Somehow, a vampire snuck into my Blaze. I am so outraged. An open letter to Mills & Boon.
Dear Mills & Boon,
I heart your category romances; you know I do. I love some of your authors like a sheikh loves his billions.
But Harlequin, we have a problem.
Last week, I had nothing to read, so I decided to open one of the many ebooks sitting in my Reader, waiting for just this moment: the in-between TBRs decision dilemma*. I had a bunch of titles from Mills & Boon’s Everyone’s Reading website. I was surfacing from a historical romance binge, so I was eager to get into Kimberly Raye’s Cody.
I didn’t read the blurb when I downloaded the ebook. It was a Blaze. I thought it would be safe to assume a few things about the book.
When I open a Blaze, I expect a contemporary story with a bit of drama, a bit of humour and, more often than not, urban lifestyle issues. I can usually relate to the characters’ conflicts, secrets and insecurities.
But this one? The first page is set some time after the US Civil War. And the hero? Well, he’s a vampire. Yes, a freaking vampire!
Let me take a deep breath and calm down, because…
A vampire has no business being in my Blaze.
There are two reasons I read category romances:
1. They’re quick to read.
2. I know what I’m getting when I buy the book. (The quality of the writing may vary between authors, but in general, I have an idea of just how much enjoyment a particular line will provide me.)
You have other lines more than suitable for vampire heroes, such as Nocturne and Mira. Please keep them there. Screwing around with my expectations defeats the purpose of buying a category romance, especially when it’s a crossover to a saturated subgenre. I read contemporary romance when I want to get away from fangs, full moons, aliens and Aubusson carpets.
Imagine a Modern Romance featuring a hero who earns minimum wage. You see what I mean?
I don’t mind my Blazes mixing it up when it comes to settings and characters and plots. They don’t have to be set in the city (although I prefer them to be, because I think there are enough small-town settings in your other lines). The characters can be career-driven or not, family-oriented or not, sexually adventurous or not—I don’t care. I will even tolerate virgins.
But for the love of sparkles, please keep the vampires away from my Blaze.
Love and secret babies,
* Yes, there are TBR books and then there are the books between TBRs, but that’s fodder for another post.
Thanks to Aussie author Paula Roe for coining the title for this post.
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