Publisher: Harlequin Cravings
A forbidden love……
A second chance……
A night of passion neither will forget.
Sasha, a love-thirsty werewolf and rightful heir to the Were throne, is ready to take control over her pack. But when her first love, dragon shifter Damon Frost, lands on her doorstep, demanding their races negotiate ownership over Feralon’’s hot springs, he makes her question more than the fight for the enchanted neutral ground. No matter the emotions bubbling inside her, Sasha can’’t become involved with Damon. Not now. Not ever again.
Forbidden to step foot onto Were land after a romp with the Alpha’’s daughter as a teenager, Damon has bided his time, waiting for the day when he’’d be accepted back onto Were land. Using the hot spring negotiation as a way to get closer to Sasha, Damon plans to use every minute alone to remind her of the passion they shared–—a passion they could ignite again.
One night of ecstasy stands between them and the fight for the springs. One night of revealing glances, skin searing chemistry, and erotic desires they’’d long buried.
Will one taste of forbidden love be enough to satiate their desires? Or will the need to explore the depths of their love unleash a Were-Draco war?
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My Favorite Romance Tropes and Why I Think They Work.
1. Fated to be mated—I’ve heard readers say this trope is “the easy way out” for paranormal authors. I disagree. Two characters have to be perfect for one another (despite what they think—they always think the opposite, don’t they?), and the writer has to not only make the reader believe in their connection, but that they truly are the perfect matches for one another. Why it works is because “fated to be mated” is the equivalent to finding one’s soul mate. We like to believe there’s one person out there for us, waiting to be found, who will love us unconditionally. We like to believe it’s out of our hands, that no matter what happens during the course of our lives, we will end up with our soul mate, the person we were meant to love and who was meant to love us. Two characters who are fated to be mated fulfill this fantasy.
2. Boy/girl next door—This one is simpler to define our reasons for enjoying it. The story is sweet, down home, and makes us all kinds of warm and fuzzy when the hero finally “sees” the incredible girl who was standing right in front of him all along. (Any Taylor Swift or Dawson’s Creek fans out there? Yup. Thought so.)
3. Lovers parted/Reunited—We often read these kinds of tropes in novellas or short stories because it’s easier to believe in such a short-courted relationship if we know the hero and heroine were together beforehand. Why it works is because at some point the hero and heroine must’ve been torn apart. (Otherwise they’d still be together, right?) As they find their way back into each other’s arms, they hash over their issues on the page. Whether we want to admit it or not, we love reading about their baggage probably as much as we love reading about their reconnection. These books are oftentimes filled with more drama, more backstory, and we love to hear about it all!
4. Lovers from Different worlds—In both Isle of Feralon novellas (Claimed by Desire and Forbidden by Fate), I write lovers from different worlds. In Forbidden by Fate, the heroine is a werewolf, heir to the Were throne, and the hero is a dragon who was exiled from his clan for loving her. There is an instant rub between them. Watching the hero and heroine choose a challenging happily-ever-after over the “easy route” in front of them is what makes their ending so sweet.
5. Enemies to Lovers—One word: SPARK. I love writing this trope as much as I love reading it. There is nothing that keeps my interest more than two people who hate each other falling in love. You want to root for the heroine as she slowly begins to see through the hero’s bullshit. You feel the hero’s angst as he fights with himself over whether he wants to walk away all together or throw the heroine over his shoulder and race to the bedroom. You hold your breath when the conflict explodes into a passion neither expected. When it’s all said and done, you have a better understanding of each of them.
There are plenty more tropes where these came from: revenge, a hero being in love with his best friend’s girl/sister/cousin, women disguised as men, secret babies, amnesia plots, boss-secretary relationships, etc., etc.. I could go on and on, but I want to hear from you.
What’s your favorite romance trope?
Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in Small Town USA, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures.
After graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in psychology, Kristin realized there is no scarier place than the warped human psyche. Wanting to combine her love of writing with her desire to paint twisted villains, Kristin wound up in the unlikeliest of places—the classroom. She taught high school and middle school English before giving in to the desire to create her own world, where villains can be sympathetic and heroes can be devilishly good.
She is represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates Ltd. and writes dark paranormal romances and toe curling romantic suspense.
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