I just finished reading a different type of romance book. Instead of a twenty-something, skinny miss, the heroine of this story is forty - and pre-menopausal - and plagued with hot flashes, a teenage son, a horrible ex, a flighty mother and a father in jail. In other words, a normal life.
Jill Morgan Storm, a chef, is searching for the man of her dreams, but so far, she hasn't had much luck. So she writes to couples who have been married for a long time in order to figure out the secret. In the meantime, she keeps looking.
The one man who keeps cropping up is Davin Wesley, who was her son's third grade teacher many years ago. He is so what she doesn't want. Isn't he? But somehow, the school teacher creeps under her radar, and shows her that heat isn't all from kitchen fires or hot flashes.
This story is a fun read. It's so nice to read about someone closer to my own age and who's life is spinning out of control, but in a normal, hilarious way. There are no evil stalkers, no paranormal beasts (though I do love both), no secret baby she's keeping from the real father. Just a real (albeit fictional) story that had me giggling and nodding in agreement, and empathy.
If you love romance books but want something a little different, give this one a try: Hot Flash by Kathy Carmichael from Medallion Press.