Several of my adult friends tell me they like Twilight because of the romance. “What romance?” I think. The stalking, the emotional and physical abuse? That’s not romance. That’s violence against women.
If you want some real romance—and I mean those gorgeous descriptions, those goose bump-inducing moments, the anticipation—then read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and it’s all the romance you’ve ever craved, plus some suspense and thrills.
Stiefvater is one of those authors you wish you’d heard of all your life; she has several other books out that I am now dying to read (and will soon). Her lyrical writing, her gorgeous word choices and description of a moment, will take your breath away. She weaves the relationship so naturally; not one sentence is forced. And she does it with realistic dialogue, intriguing characters, and heroes you’d love to make out with.
Oh, and did I mention that she uses strong female characters who don’t stand around waiting for things to happen to them? Yeah, that works for me. There is a reason this book has nearly 800 positive reviews on Amazon, folks. This is the way romance was meant to be written—and read.