Why Romance?

By Lynn Cahoon, author of The Bull Rider’s Manager and The Bull Rider’s Brother

The Bull Rider's BrotherI’ve been thinking about my reading pleasures and I’ve realized one thing.

I’m addicted to the happy ever after. It’s true – I want my couples to argue and disagree on the how to get there, but both fight for the relationship. The journey. The romance.

Yes, I want to be one of those couples who grow old together. The ones who made it through the crap years and didn’t give up. Didn’t get sidetracked by what they thought they wanted. True soul mates.

There’s nothing sadder than hearing about a couple divorcing because they just don’t care anymore. Where’s the passion? Where’s the fight? When I’m reading (or watching) this scene, I want someone to come to their senses. To put their heels in and dig. And when they don’t. When the characters just move on to the next woman or mate, I feel cheated.
Like when in the slasher movie the killer just gets up at the end and walks away. No matter how hard the heroes fought against the problem.

It’s changing the rules to fit the sequel.

Some truths are universal. Like evil should die.

And true love’s kiss solves everything, up to and including death.

But it has to be true love. And true love is fought for.

Why do you read romance?

Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website

The Bull Rider's ManagerTHE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER

Barb Carico’s life is all about business. Now that her best friend has tied the knot with her high school sweetheart and Barb’s new partner, she’s busier than ever. Managing Jesse Sullivan’s career and public persona can be a handful. Add in an aging mother who goes through home health nurses like candy, Barb’s hanging on the edge.

Her one salvation? Hunter Martin, prodigal son of Martin Family Dairy and, hopefully, Jesse’s next sponsor. A promise his father had already made before Hunter took over the public relations department. After his brother’s death, Hunter’s become an instant dad to his seven year old niece. More responsibility. For Hunter, the rodeo weekend with Barb is the perfect excuse to relax.

When their dinner turns into drinks and then a quick trip to a Vegas wedding chapel, both Barb and Hunter agree their nuptials were a mistake. A mistake they consummated the next evening. As soon as they’re home, the marriage will be annulled. That’s what they both want. Or at least what they tell themselves.

Upon their return, Hunter finds that distant relatives are suing him for custody of his niece. The only way for him to keep custody is to design a life that matches the promise of a perfect family. For that, he needs Barb to stay married to him. Hunter would give her anything to go along with the charade.

Barb doesn’t know anything about being a wife or mother but she needs one favor. A favor she’ll trade her lifestyle, independence, and even risk her heart to make come true.

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5 thoughts on “Why Romance?

  1. Becky Lower

    I’m with you, Lynn, on the romance part. If I want murder and mayhem and unspeakable acts of cruelty, I need go no further than the Cleveland streets and the local news. Give me a romance with a lot of heat and a satisfying HEA any day of the week.

  2. LynnC

    Becky, I do like a little mystery and murder, if the bad guy gets it in the end. And if the victim isn’t a very nice person, that helps too. 🙂 Yep, I’m a cozy mystery lover.

  3. Linda Kepner

    This is one of the most concise definitions I’ve seen in ages for why I! like romances – the HEA. So much in reality or fiction seems unnecessarily grim. It’s that little bit of hope and optimism that keeps us going, some days. And – I confess – I still want to see the good girl/guy get her/his reward, and the bad girl/guy get what’s comin’ to him.