Day Four of Fire and Ice is here! Here are the must visit romantic stops!
Caroyln@C.M. Brown Blogspot: The Protector Series, He Came For Mine by C.M. Brown
Ali@My Guilty ObsessionDeanna Raybourn: Whispers of Jasmine
Candace@Candace's Book Blog: Huntley Fitzpatrick: What I Thought Was True
Alicia@Addicted Readers: Tracy E. Banghart: Shattered Veil
Maja@The Nocturnal Library: J.L. Murray
Welcome to Tell Me Something Tuesday. A weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's topic:
What makes a good romantic read?
February is the month of romance. We kicked off Fire and Ice this past weekend and I am currently in the midst of several romantic reads. Now admittedly, I am not the biggest romance fan. However, a good romance is always nice here and there for me. So what do I love to see in a good romance? You can bet it won't be a love triangle or insta love!
For me a good romance is one that grabs me and makes me smile. It is something that builds and builds and ends on high note. I want to believe in the couple and their love. I want it to be forever.
Here is what I like in a romance:
- Antagonistic relationships: There is always something fun about a couple who doesn't see eye to eye. A romance born when two complete opposites attract. I enjoy seeing a couple who can't stand each other in the beginning, and they butt heads and argue until that moment when something changes. Then it is sparks as the romance ignites, and something wonderful is born.
- Friends to lovers: This is always a popular theme when two long time friends realize that they have deeper feelings for one another, but are often afraid to admit it because they fear ruining the friendship. Once they do acknowledge their feelings, it is usually beautiful and satisfying. I adore these types of romances because they are realistic and built on a solid a foundation. These are the romances that are made to last.
- Slow burners: There is one type of romance that always raises hackles and that is the insta love. Sure there are cases of love at first sight, and immediate attraction, but does lust and attraction equal a romance that can go the distance? No, usually not. A healthy romance needs time to root and grow. A romance isn't born overnight, it takes time and patience. The romances that take their sweet time building are always the most satisfying because they are realistic and believable, and I love the suspense of waiting for them to catch fire.
- Feel good romance without heavy drama: I am not a big fan of the current trend in the New Adult genre. A good majority of the romances featured these days are all about broken individuals overcoming sorrow and horrible circumstances, and they do it via romance. Sure some of these type of romances are beautiful, but I can only handle so much of the drama before I am done. I like my romance to be sweet and fun and not overloaded with angst and drama. I read to escape, not to get my heart torn out, so for me the current saturation of the dramatic romances is too much.
- Fun banter and witty dialogue. I like a romance that makes me laugh. Couples that bicker and argue, but not in a nasty way. I enjoy the playful side of the romance. Pairs that tend to fight over and over, not in a fun way exhaust me.
- Sex scenes....less is more.... Another problem I am having with the NA genre is the heavy handedness with the sex scenes. Many of the NA books I have read, the sex scenes are so steamy that I think they tow the line of being erotica. For me, sex is a beautiful and private thing shared between two people, and it loses something when it is laid out in explicit detail that goes on and on and on.....until I am skimming because it is just too much. I much prefer the sex scenes that give you the basics and hint at what is to come and then close the door and leave the rest to your imagination.
- Cute and fun. I love the romances that surprise me and leave me feeling all ooey gooey inside. The kind that catches me off guard and makes me smile.
What about you all? What are the key ingredients that make a quality romance for you? Weight in!
Next week's question:
What are some of your favorite romantic reads?
Fire and Ice returns tomorrow with Heather Hildenbrand!