Series: Sons of Kane #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Rachel Davis will do anything to get her sister out of a bad relationship with her fiancé. Even if it involves a few fibs, a little breaking-and-entering, and blackmailing the fiancé’s potential boss, Charles, for his help. So what if the handsome Charles happens to be a vampire?
Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother’s wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it’s time for Rachel to pay up.
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“I’m in love…with love!” by Tiffany Allee
Call me a romantic, but a story feels almost incomplete to me if there isn’t at least a touch of romance or the potential for it. That’s not to say I expect it in everything I watch or read, but I do love a story with a bit of love, and I’m more likely to be drawn into a tale when it offers the chance for some sort of love connection.
Having a vested interest in figuring how why people are drawn into stories, I had to wonder why. I’m sure why I love romance might be a little different than why you might enjoy it, but it’s still fun to think about.
Falling in love is a tricky thing, and in real life as well as in books, a state of happy bliss is rarely attained without some tough moments along the way. I think that tension is probably the main reason I love romance. Sexual and emotional tension increase the stakes in a story, and add complications and conflict.
Television shows offer an excellent lesson in this. When you look at shows like Friends, New Girl, or Bones, the tension is pretty apparent and you lose some of it when key characters finally overcome their conflicts, admit their feelings, and come together in any kind of permanent way. I think that’s why Friends only ended when Ross and Rachel finally came together, presumably for good. And why I haven’t been quite as interested in New Girl this year.
But tension isn’t the only reason I love romance in stories—after all, there are some very high-conflict, high-tension stories out there that never touch on anything remotely romantic. But I’m never as invested in a story as I am when I’m rooting for people to fall in love. Why? I need that emotional connection. That possibility. It pulls at my heartstrings and makes me care even more about what happens to the characters.
Many books illustrate this point—especially in romance. But for me, it’s true outside of romance as well. One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed reading The Hollows through the years is to not only see what kind of craziness Rachel Morgan gets herself into, but also to see what the heck is going to happen next in her love life. Kim Harrison is very skilled in making me care when Rachel does, so even when it’s a new beau, I’m just as eager as she is to find out what will happen.
Don’t Blackmail the Vampire is a story about two unlikely people falling in love, and while there are many other things happening in the story that the characters (and hopefully the readers) have to worry about, it is ultimately about the connection between the characters—the love story.
Are you in love with love, too?