The very last thing you’d associate with a virus that’s overtaking the world is romance, right?
Mmmm… not quite so.
I should preface with two disclaimers. First, I am and always have been a lover of the excessive, over-the-top, puppy and baby level happily ever after at the end of a story. Give me an epilogue with even more insight into the squishy joy and I will offer a contented sigh not unlike the one I give when I consume really good chocolate.
And I mean the really good stuff that you only eat one small square of at a time because it is just that good and you don’t want it to end too soon. You know what I’m talking about.
Second, I work in healthcare. I don’t think I really need to elaborate too much, but let me tell you that constant hand washing and glove wearing has turned my hands into cracked and bleeding messes. N95 masks are bruising and irritating my face. Although I am excessively grateful for my personal protective equipment, it isn’t without some downfalls.
Thanks to point number two, self-care has become less indulgent and more required for my mental health and physical well being. Yes, face masks are relaxing and enjoyable, but right now they help heal the affects my PPE takes on my body.
But what does any of that have to do with romance and, specifically, romance novels?
I think most of us equate self-care to physically treating yourself. Yes, chilling out in a bath with a yummy bath bomb and sipping on wine with a side of dark chocolate is actually necessary at times. Especially that moment where you relax enough to click off the noise in your brain and just exist.
But there is also a level of self-care that includes finding hope. Which is what romance brings to the table. You know when you crack open a great love story that, even though you will undoubtedly go on an emotional roller coaster, you’ll eventually reach that happily ever after that pieces back together every shard of your broken heart and puts a perma grin on your face.
So, my lovelies, in this time of uncertainty and fear it is necessary rather than indulgent to take a little time to treat yourself. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite adult beverage (frankly, for me this is totally coffee) and kick back with either your well-loved favorite romance or a brand new mushy discovery. That happy sigh at the end is so needed when you can’t escape the chaos.
Meant To Be (Box Set)
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Get ready to swoon when you meet the Carlisle brothers in this boxset of the Meant to Be Series by Amelia Foster!
MEANT TO BE KEPT – Book 1
One night. One too many drinks. One mistake. That’s all it took to derail my marriage.
Now, all I can do is beg for a second chance to try and redeem myself in a bid not to lose the love of my life.
I’m determined to use every second, every moment I have to show my wife how much she means to me—to rebuild the trust I shattered. I just hope it’s not too late for us, and that I’ll be able to convince her that our love is meant to be kept.
MEANT TO BE DIFFERENT – Book 2
As a teen, I had my life figured out: graduate and make my dream of being a bull riding champion a reality.
Georgia was willing to give up her own dream to follow me as I pursued my passion, but I couldn’t let her do that. So, I made the hardest decision of my life…and walked away.
It’s been twelve years since I left home without her. I’ve never stopped loving her, and I know she feels the same.
MEANT TO BE FAMILY – Book 3
Six months ago, my life veered off course when my fiancée disappeared with no explanation.
The partying lifestyle I'd adopted to cope, ended in an accident that left my body as broken as my heart.
My last chance at staying in my own house is gift-wrapped in wavy, auburn hair and startling gray eyes. The woman that shattered my heart.
Kelsey’s unexpected arrival brings with it the opportunity to ask the countless questions I thought I’d carry forever…
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More About Amelia
Science tells us humans are made of 60% water. For me, that would be more like 60% coffee, 10% chocolate, mixed with equal parts sarcasm and dirty jokes. Forever in love with the written word – whether reading or writing – I have a special affinity for romances with saccharine sweet HEAs. Bonus points if there is a puppy. From sweet & adorable to smutty & salacious I will greedily devour them all