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From London with Love: My Subscription Obsession!

By Laurie Johnson

Did anyone else develop a subscription obsession during lockdown? No, just me? Since 2020, I seem to have curated a list of subscriptions for everything! From fresh coffee beans to laundry capsules, audio books to natural deodorant, beauty products to, probably my favourite, wine! But my latest sign-up is the one that makes me do a happy dance when the post arrives: romance books.

Yes, I know, I’m a romance book editor and you’re probably thinking ‘don’t you read lots of romance already?’ and yes, I do, but can you ever really have enough?

What I love about a subscription is the variety! I get to try all different types of coffee/wine/books, and the best part is I don’t have to spend ages picking them out. They just land on my doorstep, ready to be enjoyed. And my romance book subscription is no different. At the end of the month, two beautifully wrapped books arrive and I’m so excited to open them.

Often when I browse books online, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of choice and then I go down the rabbit hole of reviews and end up not buying anything. Does this happen to you? But with the subscription, I’m given a chance to read something I wouldn’t have possibly found or picked up. And I love not knowing what the books are going to be, it’s such a lovely surprise to unwrap each one and see what stories I can get lost in!

Last month, I read Lease on Love by Falon Ballard, which was quirky with engaging and relatable characters. This month it’s Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake and omg this story is so much fun! Yes, it’s responsible for the extra eye make-up I need (because instead of going to sleep, I keep thinking, ‘one more chapter, just one more chapter’), but so worth it. This story is everything I want from a romance, with LGBTQ+ characters that spring off the page and into your heart.

With such wonderful books coming through, it’s safe to say my romance book subscription is one I will be keeping. (Honestly, I don’t keep them all! There are a few I’ve tried that haven’t been successful – looking at you clothes subscription!) But the books? They are here to stay 😊 Have you discovered the world of subscriptions yet? What’s your favourite? (Actually, don’t tell me, I’ll only sign up to it!)

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Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson’s love of Harlequin romances began at the age of twelve when she pilfered one from her nan’s extensive collection! She’s always been an avid reader and loves stories so much she completed a degree in Imaginative Writing. As an editor at Harlequin, she gets to read wonderful romances every day and acquires for some of her favourite lines including Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Medical Romance, Harlequin Romance and Harlequin Historical Romance. She loves acquiring exciting new voices and looks for those fresh spins on classic themes. At home, Laurie is a mum of twins—it’s chaos, but she loves it and is so grateful to have her very own hero to rescue her when she’s outnumbered!