Fellow blogger, Kassa, came up with a wonderful idea – write a letter to your favorite author. Today is my turn, and the hardest part of this for me is picking the author. I spent a lot of time just staring at my bookshelves, contemplating what author has moved me, has given me a book that I have gushed and twirled about with. And as I looked at my shelves, I was overwhelmed by the number of authors that I wanted to single out. Eventually, I decided to start at the beginning – the author that first introduced me to romance.
Dear Mary Balogh,
When I was a young adult, I went through many phases of reading – from anything having to do with the King Arthur legend, to history books about the American Revolution. One day, not having anything to read, I went to my mom and told her I needed something different. She handed me one of your books – I can’t remember which one is was, but it was my first true romance book, and I remember thinking, holy wow, this is my type of book. My mom extensively collected your books, and I started going through them like they were a decadent treat.
One day, I picked up Slightly Married and this became a turning point in my reading life. I was introduced to the six brothers and sisters that make up the Bedwyn family, and I fell in love. I waited anxiously for each book to come out, because for the first time I was reading a series where each character had already been introduced. It started what would become years and years of torturously waiting for books to come out. And finally, book six, Slightly Dangerous, featuring Wulfric, the reluctant head of family. The man who lost his childhood due to honor, and was forced to grow up to serve as Duke. We watched him through five books be strict, stern and cold and finally he got his chance to find love, and show the family his actions were always in their best interests. His romance was intense, and when he utters the words, “I want you,” to Christine, my smexy heart melted right there on the spot.
Although I am missing six or seven of your books, your collection is my go to for comfort reading. You introduced me to romance, and I have never looked back.
Stay smexy Mary Balogh!
The blog crawl will last all month, and there have been seven previous entries before me. For a full list of participants go HERE.
Tomorrow, check out Lea, from Closetwriter’s letter.