Whoot!!!!! Hildie stopped by to talk with us about her series! I read the first one and will be reading the next one (which is already at the publishers - HAPPY DANCE). Being made of awesome, she will be also checking out the comments and will be able to respond to your questions and comments about her series! How cool is that!!!!
Are you a loyal reader?
Romance readers seem to stick to a specific style of writing. Whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or even mystery romance, most readers are usually loyal to one genre.
The emergence of blends is a good way for authors to tempt a reader into their genre. A historical paranormal for instance, blending the familiarity of historical with a new world of lets say weres or vamps. What a neat idea!
Speaking to a historical romance reader who was reading her first contemporary, I was surprised at how reluctant she was to try it. “I like the total escape historical gives me,” she said. “The problems and challenges of those days are so different from today’s.”
A friend of mine, who is an avid mystery romance reader, told me that she loved the rush of trying to solve the problem and to figure out the mystery before the characters do. She finds romance novels without the challenge of a mystifying element boring.
In Desperate Betrayal, I blend contemporary romance with the paranormal. The hero is a single dad, who happens to be an immortal demon slayer. The heroine is just a city girl, yeah so she’s half-demon, but like most girls she falls in love with a cute guy.
So what would it take to break you out of your genre? A blend? Or the recommendation from a friend or a movie perhaps? As an avid reader of all things romance, I can honestly say what tempts me to try something different is the book’s blurb, followed by an attractive cover. I’m still not a big YA fan, although I dove into Twilight and didn’t come up for air until the last page!
Desperate Betrayal by Hildie McQueen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sometimes, the right book finds you at the right time. This was the case with Desparate Betrayal. I am not sure exactly what it was that originally drew me to this book, but the thing that made it special to me was the sense of family. This book is a "romance" novel, but the relationships between Emma and her sister and Cyn and his son were just as important as the developing relationship between Emma and Cyn. There were a few times in the book where I felt like I missed a first book in a series and started on book two, but I think that was because I wanted more info than the author wanted us to have at the time. I tend to be impatient like that.
Here are some of the things I really liked about this book:
* Seeing the relationship between Cyn and his Son just warmed my heart. I am not sure if it was the situation that led to him becoming his father or the way they communicated that touched me, but to me it was one of the highlights of the book.
* Emma's relationship to her sister, while not the kind of relationship we strive for was one that seemed real. We really understood Emma's motivations throughout the book because of this relationship. It could have easily fallen into a chiched (yes, I tried to change the part of speech of cliche) mess, but Hildie did a great job making the relationship relatable and authentic.
* The lore of the protectors combined things I was familiar with, but added new elements, making it a fun new world to explore.
* It was a fun read! Yes, it is a simple as that. I liked it because it was fun and made me happy when I needed to read happy :).
* Emma and Cyn really did seem to belong together even with the original set up of betrayal. It did not seemed forced to get the story where it needed to go.
I really did enjoy this book and will definitely be reading more books from this series as they are published. The lore is fun and the way Hildie explores relationships really connected with me. This is not a book for the under 18 crowd. There is some violence and some descriptive scenes of adult fun. I am really looking forward to where the story goes from here!
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