I like reading about monsters. Creepy crawlies that make you wonder about that sound in your closet after you turn out the lights. I also read a fair amount of post-apocalypse fiction, usually involving zombies or some other horde of creatures who want to snack on mankind. It’s dark, scary, intense stuff and I rarely venture outside my ghoulish little literary bubble.
However, regular readers of this blog probably know that I challenged our editor Jennifer, a long-time romance reader, to take a walk on the wild side and give a book in my favorite genres a try. To my surprise, she actually agreed (check out her review of the post-apocalypse series The Purge of Babylon I dared her to read). I wish I could say I was surprised when she issued a similar challenge for me to crawl out from my horror crypt and take a ride down the gooey, happily ever after, lovey-dovey romance road. Given that she’d already stepped up, declining the dare wasn’t an option.
What I liked
What I didn’t like
Venturing out of my musty horror crypt into the light of the romance world wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it’d be. The paranormal aspect of this particular book was like a cool comforting breeze during my journey. There were certainly romantic flavorings and general mushiness sprinkled throughout that were a bit unsettling, but nothing that caused me to lose my lunch. More than anything else, the writing was very good which always trumps any stylistic or subject matter issues. I’m not sure this book would be right for hard core horror fans, but I was intrigued enough to buy the next book in the series.
What about all you readers out there? Ever ventured outside of your reading comfort zone? We’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or if you're shy, drop us a line.