Keira: What are your favorite romance subgenres and why?
Scorpio M: I read almost every romance subgenre but my favorites are straight contemporaries and historicals. Contemps for the pop culture references and the feel of modern life being lived well. And Historicals because I adore the structure of manners and courtship, of emotions fighting societal constraints.
Keira: Sum up your top 5 favorite books (in all romance subgenres or a specific subgenre) in one sentence each (two at most!):
- Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath: A love story so beautiful & honest, it didn’t need a sex scene.
- Naked Edge by Pamela Clare: A modern day reformed rake meets virgin tale, suspenseful & deep.
- Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas: Two words: Derek Craven.
- Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl: Bad girl turns good, tries to run from her past but can’t outrun the man who loves her unconditionally.
- The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt: Proof that a hero need not be a Lord, Earl or Duke to steal hearts.
Keira: In romances is it the hero or heroine who makes or breaks the novel? Why?
Scorpio M: For me, the hero is usually the one who makes it a keeper or not but the heroine is the one who, if really poorly written, will make me “break” the novel..i.e., hurl it across the room!
Keira: How do you define love?
Scorpio M: Tough question. Love is respectful, hopeful, humorous & passionate.
Keira: Does the cover of a book sway you toward impulse purchases? What do you like/hate about the current cover trends?
Scorpio M: I have never bought a romance based on the cover alone.
Keira: What storylines do you love the most? The ones where if you saw any hint of them on the back blurb would make the book an auto-buy?
Scorpio M: I like reunited lovers, frenemies, May-Dec storylines.
Keira: Which do you like more: finishing a book or starting a new one?
Scorpio M: I like the feeling of discovery so I like starting a new novel more.
Keira: Which author is your go to for a solid comfort read?
Keira: Name 3-5 romance authors you haven’t had a chance to read yet, but want to read. Why do you want to read them?
- Diana Gabaldon: Need to find out why OUTLANDER is so beloved.
- Karen Marie Moning: I am not well read in paranormals but everyone seems to love the Fever Series.
- Lori Foster: Heard she’s very funny.
Keira: You’re going on an adventure and must cross a great river, trek over land that is both swampy and hilly by turns and covered in lots of woods, and endure a bitter winter with just your wits and what you could carry. Which romance hero would you pick to help you survive?
Scorpio M: Lord Arden Winter from Laura Kinsale’s, The Dream Hunter. He’s an adventurer who has travelled to foreign lands. Uncomfortable in British society, his quiet demeanor hides intense emotions. He would know exactly what to do.
Keira: Describe the perfect hero in 10 words or less:
Scorpio M: My perfect hero is principled, compassionate, passionate & masculine.
Keira: What is your favorite part of a romance novel?
Scorpio M: I love the moment when the hero realizes that he needs the heroine. Not just want or lust but simple, honest need.
Keira: What romance novel are you reading now? Why did you pick it up? Which book do you plan to read next?
Scorpio M: I’m reading Julie Anne Long’s, I Kissed an Earl in preparation for her new one, What I Did For a Duke. It has received fab reviews and I heard it features an older hero. Perfect. I appreciate mature men.
Keira: How big is your TBR pile?
Scorpio M: BIG. Tall. Large. Maybe even huge but I can’t stop. Romance novels are my addiction!
(This is just a partial look at my TBR pile.)
Keira: Is there anything else you’d like to discuss? Floor’s open!
Scorpio M: I just want to say that what I love most about being a romance reader is the community that romance devotees have built. Over the past year I’ve found blogs I love (such as this one!), debated hot-button romance issues and chatted with Meljean Brook, Lorelei James & Pamela Clare via the web. How awesome is that?! I am truly thankful for all the HEA lovers out there and the romance authors that feed our hunger.