All You Need Is Love – The Divine Magazine Blog Hop and Giveaway

divine-pride-blog-hopWhy We Need Romance

Have you ever noticed that the “R” word has a bit of a reputation? You know the one, where the romance genre is pooh-poohed and scoffed at and labeled fluff and drivel, while we readers are sniffed at for rotting our brains on a spun-sugar plot as simple as two people meeting and making a connection and falling for each other in a way that can’t be explained by science, or religion, or voodoo magick…

There is, however, a chemistry to love. The brain releases dopamine, contributing to the feelings of euphoria that come along with those early days of a new romance. Our hearts race. We get weak in the knees. We break out in goose bumps. We smile more. We laugh more. We may even cry more. We focus on the shiny beautiful things and ignore all the stress life has to throw our way because we’re so busy falling in love.

Funny thing, isn’t it then, that we feel all those same things when we read about two people falling in love in a book—two people who’ve never existed anywhere but in a writer’s imagination…until that author puts words to page and makes those two people real to us? We experience empathy when love goes wrong, and a secondhand elation in the romantic notion that there’s love enough in this world to give us hope that it will always win.

When we read a well-written romance, our hearts race, we get weak in the knees, we break out in goose bumps, we smile, we laugh, we cry… and we escape all the other stress life has to throw our way while we’re busy reading and falling in love with a story and its characters.

And the most beautiful part of our love of romance is that there’s always the next great couple there and waiting for us to embrace them–whether they be two men, two women, and man and a woman, or, come to think of it, any and all of the variations thereof that we meet along the way in our books.

Because love, after all, is love. And the love of a good book is a love that keeps on giving. :)

The Novel Approach is so pleased to be participating in the Divine Magazine blog hop celebrating love in all its forms. Be sure to click on the link to enter for the chance to win their massive tour-wide giveaway.

For the chance to win TNA’s exclusive giveaway, a $25 Gift Card at Amazon or ARe, winner’s choice, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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15 thoughts on “All You Need Is Love – The Divine Magazine Blog Hop and Giveaway

  1. wiccachic2000 says:

    don’t really do fluffy (plot comes first in all things) and considering my main genres are horror scifi fantasy the closest to fluffy I usually get are things like Ensign Sue Must Die or for shows IZombie, Z Nation, Teen Wolf, or Supernatural to name a few. Maybe one of those might count as dark fluff but I don’t think so.


  2. wiccachic2000 says:

    Sorry just thought of a title that’s another of the more lighthearted for my reading fare “Duck” by Kim Dare. I do like the romances that aren’t the main plot point but as a natural progression of a story and aren’t actually the be all end all so the story can still move along even if that element weren’t there.


  3. Jen CW says:

    Some of my favorites are: A.E. Via and Sandrine Gasq-Dion have many great books; Cardeno C is almost always a comfort read for me; Desdemona Darkly by Matt Ortiz, that book made me laugh out loud. A great love story is one that watches two people grow closer together whether they are a new couple or an established couple; two people that have chemistry.


  4. jenf27 says:

    I don’t do “fluffy” that much, but a couple I enjoyed recently are Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes and Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet.

    Components of a great love story for me include each person helping the other to make their lives better and also loving each other despite differences, disagreements – being willing to work through those.



  5. Serena S. says:

    I am currently reading The Vamp for Me series by Bailey Bradford is qute funny. I also agree with the other comments, I read most of those books and they are great ones.
    For me, a love story needs characters that accept each other flaws and now how to move on or stay nd fight when the situation calls for it. And of course, a happy ending. ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. suze294 says:

    I do like the titles that make you smile – Sock it to me, Santa (Madison Parker); JL Merrow’s Plumbers Mate book (Pressure Head, Relief Valve)


  7. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Some of my favourite titles are from the “Farm Series” by Andrew Grey his books always have a great story and a wonderful Hea.


  8. Antonia says:

    Cardeno C’s books are always favorites when I want something sweet and comforting. A great love story is one in which two people realize they are better together and overcome their obstacles to make it to a HEA.


  9. waxapplelover says:

    I love seeing two (or more) characters find that special someone who completes them. Super mushy, I know. For light, fluffy romance, Nico Jaye is a master. I also love Mary Calmes’ and Cardeno C’s special brand of romance. And for the laughs, I can’t live without TJ Klune’s kind of crazy. Who else would write about a gay hornless unicorn who snorts in colors?


  10. I love pretty much everything by Charlie Cochet, Mary Calmes, Alexa Land….So many authors I have discovered in the year or so I have been reading M/M :) I enjoy stories with humor mixed in with romance best.


  11. Trix says:

    One very sweet (yet sexy) one I love is SAY A LITTLE PRAYER by Clare London, about a guardian angel and the seaside ice cream vendor he loves! A great romance involves characters who are compelling separately and together, and lots of depth and chemistry to their interaction!


  12. REE DEE says:

    I say the most recent fluffy book I’ve read is Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet.

    A great love story needs main characters who become better together than they are apart!


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