I adore getting my friends and colleagues hooked on Romance. We all have very high stress and emotional jobs and so pleasure reading is so important to our mental health.
What I recommend as the gateway drug varies widely depending on the person
For a friend suspicious of romance due to feminist concerns I recommend: A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer, Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews or Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) by Patricia Briggs
For a friend doubting the quality of the writing in the genre, I recommend
For a friend that needs a good sob, I recommend Dream a Little Dream by
Susan Elizabeth Phillips or To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt
Anyone of these wonderful writers is addictive.
What romance books to you recommend to a first time romance reader?
Then, once I have them hooked or back into reading romance, what do I recommend next?
For Linda, my animal loving friend who is all caught up on the Heartmate Series and its talking cats, I am going to recommend
1. Protector of the Flight by Robin Owens (start with the first book but this one has flying horses)
2. Nalani Singh's Psy/Changling Series.