A few years ago Romance Writer's of America conducted a study that found nine percent of romance readers were men. Hmm. Interesting. I honestly didn't think the numbers would be that high because it has been my experience that most guys just roll their eyes about women who have a heavy-duty romance reading habit. I've never actually understood that because you'd think with all the sexy stuff we read, the fellas would be all FOR that. Still we've all heard comments about how romance books give women unrealistic expectactions, keep us living in a fantasy and basically are a waste of time. That being said, men love their spy/secret agent/going to blow up the world stories. Unrealistic much? But I digress.
Men could learn a lot about women, life and relationships if they'd only pick up a romance novel or ten. Seriously. Despite what many might think, women know the difference between fantasy and reality. No we don't really believe there are handsome dragon-men out there who are dying to bed us. What men could learn from a good romance are the varying ways to communicating with a woman...both in the bedroom and out of it. Along with that, they would most likely find action, adventure, fantasy, or a good mystery. Sounds like that might be something a guy would like, huh?
We should all try to convince the men in our lives to try a romance novel just once. Hey, you never know. I've been working on the guys in my life (husband and son) for years now with zero luck but I keep trying. Still there are men who read romances. They might be in the closet about it but they are out there and I suspect the women in their lives are heaving happy sighs about that. If a guy can't appreciate the thrilling adventures, surely he can appreciate the one-thousand-and-one ways to 'please your lover'.