Greetings! Lee Tobin McClain here, urging you to give inspirational romance a try, even if it’s not your usual fare. Why? Here are six reasons.
- Without the sex, there’s more room for other aspects of romance. “Hey, Christian romance, that’s like a contradiction in terms!” is a line that at least eight men have used on me, each thinking himself supremely clever. But actually, most women don’t think that romance happens only between the sheets. There can be lots of conversation and roses and, well, feelings in Christian romance, and that’s the part a lot of women crave more of.
- Without the sex, there’s room for more story depth. One of the Love Inspired editors told me that, because the line doesn’t have love scenes, they need more backstory and conflict and angst. That can make for some compelling stories . . . about things like abuse and class conflict and serious illness, to name three difficult topics I’ve covered in recent books.
- Sometimes, you want heartwarming. Especially around the holidays, most of us get nostalgic for a simpler time, for a sense of community, for small towns and big hearts and neighbors that care. Real life can fall pretty short, but an inspirational romance never does. These stories are sweet and will make you feel good on an otherwise stressful or dark day.
- You’ll get a better feeling about Christians. There are extremists in every faith, and the rants of Christian extremists can be off-putting., focused more on what the extremists are against (gay marriage! evolution!) than on what Christianity is supposed to be for (loving God and loving your neighbor). But Christian fiction tends to be warm and loving. You’re not likely to find families with two mommies or lessons on evolutionary biology in a Christian romance novel, but you won’t find any bashing, either. I’d argue that Christian authors, as creatives, are some of the most open-minded Christians out there.
- Anticipation can be very sexy. Did you ever notice how, when you’re reading a red-hot romance, the intensity can drop off after the first love scene? Despite the requisite fight that follows the consummation, the buildup to the second love scene isn’t usually as exciting as the buildup to the first. In Christian romance, the anticipation continues throughout the novel and the final consummation is left to your imagination—a pretty colorful place, if the cliché about the most important sex organ being between the ears holds true.
- Sometimes, you need a little spirituality. Even if you’re not a churchgoer nor the type of person who’d hang a cross-stitched bible verse on the living room wall, most of us hunger for faith in something outside ourselves. When a parent dies or a job falls through or a teenager drives you crazy, it can help to watch characters with similar struggles find a solution in their faith. In Christian fiction, some kind of relationship with God—be it outspoken or bubbling gently under the surface—forms part of the answer to life’s problems. That can be a huge comfort.
Whether you read Christian romance frequently or never, I’d be honored if you’d try my Sacred Bond series of romance novels. No risk: Book one in the series, His Baby Bond, is free on all platforms!
Lee Tobin McClain read Gone With The Wind in the third grade and has been an incurable romantic ever since. When she not writing emotional, faith-infused love stories with happy endings, she’s probably driving around a carload of snarky teen girls, playing with her rescue dog and cat, or teaching aspiring writers in Seton Hill University’s MFA program. She is probably not cleaning her house.
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Romance between enemies . . .
War hero John Moretti sees the delinquent boys he mentors as the sons he never had, and he wants to give them every opportunity to reform. Crime victim Annie Bauer views them as dangerous threats to her elderly grandma, who lives next door to the boys’ residential school. When the Baby Jesus is stolen from Grandma’s yard nativity scene, the boys’ potential involvement may send them straight to hard-core juvie, and break the fragile connection that’s building between Annie and John. Until the so-called delinquents join together to make a sacred bond . . .
Battle for a Baby . . .
Poor-but-proud Kendra Forrester doesn’t need an arrogant millionaire to tell her how to raise her sister’s baby. But when handsome Zeke King arrives at her Colorado cabin demanding custody of his brother’s child, strategy dictates that she let him stick around. Battling mountain weather and the baby’s illness brings these two opposites together, but their own insecurities, their dead siblings’ secrets, and a jealous former boyfriend threaten their tentative bond. Only the Lord and the Sacred Bond Brotherhood can help Kendra and Zeke form a family for their baby.
A Runaway Bride . . .
As the wedding music starts playing, poor little rich girl Hope DeMille learns that her husband-to-be loves someone else, but her domineering, high-society father won’t let her back out of the expensive wedding he’s funded. Enter Rock Anderson, a former inner-city kid mentored by Hope’s parents, who’s always wanted Hope. After helping Hope escape, Rock gets her a job at his urban mission and helps her find meaning in her life. But when Hope’s powerful father seeks revenge and one of the inner-city kids goes missing, it’ll take the best efforts of the Sacred Bond brotherhood to help this opposite-sides-of-the-tracks couple overcome their differences and commit to love.
JUST FOR READERS OF LOVE. ROMANCE. PASSION: I’LL GIVE A FREE E-COPY OF MY SEXIEST INSPIRATIONAL—THE BRIDE’S BROKEN BOND– TO A RANDOM COMMENTER. SO TELL ME WHY YOU LOVE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE—OR WHY YOU DON’T!