Things I'd like to see in a romance (and a few pet peeves)

Okay, I was bored last night in bed and just started writing these down. They're in no particular order.

1. a H/h who collects something wacky. Vintage Transformers, anyone? (am I dating myself?)

2. a heroine who proudly admits to reading romance. (even better if she admits it matter-of-factly and isn't defensive)

3. humor in bed. (even the kind where you're laughing so hard you have to stop "doing it".

4. a virgin who does NOT have a fabulous first time, but realizes that future times will be better.

5. more nerd/geeks. Engineers are sexy. Or even just careers that require a fair amount of intelligence.

6. H/h who plays video/computer games in their spare time. GTA and Final Fantasy games, anyone? Not everyone who plays is an anti-social, obsessive geek. (but those people ARE out there *g*)

7. no more super-angsty heroes who think they are incapable of loving anyone.

8. do NOT make a bad-ass character who has supposedly done some no-so-good things in his past not actually have done those things. (I liked SK's Zarek much better when I thought he'd been so ruthless. Would have made his relationship with Astrid all the better, I think.)

9. I want characters with "powers". Can I have someone who can fly? Comic book storyline in a romance novel would be fun.

10. I want action! Perhaps a swashbuckling pirate romance. I want a high seas adventure with fights! Must have an open sea battle!

11. If you make the heroine strong in the beginning, don't have her relinquish control to the hero once he's on the scene.

12. What's with "slacks" and "blouses" in these novels? Is there something wrong with saying pants and shirts? Is it some regional thing that I missing? Or is it what I think it is and the authors are jus dating themselves? Though my mother never said slacks. She used pants. Get with the times!!! Maybe this is a personal pet peeve and doesn't bother anyone else, but none of my friends have these words in their everyday vocabulary.

13. Why don't heroines every get their period? I mean, if nothing else, it's a great way to up the sexual tension. Or well, add a towel. But maybe the grossed-out readers would outnumber the ones who didn't care.

14. Pets. We need more pets. And not just a cat or a dog. Hermit crab, anyone? They can be cute. *g*

15. Westerns with bad boy heroes. I don't want any sheriffs, gamblers, or ranchers. I want my gunslingers and black hats.

16. Can I have a hero with white blond hair and ice blue eyes? That cold, haughty Nordic look can be pretty hot. I don't get the whole "blond heroes on covers don't sell".

Okay, this is where my list stopped last night and I can't think of anything to add right now.

9 comments:

meljean said...

I'll echo this list! LOL -- I've been dying to see some of these things for a while. Particularly the vintage Transformers *g* as I can relate to that in a scary way (looking guiltily at closet full of action figures).

Also, on the more geeks/nerds -- and not always treated as the nerdy fake exterior. And why does every guy have to be in perfect shape? I'm not asking for beer bellies or anything, but do they all have to be strapping, 32-inch bicep heroes? Yikes.

Suzanne said...

I have the secret powers for you, LOL.

Nicole said...

I know I know I know and oh, I can't wait.

Wendy said...

Oh amen on the more humor in bed comment! Sex is fun, it shouldn't have to be deadly serious all the time.

Also, more gunslingers! I haven't read a gunslinger in a western romance since the few I stumbled across in the late 1980s, early 1990s. Unfortunately they were always paired with the convent-raised-heroine - but whatcha gonna do?

Jordan Summers said...

I have an iguana in one of my stories. (wg) Still waiting to hear if Kensington wants it.

Anonymous said...

I just read a book where the hero had a small collection of action figures in his office. Can't think of the book, dang it, but I will. :)

BJ

Kate R said...

What a wonderful list! I love it. . .

Amie Stuart said...

I love this list! My heroine gets the giggles as the prepare to have sex on a horse--wouldnt YOU? Now if I could just SELL the darn thing.

Oh and I got a rashion of flack from my CP's for having a short, stocky hero in another ms. He's still short and stocky though!

Amie Stuart said...

I love this list! My heroine gets the giggles as the prepare to have sex on a horse--wouldnt YOU? Now if I could just SELL the darn thing.

Oh and I got a rashion of flack from my CP's for having a short, stocky hero in another ms. He's still short and stocky though!