I’ve been doing loads of guest blogging with the recent release of Invitation to Ruin, my Regency historical, published by Kensington Brava. I’m often asked ‘what makes a good romance story’. I’ve tried to analyze each romance book I’ve loved and asked myself that question – why do I love this book so much?
Of course there are many answers as to why you like a book. For me it is often a combination of things.
Here is my list of reasons why a book might resonate with me
- It is very well written (sentence structure, use of words)
- It surprised me (nothing like not being able to work out the ending – this does not happen very often)
- I loved the characters (so much so the plot didn’t matter)
- I loved the plot or premise (I found the idea intriguing)
- It triggered an overwhelming emotion in me
In just about all my interviews, I have been asked what someone who reads my debut book, Invitation to Ruin, will experience. It’s hard to analyze your own work as dispassionately as you can others, but I’m pretty sure it’s a combination of Characters/Plot/Emotion.
Anthony’s slave trading father was cruel beyond imagining and your heart goes out to this wounded hero from the beginning.
Melissa’s incandescent stubbornness to win his heart can’t help but have you riding the story with her and willing her to succeed.
The villain is so evil you want to see his demise from the moment he is introduced.
The Plot is different in that it deals with the dark subject matter of slavery and puts a modern slant on women in the early 1800’s.
Overall, it’s the satisfaction you get when you read the happy ever after. If it makes you sigh in delight at the end, then I’ve succeeded. Read Invitation to Ruin and let me know what you think.
Not every book on my ‘keepers’ shelf has all of the above points, but I have noticed that a book has to have a good story-line for me to love it. It can be extremely well written but if it doesn’t have a story I can fall into, become emotionally attached to, it doesn’t become a ‘keeper’.
My keeper shelf has not been growing recently, however this month I have read three romance books that I’ve added to my keepers shelf – two historical and one paranormal.
Eloisa James – When Beauty Tamed the Beast
Kresley Cole – Pleasures of a Dark Prince
Emma Wildes – An Indecent Proposal
What makes a book a keeper for you? And have you added any to your ‘keeper’s’ shelf this month? If so who?
Happy reading everyone!