Who Do You Want to Hang Out With?

Guest Post by Elizabeth Spaur

My first post for the blog was about my first book boyfriend. Ahh, Beric Dane, how I loved him so. As much as I love my book boyfriends, I also love books that are full of secondary characters that make me want to visit the world again, and again.  They are the books that build a community filled with vividly painted families and friends who help the hero and heroine tell their story and entertain the reader along the way. Who hasn’t read Kristen Ashley and wished they could hang out at Fortnum’s and meet the rock chicks? If you’ve read Julia Quinn I bet you wished you could be friends with any one (likely all) of the Bridgertons. Thanks to Carrie Ann Ryan, I wish I could get my next tattoo at Montgomery Ink.  Because of Kathleen Brooks I want to go to Keeneston, Kentucky and hang out with…well everyone.  I think one of the hallmarks of a great romance isn’t just the joy a reader experiences when the hero and heroine get their happily ever after, it’s also leaving the reader with the feeling that they’ve made new friends in that wonderful world and they can’t wait to go back.  I could spend the rest of the day talking about the books that made me wish I could step between the pages and meet all the wonderful, funny, amazing characters inside and hang out with them for a little while.  Who would you visit if you could?

For more about Elizabeth Spaur, her books and her blog, go here.

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Do You Remember Your First Book Boyfriend?

Guest Post by Elizabeth Spaur

This was the very first romance novel I ever read. His name was Beric Dane and he was a commercial pilot. He fell in love with a stewardess named Lyn Maxwell. One day customs found heroine in Lyn’s bags, and she was sent to prison for 3 years. He believed she was guilty, and tried to move on with his life. She thought he framed her, and vowed revenge.  Boy did she get it!

Like most first loves, today, a decade or two (or more) after we parted, I view Beric through the rosy lens of sentiment.  For awhile, no one could compare to him. Sure, there have been others since Beric. But he will always be my first. The first hero that jumped off the page and made me want to be the woman he wanted to be with forever.

I have lost count of the book boyfriends I have found since I read Beric and Lyn’s story. Some I have, admittedly, loved more than Beric. But, Beric Dane will always be my very first book boyfriend, and because he was, he will always have a special place in this reader’s heart.

So, do you remember your fist book boyfriend?

Elizabeth Spaur is the author of Miss Atomic Bomb 1953, a novella in the Decades of Love anthology. You can find out more about her and her books here.

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