Jul 16 2015 7:33am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First “Unusual”?

Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper

We've all had moments as we're reading where an author has taken an element of a subgenre and made it “unusual” for us or for the genre as a whole. Whether it's the first time we read a historical not set in the Regency period, or when we read about a paranormal creature that isn't a vampire. 

What was your first “unusual” element? What did you love about it? Did it change your reading habits?

Let us know in the comments!

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1. PerfectSonnet
I usually just read historicals (regency, victorian, georgian, I love them all). The first contemporary I read was After the Night by Linda Howard and I could not get into it. All I could think was that people with cars and cell phones should know better. I can handle and accept wild shenanigans in historicals due to olden times :) I also read My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe recently, which is a historical with paranormal-ish elements. The paranormal parts didn't bother me as much I thought and I really liked it.
2. Kareni
One that comes to mind is when I read LaVyrle Spencer's The Fulfillment (likely in 1979 or shortly thereafter) and there was infidelity. Admittedly, it was suggested/sanctioned by the heroine's husband, but it was shocking to read in a romance at that time.
3. lauralee1912
Knight in Shining Armor (1992) was the first time travel romance I read. I was a long-time reader of Jude Deveraux and that book surprised me and then sent me on a tangent of time travel reading including, of course, Outlander.
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4. bungluna
I remember reading Jennifer Crusie's "Fast Women" and being shocked when the heroine has sex with someone other than the hero, and he was good at tie! Crusie has provided several 'unusual' reads for me.
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