Confessions of a Romance Cynic
I don't get romances.
No seriously. I've never really been able to read them - though I know a lot of folks do. I kind of skim the first couple pages and start laughing and abandon them. It's probably a character fault. (I can't watch pornos, either, for the record - I laugh a lot during them too - us Scorpios have interesting thoughts on love and sex).
But I'm a paranormal fiction ho and I see the words "paranormal romance" getting thrown around a lot; suddenly I'm tempted to pick up books with well-built guys painted on the front covers. But I just . . . can't. I'm afraid I'll pick it up and the Greater Plot will be subverted to the Amazing Love Conflict which will be built on formulaic, predictable lines.
So please, FFF readers and romance lovers, answer my two questions:
1) Why do you like romances? What mind set do I need to sit down and enjoy one? What do you not like about them?
2) As a romance cynic, can you recommend one or two that'll convince me the genre is amazing and that there are dozens of great paranormal books that I'm missing out on?