Read a Romance Blog: Captivated Reading

Posted March 25, 2020 by Zeee in Read A Romance Blog4 Comments


Read a Romance Blog: Captivated Reading

Featuring our favorite romance book bloggers!


Happy Wednesday, Wormies! Welcome to another Read a Romance Blog feature! Today, we’re featuring Christine @ Captivated Reading!

Read a Romance Blog series is a feature on this blog showcasing book bloggers that primarily review romance.


About the Romance Blogger

Christine @ Captivated Reading

I’m Christine. I’m a thirty-something wife, mom, reader, and blogger. I have four amazing, beautiful children (a boy-13, twin girls-10, and another boy-8) and a wonderful husband whom I’ve been married to for sixteen years. I spend a lot of my time homeschooling my children, so that keeps me pretty busy throughout my day. But, I wouldn’t trade all the time I get with my loves for ANYTHING! I have an unhealthy love of tea and sugar (not always together).

Right now, my book obsessions tend toward YA fantasy and any and all of Deborah Harkness’ books. But, I’m a mood reader, so that could change in a week from now! Also, I love Jesus.

Ezrah: OMG TWINS! That must be fun!


My Blog

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Where You Can Find Me

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First Romance Book I Read

I think I was fourteen or fifteen when I first got ahold of a Harlequin Historical romance. And back then, we had a bookstore in town so I would go every month and see what new ones were out. I don’t remember the title, but I know it was delicious! And it was a secret-baby, medieval romance… I wish I could find it!

Ezrah: I also can’t remember the first romance book I read and it was also a Harlequin Historical. I have narrowed it to 3 books, though!


Favorite Romance Genre/s

Oh, gosh… Honestly, I love most genres of romance. So, as I’m a Christian, I SHOULD really enjoy Christian romances but, I have a difficult time with a lot of them. But, there are really a few great authors (Lisa T. Bergren, Amanda Cabot). But, I think contemporary romance, paranormal, and fantasy are probably my top picks at the moment.

Ezrah: I also can’t get into inspirational romance or Christian romances. And I do love contemporary romance, PNR, and fantasy!


Favorite Romance Trope/s

Secret baby every day!! I just LOVE it! It’s so soap opera, though, right? Friends-to-lovers is also a big favorite.

Ezrah: I love friends-to-lovers, but I don’t really like the secret baby trope. But I absolutely love that there is a trope for everyone!


Top Auto-buy Authors

Author Deborah Harkness Author Colleen Houck Author: Heather Webber Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Author: Laura Thalassa
Deborah Harkness Colleen Houck Heather Webber Jennifer L. Armentrout Laura Thalassa

Ezrah: I have only read JLA and Laura Thalassa. I have Deborah Harkness on my TBR.


Top Romance Books You Highly Recommend

Summer at the Highland Coral Beach by Kiley Dunbar Starting Over at Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster Fight or Flight by Samantha Young Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads | Amazon

Ezrah: I have Samantha Young on my TBR! I really loved On Dublin Street!


Top Romance Series You Recommend

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck Deluge by Lisa Bergren Dying for Rain by B.B. Easton

Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads | Amazon

  • The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness – Paranormal, Fantasy – My favorite is probably The Book of Life
  • The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck – YA, There are five in the series, my favorite is Tiger’s Curse
  • The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren – Christian, Time-travel, six books in the series, my favorite is Deluge
  • The Rain Trilogy by BB Easton – Dystopian, my favorite is Dying for Rain


Favorite Quote from a Romance Book

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
– Jane Eyre


Favorite Thing About the Romance Community

I LOVE how I have people to turn to that understand my love for this genre. And I honestly love how diverse it is. There are so many different types of romance that I feel like it can feed any kind of reader. And romance readers understand that. We tend to be very supportive of others’ likes and dislikes.

Ezrah: Yes, there is definitely room for everyone in romance!


Romance Myth that You Hate

I hate that when people think “romance” they think ripped bodices and shirtless men. I mean, there’s room for that too! But, romance is so diverse and there’s so much to it. Romance can be slow-burn, fade-to-black, closed-door, open-door, and everything in between!

Ezrah: I agree! Romance has really gone a long way from the old school bodice rippers (not that those are bad, I love them, but some are problematic).


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