However, taking into account that I'm not attached, take what I say with a pinch of salt at times. I may be incredibly biased as a hopeless romantic
PS. This post contains swear words and some dirty stuff. No worries. It's all PG in writing. I hope.
#1: Successful billionaires are all incredibly good-looking but somewhat fucked up
Considering I can't think of a single billionaire who made their own success story and is actually good-looking, I'm calling bullshit on this. I mean I totally get it. Girls like the alpha males who can provide for them (since they're billionaires), are good looking (so your kids will never get bad genes) and are incredibly charismatic (from the whole 'bad boy' vibe because they are totally fucked up). I get it, I get it. It sells especially with Christian Grey setting the precedence for ideal men.
#2: It's entirely OK to pick phones up from bins and keep them for yourself
If you're a Sophie Kinsella fan, you would have picked up which book this point came from. (pun intended)
In case you're wondering, this line is from I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and I just had to put this in for the fun of it. Then again, who knows? Maybe you'll just fall in love with the guy who owns that very phone. This learning point could very well be the start of your ultimate love story.
#3: A lot of women like kinky sex
With 50 Shades and other series like the Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner and the After Dark series by Sadie Matthews (just to name a few), there has to be a market for kinky sex books right? Or erotica if I'm being picky about genre. I'm obviously one of the people out there who's part of that market since I read all these books, so I'm not judging anyone here. I totally get how it's hot even though you may not actually want to do some of those stuff in reality.
So... I came to the conclusion that all women probably have this urge for kinky sex but may not decide to voice out their kinkiness and instead decide to live it out in the lives of the Annas and Nikkis in these books.
Books are called girl porn for a reason, aren't they?
#4: You and your besties will fall in love with guys who are best buds
Just to name a few, some include Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora, The Love Game by Emma Hart, Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton and This Man Trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas. But, I would say there is one book that simply embodies this (and is my favoritest book) is Boycotts and Barflies by Victoria Michaels.
What's better than falling in love together with your besties then having girls' nights dedicated to talking about these amazing guys right? I know I'd love one.
#5: You can find amazingly hot mountain men when you travel to some small town in the mountains
#6: Women like dominating alpha males whom they can submit to
I'm using 'they' because I wouldn't call myself a woman at this point in time, but back to the whole alpha male thing. Because they all own empires, they're naturally dominants and the female leads tend to submit to them more often than not. I swear this is all over the place. From 50 Shades to Insufferable Proximity by Z. Stefani to Up In The Air Trilogy by R.K. Kelly.
I don't know why I read these books to be honest. Being a feminist, I get so pissed when I find strong women submitting to alpha males. It boggles my mind how someone so confident and successful in their work and personal lives be willing to submit to a guy. It just doesn't make sense. Then again, I'm highly D (dominant) on my DISC personality test, so that says something about why I get so worked up I guess.
Nonetheless, it seems that we do like the hot dominating alpha males who insist on dictating our every move (and are often right on every count. Weird.).
#7: It is NOT OK for men to hit you
The one bad thing I've got from reading these books is a fear of finding a guy who would hit me should I ever decide to get together with one. Looks are deceiving (even I behave differently at home), so how will I ever know?
#8: Beware of the Stockholm Syndrome
Yes, the darling Stockholm Syndrome. It seems to happen when we least expect it. While Taken by Kelli Maine gives a sweet take to the female lead getting the stockholm syndrome and later on falling in love with a marvelous man who loves her. (Plus the fact it's not a violent book)
On the other end of the spectrum, you find books like The Dark Duet Trilogy by CJ Roberts and Consequences Trilogy by Aleatha Romig that leave me very disturbed by the presence of the stockholm syndrome. How someone can fall in love with men so violent is beyond me. The thought just leaves me with a sick aftertaste...
While the stories are definitely intriguing, I definitely hope this never happens in reality. So as a general rule to everyone out there, BEWARE. The Stockholm Syndrome is real and deadly.
#9: Some gigolos are misunderstood beings
I guess the real thing to learn here is that there is good in everybody. Damn, didn't that sound philosophical and worldly. But it's true, I guess. I try my best to be a 'glass half-full' kind of person, so I do try to see things from different points of view. You may come from a bad background and am looking to change or get out like Marcus DeLuca in the Disastrous Series by EL Montes, or really trying to change your playboy ways as Aiden did in The Proposition Series by Katie Ashley, I try to believe there is something good in people that we may not notice until we get to know them for who they are trying to become and not for who they are.
To conclude, don't judge people too much. Some of these 'gigolos' are probably misunderstood people who really did not have much choice in the matter.
#10: Sometimes you just have to believe in yourself
So many romance novels talk about how the female leads just lack that little bit of self confidence to believe in the many wonderful things happening around them. Take Boycotts & Barflies by Victoria Michaels, Take Me by Bella Andre or Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby for example.
But I'm really not just talking about believing in love. It's believing in yourself period. Hey, if girls like confident men, it's only fitting that we be confident of ourselves too right? And by confident, I don't mean egotistical.
Well, that sums up the 10 things I've learnt from romance novels, so drop me a comment to tell me what you think!