Over the years, romance readers have discussed “gateway” books—the books that got them hooked on romance. And we’ve all bandied about the idea of what the best gateway book is for a theoretical non-romance reader.
Well. We are theoretical no more; HeroesandHeartbreakers’s able freelancer, Christopher Morgan, has offered himself up as a guinea pig for our own gateway experiment. Chris reads across genres, and is open to nearly any subgenre of romance, except for weird shifter types practicing BDSM (because, as we know, reading those books only comes after a long while of reading romance anyway).
To give an idea of his taste, he reads SF/F (he is the in-house Game of Thrones ringer), military history, Hunger Games fan (#TeamPeeta!), non-fiction, hates William Faulkner and Freud, and lists among his favorite authors Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and HP Lovecraft.
So it seems the usual offering of Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels might not be the perfect match for Chris, perfect book that it is. And even though it’s tempting to head into Urban Fantasy territory, UF doesn’t have romance per se, so try to stay on the Paranormal Romance side of the supernatural fence.
Once we decide on a book, Christopher will gamely take it on, and will report back on what he thought.
So—what romance book should Chris read?