Saturday, March 25, 2006
Favourite Settings - Or #2
I used to be strictly historicals and found contemporaries to be odd. Then again, it was 1989 and the contemporaries that were being written would have suited women from the 1950s.
JAK introduced me to contemporaries that I could read without gagging. The men were alpha but they were madly in love with their heroine and there didn't seem to be a hang-up about sex. Cool.
I pretty much stuck to this formula for a few years because of university and job searches. I'm thinking it was Dream Man by Linda Howard that brought me to contemporaries in a big way. I also remember branching out into Harlequin and Silhouette at the time and I tell you, there were some amazing books on just two people falling in love. Or hurting each other. Or both. I found many authors but, the top was Suzanne Brockmann. There was something about her heroes that were so desperate and vulnerable that I was thrilled whenever I saw a new title by her.
Nowadays, it really depends on what I am looking for. I'm not sure I can do the small town romances in contemporaries anymore although I try to think 'never say never'. I enjoy contemps set in big cities. I *love* paranormals because they give a more gothic look to cities and I like that.
I can't do books set in France. Not sure why, they just bother me. It might be the names and the quazi-french accent. Oh, and Florida. I equate Florida to old age and I don't find swamps sexy. Then there is the fact that whenever I have gone there I have run into those huge reptiles - crocs, alligators, whatever. I just couldn't live in a place where I could get my leg snapped off because I nodded off in the backyard.
And y'all know I like my sleep.
Anyone else catching the pattern here? It's going to take me weeks to answer these questions!
Posted by CindyS at 5:38 PM