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from Mia Marlowe
I've always been an eclectic reader. Even though I write romance, I'm just as likely to pick up a mystery or a fantasy novel for my private enjoyment. I've even been known to burn through one of my DH's techno-thrillers.
But for the past few months with my book club, I've been dipping a toe into the murky waters of mainstream fiction. You know what I mean. These are quasi-literary tomes. They're Oprah picks and the darlings of the media.
While they're admittedly well-written, they are also almost universally depressing.
It makes me wonder afresh why the romance genre takes so many hits from the media. I used to think it was because of the sensual component in our stories, but I don't any more. My book club titles have sex scenes aplenty, but they tend to be joyless, coercive and demeaning. I'm more likely to say "Ew!" than "Ah!" after reading one.
I think the world discounts romance because of our insistence on a "happily ever after." My book club novels are not at all safe on this score. There's no guarantee that a satisfactory ending will be achieved. In fact, it's almost certain things will NOT end well. Sometimes, the author has to go to extreme lengths and make his character behave stupidly in order to insure there can be no HEA.
So I'm wildly in love with romance. No matter how terrible things seem, I can count on the romance author to figure out a way for everything to turn out right. In an uncertain world, I'll take all the certainty I can get.
Sebastian Blake, the Duke of Winterhaven, has good reason to mistrust women. It's why he never keeps one longer than three months. With each turn of the season, he dismisses his mistress with a generous parting gift as per their agreement and finds a replacement. Until Arabella St. George bursts into his life. She's the most intriguing woman he's ever met, and since she won't sign his three month contract, the most irritating as well.
If you're looking for a guaranteed HEA, give A DUKE FOR ALL SEASONS a try.
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