I’m addicted to trashy romance novels.

But I’m on meds, so it’s OK.

When I say “trashy romance,” it encompasses everything from preachy inspirationals to sappy historicals to M/M suspense to really kinky BDSM stuff. Haven’t yet found all of those in a single book, though.

I have a degree in journalism and half a master’s in library science, and my day job is Code Geek and writer/editor of Boring Corporate Stuff. Other than that, I have no actual literary qualifications beyond reading lots and lots and lots of books.

Read this important stuff:

Things that make me happy:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - cover art by Sara Singh for Splinter Publishing

Rochester: GOOD

  • Heroines named Minerva
  • Bluestockings
  • Smartass heroines
  • Beta heroes
  • Historical heroes who have actual jobs
  • Scholarly, artistic and/or nerdy heroes
  • Friends-to-lovers plots
  • Enemies-to-lovers plots
  • Smartass heroine vs. uptight hero plots
  • Atmospheric settings with believable world-building
  • Baseball players
  • Book trances

Examples: My Desert Island Keepers (DIKs)

Things that piss me off:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - cover art by Sara Singh for Splinter Publishing

Heathcliff: BAD

  • Asshole “heroes” and manwhores
  • Misogyny
  • Spineless and/or clueless heroines
  • Lazy writing mechanics
  • Bad editing and formatting
  • Mistoricals
  • Misogyny
  • Magical Orgasm Cures
  • Misogyny
  • Big Misunderstandings
  • Secret Babies
  • Misogyny

Examples: The List O’ What-The-Fuckery

And just so I don’t sound like a complete bitch: No matter how bad a book is, that author is a hell of a lot braver than I am, because it takes serious balls to write and publish fiction.