What Do Readers Love About Romance?

Guest Post by Kat Martin, author of Against the Storm

It’s a question that dozens of people have tried to answer.  On Valentine’s Day, article after article attempted to explore the concept.  Non-fiction books are written about it, essays are printed.  Internet sites Chat about it.

The truth is there is no single answer.

From the time we’re teenagers, we’re thinking about finding a mate.  When we’re old and alone, our spouse long gone, we’re remembering the romantic days when we fell in love, the days of our lives we spent with someone who loved us.

From the start, it’s a journey fraught with perils.  Today, with people living in cities, the odds of finding the right mate are mind-boggling.  Thousands of bars and restaurants, millions of people all searching for someone.  People turn to Internet dating to improve their chances of finding a person with the same interests…someone they might have a chance to love.

The same journey happens in a Romance novel and it’s fraught with even more peril.  As the reader turns the pages, for a very brief time, he or she gets to feel all the wonderful emotions a man or woman feels when they fall in love.

In my latest book, Against the Storm, the fourth in my AGAINST series, Trace Rawlins is a man who’s had rotten luck with women, especially redheads.  So when Maggie O’Connell, a fiery tempered, red-headed photographer, comes to him for help against a stalker, Trace’s instincts warn him away.  He doesn’t trust her and as some of her secrets come to life, Trace is even more determined to stay away from her–no matter how much he wants her in his bed.

But what if Maggie is telling the truth and she really is in danger?  No matter his feelings, Trace is determined to keep her safe.

The best part about reading a Romance is that from the very first page, the reader secretly knows that whatever perils this couple faces, whatever suffering they endure, will be worth it.

Because by the last page of the book, these lovers are going to get the happy ending they deserve, the forever kind of love.

I hope you will watch for Against the Storm, and that you’ll look for Against the Night and AGAINST THE SUN, coming after the first of the year.

Till then very best wishes and happy reading, Kat

P.S. Would love for you to take a peek at my Against the Storm book trailer, interview (I do these under duress!) reviews, and excerpt.  Please visit my website, enter my contest and why not connect with me on facebook?

Buy: Against the Storm (The Raines of Wind Canyon)

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  1. Congrats to Kat on the new release. I love this series and so happy to hear that there will be more books to look forward to.

  2. Jane–so glad to hear you are enjoying the books! Against the Night and Against the Storm will be out right after the first of the year. (end of Feb and end of May). hope you like them all! best, kat

  3. For me, it’s definitely seeing love conquer all in so many ways. The journey to HEA isn’t always easy and I like it that way. People of all classes and circumstances, some who are looking for it and some who avoid it. In the end, love can heal, can connect and bring happiness.

  4. Na–nicely said. romance novels just fill you up with a feeling of happiness that is hard to find in the real world. I’ve always loved reading them.

  5. I like the fact that romance lets me experience that falling in love feeling again. A well written one will give me butterflies when the couple gets them

  6. I agree with Sharon one of the nicest things about romances is falling in love over and over… Different characters, different stories but all about love and the joy of finding someone who fits you in all the ways that matter most. Of course a swoon worthy hero is just the perfect icing to top it all off!

  7. Absolutely loved Against the Storm. Great suspense, romance, and loved the expression of how true love can still exist in this today’s time. Finding the criminals to be no one you suspect is so great. I just love reading this series. Please keep up the good work.

  8. I like the idea that romance in novels captures a moment and an ideal that we all strive to recreate and find in our lives. I like the fact that romance always seems to run true and it happens in circles and will always find a way. I like the way that romance is passionate and exciting. Good job with the new release Kat!

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