But two years ago, that wasn't the case. I was going through a very rough time in my life, my mother was finally able to get a divorce from her abusive husband (and unfortunately the other contributor to my genetic makeup) after years of sacrifice to make sure she never had to send me or my sister to visit him alone when we were younger. This, while good news for her and me, left us with nowhere to go and surrounded by people who didn't and still don't believe how bad it was for us.
We were finally taken in by a relative, not knowing that we'd be in a similar hell in that "house." As things got worse, I retreated into myself, unwilling to do anything but exist. One day at the supermarket, I saw a very pretty cover of a romance novel. It had been about a year since I last read anything for fun, let alone a romance novel. At my mom's insistence, I purchased the book.
That book, and those that followed helped me through the hell that was living in a relative's "house" where my mother and I were at the mercy of a person who delighted in shutting off the electricity on us and not coming back to the house to turn on the air conditioning until late at night (the house was divided in two with the controls on this relative's side).
I began reading My Wicked Marquess without any real interest, but soon enough, I found myself devouring every word and wanting more. It was so well written and engaging that for a time each day, I could escape my world and experience the one that Gaelen Foley created. I smiled, I laughed and then I cried when I finished the book because I had nothing else to turn to. Looking up the title on the internet, I saw that it was the first book in a series and that there were two other books that had since been released.
I began to look forward to things, finding quiet joy in reading again and eagerly awaiting the next book in The Inferno Club series, My Irresistible Earl. Each book brought me joy and escape in the form of action, adventure, romance and the eventual happy ending.
I have since left that horrid house and while my mother and I are still dependent on others for shelter, I have held on to my love of good romance novels and it continues to help me through the tough days that continue to plague me.
I was lucky enough to have the chance to tell Gaelen in a comment that her books helped me through a tough time, though I didn't go into detail like I did here (It's also where I got to discover author Alexandra Hawkins, who is fabulous by the way).
I love romance novels, they give me what an escape, they make me laugh, cry and smile and while I have a slew of favorite books, I will always have a soft spot for Gaelen Foley's books, in particular The Inferno Club series.
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