Thursday, June 7, 2018
Guilty Pleasures in reading by Harlie Williams #amreading #sweetromance @HarlequinBooks @entangledpub
Guilty pleasures. What is a guilty pleasure? According to the dictionary, it is defined as a something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt. Unfortunately for me, I don't feel guilty when it comes to my reading.
As most know, I don't read anything taboo/kinky/hardcore erotic anymore. I've been reading and reviewing books for over 10 years now, and my tastes have changed. I could blame it on the book FSOG, the market being over saturated with them or certain publishers that put out books that had their authors put a sex scene in before the end of chapter 1. But honestly, what I like to read are well written, character driven, realistic plots and above all, the HEA. I don't read anything that deals with cheating/cheaters, triangles or the too stupid to live heroines.
I love a good trope. Yes, I'm a category/trope reader. Always have been and I'm proud of it. When I used to read through the slush pile at Entangled, I would always indict the tropes and some of them had at least two or three tropes going. Catnip to me. Bring it on. The more the better.
So I would like to share with some of my "guilty pleasures" when it comes to reading.
1. Sheiks. I blame Harlequin Presents authors for this one. I've been reading that line for like ever and I still can't get enough. Sure, most feminists would shout in my face at everything that is wrong with them but I just love them.
2. Sweet Romance. I love it sweet. Kissing and closed door/implied sex. I have a mind and I can imagine A LOT. Some of the best lines that I have read are Entangled's Bliss and Harlequin's Heartwarming. Both lines are more character driven with realistic plots that I can get behind.
3. Thrillers. John Grisham, Sandra Brown, Tom Clancy and Lisa Scottoline are a few of my favorites. I love the pacing, the OMG moments and I don't need the romance for it to be a great book.
4. Royals. Yes, I know. The market is over saturated with these because of the royal wedding. However, since Cinderella is my favorite princess, I still love the magic of true love in a fairytale kingdom. Don't judge.
5. Duets. This is becoming a thing among authors and I LOVE it. I know going in that the HEA will be in the second book and it's all good. In fact, when an author promotes the duet, I usually wait to buy until the conclusion is done and then I binge read them. And the great thing about this, the second book is usually less than a month away.
So there you have it. My guilty pleasures in reading. Do I still read and review the other stuff? Sure, but not as much. I like it spicy but I don't need the sex on every other page. Ellora's Cave cured me of that kind of reading.
So what are your guilty pleasures in reading? Let me know.
Until next month...