romance novel month

This Female-Led Streaming Service Is Turning Your Fave Romances Into Movies

In recent years we've seen the massive success of female driven films like Bridesmaids, Hidden Figures, Train Wreck and Wonder Woman. Now fans of movies with a female point of view can check out PassionFlix, a premium streaming entertainment service…
By Maya Rodale

The One Romance Novel Every Hufflepuff Should Read

Hufflepuffs finish last — which is to say, they aren't as competitive as the other houses. But then again, they don't preen like peacocks the way the other houses do. Hufflepuffs have less attention-calling traits than the other houses, but they are…
By Zoraida Córdova

The Romances To Read On The Road To Revolution

The inauguration of President Trump is happening soon and it will kick off four years that don’t look very promising for large swaths of the population: women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, those who aren’t millionaires, etc.…
By Maya Rodale

Romance Heroines Who Break All The Rules

Women have always been subjected to rules about their appearance, behavior, relationships and more. You’ve probably heard them all: Women should be seen and not heard. A woman’s place is in the home. Be nice. Don't be too assertive. Don’t accept a…
By Maya Rodale

How Reading Romance Empowers My Feminism

I've said it before, and I will say it again: I love romance novels, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. And although many people think they exist on the polar opposite ends of the earth, after years of enjoying these books, I've learned that reading…
By Sadie Trombetta

7 Unexpected Places To Find Free Porn For Women

For a number of reasons (my traditional Christian upbringing, crappy internet, fear of viruses, and a late-blooming sexuality), I didn’t actually start watching porn until the ripe old age of 21. I remember that the first porno I watched was hella…
By Elizabeth Enochs

9 Romance Novels Too Steamy To Read In Public

Romance novels can be a lot of things: some of them are very sweet, and some of them are a little bit saucy, and some of them are even rather sad — but only a select few romance novels are steamy as hell. Some of these books are so sexy they should…
By Emma Oulton

The 3 Things I Look For In A Romance Novel

I was in my final year of undergrad when I consciously decided to start reading romance novels. I’d been fascinated by them since I was about 11 years old; my local public library kept a shelf of Harlequin paperbacks right next to the Young Adult…
By Ellery Weil

11 Romance Readers On Why They Love The Genre

If you love romance novels, chances are you’ve felt like you had to defend the genre at some point. Popular as the books are, there are plenty of people out there who like to look down on them. Fortunately, that hasn’t stopped romance readers. The…
By Stephanie Topacio Long

13 Romance Novels To Read With Mom

Romance Novel Month is in full swing here at Bustle, an entire 31 days dedicated to celebrating, examining, and sharing all things romance. We are bringing you the month's best romance novels, perfect beach reads, romance recommendations for…
By Sadie Trombetta

13 Quotes From Romance Novels For Your MOH Speech

From William Shakespeare to Pablo Neruda, Emily Dickinson to Charlotte Bronte, books and authors are popular go-tos when it comes to wedding speech material. And while classic literature and poetry can certainly make a splash at the ceremony,…
By Sadie Trombetta

15 Romance Novels Set In Small-Town America

There’s something about life in small towns that breeds love — at least in romance novels. Many such a book is set in small-town America, and each is brimming with romantic sparks just waiting to be ignited. The areas may not have many residents,…
By Stephanie Topacio Long

9 Love Stories For Readers Who Don't Like Romance

Romance novels, like most other things widely enjoyed by women, have gotten a bad rap. People assume that all romance novels are lightweight bodice rippers about sexy, time traveling vikings. But in reality, a "romance novel" is just a novel that…
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Real Life Story That Inspired My Novel

A few years ago, I was hosting a dinner party when one of my guests, an old college buddy, pulled me aside in the kitchen and asked me a question. He said, “Could I go up to your office for a moment and look at your Facebook account?” What happened…
By Thomas Christopher Greene

Romance Novels Taught Me Love Comes In Many Forms

I’ve been reading romance books for so long I honestly can’t remember not reading them. My love affair with the genre began with young adult books, which I started reading when I was 12 years old, and quickly expanded to the wide variety of adult…
By Lynda Aicher

Harley Quinn's Choice Of Book Says A Lot About Her

To this day I’m not sure how it happened. I woke up the morning after the Suicide Squad trailer was released to about one hundred emails from strangers wondering if it was my book that Harley Quinn was reading in the prison scene. I had no idea what…
By Molly O'Keefe

How Romance Novels Brought Me Closer To My Mom

As a child, I often saw my mother reclined on the plaid couch in our basement, engrossed in a romance novel. If I tried to interrupt her, she’d tuck her book under a cushion before tending to me. She really didn’t need to hide anything; I had no…
By Adam Minter

8 F/F Romance Novels You Need To Read

We're still in a time in the world when so many LGBTQ character-focused novels are "Issues" books, centered on the negative or traumatic aspects of identifying as something other than straight and cisgender. Sometimes we just want to read a novel in…
By Caitlin White

How Romance Novels Will Help With Online Dating

The world of online dating is sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always tricky. As a book-lover, I'm just trying to figure out how reading romance novels can help my online dating game. My book-nerd self has long considered online dating to be…
By Alex Weiss

How Romance Novels Challenge Slut Shaming

From its focus on women and women's stories to its inclusion of female desire and pleasure to its portrayal of powerful heroines, romance is a truly inspiring genre for women. But one of the most empowering — and perhaps surprising —characteristics…
By Sadie Trombetta