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Top Ten Romances I Read in High School:
So, you’re probably looking at this and thinking, “But, Kate, these are all by the same author!” or maybe, “What’s up with that one book in Spanish? Don’t tell me you read it in Spanish!” (I didn’t, it was just the only edition I could find with the smutty cover of my childhood- the title is meant to be Man of My Dreams).
I started reading romance Freshman year in high school. I had seen the cover for Once a Princess at the grocery store, and I was intrigued. Then on the very first day of French class, there it was sitting on the desk of my new classmate (she had transferred from the Catholic school and it turns out we were related… super small town). I asked to borrow it, and for a few months she was my romance dealer, because she had a lot of Lindsey’s books (borrowed from her older sisters).
For a few years the ONLY romance I read was usually by Johanna Lindsey, or at the very least a Historical Romance.
So here’s my top ten (I didn’t post the more Raped-Into-Loving-Them titles– although in a shocking twist, Prisoner of My Desire features the heroine forced to rape the hero so she can become pregnant, but don’t worry, hate turns to love). They are mostly Alpha Males meet the stubborn yet gorgeous Heroines and despite themselves they fall in love. Secret Fire does feature a heroine who is cute and feisty, and not super gorgeous, but she’s also given a aphrodisiac, so it’s not the best example of a non-rapey romance. I cringe a bit over my intense obsession with these books, but it was the early 90s and… okay, I have no excuse. And I’m not going to lie, I still own most of these.
A bunch of these covers feature the male model Fabio (of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Fame), and my favorite Fabio is auburn haired Fabio on the cover of Hearts Aflame).
Also, can you believe that 14 and 15 year old virgin me carried these books around and actually read them in school! What in the hell was I thinking? And before you ask yourselves what my parents were thinking to let me read this kind of stuff, well, they are the same parents who bought me Stephen King novels in grade school and kept me in Tales From the Crypt comics. 😉