Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Favorite Romances by Melinda Curtis

I love writing romance, but before I was a writer, I was a reader. And there were certain types of stories that I loved reading over and over again. Here are some of mine.

Marriage of Convenience. There's a couple, and they pretend to be married. To me, it's a bonus if they a) know nothing about each other, or b) one of them is a sibling of the other's best friend. And there's the popular variation of needing to bring someone as your wedding date. In historicals, it could be the marriage occurs between the "villain" and the innocent heroine.

Best friends to Lovers. They've always been friends, sharing secrets no one else knows. But then something happens and suddenly...it's true love.

Enemies. They are mortal enemies, but they need to work together for a common goal. Of course, someone has to backstab someone else along with way and then regret it.

Fish Out of Water. The country bumpkin in the big city. The beach bum in Alaska. There's humor to be had in them trying to make things work.

What are some of your favorite story lines? Are you a fan of billionaire stories? Wounded heroes? Suspense?

Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today Bestseller. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin Heartwarming, sweet romantic comedy novellas and sexy traditional contemporary romances. Her latest releases are Love, Special Delivery (a Harmony Valley book), A Kiss is Just a Kiss (one of the RT Magnolias & Moonshine series), and Frankly, my dear...Creating Unforgettable Characters. You can find her in Atlanta this week at the RT conference, adding stories she loves to her to-be-read pile.


  1. I'm a reader and a writer, Mel. I love marriage of convenience stories, also.

  2. I'm with Josie. I love these stories.

  3. I love second-chance-at-love stories, where the characters knew each other in the past and were kept apart for some reason. I also love stories that revolve around weddings/brides... and I can't forget stories where two people come together for the sake of a child and then end up falling in love.