Meet Leslie: Creator, Podcaster, and Romance Book Expert!

Meet Leslie Murphy, writer and owner of She Reads Romance Books.

Hey! I’m Leslie, the creator, reader, and writer behind She Reads Romance Books, the She Reads Romance Books Podcast, and the She Reads Romance Books Book Club.

I’m a self-professed romance book lover who likes her books hot and her book boyfriends even hotter, and a reader who believes that life is better with a love story.

I’m so proud to have built She Reads Romance Books into the most popular romance book blog with over 7.5 MILLION+ visitors a year and I’m so glad you’re here!

My Story

The first romance book I can remember that took my breath away as a teen was Paradise by Judith McNaught.

Leslie Murphy of She Reads Romance Books reading Paradise by Judith McNaught.

I returned to reading romance books when I needed an escape and wanted to remember that there is a lot of love in the world, and it has since become a fun passion.

Now I read at least 150 books a year and I love it!

I am a romantic at heart and love reading characters’ happily ever afters.

My romance book favorites fall into the contemporary romance, erotic romance, and historical romance categories.

Some of my favorite romance book tropes include enemies to lovers, office romance, sports romance, fake relationships, opposites attract, slow burn romance, and MM romance but I devour them all.

You won’t see me reading books with any triggers such as gratuitous violence or abuse.

I’ve jumped into the book blogging world because I love to hear other readers’ recommendations and thought I’d share my own.

Plus, there are so many great romance authors out there that I want others to know about their works!

I’m also a list fanatic so putting together romance book lists is just too darn fun.

I love book lists so much that I launched another book blog with my kiddos about the best chapter book series and graphic novels for tween readers called We Read Tween Books!

My Mission

At She Reads Romance Books, the She Reads Romance Books Podcast and within the She Reads Romance Books Book Club, I celebrate the romance book genre.

Since 2019 it has been my mission to help my fellow readers find the best romance books worth reading and to explore the diversity of the genre.

With over 250 book reviews, over 350 book lists and counting, and reading 150+ new books a year, I’m all about sharing my expertise to strengthen the romance genre for readers and authors alike.

Meet Leslie Murphy, writer and owner at She Reads Romance Books.

My mission is to:

  • Help romance book readers find the best books worth reading from indie and traditionally published authors.
  • Help new readers to the genre explore what it has to offer.
  • Create community for the romance book readers of the world to come together and talk books!
  • Give romance authors exposure to their amazing work (many of which are hard-working women like me!)
  • Help readers find more enjoyment in their reading life with book lists, book gift lists, personally curated reading journals, an annual book challenge, book quizzes, and more!
  • Bring awareness to the diversity of the romance genre.
  • Help bring more love into the world with more happily ever after love stories because life is better with a love story!

To meet this mission, I:

  • Highlight and provide commentary and reasons for my recommendations for the best romance books in various romance book tropes with diverse characters and storylines and from diverse authors.
  • Created the She Reads Romance Books Book Club to highlight romance books and bring readers together to read them.
  • Review romance books to share my voice with readers and authors.
  • Offer advertising to indie and traditionally published authors.
  • Celebrate and highlight diversity in the genre.

Featured Posts About the Romance Genre:

Check out 20 reasons why you should be reading romance from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.
Book list of the best romance books for first time readers.
Romance book cover trend discussion.
Check out the list of best romance novels for men according to romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

My Experience:

  • 250+ book reviews on She Reads Romance Books, Goodreads, Bookbub, and Netgalley. Learn more about my rating review criteria.
  • Advanced review reader for indie authors as well as top publishers including Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, Penguin, Sourcebooks Casablanca, Bloom Books, Avon, Atria, and more.
  • Sought after as a “book expert” according to CNN Underscored and other media outlets including The Globe & Mail, Frolic Media, and Medium.
  • Publisher of the Romance Book Reading Journal, the Booktok Journal, and the Book Club Journal.
Professional Reader
50 Book Reviews

My Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College, Magna Cum Laude
  • Master in Social Work from Boston College
  • Master in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture
Meet Leslie Murphy, writer and creator of She Reads Romance Books.

What Readers Have to Say:

The best part of my mission is hearing from my fellow readers and what they have to say about my book lists and recommendations:

“I didn’t realize there was more to categories to romance than just erotic so I always stayed away from it…So thank you for helping me learn more about romance books.” – C. Grant

“I am so happy whenever I see an email from you…Indeed, finding “She Reads Romance Books” is the best thing that ever happened in my book quest! You are such a help for me!” -Matea

“I was very happy to find your site as I am always looking for new romance books to read. I’ve received a lot of great book recommendations on your page that I’ve added to my TBR pile and I still have so many to go through!” -D. Babic

“I love the way I can look for books categorized by tropes on your website! Makes picking a book so much easier.” -Syd

“I love that you don’t just include famous books from famous authors. It made me discover new books to devour.” – J. Aro

“Your website is a HUGE help to skip overwhelm so thank you!” – M. Galt

Explore She Reads Romance Books: Where to Start

If you’re new here, be sure to check out what I consider to be the best romance novels of all time and my favorite authors page to get you started. Don’t miss my reasons why you should read romance if you’re on the fence!

If you’re new to romance, you can check out my Romance Book Beginner’s Guide for book recommendations that give you a taste of what the romance genre is all about, or take a look at my Guide to the Romance Genre and Tropes.

Next, you can have fun exploring all of my book lists to find the best book for you!

If you want personalized book recommendations, check out my book quizzes! These are short and fun and designed to give you book recommendations based on your likes and needs. Try one today.

Lastly, you definitely don’t want to miss joining the She Reads Romance Books Book Club and my Facebook Group, the She Reads Romance Books Reader Lounge. These are the communities where you’ll find me and other romance book lovers gushing over our latest reads and asking for recommendations. Join in the fun!

Connect With Me:

Leslie Murphy is the writer and creator of She Reads Romance Books.

I love to connect with readers! Connect with me by leaving a comment on a post or a rating on a podcast episode. You can even save your favorite book lists for later by pinning the image or clicking the heart button on the lower right corner of any post and it will prompt you to save it.

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Happy reading…because life is better with a love story.

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She Reads Romance Books is featured as a "book expert" on CNN Underscored.
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