I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance novels lately, and have sort of been in the mood to read something different, specifically a historical romance. However, I don’t really like that the majority of historical romance novels I always seem to come across are set in the Victorian era and feature a young blushing virgin falling in love with a handsome, devilish “rake”. It’s basically the same plot line over and over again. Ever since I started reading romance books I’ve always thought to myself that there should be a website where you can input exactly what you’re looking for, but also what you’re not looking for. For example, I really want to read a historical romance, not set in the Victorian era, with no virgin heroine, and an alpha male hero who isn’t a vampire (I’m all about the alpha males). Did you know that there is actually a website where you can do that?!?!
Welcome to romanceandsmut.com, aka a website designed after my own heart. This is undoubtedly one of the best ideas for a romance book website ever. I also love the name! You can pretty much tailor your smutty book search to whichever themes or tropes you love best. There is also a short summary provided for each book, and mentions whether or not it is part of a series. Before this I always looked to the listopia section of Goodreads for my next book of choice, but found that their lists can be ridiculously long, and sometimes the books contain elements that I don’t like. On romanceandsmut you can filter out the subjects which either don’t interest you, or could even have triggering effects. In my opinion one of the best features of the site is that you can choose to not include books in your search which contain elements of rape or abuse. You have to be careful though, because I’ve found that it can be kind of addictive clicking around in all the different topics, and seeing how much you can really narrow down your search. OMG, I just found out that there is an occupation section for the heroes, and you can see how many books contain men in uniform, rock stars, highlanders, etc. GAH!! Looks like Christmas came early for me!
The website does have some areas which could be improved. The “Best of Lists” tab is a little short, but that definitely isn’t a deal breaker. It’s also kind of refreshing compared to Goodreads. Maybe I’ll have to make a few list suggestions of my own! In addition, you kind of have to get used to adding and eliminating the different themes, so it takes some practice. There is also one theme/trope that I don’t think is included on the main page, and would love if it were. That would be to search for books which aren’t part of a series. Sometimes I just want to read one book, and not get sucked into a trilogy or series with a never-ending list of characters and plot lines. Oh, I also hate books that have cliffhanger endings! I do love though that most of the books link directly to amazon.com, so if you find one you like you can immediately add it to your wish list. If you have a minute, I definitely suggest you head on over to romanceandsmut.com and do some clicking!