wranglestone, Stain and Nimona.
First off I’d like to say I don’t read Romance books as it isn’t my thing so I won’t be talking about romance books but I will talk about my likes and dislikes about romance in the books I have read. I read mainly YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi and mystery/thriller books.
I will say that I am very picky about romance in books. I’m not sure how to describe what I like and dislike about romance. I also think it depends on what mood I’m in when reading the book. Romance isn’t something I’m a fan of but I do like to see and I’ll admit to shipping characters.
The type of romance I enjoy are slow burn romances and I like to see the slow realisation that they are in love. I love the awkward-ness of some romance too! I also enjoy cute and fluffy romances that make you smile and are a little tooth-rotting. I just enjoy adorable romances and I also love it when the couple are complete opposites. I do like enemies to lovers but it has to be done well. I quite like romance in fairytale retellings too as I’ve a,ways loved fairytales.
I really don’t like Instalove as I cannot relate to it and it always feels odd to read a book then suddenly two characters are in love. I also really don’t like love triangles so I usually stay away from books that I know have a love triangle. Then again I’ve read some books where there’s a slight love triangle and I’ve still enjoyed it. I’m not fond of sex scenes either and I’d prefer a fade to black or off the page scene. I don’t like certain flirty phrases and some of them make me cringe when reading. Aurora Rising is an example of phrases that make me cringe and I will admit it made me dnf the book.
Sometimes I think that romance isn’t really needed in the book and doesn’t really add anything to the books plot. Sometimes it annoys me and sometimes I don’t mind. There’s a lot of books where I don’t think romance is needed, especially in YA and Fantasy books and sometimes it feels like the characters are just thrown together and theirs no spark.
I enjoy most romances in fantasy books, Sci-fi andYA romance is hit or miss for me and I don’t take much notice of fantasy in thrillers as I’m all about the mystery.
Thanks for Reading!