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Subject: I did it!
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 3:52 PM ET
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I got my husband to read a romance! _Naked in Death_. I'm so proud. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 4:02 PM ET
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Congrats!  I can see men enjoying that story as well.  I love Roarke!

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 4:16 PM ET
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So???  What was his take on it?

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Mine keeps promising to read one.  In all fairness though, he rarely just sits down and reads.  The last times were the Harry Potter series & Stephen King's Gunslinger series.  I tried to get him to take one of my Marsha Canham books with him on his last business trip, but he's like - "I can't sit on the plane, reading a romance novel!" - lol!

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 4:29 PM ET
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My DH might look at it since it has "Naked" in the title, but otherwise unless it's about golf, he's not much interested. 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I have a friend I always lend books too. Her husband asked if I had anything he might enjoy. I gave him Naked in death. He's hooked. He said sometimes it's a little to much romance, but he loves the series as a whole and he loves Eve. Now if I could get my dh to read them.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 5:46 PM ET
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I got a friend of mine to read "Envy" by Sandra Brown, she convinced her hubby to read it too and he loved it:)

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 6:13 PM ET
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My husband is not a reader unless it's a work related technical book or magazine.  But when I'm enjoying a book I read good parts to him.  He says he enjoys the "selected excerpts" but still has no desire to read it for himself.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 7:17 PM ET
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He found the SF aspect pretty stupid, but did like the characters. He expressed some interest in reading further - we shall see!

I'd forgotten, but I'd turned a male friend onto romance before - I gave his wife Jo Beverley books and he read them too. :-)

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 10:00 PM ET
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My DH loved Outlander.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 10:03 PM ET
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My brother, a macho landscape man, adores Nora Roberts; my other brother's hooked on Evanovich.  I'm proud of 'em! 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 11:18 PM ET
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Hehehe.. he asked me for the second book.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:04 AM ET
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cool!  i love those books, and have all the paperbacks.  i never thought of trying to get DH to read them.

in fact, i got the email last night that the current HB is on hold at the library for me, and will be going to get it tomorrow since the library wasn't open today.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:44 AM ET
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Great! I've  read many men who get an older release of Naked In Death (the ones without Nora Roberts name on the cover) don't know that J.D. Robb is a woman & read it. They end up loving the series & keep reading even when they find out it's Nora doing the writing.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 12:36 PM ET
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My hubby has read several of my faves -- Outlander and some of the Kinley MacGregors.  He actually liked some of them.  They say 20% of romance readers are men.(you can tell your hubby that.)  Where are they all hiding?

 

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:27 PM ET
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I have actually encountered some men on the romance mailing lists and bulleting boards I read... though a good proportion of them seem to be gay. :-)

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 7:52 AM ET
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Willa, 

Do you think gay men would really want to read conventional romances about heterosexual couples?  Somehow, it just doesn't make sense to me.  What gives you the impression they're gay? 

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 1:23 PM ET
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aww, that's sweet!  It rocks that he was open minded enough to give it a shot.  Your DH is a romantic at heart, so it doesn't surprise me that he enjoyed it :)

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 2:55 PM ET
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"What gives you the impression they're gay?"

Well, some of them are very openly gay, like "Teddy Pig" who posts at a lot of the romance blogs.  There's another guy who's not necessarily gay but is a cross-dresser.

I honestly don't know why gay men would read straight romances  - but then, straight women read gay romances, so there you go. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 2:15 AM ET
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"Your DH is a romantic at heart, so it doesn't surprise me that he enjoyed it :)"

You are so right, Val!  I have actually gotten him to read romances before, come to think of it. They were just disguised as something else. ;-)  Next I will try him on Sharon Shinn!