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Movies that Will Make You Fall in Love with Romance

Like so many other romance fans, I can watch the same HEA movies over and over again.

I have always been a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies. I don’t start watching them until the day after Thanksgiving, and never watch them after New Years Day, but in between, my husband does a lot of eye-rolling. Truthfully, he thinks my obsession is adorable.

My go-to romance movies otherwise are Pride and Prejudice, the Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen version. My youngest son used to say, “Mom, are you watching the English movie again?”

Another favorite is While You Were Sleeping, with Sandra Bullock. And who doesn’t love You’ve Got Mail? I could watch both once a month, or more.

The first to change my life, or make me a romance fan, are much older. My grandmother and I used to watch Cary Grant’s His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and The Philadelphia Story. Needless to say, Cary was my first ideal leading man!

Most recently I discovered the “Before” movies . . . Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. I know I was late to that particular party, but being able to watch all three in a row, without having to wait ten years in between each, was such a gift. These three movies inspired me as a romance writer, more than any other. Brilliant subtleties, rich and complex characters, breathtaking scenery . . . that’s what I want to write.

ABOUT HEATHER SLADE: My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

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Fate put her in his path, and he has no intention of ever letting her go.

Olivia Fairchild gave up her dream of being a competitive barrel racer at nineteen, to follow her first love wherever his life as an F15 pilot took them. When his plane was shot down months later, right before the birth of their daughter, Liv’s world shattered. She returned to her parents’ isolated ranch in Colorado to raise her daughter alone. One year led into the next, and before she knew it, her daughter was grown and gone—leaving Liv bored and cranky. She finds herself spending too much time on social media feeds, cyber-stalking the hot guitar player she met at a concert over the summer.

Ben Rice recognized her as soon as he saw her sitting at the bar. Liv, that was her name, and fate kept bringing them together. The first time he saw her, after his band CB Rice opened at Red Rocks, he watched her. She loved music—and she felt it. Not everyone did. She danced, she laughed, she smiled, she lived. That was why he remembered her name when he introduced himself at the end of the show. “I’m Liv,” she’d said. And he was ready to. He’d endured too many struggles in the last few years. He’d worked hard to keep the band going, and he wasn’t going to give up. With a new record about to be released, this was their year—he could feel it.

Used to getting what he wants, Ben pursued the reluctant Liv. But knowing he wanted more from her than she was willing to give, she told him following a man around the globe wasn’t in the stars for her. Been there, done that, retired the t-shirt. She had her own stars to chase this time.

When those stars fall around her feet, and Ben refuses to let her sweep them up alone, how could a girl not love him? And when she does, how can she let him go? A better question is how can she ask him to stay when she sees how bright his future could be without her?

This is book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger.

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