Today I’m here to tell you a secret. Last week I was in a crazy frenzy. You know the kind when all you can think about is how fantastic a story was and you keep thinking about it long after it finished.
Want to know what started it? I read a novel which opened my eyes and made me discover a whole new world of romance stories: the military romance subgenre!
And after my crazy enthusiasm for said novel I went on a Goodreads rampage and searched for hours and hours becoming more and more enthralled by all the wonderful novels and series I found in the genre! Who knew military romance existed? And that it was so mindblowingly great?
If you think the military romance subgenre can be swept under the “romantic suspense” category you are mistaken. This is so much more than that! Let me tell you why…
I have always loved novels and movies set around the time of the world wars, there was something special and different about any stories taking place then. That feeling of doom and danger, that the characters lived their lives not knowing if today would be their last day and this added something thrilling and more je ne sais quoi
to the romance aspect. Everything becomes more intense, more focused when put in this perspective of urgency and fatality.
I have read several romance novels where the hero was an ex cop/marine/navy/army guy, but Deadly Descent by Kaylea Cross
made me see the light and the difference between these novels only featuring a hero once having experienced army life and showing a glossed and overly romanticized way of the military; and novels which seem life-like and are gripping in their dramatic realism.
I never knew military romance could be like this. If written well it makes your heart pound, your breath pant and you feel like you went through rounds and hours of exhausting and draining turmoil. Which let’s be honest the reader in us (ok, ok, the action junkie in us) will love. And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your couch and still feel as if you experienced extreme panic and relief.
Don’t think that military romance stories are simply action novels. Oh no, they are so much more. Besides the action packed plot there is a mystery, with the thrill of the chase and imminent danger, there is sometimes the forbidden aspect which makes the romance even sweeter (and more exciting), and then there is the romance. *sighs* Every interaction, every dialogue, gesture is intensified in military romances due to this sense of urgency and impending danger.0
I was in a frenzy for days researching the best military romance novels, authors and series and compiled a separate Goodreads shelf just for them (to which I added 68 books in 2 days…), if you would like to get your taste of military romance and discover a fantastic romance subgenre, browse my Goodreads compilation
And if you’d like even more recommendations here are a few category lists from Goodreads:
Are you a fan of the military romance subgenre?
Have you heard of it? Did you read any such novels?
Care to share any recommendations?