I’ve always had a soft spot for the If You Like pages because they are actually what led me to All About Romance in the first place.
Back in the fall of 1999 a lot of the chaos of my twenties was finally behind me. I’d finished school, grad school, gotten a job, gotten married, and had bought a house. At last I had time to read. For fun. So I turned back to my first love…romance novels. Back in the early 80’s I’d read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s A Rose in Winter as a Good Housekeeping super-condensed fiction highlight of the month. I was eleven, but I still remember the sweeping romantic line drawings on the beige colored insert. I read it in sneak peeks in the downstairs bathroom because somehow I knew this was adult-type stuff.
From there I read other romances available at my library, again snuck home in my book bag and read fairly furtively. These were mostly Regencies, chaste stuff. It was a few years