Episode 36: What Makes a Book Romantic?

Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth chat with Toni Shiloh about what makes a book romantic and we share some of our favorite romantic scenes. Books Mentioned …




  1. Amy Cruce

    August 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Hey ladies, I loved the discussion on romance 🙂 I'm currently reading Close to You by Kara Isaac (because it was recommended a few ago – Elizabeth said how much it made her laugh). Today, Narelle mentioned the mud pit scene – I thought the seasick scene was very romantic. With love and care, he took care of her during her horrible bout of seasickness.

  2. Kav Rees

    August 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Hmmm, you have me thinking all things romantical now. 🙂 I think a book is romantic when my emotions are engaged. When I stop reading and begin feeling my way through it. I appreciate all the suggestions for great contemporary reads you share each week . I'd like to add one more to your list — Sweet Tea by Piper Huguley. The hero Jack is all about the romantic gesture and swoony besides. He's such a steadying contrast to the heroine who is all kinds of uptight and I loved the friction zinging between the two…and the deliberate way Jack pursues Althea — it's not so much any one moment but a culmination of moments that screamed romance for me.

  3. Leenie Brown

    August 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

    As a reader, I think that swoony-ness is inseparable from small romantic gestures. It's all those little moments that add together to make that great kiss or declaration of love swoony. And I guess I'm more about those little moments than the grand gesture because they speak to the heart of the hero because they often aren't planned or staged.

    I'm between reads right now (hoping to get to read this weekend, but we'll see), so I scrolled through my collections on my Kindle app, and the first book that popped up and sparked a memory of a romantic scene was a clean/sweet romance by Cathryn Brown called Accidentally Matched. The H and h of that book get stranded in Alaska when his (Noah's) plan has trouble. They end up hiking for a few days. She's not from the area (She's from Arlington) and nervous, but she puts on a brave face and struggles through until one night when she just doesn't have anything left and the fear gets the upper hand. She's trying not to let him know she's crying, but he finds out and offers her comfort even though he's not usually very good at those things.

    And that made me think of Valerie's book in Love's Treasure, Ruby Radiance, and a scene where Dale and Trinity share a small emergency blanket when they're stranded on a hiking trail due to a mudslide. (Trinity takes such good care of him! And he's concerned about her, too. Love it.)

    And then, I remembered the book by Melissa Tagg in that anthology and the beginning scene where the H helps the h get to dry ground. (Even though that was not a romantic scene and just the meet-cute, it definitely added to the hero's swoony-ness). So, I'm going to say that scenes where either the hero or heroine offer comfort and help without any motive other than to be what the other person needs rank high enough on the romantic scale to be memorable. 🙂

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