To trace my love of historical romance, we first must travel to the not-so-distant past. The 90s. The 1990s, anyway.
When I was an actual young adult looking for YA books, there were few to find. The library at the time had one tiny shelf, half of it fantasy or science fiction (neither of which interested me at the time). But it did have plenty of historical fiction, with writers like Ann Rinaldi.
I devoured as much of those historical novels as I possible could, and developed a love of historical books. I graduated to authors like Philippa Gregory.
Romance hadn’t featured heavily into that yet, probably because I hadn’t quite discovered romance novels. When I did, it was romantic suspense. But there are plenty of romantic suspense authors who have crossed over to historical romance (Julie Garwood, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Linda Howard, to name my favorites at the time), and it wasn’t surprising how well I took to the genre, although I never gravitated far from my favorites.
Of course, it didn’t reach Great Historical Romance Bender status until 2013, long after I left my teens (long, long after) and my brief dip into historical romance thanks to my favorite romantic suspense authors.
As for the Great Historical Romance Bender? All it took was one Sarah MacLean novel, and I was hooked. The rest is well documented.
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