It’s a scientific fact that men with scars are automatically sexier than men without scars. Don’t bother looking it up. Y’all know I’m right. And these 13 romance heroes are proof. Enjoy all the scarred hotness, folks. You’re welcome.
I’ve been misled quite a bit lately on Amazon. And no, this is not an anti-Amazon rant (not that we haven’t done that in the past). I’m talking about books that are being advertised as romance—or a certain type of romance—that clearly aren’t all they claimed to be. I’m seeing a few reasons for these misclassifications:
So, there’s not much we can do about #2. The ‘Zon is gonna do what the ‘Zon wants to do. No one is the boss of them. But for the authors and publishers...listen up and take note.
You know how some romance heroines are often serious and stoic and pretty much perfect in every way? Yeah, this isn’t a list of THOSE heroines. This is a list of eccentric, sometimes goofy, adorable, QUIRKY paranormal romance heroines who don’t take themselves too seriously. Enjoy!
(And let’s not get into a “well, that’s not really paranormal romance, it’s urban fantasy” debate, m’kay? If a book has a strong romance element in it and the book wouldn’t be able to stand on its own if you remove that element, it’s paranormal romance. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Plus, it’s my blog and I do what I want. No one is the boss of me.)
If you watch television at all, you’ve seen a few (or a few hundred) commercials for Hallmark Channel holiday movies at this time of year. You know the movies I’m talking about: high-powered female exec travels to a small town to shut down the factory that employs everyone, but falls in love with the quirky locals and the hot, beta, town vet/sheriff/restaurant owner/bartender, and the magic of the season (and the power of True Love) forces her to realize how shallow her life has been. She thus decides to quit her high-powered-but-soulless job, save the factory through an unlikely series of events, and marry the beta man who wears sweaters a lot. The end.
We’ve done a couple of different biker lists on the site (here and here), and each time, people write in and let us know about all these great reads we’ve forgotten to include. That always leads us to read those books, and we usually agree that we SHOULD have added them to the list, and it just ends up being this big ole endless cycle, you know? List-read-repeat-list-read-repeat...over and over and over again. So, we’re not stupid enough to say that this is the ultimate biker romance reading list FOR ALL TIME. But as of today, these are our top picks. Enjoy!
I want to smack the crap out of people who call sex scenes in romance novels “the good parts.” There’s so much more to romance novels than the sex scenes. But that’s a different rant entirely. And while there are tons of great romance novels out there with truly beautiful, sexy, erotic, and emotional sex scenes, there are an unfortunate number of stories out there with sex scenes that I tend to cringe about and skip over. Sadly, I’ve seen enough of these things to write an entire rant about them…
The idea of a famous actor or actress falling for a regular person is endlessly fascinating and endlessly romantic. (It’s also not completely unrealistic. Matt Damon and his wife met when she was a bartender.) That’s probably why it’s been the subject of so many great romance novels. With that in mind, here are but a few great ones. Enjoy!
I bet you thought our original post about WTF romance novel covers was going to be the last one, didn’t you? Well, SURPRISE! Here we are again with a brand new crop of WTF covers for your enjoyment.
And please, before anyone jumps on me for being mean, I’m not calling anyone out just to be cruel. I just want to rehab the genre and crush the stupid romance stigma once and for all. And frankly, unless covers like these go away, we’ll never be able to do that. So, to anyone who might be offended... bygones.