Traditionally, romance novels have a reputation as being no more than trashy, sex-filled fantasy escapes for frustrated housewives. But books in this genre account for nearly half of the paperbacks published. Contributors examine the patterns used by the romance authors to tell their stories.
The popularity of romance fiction is such that it constitutes nearly one quarter of new paperback fiction printed in the world. Its success depends on its ability to reflect and articulate the reader's aspirations for a better life and stands at the same time as a testament to her alienation. This fresh look at the romantic fiction seeks to discover the reason for its appeal by combining analysis of the poetics of the genre with a study of the real reader's intervention.
Despite the prejudices of critics, popular romance fiction remains a complex, dynamic genre. It consistently maintains the largest market share in the American publishing industry, even as it welcomes new subgenres like queer and BDSM romance. Digital publishing originated in erotic romance, and savvy online communities have exploded myths about the genre's readership. Romance scholarship now reflects this diversity, transformed by interdisciplinary scrutiny, new critical approaches, and an unprecedented international dialogue between authors, scholars, and fans. These eighteen essays investigate individual romance novels, authors, and websites, rethink the genre's history, and explore its interplay of convention and originality. By offering new twists in enduring debates, this collection inspires further inquiry into the emerging field of popular romance studies.
Peril and Protection in British Courtship Novels: A Study in Continuity and Change explores the use and context of danger/safety language in British courtship novels published between 1719 and 1920. The term "courtship novel" encompasses works focusing on both female and male protagonists’ journeys toward marriage, as well as those reflecting the intertwined nature of comic courtship and tragic seduction scenarios. Through careful tracking of peril and protection terms and imagery within the works of widely-read, influential authors, Professor Chavis provides a fresh view of the complex ways that the British novel has both maintained the status quo and embodied cultural change. Lucid discussions of each novel, arranged in chronological order, shed new light on major characters’ preoccupations, values, internal struggles, and inter-actional styles and demonstrate the ways in which gender ideology and social norms governing male-female relationships were not only perpetuated but also challenged and satirized during the course of the British novel’s development. Blending close textual analysis with historical/cultural and feminist criticism, this multi-faceted study invites readers to look with both a microscopic lens at the nuances of figurative and literal language and a telescopic lens at the ways in which modifications to views of masculinity and femininity and interactions within the courtship arena inform the novel genre’s evolution.
From one of the hottest writers of romance today ("USA Today") comes a two-in-one volume written under the pen name Stephanie James, featuring two determined men who play for keeps. Includes "The Devil to Pay" and "Wizard." Original.
Two classic novels in one sultry volume includes Dangerous Magic, in which high-powered executive Elissa Shelden must prove her worth to her sexy boss, and Affair of Honor, in which trespassing on a secluded mountain retreat leads Professor Brenna Llewellyn into the arms of Ryder Sterne. Original.
A Caribbean trip seemed like the perfect way to test the waters of a new relationship for Virginia and A.C.--until A.C. wins an emerald bracelet with a mysterious past. Suddenly their days and nights become a reckless roller coaster of adventure, desire and deadly peril. From the author of Chance of a Lifetime.
New York Times bestslling author. Jacob Stone was part bodyguard, and part troubleshooter for Ravenscroft International - and the subject of many a woman's fantasies. Emily Ravenscroft was no exception. Throughout the years, Jacob had gotten Emily out of several scrapes - results of her countless acts of rebellion against her domineering family. And now, he'd been summoned to rescue Emily from a marriage that promised to end in disaster. This time, instead of a reckless hellion, Jacob found a lovely woman who was completely in charge of her life. One thing was certain: Emily didn't want his protection - she wanted his love!
When Ghost Hunter Guild boss John Fontana proposes a marriage of convenience to uncover a conspiracy within his own organization, reporter Sierra McIntyre agrees to this business arrangement, which soon results in otherwordly passion.
Bookstore owner Mercy Pennington gets more than she had bargained for when she acquires a rare edition of erotica entitled "The Valley of Secret Jewels" and a crafty martial arts expert sets out to seduce her in order to acquire it himself
A story of mystery and passion from a best-selling romance author - Mystery writer Kimberly Sawyer lives alone and likes it that way. But when she is threatened by a hooded figure, and a blood-red rose with a needle thrust into its heart is left on her doorstep, she knows she needs protection. So it seems like perfect timing when Napa Valley vineyard owner Darius Cavenaugh returns to Kimberly’s life, offering help and a place to stay. But how did he know she needed him? Was it the deep, intuitive intimacy of a soulmate . . . or was it witchcraft?