Is there any hope for me?
February 8, 2013 2:01 PM Subscribe
I thought Outlander and Kushiel's Dart were stupid. Is there any romance novel I might enjoy?
posted by showbiz_liz to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
So, I know the above two books are often listed as exceptionally good example of romance novels/erotica. I tried them both, because I like sexy trashy junk as much as the next lady, but I found them both to be varying shades of preposterous. They were pretty well-written in terms of sentence structure, pacing, world-building, etc, but the sheer amount of absurd plot contrivance, idiotic decision-making, just-in-the-knick-of-time rescues, and bizarre emotional responses, plus the magic perfect sparklekitten nature of the female protagonists, just made them not worth it for me.
Is there anyone out there who felt the same way about these books, but could recommend any other romance-y books without these issues? I really haven't delved into romance novels at all beyond these two, but I can tell you that I liked True Blood (the show) and Pride and Prejudice (which I somehow never read until this year). Any level of sex is fine. I just want a sensible plot with my romance/smut.