Three Reasons to Love Vacation Romances

By Katie Gowrie

It’s officially summer! And we at SYTYCW are more than happy to invite the warm-weather season back into our lives. With long weekends and sunny months ahead, many of us are gearing up to go on vacation.

This is the perfect time of year to reach for that romance that seems written for the beach (or the hammock by the lake, the chaise longue on your patio, maybe with a chilled glass of Riesling?). And what better read to devour on your vacation than a satisfying vacation romance.

Here’s three reasons we love to read a vacation romance while soaking up the sun!

Gorgeous backdrops galore. These books allow for a wide array of fantastic and intriguing settings you’ll feel like you’re visiting yourself. Who doesn’t love to escape to a posh European city or be lulled by the enchantment of a tropical island paradise? If you’re not away on vacation physically, at least you can be mentally!

What happens on vacation stays on vacation. These romances often up the ante by featuring characters doing things they wouldn’t normally do. Your characters have left their normal working lives behind for adventure and relaxation. That no-holds-barred, invincible feeling you get while travelling can lead to some pretty action-packed (and steamy?) situations.

New place, new feelings. Something about being in a different place makes life feel different. Perhaps the heroine has met an enigmatic stranger while abroad and falls for him spontaneously. Or maybe the hero finds himself on a cruise with someone he’s known for years – but in a different environment, he sees her in a different way. When things the hero and heroine aren’t allowed to feel (or act on) at home suddenly become impossible to ignore away from home, it can make for a fun, tension-filled and conflict-riddled story.

With so many reasons to love vacation romances, you can’t go wrong picking one up and immersing yourself in a solid love story.

What do you love most about vacation romances? Tell us in the comments below! Need help choosing your next one? Check out these new reads from Harlequin!

Make Me Crave      Tempted by Her Island Millionaire

Vacation with a Commanding Stranger      How to Be a Blissful Bride

6 replies on “Three Reasons to Love Vacation Romances”

It’s funny. I live in Alaska, a place a lot of people come to vacation, so I like writing romances about the people who live here all the time vs. the people who come visit. There’s a lot of stereotypes and misinformation about Alaska. Especially when it comes to people who only take a cruise or visit Anchorage and think they’ve seen it. We have a couple of jokes…Alaska 20 minutes outside of Anchorage. Or cruises: Alaska, look, but don’t touch!

Misplaced Alaskan here!
I’ve never been interested in Vacation Romance, actually. There simply isn’t time to develop a believable love story. Fun, maybe hot nookie, yes, but not a believable Happily Ever After by two people who have the relationship skills to make it last.
On the other hand, I can see how a vacation could be a great jumping off point or ending point in a bigger, stronger story.

Hey Kimber Li,

I will have to have you read some of my stories.I don’t really write “vacation” romance, but I do write, Alaskan romance. As an Alaskan, I would love to hear your opinion!Daniella

I love our family vacations but doing dishes under an old growth cedar while the moon goes behind a cloud is not a deck chair on the Costa Brava, sure sometimes it is better but when sunburn and mosquito bites drive you inside the tent, then the scent of Armani is wonderful and if Harlequin brings it then…

Polyester to denim. Going from concrete country wannabe cowboy to working a vacation dude ranch. Where the rim-rock meets the sky, would be ideal reading for me. A trick roping cowboy intentionally roping me in the process. Plenty of lessons in shooting his gun and, plenty of cowgirls willing to die for him as handsome as he was. Changing the rules… she’s the Ferrier; he has the blisters… Cowboys are cool, but the ones from back east are the coolest! I like to stay in the states. I like to read what I know with a twist.

You know, I live in a vacation destination just a stone’s throw from a tourist trap but I’ve never really thought about writing a vacation romance. I think I’m going to give it a shot though after reading this.

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