Sep 13 2017 7:01am

Love on the Run: Love It or Hate It?

Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby by Sasha SummersIf you read enough romantic suspense—or romances with suspenseful elements—you may have noticed a few commons trends. One of which is the “love on the run” premise. The main characters are in mortal danger, but they still find time to fall in love (and bang). In the immortal words of Rihanna, they “found love in a hopeless place.” 

For some people that is their catnip, but for others it has them shaking their head. 

What are your thoughts? Do you love this trope in romantic suspense? What authors have done it really well?

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Those are some of my favorite romances, actually! But the circumstances HAVE to be right for the sexytimes--they need to think the danger has truly passed for a while.
2. LoriK
What HeatherWaters said. I love a good love on the run story, but the sexytimes have to make sense within the story. I recently read a book where bad guys broke in on the h/h while they were in flagrante delicto more than once. That is ridiculous and that author is now on my "don't bother" list.
3. Lauralj
I'm a historical romance reader and one of my favorite romances is a 'love on the run story' by Joanne Bourne. Although I'm not a fan of book about spies, "The Spymaster's Lady" is full of surprises and wonderful. The hero is a British spy and the heroine is French spy in 1802.
4. Althea Claire Duffy
I'm a big fan of love on the run and the combination of action/adventure with romance in general, as long as - per Heather Waters and LoriK - the characters aren't stupidly putting themselves in danger for sexytimes. Seconding Joanna Bourne's whole Spymaster series as a good place to find that. A couple of other good love-on-the-run books: KJ Charles's Non-Stop Till Tokyo (heroine is framed for the murder of a yakuza boss and goes on the run across Japan with a badass Samoan-American sumo wrestler) and Caroline Linden's Six Degrees of Scandal (heroine flees her dead first husband's sinister stalker friend across 1820s England and uncovers a conspiracy; fourth in a series).

Outside the realm of (prose) books, I adore the comic series Girl Genius, which follows a mad scientist love triangle fleeing from various over-the-top villains plus a semi-benevolent supreme conqueror across a fantastical steampunk Europe. (Well, not ALWAYS fleeing, but there is a lot of fleeing.) Contains mechanical mole squads, sinister cultists riding giant white spiders, a castle which is an evil AI full of deathtraps, plenty of giant robot battles, a weaponized pipe organ, fabulous nights at the opera and court, lots of hot shirtless men and buxom women in lacy Victorian undies, buckets of UST, and the greatest coffeemaker ever built (which takes up a whole wall). It's like a really good Saturday morning cartoon for grownups. And it's available online for free!
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