I took a romance novel webinar at work a few months ago. My reason for doing so was straightforward: romance isn’t a genre I read much in, and it’s a weakness in my Reader Advisory skills, so this free webinar was an easy way to brush up on my knowledge.
It was also quite fun. I learned a lot about new and established authors in the field, and I’ve even read several romance novels after my interest was piqued. So far it’s been historicals set in a variety of historical periods (usually bursting with anachronisms), but next up is a contemporary. I doubt I’ll ever become a romance fan the way I’m a fantasy fan, but I do feel like I have a better understanding of the genre.
Since the webinar, I’ve read
- Butterfly Swords and The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannine Lin (both are set in Tang Dynasty China)
- Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen (a Regency version of “Mr and Mrs Smith” and very silly)
- A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch (another Regency, but the author is a giant nerd and I like that).
Next up is Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson (Sleeping Beauty in the modern world). I’m also eagerly awaiting Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook, which is a companion to The Iron Duke, which I loved loved loved when I stumbled across it on my own last year.