Felice Stevens – Love, NY Style
You always remember your first
As the year draws to a close, I tend to get nostalgic and look back at things that make me happy. And of course, reading romances make me happy, because for a brief time, I can forget the rest of the world and all its ugliness and know that at least in the next several hours or however long it takes me to finish, I am guaranteed a happy ending.
I don’t expect my romance books to reflect real life; I read them to escape. If I wanted real life I wouldn’t read romance. Maybe that’s a silly, head in the sand attitude, but it is how I feel. When I read a romance I want to be transported; I don’t want to worry if the main character will die in the end or the couple will break up. Do I like angst? Sure. But let it serve a purpose as the couple heads on their way to an HEA.
We read romances that seem improbable and impossible. But for me, it isn’t a problem that the ending is always guaranteed. In most cases we know how a book will end once we read an author once or twice. It’s all about getting there…the journey. How will that journey affect you. Will you want to revisit this couple again in the future because of how comforting their story is and how happy it made you? To me, that’s the sign of a really good romance.
I started thinking about my first romance reads; the books that started me on my journey to happily ever after. My first romance book ever was Shanna, by Katheen Woodiwiss. Pirates and kidnapping and secret identities…..oh it was a classic rip that bodice romance and I loved every minute of it. And I re-read it (again) a few months ago and it was as fun and yes, cheesy as ever. I loved every minute of it.
Don’t let anyone knock it unless they’ve tried it.
Happy Holidays!! I hope you all have a wonderful season of celebration and see you in the New Year!!
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.