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Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
I sat under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.
My beloved is mine, and I am his; he feedeth among the lilies.
Romance novels are mythic stories set often in modern times. They are imaginary and meant to depict the powerful energy there can be between a male and a female. She looks at him across the room and the way he carries himself, the words he's saying maybe to a shopkeeper, they stir her juices. That is just the nature of romantic love. It inspires. It encourages. It dreams.
In the film Magic of Belle Isle, Morgan Freeman's character is crippled. His beautiful, much younger neighbor, a single mom,Virginia Madsen, isn't really possible for him to have nor could he possibly dance with her and yet one night he dreams of their dance to a waltz. It is so real that later she surprises him when she speaks of their dance-- it was all about the energy. That is what a romance novel does when it's at the top of its game.
Romance novels don't encourage people to run off in search of that dream. It gives them the energy to make the most of what they have right where they are. Energy is what we take within and use various ways to improve our lives. Romance novels can give us
I won't claim they all do this but it's the goal of every romance author I know-- including me.