Here at Center for the Reader, we make no quibbles over genre.
From the back cover of Maya Rodale’s Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained:
“Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels have had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But in fact, romance novels—the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women—might prove to be the most revolutionary writing ever produced.
“Dangerous Books for Girls examines the origins of the genre’s bad reputation—from the ‘damned mob of scribbling women’ in the nineteenth century to the sexy mass-market paperbacks of the twentieth century—and shows how these books have inspired and empowered generations of women to dream big, refuse to settle, and believe they’re worth it.
“For every woman who has ever hidden the cover of a romance—and for every woman who has been curious about those ‘Fabio books’—Dangerous Books For Girls shows why there’s no room for guilt when reading for pleasure.”
So. Are you in the mood for some romance? Book Rioters share the titles that got them hooked (…and why!):
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Stranger In My Arms by Lisa Kleypas
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
A Woman of Passion by Anne Mather
Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Maisey Yates
A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
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