Can Men Write Romance?

Posted on November 22, 2007

So, can men write romance? Barbara Vane over at Publisher's Weekly isn't so sure.

A friend and I were talking last night, as we usually do, about books. We were going on and on about our favorite authors and I noticed there were no men authors being talked about. When I asked her who her favorite male author was who wrote romance she immediately said Nicolas Sparks, "If you can get past the tragic endings." Well, I knew that was the reason I didn't read his books. I need my HEA (happily ever after).

So for my turn I threw out Paul Levine who writes the great Solomon vs Lord series (think Moonlighting meets Boston Legal). I love the romance in his books, along with the humor, memorable characters and mystery.

It's true that Nicholas Sparks doesn't really go for the HEA, but still -- those books are romances, if you ask us. We agree that attorney/novelist/screenwriter Paul Levine is great at writing romance, as well. His new Solomon vs. Lord series is funny, flirty and would make a great romantic comedy.

That's as much in-depth analysis as we can manage for a turkey-laden holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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