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Subject: Your first romance novel
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:49 PM ET
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hee hee..my mom wouldn't allow me to read them even in high school if they had 'dirty covers'...sigh..this was the age of the 'bodice rippers' so I got  a copy of 'the celestial bed'..think it had a solid green cover; nothing racy and got 'educated', especially withall the masucline pronounts in a love scene and no female ones...whoo eee..I had NEVER seen anything like that in my life!

otherwise Barbara Cartlands were the first ones I was 'allowed' to read with all the wimpy women! make sure your daughter's first roamnce book is with a kicka$$ woman who knows what she wants LOL!

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 1:15 AM ET
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i don't exactly remember how old i was, but i suspect early jr high.  a friend snagged a Harlequin Romance from her older sister, and we took turns reading it out loud to each other.  i don't think remember a whole lot of detail in the book, but it was still more than i'd heard about before! 

i actually still have that book.  the sister didn't want it back, and i ended up with it.

that started me reading Harlequin Romance, which i borrowed a lot of from my grandmother.  she'd exchange big boxes with her sister, and after grandma had read the ones she got in a box i could borrow them.  later i switched to Harlequin Presents.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 1:37 AM ET
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Does "Forever" by Judy Bloom count?  If so than probably 13 or 14.  If not than I'd have to say 36.  Because I've only been really reading romances for a couple of years.  The one that started my addiction was The Maid of Lorne by Terry Brisbin.  I was looking at it today as a matter of fact.  I kept it because it was my first.  But now I'm kind of bittersweet about it.  I bought it because my husband had left on an unplanned deployment and I was feeling down and thought I'd try a romance book.  Little did I know I'd be planning a possible divorce 2 yrs later. 

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 2:10 AM ET
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Ms Old School here - my first was Jane Eyre.  Which I guess is not *technically* a "romance novel"; I think it's considered literature these days.  I was about 14.   I graduated from there to Victoria Holt - Menfreya in the Morning, and then some others, on to Barbara Cartland (bleh), my first brush with smut being Rosemary Rogers (double bleh), and a few other unmentionables:D  Captive Passions by Fern Michaels was in there somewhere, and probably a lesser known one, Dangerous Obsession by Natasha Peters - a surprisingly not too bad really old-old school romance.  I found Kathleen Woodiwiss at about age 17, and she was the only romance author I would read from then until more recently; just a few years ago when I realized that historicals & the romance genre itself had gone through a lot of drastic changes over the years.  I discovered Connie Brockway and Marsha Canham, and I've been a junkie ever since.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 6:51 AM ET
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My first were Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. Neither forwarded my romantic education, but I still enjoy them today. It wasn't until I got a library card at 13 and discovered Frank Yerby (what was I thinking!?!) that my reading heated up.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:14 AM ET
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I have no idea, it's been that long ago (we are talking 1970's here).  My mom is an avid reader and there were always books around, so it was likely a Harlequin, some bodice ripper or a Regency romance.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:28 AM ET
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I was in 6th grade.  I distinctly remember reading VC Andrews and John Saul during that time.  I'm sure I read some of my mom's romance novels as well.  I couldn't tell you which one was my first.  I was really bad about staying up late and finishing books in the middle of the night with a book light. 

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I think it was Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey.


Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:36 AM ET
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I was about 11 or 12 and I got ahold of some of my friend's mom's romances. I think they were kismet or something like that. Let's just say: I learned a lot more than I bargained for and I became an avid romance reader from then on.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:22 AM ET
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I'm not really sure. My Gram was an avid romance reader and I can remember skimming them with my sister, and in our immaturity, teasing her about the love scenes. I also remember reading the book version of the movie Romancing The Stone when I was a teen.

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I was reading teen harlequins at a young age -- can't remember exactly what I age I was.  I do remember "Flowers in the Attic" being the first adult book I read - that was junior high (age 11 or 12).  The first romance to really make an impression on me was "Whitney, My Love" by Judith McNaught.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 11:22 AM ET
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The first grown up romance novel i read was "Garden of the Moongate", and i was in the 6th grade.  a friend of mine gave it to me and insisted that i read it since it was SO good!  I had NO idea what i was getting myself into.  LOL!  Boy, were my eyes opened!  though it was a harlequin, i think, and didn't have any actual sex in it, it did have a few racy scenes.  as a teen i read the typical teen romances that were more tame, but after high school i really got into the romance.  I just love romance...I even write it, though i write Christian romance...i never could bring myself to write love scenes...**blush**

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 3:46 PM ET
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Hmm.  I read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre in high school.  Are those romances or classic literature? 

I'm still thinking Forever by Judy Bloom counts as my first romance.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 4:43 PM ET
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I guess it was probably ninth grade or so when I started reading romances....anyone remember the Couples series??....then I progressed on to real romances, the book I remember the most is Moontide Embrace by Constance O'Banyon--BTW, does anyone out there have a good copy?--I guess by the time I was 16 or 17, I had a subscription to the Zebra monthly romance club.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 5:20 PM ET
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I recall reading Mary Stewart and Phyllis A. Whitney a lot, along with Harlequins, other series romances like Barbara Cartland, and historicals by Eugenia Price. In fact, I have hardbacks of Mary Stewart's books (Madam, Will You Talk, Airs Above the Ground, etc.) and reread them with great enjoyment every once in a while. When I babysat for one of the neighbors, I discovered her Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers - she paid so poorly, that I only agreed to babsat when it was night so when the kids went to bed could read these elicit books that I couldn't have at home. :-)
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 5:28 PM ET
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I was 12 I think. My first one was a Harlequin by Penny Jordan. I can't even remeber the title right now but it was about a guy who had a female friend and she married him to help take care of his neice and nephew and she thought he was having an affair but never saw him as a "man" until later in the book. She just thought he was kind of a geeky friend I think. He was a professor of science or something.

I need to look for that book again :)



Date Posted: 3/1/2008 7:26 PM ET
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Judy Blume books were a big eye opener for me as a preteen!! I don't remember the name of the first romance novel i read, i think it was by Victoria Holt? I found it in our attic, my mom must have gotten it from someone and it ended up in our attic, my mom really was not much of a reader, i was probably around age 13-14 yrs old and have been hooked on romance books since!

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:12 PM ET
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I was always reading something.  All the Judy Blume books.  I remember borrowing my mother's copy of Smart Women when I was 12 or so.

My first real romance books I snitched from a yardsale box a friend of my mother's brought over.  I remember fishing out a couple of Harlequin Presents and another one that was pretty racy and hiding them in my room to read.  I think I read them over and over and over again.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:42 PM ET
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Hey I found the Penny Jordan book that was my first romance...it's Capable of Feeling. cool!!

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:21 PM ET
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I remember coming across my mom's Johanna Lindsay's when I was about 13-14.  I think the first one I read was Fires of Winter.  From there it moved onto the Malorys and the Nora Roberts she was collecting.  Funny, she really didn't care I was reading them.  My mom wasn't too big of a collecter so I tended to "adopt" all her books after she was finished with them so they wouldn't get lost or abused by my little siblings. 

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 1:18 PM ET
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Shanna, I think in high school and I wasn't impressed. (I think I was 16 or 17)  Wuthering Heights if you consider that one.  Loved it. 


When I restarted reading, I read Outlander (my friend told me it had romance in it but wasn't a romance).  when I went to the bookstore to find the next one, they had them shelved with the romances.  Outlander was what hooked me. 

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Date Posted: 3/3/2008 12:33 AM ET
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I read a couple Harlequins at my grandmother's house when I was in early jr high when I visited a couple times a year. Then I would read one every now and then in high school, but I didn't really get addicted until I was about 21.