Yes, I know it is past Valentine’s Day, but my ever so logical brain wouldn’t let me ignore posting a list of chronological links for this entire Ten Nights of Love series for future reference. Following that, you’ll find a few thoughts that crossed my mind as I made this journey through the years.
First, here’s the full list of posts in order:
- The Introduction
- Grace Livingston Hill
- Emilie Loring
- Glenna Finley
- Julie Garwood
- Amanda Quick
- Dara Joy
- Stephanie Laurens
- Christine Feehan
- Linnea Sinclair
- Shelly Laurenston
- Cover Gallery
Now for my overall thoughts completely unrelated to individual authors and simply about the journey I just took. I find it fascinating that what started out as an attempt explore the changes in sexual content in the books turned into something completely different. Or maybe it didn’t. The thing is I’m not sure we can ever completely separate the journey both we as romance readers take from the journey the people in the books take as their relationship develop in the story – on all levels. To try to do so is an insult to our intelligence.
These books that we love so much are about relationships at their core, no matter what else we add onto them and call sub-genres of this very large titan of publishing. Take The Relationship away and they’re not romances, at least not what we call romances nowadays. Take the sex away and there’s not much left of The Relationship, even in so-called sweet romances, because even the touch of a hand or a glance across the room is about sex to a great extent. Here’s the thing, though, even books that are almost non-stop sex from beginning to end can sometimes have stronger, more well developed relationships in them than those that have less sex because, hey, guess what, the individuals actually spend time together working on That Relationship. Imagine that. One just never knows until one reads the stories.
In some ways this was an easy series of posts to write because I know the various authors so well and in some ways it was very difficult to write, difficult for me personally because I tend to not like to talk about myself. I pushed on because I knew that it would be a group of posts that I could refer back to both individually and collectively in the future. Plus it gave me the opportunity to put some things down in context that I didn’t want to forget. That’s always a plus, the older one gets.
As to the future, I have no doubt that there will be authors to add to the list of those who change my romance reading tastes as the genre itself changes even more and to that I say bring them on. I can’t wait to read the stories they tell.