For the Love of Harlequin

Yve Laran
3 min readJul 18, 2023

Notes from a Happily Ever After Reader

Photo by Khamkéo Vilaysing on Unsplash

I’ll admit it. I’m one of the women who purchases and devours Harlequin romance novels and I love every single one I read.

What’s the appeal?

It’s like eating an Orea cookie. It’s comfortable. familiar, and you know exactly what you’re getting. Something a little sweet, a little chocolate, and not too over-the-top. It’s simple and tasty reading. A couple meets, works through their ups and downs in establishing a new relationship, and approximately 20 pages before the ending, has a misunderstanding that almost derails their love. Of course, the couple makes up in the last chapter. The epilogue includes a happy family event leading to an engagement, or a joyous wedding day.

Most Harlequin romances average 218 pages. If you’re a fast reader, you’ll finish one in a few hours.

There are several different Harlequin categories, ranging from Christian-themed, innocent inspirational to hot and steamy novels. I’ve enjoyed the suspense line of novels, which mix special ops danger with a romantic twist.

My current line of choice is the Harlequin Desire series, which, according to the publisher, delivers “A luxurious world of bold encounters and sizzling chemistry.” Recent titles hint at the following scintillating stories and conflicts:

  • A wedding planner is at odds with a determined wedding crasher.
  • A widowed cowboy experiences a second chance at love, when stranded in a snowstorm with a beautiful woman.
  • A musician meets his former lover while on vacation, which sparks a rekindled romance.
  • A couple is matched via a dating app, but they come from families that are feuding with each other.

I recently read the novel Oh So Wrong with Mr. Right, by Nadine Gonzalez, a part of the Harlequin Desire series for June 2023. Ms. Gonzalez is an attorney, and I love when attorneys turn their talent toward romance writing.

Jasmine Guillory, anyone?

Attorneys are well suited to writing fiction, especially romance. There is attention to detail. The writing is filled with organization and precision, yet warmth for the characters.

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Yve Laran

Bibliophile, Writer and Blogger at yve.laran@wordpress.com. Podcaster on Spotify as Yve Laran. Master’s=Political; Bachelor’s=Musical