Love Irresistibly is a romance novel by Julie James. I grabbed it because it featured lawyers and I use lawyer protags (sometimes) because it’s easier to use a profession you kinda know a little about than go Googling for something new. Ms. James actually knows a ton about lawyers and the law though, since she is a lawyer, so her book is really interesting from a plot and career POV. This doesn’t happen all that much in a romance.
I totally loved this book. It was a romance, no question (witty banter, hot sex, funny friends, manufactured crisis, epiphany, happy ending), but it was a little different. Hard to nail down exactly how, but the main characters seemed more like real people than usual. OK, maybe they were too good-looking, but besides that. They had interesting backgrounds, ongoing issues, and weren’t going to die if they couldn’t have each other. I liked that the heroine didn’t need to be rescued from anything. She managed her own life just fine, but that didn’t preclude a relationship with Mr. Wonderful.
The only thing that disappointed me was the excerpt from another James book at the end with a secondary character from LI as the heroine. It didn’t seem up to the standards of this novel at all. Oh well.
I’ve kind of stalled out on editing my romance novel. I’m sort of bogged down in a spiral of waaah it’s not artistically satisfying, but yet it’s fun and I should write what I enjoy … but but but at this pace I’m never going to get back to my “real writing” and that’s sad … but the real writing will never get published … so, neither will the romances … not true! self publishing! … ugh, that sucks, look at this article on Salon.
That article is long, but worth reading imo. Honestly if writers who are already published and know about the biz can’t get anywhere self-pubbing, what are we supposed to do as first-timers? After our dozen or so super-loyal friends buy our book, what then? Think of all the zillions of books out there gathering pixeldust and yours comes up in a flash on a search (which is a miracle in itself). What are the odds a stranger will read the blurb and purchase it, even for some low price? Every day more people are writing things and shoveling them out there. It really makes a person think about giving up and watching TV.
I’m scheduled to go to a writers’ group Monday but am losing all motivation.
Finally, there’s an interesting article in HuffPo by Maya Rodale on why we write and/or read romance novels ~ even if I quit writing them (and everything else), I will never quit reading them. Ms. Rodale’s premise is that in this awful world we need something with a guaranteed happy ending, that no matter what obstacles occur, we know True Love is gonna prevail in these things. We feel safe in giving our emotions over to the writer because she’s not going to fuck with us, unlike real life and real people. And I think that’s true. We never throw down a RN in despair because we can’t bear the pain; we know everything will work out. When you start reading a romance novel, it’s like you have a signed contract with the writer and she is not going to break it.
You can take that to the bank.