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Topdatingsites.com: 10 Unrealistic But Common Romance Novel Storylines


I received this interesting e-mail from topdatingsites.com. Top as in most popular, not as in most dominent (smile). I wanted to share them because each one is something I’d like to read…over and over again…as long as there’s a happy ending.

10 Unrealistic but Common Romance Novel Storylines
Reading fiction is a great way to relax and escape to somewhere else for a while. Many times we feel our life is mundane and not very exciting. Losing ourselves in the pages of a good book is a fun way to spend our free time. Romance novels take escaping to a new level and add the spiciness of imagining yourself in the character’s shoes or negligee as it were. Unrealistic storylines are a little harder to get into, but still offer a fun read. Check out these 10 totally unrealistic but common romance novel storylines.

1.Virgin bride: This is an extremely common storyline in romance novels. Boy meets girl and sometimes there are issues that keep them apart at the beginning. Then they fall for each other and it gets romantic. Then something tears them apart and it looks as if they aren’t going to have a future together. Then they decide they can’t live without each other and they get married and she is a virgin.
2.Wealthy stranger: It always seems to be a wealthy good-looking stranger that comes into her life. He has some high-powered job, but never seems to be doing it. He is used to getting what he wants and she’s not interested. He pursues her because she’s not falling at his feet like other women have. He wins her over and they live happily ever after.
3.Lost on a deserted island: It may not always be an island, but it could be somewhere remote where either he or she can’t leave and they are forced together. The proximity is too much and they give in to their passion for each other. They get rescued and try to separate. After being apart for a while they realize they can’t live without each other and they get back together for good.
4.Hero rescuer: The main character runs into trouble, like a fire or hurricane. She is rescued by a fireman or coast guard officer and sparks fly. Then he takes on a protective role over her, but she is a strong independent woman and doesn’t need anyone to take care of her so she runs away from him. She finally realizes that she doesn’t mind being taken care of or that she doesn’t want to live without him.
5.Financial trouble: Our heroine is having trouble with her family’s business. The hero plays a related role like a businessman coming in to profit from getting her family business or a competing company. They fight and think they hate each other, but they discover that there is a fine line between love and hate. Then he has a change of heart and helps her out instead.
6.Romeo and Juliet: Such a famous and great story that it has often been retold and reimagined in a variety of ways. Our story can be set in modern times or in historical romances you can even read romance novels set back hundreds of years. The basis of the story is of course the families not getting along and the kids fall in love. Fortunately in romance novels they end happily ever after, not dead.
7.Angry Kiss: The two main characters meet and somehow instantly hate each other. They are thrown together for various reasons, business dealings or personal. They argue all the time and never agree on anything. Very common is the man getting so mad or frustrated with the woman that he says something mean or off-color and she slaps him. He is either caught off guard or expecting it, but he rushes in to kiss her and she resists at first and then finds herself enjoying the kiss.
8.Childhood friends: This is a very common storyline. Maybe they were neighbors or in elementary school together and were great friends. Then one of the other moved away. Years and years have gone by and for some reason or another they end up back in their childhood home and reconnect. This time they are just friends.
9.Ugly duckling: Our two main characters knew each other growing up and she was awkward and gangly. She grows up to be a beautiful woman. Sometimes she doesn’t know how to show it. She is in a serious job and tries to dress like a guy. Then for one reason or another they end up back in the same place and at first he doesn’t notice her or even remember that he knows her. She knows him though. Then she breaks out of her shell for some fancy occasion. Her beauty blows him away and he can’t take his eyes off of her. He then realizes he knows her and they get together.
10.Arranged marriage: This is just as it sounds. For some reason two people were promised to each other. Be it in a royal family or a religious thing these two people have to come to terms with marrying a stranger. Usually the break up happens because they decide that they are not going to let someone else decide whom they are going to marry. They start out thinking they won’t like each other and then they find that they are a perfect match.

Ravenous Romance: New York Reading Series in the East Village

There’s something new that’s been in the works with Ravenous Romance for a while. I haven’t been able to talk about it until they had everything organized and set up with dates.

You can read all about it below from the press release. Though I will not be able to attend the February reading due to other committments that were planned over a year ago, I will most likely show up at one of the future events. But I probably won’t do any readings. There are people who are far better at doing readings than I am, and I’m never too proud to step aside and let them have their fun. As a side note, the event is going to be held in a former illegal massage parlor (Oy!) in the East Village (really Chinatown). I know Manhattan fairly well, but when you get into those name streets way downtown on the fringes it’s not my venue and I’m lost. If you are so inclinced to go, here’s a link to the web site, Happy Endings, and you can check out the place yourself ahead of time.

RAVENOUS ROMANCE™ LAUNCHES NEW YORK CITY READING SERIES

Publisher of erotic fiction to launch Ravenous Nights at Lower East Side venue

[Boston, MA – February 1, 2011] – Ravenous Romance™, a leading online publisher of erotic romance novels and short stories has announced a collaboration with New York City literary hot-spot Happy Endings Lounge to host a monthly erotic reading series on the first Friday of every month called Ravenous Nights. Happy Endings, a funky 2-story club that was once a massage parlor, is located at 302 Broome Street. The first Ravenous Night is scheduled for Friday, February 4 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and it is free of charge.

The lineup for February 4 includes:
· Cecilia Tan, best-selling erotic author of the Magic University series
· Caridad Pinero, New York Times best-selling erotic romance author
· Mo Beasley, founder of Urban Erotika, a spoken word performance series
· KT Grant, author of The Princess’ Bride
· Debra Hyde, acclaimed writer of BDSM erotic romance, and the author of the BDSM classic, BLIND SEDUCTION.
· Jefferson, well-known sex blogger and author of M/M short stories for RR anthologies.

The Friday, April 4 lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

In celebration of Ravenous Nights, Barnes & Noble has announced that they will offer free copies of the Ravenous Romance anthology Once Upon a Threesome to the first 100 people to download it. In addition, Ravenous Romance will give each attendee a free Ravenous Romance drink coaster to each attendee and the Happy Endings Lounge will create a special “Ravenous” cocktail which will only appear on the menu during Ravenous Nights.

LISTING INFORMATION:
Ravenous Nights
Friday, February 4, 2011
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Free of charge
Location: Happy Endings Lounge
302 Broome Street (at Forsyth St)
(212) 334-9676

[About Ravenous Romance™]

An imprint of Literary Partners Group, Inc., Ravenous Romance offers readers engaging and colorful stories with strong plots and character development, but peppered with steamy love scenes. Products are available in iPhone/iPod app, ebook and audiobook format in 12 different categories, including both modern and historical fiction, suspense, paranormal, gay/lesbian/bisexual, and new age, among others. They also sell a limited number of titles in print on the Home Shopping Network.