BR…according to my favorite Romance novels!

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s day. Not the commercialism of it all, the hearts and flowers, the expectations that somehow my significant other must do something more to show his love for me. But I have to admit, our love affair is a great one, and it never would have happened if I hadn’t (needed) wanted a smoke.

We met in college, both working for the student union. I’d noticed him. So one night when he went on a smoke break, I took my break shortly after and asked him if I could bum a smoke. Of course, that should have sent him running, because ridiculous college students who were always bumming smokes was one of his top Pet Peeves!! He worked for his habit, and if he could do it, so could everyone else. 😀 But he didn’t, and the rest became history. Now neither of us smoke.

Which got me thinking… what are the best places to meet that special someone? And who better to answer that question than a bunch of romance authors? Here’s my list.

1) On the open sea… The Reef, by Nora Roberts. One of my ALL TIME favorite stories, a must read. Love the epic storyline. NR

2) In Outer Space… The Blood Hunter Series, by Nina Croft. If not for this author, I would never have heard of Space Opera Romance or even bothered to read it!! Go! Now. Buy and read them. Great stories. Hot, suspenseful.

3)  Next Door… Just make sure it’s not the Rated R, Jennifer Lopez Boy-Next-Door!! Ha. In my own book, Unwanted Vows, the boy next door is also a soldier…yum. And they re-meet in a grocery store, but he doesn’t recognize her.

4) In a Poker Game… but be careful you don’t become the wager like Tara did in Heather Graham’s historical novel, Runaway. One of my favorite historical romance novels ever….along with each book in the series that followed it.

5) At a Crime Scene… one of my favorite Romantic Suspense writers is Elizabeth Lowell. She tells a gripping tale, from start to finish. My all time favorite, The Diamond Tiger (now called Death is Forever), is heart-pounding intensity. But my first ever EL book, Pearl Cove, is awesome, too. You can’t miss her stories… so good.

Jump on in here and leave your ideas in the comments. Where did you meet your special someone? Where do you want to meet your special someone? 😀 One random commenter will be drawn for a $10 gift card to Amazon and a copy of my book, Unwanted Vows. Don’t forget to include your email address!

Don’t forget to go to my blog page and find the CTR icon for a chance at the GRAND PRIZE.

Happy Love-is-never-what-we-expect-it St. Valentine’s Day!

With Love,



Beth Rhodes is a wife, mother, friend, and lover. She lives with her Army husband and their six children at the base of the mountains in Colorado. She loves the cold, coffee, camping, and sunshine.

Her stories are full of life, family, and love. You can find her reading just about any genre of romance, but her favorites are fast-paced suspense, where life is on the line and love is the only saving grace. She wants a book that makes her heart pound and her pulse race.

Beth is a member of Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Romance Writers, Colorado Romance Writers. She is signed with Entangled Publishing and Boroughs Publishing Group.

You can find her online…  WEBPAGE


Morgan and Sam… UV


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