[Note from Frolic: This post is brought to you by our friends at Kensington. Looking for your next romance novelist heroine? Look no further than And They Lived Happily Ever After by Therese Beharrie, out now!]
Romance heroines are relatable for a lot of reasons: they’re strong, they’re determined, not to mention smart and kind. There’s nothing better than seeing someone you identify with finding their Happily Ever After. And it can be so much fun to see a character that has the same job as you. That’s why we especially love finding romance novels whose protagonists are romance novelists themselves. Our recent favorite is And They Lived Happily Ever After by Therese Beharrie. It’s a super sweet romance tinged with magic that you don’t want to miss. Here’s some more about the book:
One unexpected kiss . . .
Successful romance author Gaia Anders has a secret: anything she dreams at night is magically written into her bestselling novels. After a lonely childhood in foster care, her dream life is the only one she trusts. Gaia’s waking life just can’t compare—until she gets caught in one utterly surprising, crazy-passionate, real-life kiss . . .
One near-perfect guy . . .
Workaholic businessman Jacob Scott has had a crush on his brother’s best friend, Gaia, since forever—but he never expected to literally share her dreams. Living out their magical nighttime fantasies is explosive, but it’s their waking desire turning his single-minded ways upside down. It’s making him want a future he didn’t think was possible . . .
One dream that could come true . . .
But Gaia has secrets from her past she won’t reveal. And Jacob’s attempts to keep the peace in his own fractured family puts him up against her deepest fears. Soon, they’re facing hard truths about who they are and what they’re running from. And the only way to break this curse is realizing true love’s real-life power . .
And if that swoony blurb didn’t convince you, here are five more reasons that romance novels with romance novel heroines are simply the best.
1) The Relatability
Like we said, finding a protagonist that shares your career is such fun! Novelists, in real life and in fiction, share lots of the same qualities, such as their incredible creativity. For instance, Gaia in And They Lived Happily Ever After spends a lot of time dreaming and creating. You’ll fall in love with the magic of her mind from the very first page.
2) The Inside Jokes
Characters joking about sex scenes, HEAs and more!? Say less. We’re in.
3) They’re Meta
Love a good meta read. It’s like having a book…inside a book! In the case of And They Lived Happily Ever After, you get two swoony stories for the price of one when you visit both the real world and Gaia’s dream world.
4) They’re Cathartic
Struggling with writer’s block is the WORST. Luckily, romance novel protagonists are here to help you–by showing you a relatable struggle and then overcoming it. It shows you that you can, too!
5) The Celebration
With so many misconceptions about the romance genre floating around, it’s so nice to read a book that celebrates the genre in more ways than one.
If you’re ready to find your next favorite read starring a badass romance novelist, pick up your copy of And They Lived Happily Ever After today!