Why I Love Romance
Thanks so much to Mandi for having me as a guest at Smexy Books! This month Deadly Obsession released from Carina Press so in celebration I’m on a short blog tour discussing all things romance!
I read romance for so many different reasons. Almost always for the happily ever after (I’m not a fan of happy for now, I want the juicy emotional ending that promises of HEA…though there are exceptions), but I find myself reading specific authors for specific reasons. When I’m looking for an uber alpha, hot hero Linda Howard immediately comes to mind. I have most of her books in paperback and they are well worn from re-reads. In fact, it’s because of her that I discovered romantic suspense (thanks to All the Queens Men). Some romances I read for the great couples (think books by Jeannine Frost & Nalini Singh). Strong heroines…again, Jeannine Frost. Man I love Cat! I also love the other females from her ‘Night Huntress World’. And amazingly sick world building skills have to go to Sherrilyn Kenyon & JR Ward. If I really want a rollercoaster ride of nonstop action then Roxanne St. Claire usually wins.
Obviously there must be a plot and I definitely love on the page smexin. I can do without it if the story is great but for the most part, once the sexual tension has been played up I want to see the good stuff. If I don’t get it I feel like I missed out on the payoff. Overall, the main thing I really look for is that I feel a connection and compassion for the main characters. I don’t have to always like them or their actions (and usually if the writer has done her job, I find myself wanting to smack the hero more than once…something about stubborn males gets me hot), but I want to be rooting for them to come out of the story with a deserved happy ending and hopefully a lot of growth.
What do you look for in your romance reading? Are some things more important than others? Answer to win a digital copy of Deadly Obsession.
The chilling words of a killer: This is just the beginning…
Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly’s heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home–and face to face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.
Now the sheriff of Hudson Bay, Braden has spent the last year hunting a sadistic murderer. But his investigation is turned upside down when new evidence indicates that Lilly is the killer’s next target. Determined to protect the woman he’s never stopped loving, Braden must race against the clock to trap a dangerous psychopath—before it’s too late…
A little about me: I’ve been reading romance from a young age (since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash) and the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write dark paranormal romance and sexy, fast-paced romantic suspense. Currently I write for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne (Destined Mate, October 2011), and in early 2012 the first book in my paranormal series will release from NAL/Signet Eclipse (Alpha Instinct: A Moon Shifter Novel). To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.
Thanks again to Mandi for hosting me!
Thank you Katie! For a chance to win an E-Book of Deadly Obsession, answer Katie’s question above. Contest open to all through August 20th.