I’ve been mulling this over in my brain for a while. I know there are people (me included) that want a smidgen of realism in the romance novels. Unless it’s Paranormal or Fantasy I want to be able to feel like I can put myself in the heroine’s shoes (and even when it is one of those I want to connect to my heroine, we all do). I’ve heard from some readers that the insta-love in some books is off-putting.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
Like with all themes/sub-genres (call them what you will, you know what I mean), there are examples of awesomeness and then there are the examples of what-the-fuck-did-I-just-waste-my-life-reading. But insta-love can be FABULOUS! You just have to give it a chance.
Now, you can’t talk about insta-love without mentioning the Queen of Boom, Aurora Rose Reynolds.
ARR has this little series, maybe you’ve heard of it, Until Her. I LUUURVE this series. The Mayson men have a family secret… The BOOM. These sexy guys dip their wick into a shit ton of women, but once they meet their chick, they’re done. Gone. Over it. They are going to get their women. And I love each and every one of their stories. Grab Until November if you need a taste of an insta-love done really well.
I’m a little on the fence for the Until Him series, but I’m still going to read them.
ARR has a bunch of other great books too, and you can check them out on her website right here: https://aurorarosereynolds.com/
Helena Newbury is another author that utilizes quick-connections, though they aren’t as explosive and immediate as ARR’s.
Newbury’s characters are definitely fast to couple, and they are falling hard within the blink of an eye. And fuck me, they have some of the HOTTEST sex I’ve read. Especially Growing and Kissing which recently released. Are the story-lines believable? They are enough for me. I’ve never dated a Russian Mafia hitman, so how am I supposed to verify the details?
You can check out all of Helena’s books right here -> http://www.helenanewbury.com
Remember people, this is my escape from reality.
Let’s keep going
Okay, I’m willing to discuss the other side of this. Realism. Look, I love realistic, break-your-heart, holy-shit-that-could-be-me stories. And yes, there are times that an instant connection, love-at-first-sight is over-the-top cheesy (wow, can I used hyphens more?) and it is REALLY off-putting. Well, guess what? That problem isn’t singular to wham-bam-marry-me-now (again with the hyphens…) romances. In fact, I find insta-love more believable than half of the YA books I’ve read.
Primal need to claim a lover is also extremely prevalent in Paranormal/Fantasy romances. Especially when it comes to Were-whatevers. Wolf, bear, lion, no matter who, most PNR I’ve read has mates slamming together like magnets. This is a touchier subject for me, mainly because after falling head-over-heels fr PNR I was introduced to some authors that purposely ignore the traditional “mate” relationship. In fact, I think PNR is the only place I’ve found a mated/fated relationship boring lately.
Whatever the subject matter is, no matter how unbelievable the plot, a well-written book is a well-written book. I mean, I haven’t met any vampires in real life, and they seem pretty popular… just sayin’
Please leave a comment, let me know what you think. If you have a favorite insta-love author, give them a shoutout 🙂
Sorry for the hyphens