ionR: Passionate About Romance: That First Spark

Posted July 3rd, 2015 by in Blog, Features, ionR / 18 comments

ionR: Passionate About Romance: That First Spark



Passionate About Romance: That First Spark

There are many pleasurable reasons as to why we as readers love a good, sensual romance novel. I can think of a few that stand out from desirable heroes, to the strong-willed heroines and of course we cannot forget those happily-ever-after endings.
Still, we all have something that first drew us to the romance genre. That instant spark that teased our nerve endings and made us want to experience love.
I have to credit my first viewing of Disney’s Cinderella at the tender age of six as an introduction into the fairy tale romance that most of us have come to enjoy. A fairy tale that doesn’t have to be strictly knights or dukes, but instead can be military heroes, immortals or even cowboys. We each have our own fairy tale “prince charming” in disguise that we want to read about time and time again.
For my Grandma she first fell in love with her military hero at the fragile age of sixteen. Together, she and Deane (a man that wasn’t my grandfather,) had a love that even when he died unexpectedly early into their marriage remained timeless.
I’ll never forget the passionate, undying devotion that her eyes glimmered with each time that she told stories about her true love. It’s that kind of love that made me fall head-over-heels for the romance genre because there is something special hidden within the words of the books. There is the presences of hope, struggle, remorse, forgiveness and sometimes loss and yet love always survives. It endures everything and anything and I think that is what I love the most about romance.
Yes, there is so much to both love and to admire about romance. However I’m not sure that I could even narrow down as to one, solid reason as to why I love the romance of the modern world. Naturally, the author being gifted to tell such a grand story worth memorizing is reason enough. Yet I think perhaps the best part about romance is the bold fact that we as readers have come to enjoy such stories to the point that there are some romances that we will cherish for a lifetime.


So please tell me what first sparked your love of romance? Was it a hero, a spouse, a book, an event or something else? I would love to know! 🙂


Leone @bookishromantic (HJ’s Bloggerista)


18 Responses to “ionR: Passionate About Romance: That First Spark”

  1. Heather Coulter

    I find daily sparks inspire …often it is the little things. The most recent thing that comes to mind is my hubby likes to put surprises in my lunch box – a note, a sweet goody…!

  2. Timitra

    It was a book when I was around ten years old or so I don’t remember the name but I remember the hero was a pirate and the heroine was an aristocrat.

  3. Tammy Y

    I started reading romances when I was 10 or 11. Most likely hormones and reading about falling in love that got me started.

  4. marcyshuler

    I was always a reader, but the first romance book I can remember reading as a pre-teen was Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. It was an historical book with a city girl who falls in love with the RCMP hero. They marry and go to his post in the Canadian wilderness.. I remember wishing that someone would call me their “little cabbage” in French. LOL

  5. Pennie

    I started reading with the Nancy Drew series in elementary school and then my 4th grade teacher read to us for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of the day, after recess, and lunch to calm us down. During the year she read all the Laura Ingles Wilder books, The Borrowers series, and a couple others I don’t remember. It has stuck with me and I am an avid reader of sometimes up to 5 books a week. I switched to primarily romance in high school when I stumbled on a Harlequin while babysitting and haven’t turned back since. I switch it up and read mysteries and thrillers and the occasional paranormal but it is still primarily romance or romantic suspense or erotica.

  6. Leanna

    I think my first romance novel was Seperate Beds by LaVryle Spenser. I love romance Noel’s because I love a happy ending.

  7. whistleinthewind74

    I never liked reading as a young person, of course I did it for school. But my love started in my late 20’s, when I was going through a divorce. It really helped me and now I’m a voracious reader.

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