Thursday, January 26, 2006

And Now for ... Werewolves

Vampires have reigned supreme for a while in the paranormal romance world, but we are finally beginning to see a surge in the popularity and presence of werewolf romances. This ground was tread a few years ago by Cheri Scotch with her werewolf trilogy, and Susan Krinard has been writing about them for a while, but it's now coming into it's own.

It's likely that they won't appeal to a lot of readers for the same reason that some don't like vampire romances. The vampire-haters complain that they can't imagine reading a book about a woman falling in love with someone who is technically dead.

The werewolf-haters, however, will complain that they can't imagine reading about a woman falling in love with a man who turns into a monster and eats people. Which is exactly the problem I fear with werewolves coming to romance. I think it's fair to say that many authors tone down the parts or themes in books that some readers might call "not romantic" or "too realistic" or "gross", etc. And after slogging through book after book from LKH with Richard the whiney werewolf, I don't think I can take that from these upcoming books.

Oh, and if you're looking for something to read right now, here are a few werewolf stories I've enjoyed in the past:
The Werewolf's Kiss by Cheri Scotch -- first in romance trilogy
Canyons by P. D. Cacek -- horror
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong -- horror/romance
Wild Blood by Nancy A. Collins -- horror
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause -- teen
The Passion by Donna Boyd -- romance/horror
Naked Brunch by Sparkle Hayter -- humorous mystery
Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks -- romance

And here are the ones I'm looking forward to that are new or due in the near future:

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Warner, 1 November 2005

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Ace, 31 January 2006

Crescent Moon by Lori Handeland
St. Martin's, 7 February 2006

Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren
St. Martin's, 7 March 2006

Master of Wolves by Angela Knight
Berkley, 4 April 2006

Midnight Desire by Emma Holly
Berkley, 1 August 2006

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Kristie said...

No I have no explanation for this - don't understand it myself, but while I tend to avoid vampire romance like the plague (there are very few I read - JD Ward is one of the rare exceptions) I love a good werewolf story. So I'm glad to see they are on the upsurge. I just bought the latest Wilkes book yesterday and I'll have to give the Knight and Holly books a try. And I love Krinard. And the Lori Handeland one too

McVane said...

Eye candy! Thanks for those. :) I have already pre-ordered Patricia Briggs's MOON CALLED. Isn't MIDNIGHT DESIRE a reissue of CATCHING MIDNIGHT and that novella from FANTASY? Or did I bash my head against a pole accidentally again?

meljean brook said...

It is a reissue, Màili. I think the newest one in that series is her recent COURTING MIDNIGHT. She does have PRINCE OF ICE coming out later, though, which is set in the same world as THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER.

I might end up buying MOON CALLED for that cover alone.

Beverly said...

Maili -- yes, it is a reissue, and for once, a romance company says so clearly on the cover.

Meljean -- I did buy Moon Called mostly because that cover caught my eye, and because Lynn Viehl, PBW, has a rare blurb for it.