posted on March 15, 2021 by Lyn Cote

What’s Your Taste in Romance?

Romance is an interesting blend of all kinds of stories. Do you enjoy a contemporary romance or a historical romance? A romance with hero who has magical powers? Or one who’s a detective? Like a cowboy? A heroine who’s a doctor?

You see what I mean. Romances come in all flavors. Authors understand that and each of us writes a different “flavor” in a unique “voice.” That means that though many authors may write stories with a hero who is a detective, each one will be very different.

But some readers don’t understand this.

I’m always amused when I read 1 or 2 star reviews of my books. I suppose that means I’m strange, but the reviewer berates me for not writing the book SHE wanted to read.

Obviously I write the books I write. If she didn’t like it, why didn’t she just stop reading? I mean if you were at a buffet and took something you didn’t like, would you keep eating it after realizing you didn’t like the taste?

Here’s one of my favorite 2 star reviews:

“This is the first of Ms. Cote’s books I have read but if this is any indication of the type of writing quality of her books, it will be my last. I forced myself to read it to the end hoping it would get better. Two thirds of the book focuses on a love relationship, which is fine, but it is center stage, not the mystery. (I was looking for more mystery.)”

The title of the review was, “It’s no secret – I should have passed on this book!”

Well, why didn’t she??? My book’s subtitle is “Clean Romance Mystery.” Note that Romance comes first. Shaking my head.

My new book this month is another Clean Romance Mystery, titled UNCERTAIN SPRING. Last fall I asked in a blog: Can a Grandmother be a heroine? The response was YES! And that is this book. It will come out March 26th and it’s 25% off regular price till then.

Here’s the scoop:


Near midnight, a panicked dog barks frantically—not to frighten but to beckon.

Lois has just driven up to her summer home in a March snowstorm, coming north early to be near her adult daughters. Without hesitation she follows as the dog leads her through the thick pine forest.

Finally she glimpses a young woman lying in the snow, unconscious. Lois taps in 911.

In the morning, the girl has wakened in what the doctor identifies as a state of dissociative fugue, a form of amnesia. Lois takes in the girl as the local sheriff tries to find clues to her identity.

The nearby vet, a mountain of a man, helps Lois with the girl’s dog. He’s increasingly attracted to this compassionate but oh so refined woman while Lois finds herself drawn to him. Can they take a second chance on love? And why isn’t anyone searching for the girl? Or is someone?

Another suspenseful romance set on the shore of Lake Superior. For more info, click here.

So what is your taste in romance? One person who comments will win an ebook copy of UNCERTAIN SPRING!







Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote

USA Today best-selling author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes award-winning contemporary and historical romance. Her brand is "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Her books feature a strong heroine, often a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic history or contemporary life. She lives with her real life hero in a lakeside cottage in the northwoods with two fun cats. (She loves dogs too. :-)

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2 thoughts on “What’s Your Taste in Romance?”

  1. Lisa Sapp says:

    Hi Lyn,

    So sorry about that crazy review. Makes you wonder for sure.

    I like all sorts of romance stories. My favorite tends to have cowboy heroes but I like them all. I found one of your historical books at my library in the swap racks. Her Healing Ways. It looks good and I can’t wait to read it.

    I like strong heroes and heroines and I’m always looking for the happy ever after. There’s too much reality in our lives, so the HEA is a great brain break.

    I would love to read your new book. I love that I’m seeing older characters in stories these days. Keeping hope alive for us grannies too.

    Have a great week.


  2. bn100 says:

    anything interesting

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