Need a Break? Here's Why Romance Novels Can Be the Perfect Escape

Posted by Hayley on March 16, 2018

Everyone could use a happily ever after. Christine Feehan, the bestselling author of the Dark, GhostWalkers, and Drake Sisters series, is a passionate defender of the benefits of reading romance. With her next seductive thrill ride, Covert Game, hitting bookshelves this month, we asked her to share why romance novels have such a special place in her heart.


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Our lives are busy and filled with technology that allows us to connect more widely…but less deeply. Life demands we have jobs, responsibilities, and accountability. We do so much more work that we don't have as much time to connect with people. Daily news depresses or desensitizes us—when it's not worrying or angering us. We look around at our busy and serious lives and just want to breathe, relax, and escape into the promise of good feelings and happiness.

There are many options to find that promise, and one of those options is romance novels. They promise a happily-ever-after ending that reminds us of the beauty all around us, inside and out.

I think back on my life, and I can see where reading romance made a difference for me. Life isn't always easy or kind, but a good book can help us cope, keep us sane, and give us hope. I have my go-to books that I read again and again because I need to feel uplifted when things are heavy in my life.

Reading romance is the closest thing to magic outside of the love of family and friends. You turn the page and fall into a scene where the problems aren't your own. You know, through the promise of happily ever after, that things will always work out in a romance novel. And when they do, you remember there is always hope, even for you.


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Romance can also transport you to places you may never see otherwise. I have traveled, spoken to experts, experimented, taken classes, had discussions, and read extensively to research my books. Most of what I learn never makes it into the story, but it allows me to be confident in what I'm writing. It also allows me to transport a reader to a whole new world. Perhaps you can't travel to the Carpathian Mountains, but you can see and experience them when you read my books.

I close my eyes and feel the sun on my face as the ocean breeze moves my hair and kisses my skin. I smell coconut and salt air. In reality, I am in my den, suffering through a cold and surrounded by tissues, tea, and Mucinex. Believe me, I am grateful for my alternate reality via romance novels!

I'm certain many of us can think back to a time when a book got us through a difficult period in our lives. We reached for that escape because it promised us everything would work out in the end—and we needed that.

Romance is the perfect escape, but it is so much more than that. It's an opportunity to remember how important it is to feel, and it's a vehicle that removes us from the pressures of life and sets us on a journey to hope and happiness.



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message 1: by Janice (new)

Janice I love...love...love Christine Feehan's books. Can't get enough of her Dark series, love her Shadow Riders series, and her Leopard Peoples series. Have a great day. Great Blog.


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan Dees THE author that introduced me to romance novels! I love her work.


message 3: by Alberto (new)

Alberto Nice!


Bookishnymph *needs hea* This post is appropriate for me at the moment. I'm totally on a romance binge right now, such a great escape!!


message 5: by Gail (new)

Gail Mitchell I totally love and read anything Christine Feehan!!!


message 6: by Amber (new)

Amber Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors! This blog post explains why I read her books. I guess it makes sense that she’d also read books like hers for the same reason I read her books.


message 7: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Need to start reading these books! New author for me! Thanks for the post. Added books to my TBR list.


message 8: by Janice (new)

Janice Also love Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series....very funny...


message 9: by Vicky (new)

Vicky Vaughn Ghostwalker series is my favorite! Glad a new book is out! Can't wait to read it! Thanks!


message 10: by Jennifer (last edited Mar 20, 2018 12:50PM) (new)

Jennifer Soo TRUE! This post relates to and answers many questions my kids ask me when they see me reading these.


message 11: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Tisdel Janice wrote: "Also love Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series....very funny..."

I agree. I just found a new series you might like if you like Sands, Kenyon or Ward. It's my Joel Crofoot and it's A Series of Angels. There are 4 of them now and are only 99 cents. Michael's Passion, Ramatel's Vow, Asael's Nature and Sahariel's Awakening. I didn't realize it was a male writer and was so surprised to find it was. He's really good and the stories are interesting. He's just finished his PhD in Psychology & includes a little bit in the back of each book about the main character & his problems/diagnosis etc. Very good books. I highly recommend them & can't wait for more.


message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kimberly wrote: "Janice wrote: "Also love Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series....very funny..."

I agree. I just found a new series you might like if you like Sands, Kenyon or Ward. It's my Joel Crofoot and it's A Serie..."


Kimberly wrote: "Janice wrote: "Also love Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series....very funny..."

I agree. I just found a new series you might like if you like Sands, Kenyon or Ward. It's my Joel Crofoot and it's A Serie..."


Thanks! I’ll be sure to add them to my TBR list (getting quite long but wont run out of books for awhile😊)


message 13: by Janice (new)

Janice Loved this Blog...one of the best.


message 14: by Janice (new)

Janice Just bought Covert Game, today.


message 15: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Just finished a good book called Little boy lost. Not much for politics but this was pretty interesting.


message 16: by Tina (new)

Tina  Alicea So very true Christine...I didn't have time to read for a period of time (due to work, kids, time, etc)...and over the last year and a half I started back reading during a not so great time in my life....and it was (has been) a wonderful escape ...and now I can't quit..(which might not be too healthy)LOL. Thanks so much for all your books, I can't get enough and am rereading them!!


message 17: by Janice (new)

Janice Thea Harrison's books are fun.


message 18: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Lacee All so true...


message 19: by Me Like Reading (new)

Me Like Reading For me, romance novels are life’s beer goggles; they make reality seem that much better. Also, these Christine Feehan books sound pretty cool. Methinks I will check them out for future reading!


message 20: by Dena (new)

Dena Well said!


message 21: by Diana (new)

Diana Christine Feehan is one of my fav paranormal romance authors. I love her Shadow series, Drake sisters and now reading Judgement Road. She shows us Alpha males who are not afraid to admit that their women have them bound totally , soul-mates, in all things. It is true , I read for escape and Christine takes me to an alternative reality that even in the darkest moments there is hope for a happily ever after. So when people ask me what I am reading , I am learning to(not always successfully) to proudly stateI am reading romance because I need my time on the beach, and to once again believe that there is hope!


message 22: by AlwaysV (last edited Mar 22, 2018 02:32PM) (new)

AlwaysV I've been and always will be forever your loyal fan 🌹Thank you so much for 💕 Kadan whose story led me to 💕 Razvan . . . 💕 the Dark One . . . and all the rest. . . 💕


message 23: by Jai (new)

Jai M {The Crazy Cat Lady} Kimberly wrote: "Janice wrote: "Also love Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series....very funny..."

I agree. I just found a new series you might like if you like Sands, Kenyon or Ward. It's my Joel Crofoot and it's A Serie..."


Thanx for the suggest..
You hooked me in with the PhD in Psychology, that just begs for a look at.
I use to love Feehan, but couldn't deal with the aggressive, controlling guys. No judgement, just not my thing.
Absolutely Loved the worlds and stories she created however.


message 24: by Jai (new)

Jai M {The Crazy Cat Lady} Jai wrote: "Kimberly wrote: "Janice wrote: "Also love Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series....very funny..."

I agree. I just found a new series you might like if you like Sands, Kenyon or Ward. It's my Joel Crofoot..."


I just sampled the first book in Joel Crofoot series, and it should be noted, there are scenes early on, that could be triggering for some.


message 25: by Janice (new)

Janice Never heard of Joel Crawfoot. I do read Sandra Hill, Kerreyln Sparks, Thea Harrison, Paige Tyler, Terry Spear--among other paranormal romance authors-- as well.


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