Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop

Posted Jul 17 2013, 7:16 pm

Welcome! And thanks for stopping by my portion of the Hot Summer Romance Hop. I won’t bore you with a lengthy blog post because I know there are sooooo many other authors and sites you want to check out. I have just one question – leave your answer, along with your email addy in the comment box for a chance to win a $10 Amazon card from me. Remember there are TWO Grand Prizes – a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon gift card.

Okay, ready for the question?

What’s the difference between a romance and a love story?

Remember to leave your email address. Here’s the link back to the main page and the other participating authors.

Have fun *hopping*! 






104 responses to “Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop”

  1. Melissa Keir says:

    A love story has the whole beginning, middle and end, while a romance tells more about the relationship. The focus is on the couple and their connection.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  3. Margay says:

    I think the romance is all the hearts and flowers, box full of chocolates, falling in love part of love. A love story is everything else: all the reasons they get together, stay together, endure together. A love story spans generations.

  4. Margay says:

    Forgot the email addy:


  5. Nancy says:

    So my first thought was to google this question. But then I read the other responses. My gut…romance has sex in it and a love story doesn’t. But I love both!!! So keep the great stories coming!!! Teehee, coming!

  6. Diana Sprain says:

    I think that a love story has a traditional ‘happily ever after’ ending without sex. An example of a love story is Lynn Kurland’s “Another Chance to Dream”. The knight and his lady fight to be together and do marry. Lynn’s books do not have any sex at all, yet she constantly ranks in the bestseller list.

    Romance books are love stories with sex. The bedroom action can vary from a slight peek all the way to erotic depending on the author, although I’m not including actual erotica as romance (where the sex takes up more than the rest of the story). In the end, there may be a happily ever after. Jude Deveraux’s “A Knight in Shining Armor” is an example of a romance, because the characters do have sex.

  7. laurie goudge says:

    Thanks so much for the post. and for me i do agree w/the other posters that romance stories are love stories with sex in them.

  8. Dawna Newman says:

    I agree with the others as well, I don’t think I could add anything more. I personally the mixture of both that is why I am a huge fan of romances and love stories. I love when they tug at my heart strings, make me hot and bothered and happy as well as angry. all in all I love HEA’s 🙂


  9. Shannon says:

    I think of a romance just as more of the steam and fun where as a love story is the long deep connection between two people

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  10. Krista says:

    I think a romance is more fun and fluff, while a love story has more pitfalls and trials to overcome.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  11. Vickie Milizia says:

    A love story is something that has developed over time, years, and the people have developed a relationship based on friendship but never let it evolve into more.
    A romance is something new, flirty between strangers. It develops into something more and becomes the sole purpose for living for both of them.

  12. Wow what a question. I think they are very mush the same thing. Every romance is a love story and a good love story has romance.

    Thanks for being in the hop!

    • lbailey says:


      It’s fun to see how everyone interrupts the question, isn’t it? I, of course, have my own opinion – which I don’t intent to share until Sunday. 🙂

      Enjoy the rest of the Hop!

  13. Trix says:

    Besides the greater emphasis on sex, I think romance is also about the courtship, the precursor to the HEA!


  14. Eva Millien says:

    I think the romance is all hearts and flowers and getting to know each other. The love story is everything, even after the romance part goes away, but everyone gets caught up in their daily lives, but you still have each other. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

  15. So many good answers – I always thought they were kind of the same in books, but I like the idea of a romance being just a portion of it, where the love story is beginning middle and end, but then you have romantic love stories. That’s a hard question. Harder than it sounds. In real life, love story would be my whole relationship with my husband while romance would be something he never bothers to do any more. 🙂
    Thank you!
    heather1974 at gmail dot com

  16. Beth Sheehe says:

    What’s the difference between a romance and a love story?

    Love is for a lifetime. Romance is usually short periods of time. When you have both with the same person you are the luckiest person alive.

  17. JanD says:

    Romance is usually in the early stages of a relationship while a love story is more the whole aspect of the relationship.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  18. Jessi S says:

    I think the love story is a more comprehensive relationship story while the romance is only a piece of that. I wish I had a graphic organizer to show you what is in my head right now. Could be the teacher in me.


    • lbailey says:

      No need for a Power Point presentation, Jessi – LOL! I totally get what you’re saying. Thanks for commenting!

  19. carly says:

    I think a love story is a story of a young innocent love where a Romance to me is about passion desire & experience

  20. Karina says:

    I think romance is more physical relationship – it can spring fast and stop fast as well, even without the love love story – it’s the story – of love 🙂

  21. Deb Salonen says:

    I labeled the first short story I epubbed: “A love story, not a romance.” The protagonist is a parrot named Jack. 😉 You can write–and live–a love story that doesn’t involve courtship, desire and romance. People who have read this story loved it but all complained that it was too short. I was dumbfounded–did I mention the hero is a parrot? I guess love prevails!

    Happy hopping!

    Debra at debrasalonen dot com

    • lbailey says:

      What an awesome story, Deb! Goes to show a good story is a good story, even if the hero’s a parrot.

      Thanks for sharing!

  22. Cassandra Hicks says:

    A love story is the whole shebang from beginning to end, romance is the more intimate aspects and can occur anytime 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  23. Stacey says:

    First thought is there isn’t much difference…

    I hope that, like mine, other peoples love story is still a romance 5, 10, 50 years down the road….


    • lbailey says:


      It’s can be hard to see the difference between a romance and a love story, if you see one at all. 🙂 Guess it just depends on your perspective.

      Thanks for sharing!

  24. Kyla Patton says:

    I think a romance could be a hot steamy fling where they like each other and go on romantic fun dates maybe, but don’t necessarily do the whole happily ever after thing. Love stories normally contain some form of the happily ever after. What an awesome giveaway/hop! Thanks! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

    • lbailey says:


      Glad you’re having fun with the hop! There are some amazing authors, huh?

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance v. love story!

  25. susan platt says:

    I don’t think there is a difference between the two. Romance is what one does when in love.

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

  26. Mer says:

    The rating and the length. I expect a love story to go into the happy every after and talk about the couple’s ongoing love, but a romance wouldn’t necessarily do so.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  27. Tiffany Drew says:

    I agree that there isn’t a difference. You can’t have a love story without romance 🙂


  28. Valerie Rhodes says:

    I truly believe here it goes.

    Romance equals flings, hot flings, but not the one night stands..dinners, overnights.. etc.. flowers.. the thoughtful guy but NOT the guy.

    Love story well thats totally two people in sync.. bound.

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  29. Linda Hill says:

    Hi Lynda…A romance is a relationship that grows and develops between a man and a woman. There are varying degrees of intimacy from no sex to flaming hot sex… depending on what appeals to the reader. But a romance always has a “happily ever after” [HEA] ending. Obstacles between the H/H are over come and love truimphs. Books written by Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, Dee Davis and Laura Griffin (to name a few) are romantic suspenses that have HEA endings.

    A love story is a relationship between a man and a woman but it doesn’t always end in a satisfying HEA ending. Example….Bridges of Madison County, Love Story, Gone with the Wind,

  30. Natasha says:

    Romance is having a relationship with someone that is not that serious. Love story is wanting to be with them forever.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  31. Ada says:

    Romance is the special intimacies shared between the couple. Love story is the entire product of their relationship. Thanks for having a giveaway!


  32. Silvia Fugate says:

    Romance to me is like dating, the stage where you try to do everything to show that person just how much you care. Romance is flowers, opening doors, handwritten love notes and all the special intimate moments in between.
    A love story is the life a couple creates and shares together. The story spans generations for it gets told to there children and on from there.
    I am happily living in my own love story.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  33. Anita H says:

    Hmmm, seems like everyone’s said what I was thinking. Romance is the beginnings of the relationship, love story is your HEA!

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  34. Wanda Dixon says:

    Romance someone with all the special words and actions, feelings to get them to love you
    thanks for the contest

  35. Judy Peterson says:

    I don’t think that romance is the sex part. You can have love without romance, yes. Romance is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. This could be something as simple as giveing a rose to help someone think more fondly of you or doing sweet/beautiful thing to lead up to the mood of the big night. Romance is courting, wooing. Love is an intense feeling of deep unconditional affection for someone. I don’t think we ever stop loving someone but may not be able to alway be at their side.

  36. Tina B says:

    Well, I think that the difference between romance and a love story is the happy ever after. There are so many love stories, sometimes people have more than one in their life, but a romance ends with the people happy and together.
    At least, that is my opinion anyway. 😉
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  37. jennifer mathis says:

    romance is the sweet good part
    love story is all of it the fighting and the making up

    • lbailey says:

      Wow, Jennifer… I never thought of it quite like that…

      Romance is the *sweet* stuff while love story is the *fighting/making up* stuff. Good answer!

      Thanks for hopping by!

  38. Marlene Breakfield says:

    A love story might not have a HEA, whereas, a romance is expected to have a HEA. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Daniel M says:

    romance = beginning, love story beginning middle and end

  40. Sebella Blue says:

    I think romance has a bit fantasy and perfection that can’t possibly be achieved in real life. A love story has more realism.

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  41. bn100 says:

    One has an HEA

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  42. Christina T says:

    A love story signify that there is an ending to the story but not whether it’s good or bad, while a romance can continue on with no end.


  43. Janhvi says:

    Romance sounds short term where as a love story looks forever. I’d like romance in the love story 🙂

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  44. Dovile says:

    I think romance is more realistic, and a love story sounds very poetic. Also, a romance can have a happy ending more often.

    Thank you for the chance!

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  45. Rachel says:

    A love story is just that a story, it goes through everything that the people go through from beginning to end. A romance deals more with the feelings of the people.

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  46. Jessica M says:

    To me romance is about the passion and the intensity whereas love is about the long term devotion, compassion and understanding. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for giving me the opportunity to win! usmcwifey1(at)live(dot)com

  47. Shadow says:

    To me, romance is passion, lust, actions to keep your significant other happy. Love, its love. You do whatever necessary to help your other half. You understand one another, are there for each other, through the good and the bad. Love is finding the other half of your soul you cant live without. Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! 🙂

  48. BookAttict says:

    In a genre romance, a HEA is mandatory, in a romance it’s not.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  49. BookAttict says:

    In a genre romance, a HEA is mandatory, in a love story it’s not.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  50. veRONIca says:

    Romance in my mind is just tamer. It is sweet and filled with little romantic gestures. While love stories are about the path that two people take so they can be together in the end.

  51. Mel Bourn says:

    Romance is the lust and physical actions that can accompany love built on trust and the desire to be with someone despite their faults.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  52. Stephanie H. says:

    It’s been said so well already, but I think romances are more about the heat, while a love story is more about everything that goes into a relationship, the good and the bad.

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    • lbailey says:

      I agree, Stephanie, there have been a TON of great responses!

      Thanks to everyone who *hopped* with me on the Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop. I’ll announced the winner of $10 Amazon gift card later today, once I’ve notified the winner.


  53. Eva Millien says:

    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt, Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for sharing the hop and the giveaway. Eva Millien evamillien at gmail dot com Facebook – yes; Reader; US

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