As well as being a chick-lit junkie I’ve also pretensions to academia. Most recently I’ve been consuming a number of issues that have been published by the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. They’ve a number of specialist editions being released soon and I’m particularly interested in their Paranormal Romance edition.
In this post-Twilight world the number of paranormal heroes have increased by approximately 10000%, with particularly high number of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of well-written fantasy (it’s the only folder on my kindle that comes anywhere near challenging my romance folder) but I’ve always liked my men…well…human. It doesn’t take much imagination to consider why vampires et al would make good alpha males and, though I appreciate the odd neck-nibbling every once in a while, they don’t particularly do it for me.
I do, on the other hand, love supernatural women paired with human men, possibly for the same reason why I love #ModernTempted. These are strong women with their own businesses / careers / dreams; to all normal intents and purposes they don’t need a man, they just want one. The inversion of the atypical power balance within a relationship means that the man has to be more than alpha to match her. And I love a man who makes you feel feminine, no matter your intelligence or career.
So I have entered research mode – focusing on Mills & Boon Nocturne novels and Nocturne Cravings short stories that feature female paranormal/male human relationships. I haven’t felt this buzzy about a research project in a very long time. Currently looking at Elle James, Lori Devoti and Vivi Anna. If anyone’s got any recs I’d be more than happy to hear them – preferably published post-Breaking Dawn.
Oh yes, and there’ll be a Mills & Boon boy posted tomorrow. ;)