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Romance novels: Turning a page in your love life

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In this rat race of a world, romance can be overlooked. It turns out, a fulfilling love life doesn't have to be a chore or a bore. Some say spicing up your love life may be as easy as turning a page.

Some of the people we spoke with say they like reading romance novels because, "...they just make you feel good."

Others say, they'll pass.

Stefani Beddingfield, owner of Tampa's Inkwood books, says, "It's purely entertaining and fun, and there's a place for that. I think we need that."

Romance novels offer an escape. Beddinfield says there's another genre of book making its way into mainstream American. It's erotica. Featured on sitcoms, nighttime TV, and on the best sellers list, "50 Shades of Grey" will soon be on the big screen.

But romantic stories can also do something else: by challenging the status quo.

Wife, mother, and romance novel writer Joanne Rock believes, "Romance should give you some expectations, and it's a good idea to see what love looks like."

Joanne studied literature in college, earning a master's degree from the University of Louisville. She says, along with the personal stories, she sometimes researches history, blending remnants of the past with fiction. More recently, she's launched a book series for tweens and teens.

While some may be concerned that romance novels might create unrealistic expectations for the reader, Joanne says, in her books, the characters must overcome obstacles.

"The happy ending isn't given to you on a silver platter for being a good person. Romance novels are about work, you are working hard to get to that happily ever after...and come out victorious on the other side."

Dr. Dae Sheridan, a clinical psychologist, says when it comes to helping couples connect, imagination is stimulation. "I think romance novels are a great tool to open up that conversation and to give yourself permission to be a sexual being... and create that intimacy in your life."

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