Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3 Romance (Book) Pet Peeves

I love reading romance books. I prefer contemporary, erotic, romantic suspense, historical and sci-fi. But, regardless of the subgenre, we all have pet peeves, right? Here’s a list of mine:

  1.     When the hero and heroine take too long to meet each other on the page. This one really bugs me—no, I don’t want to read fifty pages before the hero meets the heroine. I’m anxious to see how they interact together.
  2.     Too much introspection. If a book has pages and pages of mainly internal dialogue, after a while it starts to lose me as a reader. Of course sometimes we need to be deeply inside their minds to understand them better. But I love when authors are pros at mixing dialogue, action and introspection.
  3.     Closed-door sex scenes. Okay, so maybe I lied. Some subgenres CAN get away with some of my pet peeves. Sweet romance is wonderful, and I’ve read some excellent ones. Generally though, I prefer romance books with sex scenes that convey the characters and their feelings. When they make love in the beginning of the book, for instance, is different than the last time before THE END. I do think the best sex scenes I’ve read also show us something about the characters, or the story. They aren’t just gratuitous. They’re passionate, hot, and even playful.

So, as you must know by now, I’m the ADHD reader—I want it quick, dirty, and addictive. Turns out as a writer I’m not that different. My books tend to be fast-paced and sexy. My latest release, Brazilian Capture, is about a hot Brazilian activist who kidnaps the daughter of his enemy to help the needy. Yep. He’s an activist with a heart of gold, but our socialite heroine doesn’t trust him (would you?) and sees him as the dangerous man who captured her and who’s telling her lies about her dad. What’s a girl to do? That’s for you to find out J Check out the book readers are calling, “Hotter than hell.”
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Financier turned activist Emanuel Duarte has promised he would find the one witness who can testify against real estate developer Silas Lancaster. Sick of having every attempt at exposing Silas shut down, Emanuel wants to honor a promise he made, and takes from his opponent what matters most--his beautiful daughter Erika. Only he gets more than he bargained for with the tempting--and frustrating--woman. 

Fundraiser and socialite Erika Lancaster can't believe she's been kidnapped. Her sexy captor is feeding her lies about her father that she refuses to swallow. Emanuel's plans will hurt her and ruin her mother's legacy--and that she can't allow. Desperate to find a way out of the lush Brazilian jungle, she decides there's only way to disarm the enemy--seduce him. 
But her plan backfires and soon she realizes that seducing the enemy comes with a hefty price...loving the enemy simply isn't an option.

Each book in the Brazilians series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

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About the author:
Carmen Falcone loves to spend her time writing about hot Alpha males and the quirky, smart and sassy heroines who turn their world upside down. 

Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband--living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line. 

She now has more than a dozen of books published. She writes category contemporary, erotic romance and romantic suspense. 

For more about Carmen, please visit her website: http://www.carmenfalcone.com


1 comment:

  1. The first two are big pet peeves of mine as well. I'll have to check out Brazilian Capture. Sounds intriguing!


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