Apr 182017
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Summer is coming up quick (yay) and for me and so many others, summer means heading to the beach. I can practically smell the beach air already……

When I go to the beach I stay for the whole day and what better way to pass the time than to read while I’m there. Often times I can bang out an entire book in one day and I usually start planning my summer reading list around this time every year. My tastes vary, so there are many genres of books on my list each year, but sometimes I just want to immerse myself in book where I can just escape and block out the rest of the world.  When I want that escape, there’s nothing better than a romance novel.

5 Reasons to Read a Romance Novel This Summer

1. They’re Steamy
Get your mind out of the gutter – in romance novels sex is a healthy activity that is enjoyed by two consenting adults who usually end up falling in love by the end of the book. Some of the scenes in the books are quite steamy, so if you’re at the beach and those parts of the books make you blush – people will just think you have a sunburn.  Plus who knows, these types of books can inspire new things in your own sex life…..

2. Happily Ever After
When reading romance novels, you can completely unwind and get lost in them knowing that the end of the book will not leave you hanging and frustrated. Cliffhangers STINK and it’s pretty much a guarantee that all the loose ends will be tied up by the end of a romance novel. Besides, who doesn’t like to read about heroic men sweeping women off their feet every once in a while. It’s good stuff.

3. Escape From Everyday Life
We all have a million and a half things to do every single day. I get it, I am a busy mom, too – adulting is not easy.  Whatever’s happening in your life, when you pick up a romance novel, you know you will get a happily ever after.  Guaranteed.

4. There is Something For Everyone
Love vikings? There is a book for you. Like books with a paranormal twist? There is a book for you, too. Maybe you’re into historical fiction? Guess what? There are plenty of books to choose from. The thing I love about romance novels is that there are books available featuring characters of every sexual orientation, skin color and body type, so what ever you’re in to – there is something for you.

There aren’t any Bond girls in romance novels – women take the forefront (as they should). In romance novels there is a heroine and a hero, who are both equals in the book. Each character has depth and emotion and as a woman, I think that romance novels completely rock it when it comes to female characters – the heroine’s story is the story.

In Law and Disorder by Heather Graham, the heroine Kody Cameron is a complete badass. She had been kidnapped by some ex-con’s looking to find a stash of treasure hidden in her family’s mansion in the Everglades years earlier by mobsters. She was held at gunpoint and kept her cool the entire time. She ends up falling for one of her captors, Nick, who is an undercover FBI agent – only she had met him before and he struggled to keep his identity secret so that his cover wouldn’t be blown. Their cat and mouse act was fun to read and I loved watching their relationship develop. I had a hard time putting this book down once I started it. There is some violence in this book, but no graphic sex.  I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic suspense book.

In Captive of the Viking by Juliet Landon, Viking Aric captures his enemies daughter, Fearn, to be his slave, but she ends up being much more to him than just a slave. Throughout their journey back to his homeland, she starts to see him in a new light. Their relationship is highly charged and and lust for each other turns into lasting love. If you enjoy medieval stories, this book is for you.

And for even more Viking fun, have a look at this video:

If you are looking for some good beach reads this summer, check out Captive of the Viking and Law and Disorder.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed with either of these romance novels – or any other books by Harlequin for that matter.

Now on to the good stuff – a Romance prize Pack giveaway for one (1) of my lucky readers. This estimated value of this prize pack is $150.

The Romance prize pack will include:

  • One #TeamCowboy and one #TeamViking t-shirt
  • A beautiful silk wrap by Citrus Silver with the word Romance stamped on it
  • 14 books from Harlequin (Titles below):

1. A Cowboy To Call Daddy by Sasha Summer (Harlequin Western Romance)
2. Law & Disorder by Heather Grayam (Harlequin Intrigue)
3. Seduce Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates (Harlequin Desire)
4. Operation Alpha by Justine Davis (Harlequin Romantic Suspense)
5. Seduced in the City by Jo Leigh (Harlequin Blaze)
6. Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak (Harlequin Special Edition)
7. Once a Moretti Wife by Michelle Smart (Harlequin Presents)
8. The Millionaire’s Royal Rescue by Jennifer Faye (Harlequin Romance)
9. Bound By Their Secret Passion by Diane Gaston (Harlequin Historical)
10. Easter in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad (Love Inspired)
11. Mistaken Identity by Shirlee McCoy (Love Inspired)
12. Pony Express Mail-Order Bride by Rhonda Gibson (Love Inspired Historical)
13. Bacehlor Unforgiven by Brenda Jackson (Kimani Romance)
14. Cursed by Lisa Childs (Harlequin Nocturne)

Enter below:

Harlequin Romance Prize Pack

Winner will be selected at random on Monday 05/01/2017. The lucky winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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  32 Responses to “5 Reasons to Read a Romance Novel This Summer”

  1. I should get some for when I have surgery. I’ll be off for 2 weeks.

  2. These kinds of books are my guilty pleasure!

  3. I don’t have a specific Harlequin romance novel in mind as my favorite but I like to read romance books and would love to win so I have more to read. Thanks.

  4. Oh I used to read a lot of romance novel back when I still have a lot of time on my hands. I may have to see if I can still read one these days…

  5. I love a good romance novel! Especially on vacation at the beach! So fun!

  6. I haven’t read a romance novel in awhile but I would love to win this to have a few to read this summer. Who doesn’t love a good romance novel!

  7. I’d love to win. As the mom of 2 college kids, money isn’t easy to come by and what I have is spent on books and tuition, so not much left over for mom. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  8. Can’t wait to start reading some of these books.

  9. Would love to win some new books for the summer.

  10. I would love to win this and thanks for the chance 🙂

  11. Summertime means lazy days in the shade with a cold drink and a book, and a romance with a HEA is the perfect way for me to relax. I have added to my online library wishlist for the summer, can’t wait to read!

    • Good thing I added the books to my wishlist and placed holds, because some of the waitlists are really long! Winning a collection of books would help fill in the time until books become available!

  12. I have an ever growing list/pile of books to read this summer and plenty of them Are romance.

  13. I realized all the books I owned Didn’t have Happy Endings so I started reading Romance Novels. My favourite Harlequin writer is Linda Lael Miller. I binge read her books one after the other. My favourite might be “A McKettrick Christmas”.

  14. Reading is my happy place! I’m definitely in!!

  15. My favorite book so far is Under An Adirondack Sky by Karen Rock 🙂

  16. Because I just love them! Romance novels are the best.

  17. I love anything by Maisey Yates, Brenda, Carole Mortimer, Michelle Smart etc.
    But one my favorites is
    The Greek’s Nine-Month Redemption by Maisey Yates.
    It’s so hard to choose when I absolutely love them all, books have gotten me through some difficult times.

  18. … because we all need a little romance now and then. Harlequin Romances were the first series of books I began reading as a teen, so I’ve a fondness for them which has lasted all this time.

  19. Hi. I’ve tried over and over, but nothings happening when I try to do the entry for following @harlequinbooks on Twitter. Even tried refreshing the page several times. Still isn’t working. 🙁

  20. Steam coming off these it like looks like

  21. I want to win so I can give them to my secret crush.

  22. I read all the time. I so would love this bunch

  23. I have to say one of my faves, is Dark Highlander (and it’s brother/sister series’) By Karen Marie Moning.

  24. These are my go to books for a train ride I I win I will be good for months

  25. My husband loves when I get these. I think he secretly reads them.

    • I have never read any of their romance novels before so looking forward to winning and catching up all at once.

  26. Oh I really love the Harlequin books, really do not have a favorite…they are all so good! I would love to win and read them…and then pass them all on to my mom! She loves to read romances and was the one who got me started years ago!

  27. My favorite Harlequin romance novel is A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock.

  28. Love the whole genera. Especially historical fiction romance.

  29. I love reading romantic novels. Maybe the hopeless romantic in me is always there. Hahaha