Oct 4 2017 7:01am

Have You Reread Your First Romance—And Did It Hold Up?

Our first romance is one we all typically remember. If not the exact book and author then at the very least the emotions it made us feel, the types of heroes it made us love, and the love of reading that it would spark in us. 

Sometimes, however, upon rereading that beloved first romance, it's revealed that those memories were best left in the past... What has been your experience? Have you reread your first romance? Did it hold up? Was it even better than you remembered?

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Megan Burton
1. Megan1520
My first romance was Paradise by Judith McNaught. I've re-read it a few times, and I still love it!
2. keen23
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught. No, it has not held up well. It's very old skool, rapey, abusive, alphatool, etc.
3. Kareni
A) I have a memory like a sieve, and B) I've been reading romances for about (egads) forty years, so I no longer recall the first romance I read. It may have been a Georgette Heyer book. I reread one of those several years ago, and it was a light enjoyable read. So, one might stay it had survived the test of time.
4. hww
Don't know whether it was Sweet Savage Love, These Old Shades or the Wolf and the Dove. But remember them all. They were, and still are, great.
5. ErrynB
Regarding Remy by Marilyn Pappano. Many times. Love it every time. And the other 5 books in the series!
6. Kahintenn
One or the other of these was my first romance read: Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer or An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James. They are both historicals and I don't remember which I read first; I saw a review or mention of it somewhere online and bought it. It was better than crack (I'm guessing) and the gateway to an addiction for historical romance (set pretty much any time before 1900) that continues to this day. I have reread both over the years, and liked them just as much.
7. Mary List
I have Kathleen E. Woodiwiss' "Shanna" in my NOOK Library, but I haven't reread it yet
9. Kayde
I can't remember... it was either Dangerous, by Amanda Quick, or To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt. I reread both as comfort reads. It started my love of Romance novels:).
Jerrie Adkins
10. filkferengi
My first Harlequin was _Dark Star_ by Nerina Hilliard, from back in the days when there was lots of character development. I still remember the extensive supporting cast & the character arcs they got. My first Heyer was _Powder and Patch_, which inspired me to become a French major. So, significant, lasting benefit from both novels.
11. monique_moni
My first romance was Deception by Amanda Quick. I think I re-read it about five times. I can't say it's one of my favorites romances but it has a special place among them.
Carmen Pinzon
12. bungluna
I can't remember the title of my first official romance novel, but it was by Barbara Cartland and it was about some small, helpless female with a weird name starting with Phe (?) and how she had to marry the hero to save her family, or some such. I was trying to learn English, and these proved very usefull! ;D

I soon stopped reading Cartland because the "..." got on my nerves, but I will forever be thankful to her for introducing me to HEA romances.

Before this, I'd been reading Spanish romances, which almost always have a tragic love story at their core, (example "Maria" by Jorge Isaacs.) HEA are much better!
13. Rivercat0338
Like Mary List, the first romance I remember reading was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss (the neon orange edition) when I was about 10 and found it kind of traumatizing so I have no desire to reread it!
14. Moonlaura
My first romance novel was one of my Moms reads... by Johanna Lindsey " A Pirates Love". Still think Tristan is an awesome name and this book will stand the test of time every read.
15. betschind
It was "Disturbing Stranger" by Charlotte Lamb! It's old-fashioned, but I still love it and think it holds up very well!
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