Please welcome my fellow Californian, Lynne Marshall, who writes contemporary and Medical Romance for Harlequin, Mills & Boon and The Wild Rose Press. The first book in her Grady family trilogy, Courting His Favorite Nurse, is a March 2012 Harlequin Special Edition release. Also coming in March in e-book only is, An Indiscretion, a contemporary romance with strong medical elements, from The Wild Rose Press. Lynne loves visitors at her website, and you can contact her here: www.lynnemarshall.com
Take it away, Lynne!
One month ago was Valentine’s Day which spotlights a special day of romance. If we base money spent on gifts as a parameter for being romantic, according to an article in Great Britain, men out spend women >2:1 on this national sweethearts day!
In honor of the special day, I listened to a talk show asking the BIG question – Who is more romantic, men or women? My knee jerk response was – women, silly radio talk host. But as the hour progressed, my mind changed. Caller after caller – both men and women – recited reasons for why men were more romantic. Even though anecdotal in nature, it got me to thinking about my own experiences with the mucho, macho-ier sex. Men!
Are Men More Romantic?
Thinking back over a few of the boyfriends I had before I got married, I’d have to disagree with that talk show host. However, focusing on my husband, I’d say, even though I’m the romance writer in the family – he’s the romantic in our home. He’s the one who lights the candles around our house, especially at dinner time. Once he planned a special dinner, blindfolded me so I wouldn’t figure out where we were driving, and took me to a new restaurant in the next town that I’d mentioned I wanted to visit. He brings flowers for no reason other than they’re beautiful and would look nice on our table. He plans romantic getaways just because. Did I mention we’ve been married almost thirty years?
Psychology Today suggests that it isn’t fair when we measure the art of romance for men on women’s terms. Women may like to keep mementos, but “men keep their love in their heart forever!” Find the interesting survey results here.
On the blog Made Man, Joe Donatelli says: “Men drive the romance because romance leads to two important things – having sex and not getting yelled at.” Read more here.
Okay, this doesn’t exactly sound romantic, but it does produce results, right? Since men tend to be task oriented, this does make sense. Also in this blog, the female chemist Donatelli interviews states that men fall in love faster than women. She also says that men have more intimate conversations with women than women do with men, because men have fewer male friends to have intimate conversations with.
Have you ever noticed how men refer to their wives as their best friends (which is sweet and romantic) more often than women do? My thought on that is because women have more female friends than men have male friends. What’s up with that?
Romantic Fiction Heroes
Here’s the book blurb:
Anne Grady knew better than anyone that love was complicated. When she’d left her hometown, she thought she was leaving her past heartbreak behind for good, as well. But practically the moment she returned to care for her injured parents, she stumbled headlong into their confidant—her first love, Jack Lightfoot.
Jack had been unable to deny his feelings for Annie when he was a teenager dating her best friend, and he certainly couldn’t muffle the spark twisting between them now—even if memories of the past kept threatening to push them apart. This time Jack wasn’t going to let history repeat itself—he was going to show Annie that the two of them were meant to be much more than best friends!
Here’s my shout out question: Who is more romantic you or your significant other? Care to share why?
One random commenter will win a copy of Courting His Favorite Nurse – either print or e-book – winner’s choice.