Guest Post – Carol Rose – Smart Girls in Romance

Hey Everyone! Today, I would like to share with you a guest post from writer Carol Rose. Carol is the award winning author of twenty three books! Her book Always (cover below) was an RWA Golden Heart Finalist! 

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She’s also super sweet 🙂 Today, we’re discussing smart girls in romance, a topic near and dear to my heart. Read on! 


Is there such a thing as a Smart Girls Romance Niche or is that insulting…? I love reading about highly-intelligent weirdo heroines, but I in no way intend to infer that other romance heroines are intellectually-deficient. The deal is that “smart girls” have often gotten a bum rap. We should be considered a down-trodden minority or something and I don’t say that to brag.

For forever, girls have been told that men don’t like women who are smarter than them, that they have fragile male egos and need to be assured of their brilliance all the friggen’ time. I respectfully disagree—and tell those who are of that position to get over it. The male ego of the average dude is a lot stronger than that.

The writers of smart girl romances have very effectively portrayed their heroines as flawed, as are we all. Their heroines are very, very good at certain things and struggle with other things. Pretty much like all of us. Some of these heroines struggle with healthy relationship choices and, come on, that’s pretty much like everyone. Right? No one has the relationship thing all figured out. Zero. None of us, no matter what the I.Q. score, which only tells part of the story anyway.

Love is massively complex and maintaining a strong, connected relationship is one of the hardest things to do in this world. I speak with some knowledge of this, since I’ve been (happily for the most part) married to one guy for so an embarrassing number of years. I also happen to have a Ph.D. in counseling and I get to hear a lot about the struggle of being connected to one person. I.Q. has nothing to do with this.

I find I like to read about the weirdos, the unusual and different. I like to enjoy romantic journeys with characters of all different perspectives. Some of them are even strangely-intelligent.

About Carol Rose:

Carol Rose is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. She has written twenty-three books, including Always and Forgotten Father. Her books have won numerous awards, including a final in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.

Carol is an active member of the North Texas Romance Writers. A frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences, she has taught workshops on characterization and, creating and resolving conflict. She works full time as a therapist.

Her husband and she married when she was only nineteen and he was barely twenty-one, proving that early marriage can make it, but only if you’re really lucky and persistent. They went through college and grad school together. She not only loves him still, all these years later, she still likes him—which she says is sometimes harder. They have two funny, intelligent and highly accomplished daughters. Carol loves writing and hopes you enjoy reading her work. 

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I totally agree, smart girls rule and guys that are intimidated by that don’t deserve the girl! My favorite smart girl romances are pretty much anything by Penny Reid and A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare.

What are your favorites? Comment below! 

Happy Monday everyone! 

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