What Does It Mean to Be a “Romance Aficionado”?
I like to call myself a romance aficionado because I’m in love with romance. I mean, seriously. I look through every movie, book, and television show for the romance first, the plot and characters a close second. That sounds odd, but there’s just something about the concept of a happily-ever-after with a partner that’s appealing. Someone special to love and cherish you? Stellar idea.
I started my love affair with romance books at the tender age of twelve. I remember annoying my mother about being bored. I had nothing to do and nothing to read (I’ve been addicted to books since birth—HA), so my mom grabbed one of her books and tossed it to me.
It was Johanna Lindsey’s A Gentle Feuding. My very first romance book, a wonderful historical romance. I LOVED it. That’s also where I learned that “I dinna ken” means “I don’t understand.” I was learning while being entertained!
For years after that, I devoured anything romance-related I could get my hands on. I totally thrilled over Star Wars, in particular, the romance between Princess Leia and Han Solo. In the original TV series, Battle Star Galactica, I’d imagine myself rescuing Starbucks and Apollo from danger, then watching as they fought over who got to be my boyfriend.
Harlequin and Silhouette Intimate Moments were my favorite books at any used bookstore, and I regularly blew my allowance on the slender tomes. The library didn’t have enough for me to read, so I turned to westerns, only satisfied when Louis L’Amour gave his heroes a decent heroine to marry.
I fell in love with written word, so it was only natural I’d start writing my own stories. I wanted women with more of a kick-butt attitude. Some snark, some realism (hey, we can’t all be tall, blond, and blue-eyed with boobs), and some humor in between steamy scenes.
Fast forward to 2004, when my first book released. An erotic vampire story, or what would now be considered “mainstream paranormal romance.” Times have changed. Purple prose is no longer standard, but romance remains the same—my go-to guaranteed to make me happy.
So bring on the romance in TV shows, movies, and books, and I’ll be happy forever.
Collision Course - Body Shop Bad Boys Book 4
He's always had a way with the ladies
She won't give him the time of day
Sparks fly when two hearts in motion collide.
Florist Joey Reeves is working overtime to stay away from Lou Cortez, the ace mechanic with a reputation for irresistible charm. She's a single mom with enough on her plate—the last thing she needs is entanglement with the hottest guy in town...
"Well, hello there."
Joey glanced up and froze. The man who'd been haunting her sleep looked even better in the hard light of day.
"H-hello." She coughed. The guys who worked at Webster's Garage all looked larger than life, covered in tattoos, muscles, and that indefinable sense of danger they wore like a second skin. But this guy, the tall, Latin lover with dark-brown eyes and lips made for kissing, who had snared her.
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She's a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she's constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.