Now for the stuff that made me roll my eyes and cringe:
Final Siege by Scarlett Cole
We Were One by Elizabeth Reyes
OK, I’ll admit to having a great love of tortured, angsty, damaged, grumpy heroes. I can’t really explain it, other than to say how much I love reading about that type of guy falling ass-over-elbow for the woman of his dreams. It’s usually a GREAT ride getting there. But that doesn’t mean I don’t also appreciate the hell out of a “nice guy” hero. You know, the type you wouldn’t feel weird about taking home to meet your mom and dad. Now, I’m purposefully not using the term “beta hero” here, because I think that can sometimes take on a negative connotation. Some people think if the hero isn’t an alpha, domineering a-hole, that he can’t be sexy. Well, I’ve got the reads to prove that nice guys can be alpha. And further, they can be every bit as sexy as tortured, angsty, damaged, grumpy heroes. Check out these picks for the best “nice guy” heroes in romance today:
Blood Hunger by L.E. Wilson
Exception by Mariah Dietz
If you read paranormal romance, you’ve heard of (and probably read) JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and her other books set in that world. These books are fairly universally loved, usually garnering thousands of glowing reviews and ensuring the author will pretty much live on every bestseller list for weeks (or months) following each new release. (The hype is warranted, too. The series is fabulous. But I digress…) So when I found out that JR Ward had a new release, I checked out Blood Fury on Amazon eagerly and immediately. That’s where I noticed something weird. Something I’m not used to seeing on JR Ward books.
Tattooed heroes seem to be polarizing in romance. Readers either love ‘em, or hate ‘em. Here at Romance Rehab, we LOVE them. We love artists, too—so why not do a combo for this week’s list and share our favorite tattooed tattoo-artist heroes in romance today? Pretty freakin’ cool right? We thought so. So, here it goes:
Ruled by Keira Blackwood
Show Me by Abigail Strom
Blurred lines: The difference between porn, erotica, romance, and erotic romance
Back in the old days (sometime after dinosaurs roamed the earth, but before Amazon had a stranglehold on the book selling market—back when I was a teenager, in other words), the difference between porn, erotica, romance and romantic erotica was vividly clear. Erotica was relegated to a tiny back corner of the local indie bookstore, while porn inhabited a small little back corner of the Books and Company (my medium-sized town’s only mainstream bookstore). Meanwhile, romance took up half of both stores.
But today, the lines between porn, erotica, romance, and romantic erotica are so blurred that it’s nearly impossible to separate the categories on Amazon. Folks looking for good old-fashioned romance have to sort through page after page of misclassified porn and erotica to find it, and folks looking for porn and erotica have to filter out all the romance to find what they want. It’s frustrating and confusing, and readers everywhere are asking, what’s the difference? What constitutes porn, erotica, romance, and romantic erotica? We’re glad you asked. Here’s our take on it.
I blame Pride and Prejudice for our collective love of the enemies to lovers trope in romance. But I suppose that the “why” doesn’t really matter in this case. The fact is that the enemies to lovers trope has always been one of the most popular tropes in romance. (And the Star Wars universe these days. #Reylo #IWillGoDownWithThisShip. *clears throat* But I digress...) And with great books like the ones on this list, I don’t see that changing anytime soon…
Sweet by Tammara Webber
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