Sunday, September 28, 2008

Married Couples, or Strangers?

A thought came to me earlier today so I'm blogging about it. When you're reading a romance novel, what's the biggest turn on for you? Do you like a story where the hero and heroine don't know each other or do you like a story where they have history together? Or does it matter?

It matters for me. I much prefer a romance where the hero and heroine don't know each other. Part of the thrill for me is when they meet for the first time and then the developing relationship between them. The conflict they have to overcome, the first kiss. The passion when it explodes between them for the first time. Know what I mean? I want there to be mystery between them.

I'm not saying you can't get that with a married couple. It's just...different. Now, give me a hero and heroine who maybe knew each other years before, parted and for some reason come back together. Now, that has potential.


Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie...I'm a big fan of the h/h who knew each other years before, parted, reunited. Definite turn-on.

I also like new relationships as long as the h/h aren't too young...actually the older the better (because I relate and also because the 20 to 30 year olds have been done to death). None of us acquire the experience and wisdom credited to them in most novels until much later in life anyway.

I'm particularly fond of older woman younger man(OWYM)stories because they are fuel for my fantasies:)

An already married couple...ummmmm not so much of a turn-on although there are always exceptions.

One of the hottest novella's I've read was a couple who role played once a year and the reader didn't know...also didn't know they were married until the end. It was delicious. If I can scout the title/author up I'll share....Nancy:)

Debbie Wallace said...

Older woman and younger men, give me an age. My sister is married to a man 13 years younger than her.

I agree about the age thing. I usually like my heroes and heroines in their thirties and close to forty. Twenties are too young!