In Defense of The Raunchy Romance

By Taylor Diamond

Hi, my name’s Taylor and I love reading the raunchiest of romance novels. Unlike others, I’m not afraid to get down and dirty with the best (or worst) of them. Though, it’s not for the reasons you might think. The romance genre just doesn’t get the love it deserves, so I’m here to stand up in defense of my beloved raunchy novels.

I love losing myself in a good story, and romance novels provide a protagonist that I can actually relate to. Typically, a well-formed protagonist(s) has an underlying reason from their past that provides obstacles to jump through before they are able to maintain a healthy relationship. All too often, romance novels are cast aside and labeled “trashy” or “raunchy” and even “women’s porn” (that’s my personal favorite); but I say bring on the unfitting labels and narrow minded stereotypes because our raunchy writers will prove them wrong time and again. One of my favorite past times is watching people get proved wrong.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking. That’s great and all, Taylor, but what does this have to do with telling us about the best novel’s out there? Well, my little honeybees, I feel that not everyone is on the same page with our genre. Even those who enjoy a good romance don’t necessarily know WHY they enjoy them. And that just won’t do. Of course, those steamy interludes and gorgeous men (and women) are a large part of the enjoyment of the novel, but it also has a lot to do with feeling a connection to the protagonist. Letting yourself find the similarities, so that you might imagine the protagonist is you. Personally, when I choose a novel it almost always is about an early twenties woman making her way through college and trying to find herself. Why, you ask? Because, I myself am a 22 year old woman finding myself in college.

Now connecting to the protagonist and stepping away from reality might be enough to convince our haters out there that the raunchy romance novel is full of literary genius. For those of you to whom the previous assertion applies, try reading some novels written by the author Tijan. In my opinion (and we all know I’m an expert, obviously) Tijan is one the leading writers of this genre. Her novels tend to be classy, sassy, and just a little bit smart-assy. They’re great for all romance novel readers from novice to experienced. You want an uplifting story? Check. You want crazy obstacles? Check. You want hot raunchy sex scenes? Triple check. Any way you look at it, Tijan’s got it covered.

For beginning romance, readers I’m going to suggest Tijan’s Anti- Stepbrother. This was the first novel that I read from her, and I’ve read every one since then. The plot is new and invigorating, the characters are very relatable, and the steamy scene’s… well I’ll leave that for you to decide. The climax (pun intended) had me pissed off, crying, and hooked until I finished (pun also intended) the novel and had my resolution. Give these raunchy romances a shot, and let me know what you think!

Unless you don’t like it. Then don’t. Haters!

Peace, Love, and Rauchiness honeybees!


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