I am announcing a new project. Hopefully it will work out, but if it is going to, I am going to need a great deal of help from readers.
I would like to start reviewing some books.
I know. You’re all shocked! A writer’s blog reviewing books. That’s something new, different, exciting . . . .
All right. You can drop your sarcasm. I know it’s not a new and exciting idea. What’s different about it is the TYPE of books I will be reviewing. I have tried to craft a catchy phrase that can catch on and yet simultaneously explain without doubt what I am looking for, but, well, I sort of failed. The best I can come up with at the moment is NSRs. Does that roll off the tongue? I’m not sure, but I’m going with it. Subject to change, of course, if something better comes along.
But I can hear you asking, what is an NSR, then? Non-Smutty Romance. Yep, that’s it. Not much to ask for, really. But nearly impossible to find.
It seems like in today’s world, the key word for romances is “smutty.” In fact, the more smut you can stuff in your manuscript the better. As an author of (as yet unpublished but getting there soon) romances, I can tell you that many of the classes offered for romance writers include phrases such as “how to sex up your manuscript,” “how to write hot, hot, hot love scenes,” etc. Not that I have anything against a well-written love scene. But when it involves 15 people and small forest animals, I get slightly queasy.
My novel is not going to be smutty, but I hope it is seriously romantic. Like the kind of romantic that makes you tingle and go back and reread parts because you want that tingling feeling again. So, I’ve tried to find other recently-published novels that fit that same mold. Guess what? I’ve had a really hard time finding them. Really hard.
Oh, there are YAs where the romance is sweet and clean. But that’s not what I really want. Then there are science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal where romance is sort of secondary and is fairly tame. But again, not what I am looking for. What I want are actual adult-oriented romances, where the characters have that sort of chemistry that just makes me swoon. The type you can read without embarrassment and recommend to your mom, if not your teenage daughters. The kind that you love to think about and talk about with friends and don’t have to hide when you have company, because you don’t have to feel like you are breaking 6 of the 10 commandments when you are reading it. Yeah. That kind.
But at the same time, I’m not interested in the “inspirational” romances that I know are available. The people in those, as far as my limited experience with them goes, don’t even think about sex. Or if they do, the book fades to black. No, not what I’m looking for either. I want characters that know about sex and are drawn to each other with that powerful magnetic force, but manage to resist because they know it’s wrong. Until they’re married. Then I think tastefully written love scenes are fine. Still no small forest animals, though. That’s just sick and twisted.
Yeah, I know. I’m not asking for much, am I? Maybe it’s too much and I’m doomed to disappointment. But I think some people are looking for that kind of romance. And I did manage to find at least one to start with. And I am going to review it today. And hopefully within the next week, I can find another one, and so on and so on. I will happily take any suggestions from anyone who knows of such a book to recommend.
- No YA, for the moment at least. The main characters should be adults.
- The book is actually published as a romance, not another genre with romantic undertones.
- The characters have serious sexual chemistry, at least that’s the author’s intent.
- If there is sex in the book, it has to be between a married couple, man and wife.
- The sex has to be non-graphic, although it can be somewhat detailed.
I will rate the books on a “tingle” scale and give my opinion on whether it’s a good read or not. That doesn’t mean you have to necessarily agree with my comments. In fact, I hope you don’t. I would certainly welcome open debate, as long as it’s civil. But if a book is reviewed, that means you can be assured that the sex is appropriate and tasteful. Beyond that, I might or might not get that tingly feeling. You’ll have to read the reviews to find out.