COSTA MESA — Although Toni Buner has never been bitten by a vampire, met a pillaging pirate or been rescued by a knight, the bookseller can tell you any of the fictional scenarios that would happen should you encounter one.
Being in the business of books' "happy endings" for 23 years, the owner of New and Recycled Romances has read more steamy novels than most, becoming something of an unofficial expert on the subject.
In her 1,000-square-foot shop at 145 Broadway, Bruner has more than 60,000 new and used titles dating to the 1980s. She's read about 70% of the titles in her inventory.
"We get very few nasty customers," Bruner said. "People are very happy when they come in here because that's the sort of thing they're looking for."
Bruner and a busload of other like-minded romantics are preparing to meet the authors behind their favorite novels April 9 at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention Book Fair in Los Angeles.