The romance novel mentions made me think of all the romance novels I read when I was way too young, like 12. Those big, fat historical ones available by the millions (it seems) on library shelves, with titles like My Brazen Pirate and The Wolf and the Hummingbird or whatever.
Admit it ... you read Kathleen Woodiwiss books, didn't you?
Because, um, me too.
The Wolf and the Dove, Shanna, Ashes in the Wind, A Rose in Winter, Come Love a Stranger, So Worthy My Love ... oh yeah.
Me too. Her and Rosemary Rogers, and Johanna Lindsay and a lot of others. I don't think my parents ever saw what I was reading from the free book rack as a teen, or those would have been tossed.
If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care,
To whom you speak,
Of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.
Caroline Lake Ingalls