Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme which features a different book-related theme every week and is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.
Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist
Welcome to my first time participating in this super fun meme. Because I am a romance author and many of the books I read are in the romance category, the items on my wishlist will all be of various themes I want to see more of in the romance world. And now on with the list:
Younger Man / Older Woman Romance
This trope is not found nearly enough in romance books and it is a shame. I love reading about sexy, experienced women and hot, younger men finding their happily-ever-after.
Prohibition Era Romance
I would love to see more historical romance set in this period featuring dangerous bad-boy bootleggers and the ladies who loved them. This time-period is woefully underrepresented and could offer some exciting plots, sexy heroes, and sassy heroines.
Sexy Tomboy Heroines
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is to watch the tv show Scorpion and my favorite character on the show is Happy Quinn, a tough talking, super smart, engineering genius who can still be a sexy woman when the need arises. Romance needs more female characters like Happy – women who can love and be loved on their own terms and outside of the usual stereotypes.
Single Dad Heroes
There are few things sexier than a man who is a good dad and though this theme seems to be showing up more in the romance world, I think it needs even more representation. But I don’t want to see helpless guys looking for a woman to step in and take over their parenting duties. No, ma’am, I want men who are looking for a partner to share their life.
M/M Cowboy Romance
Can I just get some more books with a love story as heartbreakingly beautiful as Brokeback Mountain, please? Oh and the books can have historical or contemporary settings – I’m not picky as long as the chemistry between the characters and the feelings they share are as off the charts as they were between Jack and Ennis.
Romance Set During the Zombie Apocalypse
I want to find more books where the main characters are in a battle to survive the zombie apocalypse and still find time to fall in love and share some sexy times. What could be a better motivator to share your feelings (and your bed) with someone than being faced with the potential end of the world from the hordes of brain-eating undead?
Country Music Romance
I have read and seen a plethora of rock star romance or romance featuring rock bands but I have come across very few (if any) romance featuring a country music band and/or singer. As a longtime superfan of this genre of music, I think country music offers so many things that work well in romance – sexy cowboys and/or country boy heroes, sassy and feisty females, southern settings, and a sweet charm not found in the rock star trope.
Rival Spies / Assassins in the vein of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Whatever your personal feelings may be on the Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie romance, there is no denying they had sizzling chemistry in the movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and I would LOVE to see more romance books featuring couples like them.
Plane Crash Survivor Romance
For some reason, I LOVE the idea of people being trapped, preferably on an island after a plane crash, and ultimately falling in love. I especially like it if they were enemies or adversaries before the crash but soon realize they actually are crazy hot for one another. I think the romance world is desperately in need of more of these stories.
Opposites Attract with a Twist
One of my favorite show biz couples is Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton because they are such total opposites yet work perfectly as a couple. Instead of reading another book about a poor girl-rich boy or other stereotypical opposite attracts love story, I would like a story like Gewn and Blake share – where they come from a similar world (in this case music) but are still so incredibly different that you would never imagine them being a couple.
And that completes my first list. Whew! It was a bit harder than I thought it would be coming up with a list of ten things but I really do like each thing on this list and wish more books would come from each of these categories.
What would be on your reading wishlist?
What tropes would you like to see more of in your favorite genre?