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Apr 21 2011 6:00pm

Once the Thrill is Gone: When HEAs Fizzle in Paranormal Romance

EmbersThere are certain romance series that make you catch your breath and have you counting down the very second until you can buy yourself a copy of the next book and devour it on the spot. And what causes you to obsess so profoundly? It's the delicious sexual tension between the hero and heroine.

From those first moments when they meet—and no doubt shared a few choice words, especially if your leading lady is feisty—you long for when Mr. Sexy and Miss Adorable throw aside all pretenses and openly declare their feelings for each other. All longing glances filled with smolder are over. Those heated conversations where you never know whether they’ll end up fighting or making out have passed. They’re in love and are set to live happily ever after—The End — and as the reader, you’re left in a huge contented gooey mess.

That’s all great when it’s the end of the series, but what happens when there’s still more story to tell? Can the couple still hold onto the passion that made them set the pages on fire? Or now that the hero has caught his gal, will the sexual tension between them fizzle, leaving the reader wondering whether getting the ultimate “happily ever after” moment was worth the risk?

[Plop, plop or fizz, fizz?...]

Mar 14 2011 6:00pm

“The Devil’s Out After Midnight” Scene in Marcia McClure’s The Prairie Prince

The Prairie Prince by Marcia Lynn McClureWhenever I’m in the mood to read a romance that will not only have my toes curling and stomach dipping but also keep me in a constant state of swooning, the author I instinctively reach for is Marcia McClure. Just this last weekend, I scrolled back and forth through my Kindle, nothing really jumping out saying “Read me!” and I worried I was heading for a romance slump. *gasp* My thumbs then took on a life of their own, leading me to The Prairie Prince by Marcia McClure, and I started to get that tingle. You know the one I’m talking about, that tingle of anticipation. After making sure I was in a swoon-proof position (you need to be mindful of that because you don’t want to hurt yourself), I dived straight in. Let me tell you, I’ve never swooned so hard in my life! Allow me to share with you a little bit of the background to the story and then I’ll tell you about the scene that started it all . . . 

[Keep those smelling salts handy! . . .]