A New Feature…What Would You Do?

Okay, so this is something that came to me in the middle of a migraine, so forgive me if it sounds stupid. 


“What would you do?” is a new post feature that I will be adding to the blog (like the “First Line” post and the “What are you reading?” post).  I will occasionally present you all with a book-related situation that will make you think and ask for your opinion or what you would do in that situation.  There are no right or wrong answers to the questions and I truly want you to have fun with this.


The situations are completely from my imagination and in no way are meant to resemble real people or situations.  If any of you have a situation that you’d like me to post feel free to e-mail me.


Here’s your first situation:


Four of your friends have learned of your love of romance novels and are intrigued.  Having never tried one before they all ask you for your opinion about which book they should try first, but all four of them have different interests.


Penelope, an avid sports fan and athlete, prefers contemporary stories set in realistic locales.  She never cared much for history in school and confesses that while she doesn’t read the romance genre she does enjoy a good romantic movie.  Her favorite movie is “Sweet Home Alabama” because of the humor (and her love of Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey).


Esmeralda spends her spare time designing costumes for the local theater troupe and traveling the country reenacting famous historical events.  She has always longed to travel overseas, but has never had the opportunity.  When asked about her favorite films, she mentions that she prefers the epic dramas such as “Braveheart.”


Calliope is a self-confessed Trekkie who loves all things sci-fi and paranormal.  When not writing letters protesting the cancellation of the fabulous television show “Firefly (yes, this happened years ago, but she is not over it yet)”, she can be found hunting ghosts with the local paranormal investigation group or watching her DVDs of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”  When asked about her favorite films, she says that besides “Serenity (the movie follow-up to “Firefly”), her most recent favorite is “Twilight” despite having never read the book. 


John, the lone male in the group, is not sure what he is looking for, but is curious about the romance genre as he has never tried it before.  He prefers action-packed stories with strong characters and intrigue.  As he usually just reads crime novels and mysteries he is curious to see what you suggest in the romance genre and is up for anything.


So there you go…you have four friends each with distinct interests.

What book(s) or author(s) would you suggest for each of them?

Is there a universal book or author that all four might be interested in?


5 Responses to A New Feature…What Would You Do?

  1. Helen says:

    For Penelope
    Line Of Scrimmage Marie Force

    For Esmeralda
    The Wedding Julie Garwood

    For Calliope
    Any of Nalini Singhs shapeshifter stories

    For John
    Dark and Dangerous Jeanne Adams

    That was fun Jennifer
    Have Fun

  2. azteclady says:

    Well, wow! GREAT feature, Jennifer!

    hmmm… I’m gonna have to get back to you, though, because this is more complex than it would seem at first sight.

    I can say that I would give John on of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters–because that’s what I did to introduce my s.o. to romance, and it worked 😀 but I’m not so sure about the others. Must think!

    (I’ll come back with the others, I promise)

  3. Liza says:

    I think John might like JD Robb’s In Death series. You have mystery and action in each book with romance too, so it’s a good ice breaker into more romance. I’ll have to think on the others.

  4. azteclady says:

    For Esmeralda: Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm and/or LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory

    For Calliope: Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace and Wanderlust, and seconding the Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling recommendations. Perhaps also the first couple of Blackdagger Brotherhoods and the Lara Adrians.

    For Penelope, I’m thinking that some of the older Susan Elizabeth Phillips, with the Chicago Bears–or, even better, the amazing Ain’t She Sweet! could work.

    Yay, me!


  5. Cheryl McInnis says:

    For Penelope
    Any of Rachel Gibson’s really funny contemporaries, or Lori Foster’s Fighter series

    For Esmeralda
    That’s easy…Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    For Calliope
    Jane’s Warlord by Angela Knight..my absolute favorite futuristic romance writer!

    For John
    I would recommend Cindy Gerard’s Black Op’s trilogy, very sexy, but with guns and bombs and stuff too!


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