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.