I did the Fantasy version of this tag last month and now I want to do the original romance-based tag created by Bree Hill.

What is your romance origin story? (How you came to read your first romance novel)

My grandmother lived next door to me when I was growing up. She had a subscription to Harlequin. She read them all the time and kept trying to get my mother and I interested. Once we finally picked them up we got addicted. She only read Regency books that had zero sex in them. The really racy ones had people who (gasp) kissed! Those are still my favorite types.

If you could be the heroine in a romance novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

I’d like to have Courtney Milan write my story so I know that I’d be really smart.

I’m not sure what trope I really love. I mostly like to be surprised in my reading so I like people subverting tropes. Maybe I’d go with “Love interest is secretly rich/royal/famous.”

What is a romance you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

Royal Date

I loved this series by Sariah Wilson. It is contemporary royals of a made-up country and women who have vowed that there will be no kissing. My grandmother would approve.

What is your favorite romance subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?

I’m a fan of Regency but I particularly like books in that area or Victorian that focus on people not in the nobility. Dukes and house parties get boring for me.

I’ve been getting more into paranormal. I hadn’t read many of those before. I especially like historical with a hint of magic more than full on werewolves or vampires.

Who is one of your auto-buy romance authors?

I have a few but Alyssa Cole is one of my favorites no matter what era she is writing.

How do you typically find romance recommendations?

Twitter. I follow some people who have similar tastes to me and write down whatever they say.

What is one misconception about romance you would like to lay to rest?

That romance books are basically porn for bored housewives.