What do I love the best about romance novels? The happily ever after (HEA), of course! And I know that’s why many romance readers love the genre. But what is it about the HEA that keeps us reading more and more, binge-reading at times? I think it’s an unfailing hope that happily ever after’s really do exist, even if it hasn’t happened for you yet.
Also, it’s about the sweeping romance that wraps you up. And if it can begin with a big bang, that makes it all the more appealing. We love things that totally knock us off our feet, am I right? In fact, one of my favorite tropes is the “friends to lovers”, which often requires a world-shaking event to change the status quo. It never gets old! I love that explosive chemistry and the sometimes painful journey to get to that HEA. Not to suggest that a calm, eased-into romance isn’t just as powerful as the explosive kind. But that’s why we read romance, isn’t it? To feel the high emotions and then to feel the satisfaction that even after all the conflict and raw emotions, love is there, waiting.
We read romance because love is beautiful and it’s possible under any circumstances.
LEFT TO FOREVER
Realist Dr. Carla Harris believes that people create their own fate through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials, she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done…her estranged husband, Jacob.
Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.
She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together.
Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?
Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.
The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract in 2013.
When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.