First, a little jig---THE WICKED WYCKERLY is finished, done, ready to go into copyedit. Okay, so a book is never done. I still have to approve the copyedit and page proofs and do promo, but the creative part is history. Sigh of relief.
And now that the taxing revisions are done, I'm poking around my TBR stack, and amazingly, I'm still finding the best romance outside normal romance genres. Thanks to one of my readers, I started looking out for Ilona Andrews and found the first book of her new series, ON THE EDGE. The series relies heavily on fantasy tropes, so the hero is a real Prince Charming, with a heavy agenda. The heroine lives paycheck to paycheck in a world between the real one and a magical one. And when Prince Charming asks her to marry him, she tells him no. I like that in a heroine. "G"
I'm only half way through the next one, SOULLESS by Gail Carriger, which is labeled fantasy/horror, although so far, the most horror has been Our Fearless Heroine stabbing a bloodless vampire with a hair pin and a parasol. I think the fantasy is probably more steampunk since it's in the Victorian era, in an alternate universe that includes very small, well regulated, businesslike cadres of vampires and werewolves, (well, it is Victorian, after all!) dirigibles, and odd machines, ala Wild Wild West. I don't generally care for vampires, et al, but read the excerpt and savor the humor! The romance is a fine one between an Alpha Scots werewolf, head of the supernatural bureau, and our soulless heroine, who neutralizes the poor man in more ways than one. Poor man keeps expecting her to act like an Alpha female when she is a prim and proper lady. Sort of.
I'm not at all certain why I'm finding these offbeat romances so much more interesting than traditional ones right now. Possibly my head needs clearing out, and I'll be back to normal eventually. Anyone else finding good romances I ought to be looking at?