12.16.2009

Love is in the Air....

It's Christmastime, and along with the smell of freshly baked cookies and the twinkle of lights under a blanket of fresh-fallen snow, love is a sign of the season. So let's celebrate true love, Judge A Book style!

I admit it. I'm a hopeless romantic. Despite hating most chick flicks (I make my dates very happy, because I'd much rather see the new sci fi flick than the new romantic comedy), I really love seeing the hero and heroine get together at the end of an adventure. It warms my (otherwise bitter) heart. In fact, the idea of "together forever" is something to which I actually aspire. I really think, though, that I'd prefer the chance of eventually splitting if "together forever" means being permanently encased in a block of ice. Ouch. Ever kissed someone when the temp is sub-zero? It's a bit like licking a lamp-post in the winter. I especially don't recommend it when you're frozen solid in a huge ice cube.



On the other extreme, we have this couple. Being that it's Harlequin, I can easily predict the story and even the dialog. Story: Woman has misfortune and ends up in sad, unfamiliar surroundings. Woman meets man who seems dark and mysterious and she takes an instant dislike to him. After he saves her life or her chastity from someone truly evil, her dislike turns to passion, although she fights it. Eventually, she gives in and gives herself to him, body and soul. Dialog: "Darling, I want to be with you forever. You make me feel so safe and loved." "I feel the same way, my love. You light a fire in me. In fact, I can feel it burning me up inside. Seriously, it feels like it's burning me up outside. Oh my God, I'm actually on fire!!!!"

13 comments:

overlylorelai said...

Is the guy on Twelve Nights wearing a kilt, or is that just a blanket? If it's a kilt...I kind of want to read it.

shushie said...

I am imagining the chapped-lip kiss of the frozen couple. Nothing says romance like little flakes of your lover's dried up lips coming off in your mouth!

And I like how the Harlequin says on the cover "Their love is about to get very complicated..." What? Why?! Is he going to bring her all the crazy birds and gifts from the "12 Days of Christmas" song?

Frank said...

At first, I thought the title of the book was "Hope Tarr" and I was all "What the hell does THAT mean?" They should reconsider their cover layout.

Alissa said...

Good point, Frank. There's a lot of writing on that cover, and all of seems to be bigger than the actual title.

BikerPuppy said...

Lorelai, I had the same thought!

Brian Busby said...

This being Harlequin, I'm assuming the man is not wearing a skirt, but a kilt (as depicted by an artist who has never seen one). On the other hand, it's pretty obvious that our hero shaves his chest, arms and legs. Hmm...

Evangeline said...

Does the cover of ICE say "New York Times bestselling author of BURN"? Is this some temperature-themed series? What's next - SWEAT?

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Henry Lawson Books said...

Its a blanket, not a kilt. Why would you want to read it if it where a kilt?

A Library Girl said...

Fire is a bit of cliche in romance book covers, but I don't think I've seen too many ice-themed ones, so I guess that first one was at least original. Lots, and lots of blue, brrr.

A Library Girl said...

As for the whole kilt vs. blanket thing, I, too, would guess that's a kilt. As for why someone would want to read the book if it were a kilt, Scots are hugely popular with some romance readers. Heck, I went through a Scottish phase with my romance reading, too.

Bibliotecher said...

Oh please don't get me started on the Harlequin series!

Take one damsel (pregnant, widowed, or lonely), plus one Fabio (wealthy, speaks with an accent), put them together in some "Indecent Proposal" situation, and there you have ever single "romance" book "written."

Sexy Sadie said...

"My boyfriend's shoulder is on fire!"

francarr said...

It IS a kilt and it is set in Scotland. "Medieval" Scotland. http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Nights-Harlequin-Blaze-Hope/dp/0373795165/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263646109&sr=8-5


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