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Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

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Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story.

At some point, we’ve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the h
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Dutton
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Elizabeth
Mar 06, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Source: I received a copy from Folio Literary Management in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions.

I wanted to like this book, but alas, I just couldn't. I didn't understand any of the romance heroes Bloom compared her real life men to. There was Mr. Darcy who I know as I think is from Pride and Prejudice possibly? But I have never read that book. And then Bloom just went on for 300 and some pages compari
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Carly
Sep 18, 2014 Carly rated it it was ok
Two stars might be being unfair to this book. There was nothing wrong about it per se. It was a super quick read. And if Patience were 15 years younger, I could see us being friends. That being said, there was nothing so unique about her life in the book that warranted a book. (There's nothing in my life to rate one either.)

I was also disappointed there wasn't more of her day job in there. I don't think this is me being unrealistic; it's in the title. Being an editor at Harlequin is probably one
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Amanda
Jan 22, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I finished this last night with a huge smile on my face. I am partial to stories-with-happy-endings, and this memoir certainly didn't let me down n that regard. But it was so much more! Patience Bloom is a reader, and an editor, so her writing and her story flowed so well that it was hard not to stay up late and gobble it up (which I did!) I respected her for integrating a difficult aspect of her life-- which made me admire her all the more. Romance Is My Day Job made me want to listen to more D ...more
Alan
Feb 11, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
Quick version. I really loved the book. Read it in one interrupted sitting. Patience is an editor at Harlequin. Her romantic life was not doing well. Mr. Right was not appearing. She was 41. Out of the blue, Sam Bloom, who she sort of knew from high school contacted her on Facebook. True Love.

OK, the long version. What am I doing up at 6AM writing a review. Well, I had just kicked the winning goal. The fans were screaming. "OW". My wife should be thankful I had just cut my toenails. Anyway, I wa
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Jaime
Feb 23, 2014 Jaime rated it it was ok
I finished it. Read like a diary. Only skipped a little in the middle. And scanned a bit at the end. But for the record, I didn't like Eat, Pray, Love either.
Carolyn Hill
May 01, 2014 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars rounded up because it made me laugh out loud several times. This is a true life memoir that reminded me of Bridget Jones' Diary, which also made me cackle. Chick lit romance for real. Patience Bloom (Smith for 99% of the book) chronicles her romances from high school until a rather late marriage in her early forties. While her romances were disappointing, none were truly disastrous. Though unsuccessful in love, she finds her dream career working her way up to an editorial ...more
Michelle
Mar 24, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, ebooks
"Romance is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last" is a fun delightful memoir mix blended with intrigue and possibilities of the romance novel. Patience Bloom, a Harlequin romance book editor, recalled that her ideals of the dashing he-man hero's: the dominant Alpha males, a stoic priest, an elegant French prince, didn't exactly measure up to the avoidant boyfriends in real life, but were the sources behind her storytelling and inspiration.

By the time Bloom graduated from Oberlin College
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Karyl
It may be that I am not part of the target demographic for this book. I never got into romance novels, let alone the Harlequin books the author devours in college and then as part of her job as an editor. I admit that Bloom has an engaging writing style, and the flow to her story is a good one.

However, I have several issues with this book. For one thing, it's written in present tense. I know that's quite a quibble, and making a mountain out of a mole hill, but I don't care for books written in
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Meagan
Jan 29, 2014 Meagan rated it really liked it
There are a lot of things I like about this book. The author is a long-time romance reader and peppers the book with little nods and affectionate jabs at the genre. (Her imaginary romance heroine is named Faun and lives in Taliashire. I laughed out loud at Taliashire.) She also gives little inside glimpses at what it's like to be an editor at Harlequin. I'm sure it's not all fun and games, but I think it would be an awesome job. The most impressive thing, for me, was how clear-eyed her descripti ...more
Cindy
Jul 01, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
I liked the concept of the novel, Romance is My Day Job, but I really didn't care for the first part of the book at all. I know the beginning is important to events later on in the book, but I really found chapters describing her being a boy-crazy high school student at a private academy, and a drunk, guy-crazed college co-ed to be off-putting rather than something I relished reading. For awhile, I didn't think I couldn't finish reading the book.

Once the author arrived in NYC, however, and bega
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Monica Tomasello
Jul 22, 2015 Monica Tomasello rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The beginning didn't grab me, but I kept going and got caught up in it. I loved the book and movie references, many of which were familiar to me, and the way Patience related them to her life and her story. It was neat that one of the books she specifically referenced many times was one that I had just recently read, though it's not a new book.
Jess
Feb 01, 2017 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


I really wanted to dive into this book and come out feeling better about my single self (I am 29…) but I didn't. I have never been huge on romance novels so I guess that was issue number one. Patience Bloom compares her real life men to romance heroes throughout the novel and I just couldn't 'get' it. That's 300 pages of comparisons and contrasts between romance heroes I know nothing about and real life men who I care to know nothing about.

Men in real life are not like the heroes you read in bo
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Diana
Feb 17, 2017 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. It was sweet, funny, sad and ultimately happy.
Catalina
Dec 26, 2016 Catalina rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
I thought it was pretty cute. There were relatable moments and some really funny analyses of the dating scape; enjoyable overall.
Penny McGill
Apr 02, 2014 Penny McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, romance
Pretty fond of this book. It has two of my favourite things - romance and a little bit of behind-the-scenes on an interesting industry - and it blended together so well. It was a fast read because she brought balance to the way she shared these important events in her life.

Patience Bloom starts her story as a young teen attending a formal dance at her U.S. boarding school. She talks about her friends and roommates, the type of music they listen to, how she has stalked the object of her affectio
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Charlotte
Jan 28, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it
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For as long as she can remember Patience Smith has had a fondness for romance. She got sucked into Harlequin romance novels from a young age and thought that her life would play out just like one of her romance novels. When will the billionaire boss notice how beautiful she is while at work and sweep her off her feet? Patience even gets a temp job after college because that is what all the heroines do in the romance novels. She pursues her quest for romanc
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Carin
I was so excited to read what was essentially a meld of chick lit, a memoir, and a book about editing! It is possibly that this combo of three of my favorite things lead to slightly unrealistic expectations. So it ended up being a case of a good, well-written book about things I like... that I found disappointing. Which basically means you should ignore me because I don't make sense.

Patience grows up in Connecticut, moves to Ohio, then to New Mexico, but does eventually end up in New York City,
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Annalynn
Jun 06, 2014 Annalynn rated it really liked it
Reading Patience Bloom's memoir felt like I was reading my doppelganger's memoir - we're THAT much alike - only the cooler, single New York version of me whose life is very Sex and the City-ish before she found and married her Mr. Right.

I LOL'd so many times at the memoirs of our romance novel editor - she grew up planning to marry Duran Duran members (nothing wrong with that), she learned about romance from the Lido Deck of 'The Love Boat,' she wrote a thesis on Simon Le Bon's brilliant lyrics
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Diary of a Modern Day Spinster
Feb 12, 2014 Diary of a Modern Day Spinster rated it really liked it
Patience Bloom works for a publishing house that’s best known for its steamy romances with happy endings.

In Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last, the bashful book editor chronicles her personal experiences from awkward prep school days, reckless college years and unsuccessful online dating to finally finding her “happily ever after” in her 40s.

Bloom juxtaposes her experiences with typical romance plots to demonstrate the stark contrast between fiction and reality. Wearing her
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Bookworm
Aug 06, 2016 Bookworm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me why I don't care for romances. Who wouldn't want to be swept away by Mr. Darcy? Meet a Heathcliff? Have a grand love story with a happy ending and lovely wedding with family and friends and happiness?
 
Author Bloom details her love life as a teenager through adulthood. The frogs she kissed, the lessons she learned. Will she find happiness? Can life be like many romance novels with a happy ending/marriage/baby on the way? Bloom will find out.
 
Honestly, my eyes started glazing over almos
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Elizabeth
Patience Smith adores romance novels and frequently imagines herself and the men she dates into one. After trying out various careers and living in several states she finds her dream novel as an editor at Harlequin and settles into life living in New York City. Yet there is still something missing when a chance Facebook encounter with an old friend from high school finds Patience finally embarking on the romance of her dreams . . .

There is not a lot of suspense as to the outcome of this romance,
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Reid Curley
Feb 07, 2014 Reid Curley rated it it was amazing
As a man who has been happily married for 20+ years and barely made it into the world of dating as an adult, I doubt that I am part of the target demographic for this book. I read it primarily because I know the author and her husband. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it highly.

Patience, the author, compares and contrasts the daily ups and downs of her life to those of the heroines of the romance novels she edits as part of her job at Harlequin books. This struck me as a r
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Cortana
Feb 06, 2014 Cortana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom is a splendid memoir that teaches and amazes me to no end. In it Patience Bloom, who is a long time editor of romance novels at Harlequin, brings a humorous and entertaining chronicle of her life with romance and all things connected with it.

What is particularly striking about the memoir is the honesty with which Patience has written the book. Her style of writing and the audacity with which she has penned the book leaves
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Maripat-luna
Mar 22, 2014 Maripat-luna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes Life Reads Better Than Fiction

I bought this book when my friend Nici Derosier recommended it on Facebook. I had no idea what a treat was in store for me. I found myself riding the roller coaster of emotion as Patience came to life in the pages. A good fiction author is able to draw readers into the story and keep them invested in turning the next page, reading just one more chapter before turning off the bedside lamp. To accomplish the same effect on a reader of nonfiction, especially
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Kristin
May 30, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir
Not every woman or even person has the same expectations of love, and while I've never personally been one to pursue romance to Bloom's extent, I think we've all had our share of good dates/bad dates/strange infatuations/delightful crushes/embarrassing crushes/you name it. Bloom's writing warrants plenty of laughs, and her infatuation with the romance genre reminds me of my intense love for other genres and styles of books, and fandoms. While it's not my genre of choice, I get it, and the style ...more
Krystle
This book was okay, the writing was fine, but overall I had a really hard time getting into the story, however I’m not exactly an avid reader of memoirs or romance novels either. If you’re looking to read a book reminiscent to Gone with the Wind or something similar to a Nora Roberts novel, then you will be disappointed by Romance is my day job because it’s about real romance in ordinary life. If you are looking for a novel that dishes about being an editor for Harlequin, then you would also be ...more
Beth
Apr 26, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
I read this book in a few sessions, and enjoyed it. The author has a sharp sense of humour, and is very candid about her life and relationships. I also appreciated the trip she took readers through her life, from a private high school in Connecticut (where she dances with her future husband at a winter formal) to her life as a romance-novel editor for Harlequin in New York, with college, Paris, Cleveland, and teaching in New Mexico in between. Bloom isn’t afraid to expose the warts and wrinkles ...more
Joy Matteson
Dec 27, 2013 Joy Matteson rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, weird
I wish I could say only positive things about this book--Patience Bloom is funny, she works in the book world, her memoir demonstrates that she can tell the difference between Harlequin romance and real life romance. But I can't. With memoirs, I suppose my standards are set pretty high--I'm often hoping for self reflective understandings of one's past in relating it to the present. This seemed to be a rehashing of melodramatic boy crushes, an admittedly hilarious comparison between Harlequin her ...more
Jill Kemerer
Sep 11, 2014 Jill Kemerer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This is a very special book. I got sucked into the first chapter, and I stayed up WAY too late reading it. I could tell you to read it because the author is real and funny and a talented writer--all are true. However, the reason I enjoyed it so much is because this woman gets me, the romance-novel obsessed, constantly reading, not ashamed to admit I truly enjoy rag-mags and reality television me.

I still have favorite Harlequin novels I read in high school. Wish I could get my hands on a few I g
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Carly Thompson
Light memoir about romance. Patience Bloom is a single woman who loves romances (novels, movies, tv shows). She has the perfect job for her -- editing romances for Harlequin, the premier romance publisher. She has yet to find a partner and this memoir traces her romantic adventures from an elite boarding school, to years of bad boyfriends in her 20s and 30s, to reconnecting with a high school classmate which led to love and marriage. Bloom has her struggles (from a traumatizing rape in her early ...more
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