Over the weekend, J. K. Rowling dropped the bombshell that she messed up when she had Ron and Hermione end up together at the end of the Harry Potter series (by some accounts of the interview, she said that Hermione should have actually ended up with Harry).
Twitter had a fun, smart field day with this revelation.
The broken, cold, shut-off heart that begins to beat once more when the hero or heroine meets their soulmate. My rough estimate of how many romance novels contain a character (if not two) like this is 83%.
[Content note: this post discusses rape in romance novels]
Over the last day or so, Noah Murphy (@murphyverse on Twitter) has been tweeting about romance novels, patriarchy, and issues of consent, mainly the use of rape as a plot point in romance novels. Murphy, who describes himself on Twitter as “Eccentric self-publishing sci-fi/fantasy writer, blogger, tweeter,” has nearly 30,000 people who follow him there.
An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.
Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?
Writing reviews of books, I find that I end up confessing things I wouldn’t necessarily confess otherwise. But if I’m going to explain my reaction to this book, I have to be honest about my thought process while reading it.
So, in Along Came Trouble, Ellen has a toddler (his name is Henry) with her recent-ish alcoholic ex-husband (Richard). And, honestly, I rarely enjoy romance novels where either one of the main characters has a kid. When I realized that Knox’s latest book would have a kid, I immediately thought, “NO! Ruthie, WHY?!?” Because I absolutely love Ruthie Knox’s writing and I feared that this would be the first piece of hers that I would not enjoy.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, which includes one of my most favorite novels ever: A Week To Be Wicked (my review is here). I also loved and reviewed the third book in the series, A Lady By Midnight.
All three are currently $.99/each! More than worth that price. Much more.