Awhile back I posted a question about what the readers here would put on the wish list for submissions from authors. More paranormal was one of the top requests.
I’ll admit, I am not a huge paranormal romance fan. It isn’t that I don’t like paranormal romance as much as it is that I gravitate to “normal” contemporary or historical characters and books. When I do read a paranormal romance often the paranormal element will be a character with a special skill of some sort…someone who is psychic for example as opposed to someone who is a shape-shifter, werewolf, or vampire…though I have read some excellent stories with ghosts, vampires, and other paranormal characters…and the really good ones make me want to read more in the paranormal genre…probably about like the work of Sarah McCarty is responsible for me reading a lot of western historicals recently.
I’m currently reading Night Pleasures the second book in the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sherrilyn has been on my need to read list for a long time just because she’s been recommended by everyone under the sun. I’m finding the recommendations were not misleading. I’m enjoying the book.
What strikes me about this particular paranormal book is that the hero Kyrian of Thrace is a hero like any other hero. It’s true the light hurts his eyes…he likes dark soothing colors rather than bright ones…there are certain rules he must follow…but in general, in this book the paranormal elements of the story do not overwhelm the story…and I like that. The same could be said of Only the Lonely by Susan Gabriel which we released recently…or Stir of Echo…or Temporally Yours…or any of the stories in The Crimson Z.
I don’t particularly go out of my way to find paranormal characters in the books I read…but I do like paranormal characters when I do read them…as long as the paranormal elements don’t overwhelm the story. I like the characters to have feelings, conflicts, thoughts, I like to see them exist in their world, whatever that world is…but I don’t like the world to overwhelm the story.
What about you? What traits do you look for in the paranormal romance novels you read?
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