The last one...it scares me...
*goes back to the happy place of men with swords*
Many romance novels covers scare me. And in their defense: they're all better than Cassie Edwards' covers.
Some of those covers are the sort of thing to haunt you at night, truly.
I am almost tempted to read Amish romance novels out of sheer curiousity, but I'm afraid it would break my brain.
I wonder what they do in Amish romances? And surely they must be marketed to more than the Amish? For that matter, how do you even market an Amish romance?
These scare the bejesus out of me!
And yes, that last one is definately out of place.
None of them inspire me to join the ranks of the blessed in love, that's for sure.
I actually read one of Beverly Lewis' Amish books. I wouldn't really call them romances though. Most they just focus on a Amish family. There really wasn't a heck of a lot going on in the one I read, but I have heard some of them have a bit edgier stuff (ie. incest) going on in them.
Also, I would guess that last one was purposely mis-shelved by someone. As a former bookstore employee, I can sypathize with the desire to shock the people shopping in that section of the store.
Sadly, after breaking my brain reading some of the descriptions I just decided that anything in Christian romance was surely a love story and thus qualified. I love the idea of someone buying 'Seducing Simon' and getting about page 150 before realising they'd been cheated! (I'm nasty that way).
As a teenager, I read a lot of romance novels because, you know, they were FULL OF SEXING (and my life was, erm, not). I remember accidentally checking out a Christian romance novel and being SO MAD when I read through 250 pages of poorly written pioneers-on-the-prairie crap only to discover that there is NO SEX in Christian romances. YARGH.
I can imagine being handed one of these and thing 'oh, yeah!' and then finding out to your horror that there would BE NO PAYOFF for the terrible prose. On the other hand, of the few modern romances I've recently read (all paranormals, I think) I was sort of shocked by the amount of sex.
I *ahem* read a Francine Rivers book or two. No, not a Christian but when I was in high school I went through a 'anything with swords and sandals' phase. The one I read involved some Christian lady saving everyone in a snooty Roman family, including very hot warrior guy, through love of Jesus. Sort of like a bargain-basement Quo Vadis. Only Sienkiewitz has a Nobel Lit Prize and she doesn't so you could notice the difference :)
Edited at 2008-02-21 02:31 pm (UTC)
I was briefly tempted by one or two because they were set in Rome. And then I thought some more about how annoyed I would probably get by the heroine's saintliness (I bet it never goes the other way) and that it would probably outweigh any fun I got out of descriptions of evil emperors.
Where do you find this stuff?! It just seems so unreal that anyone would write a non-POTC pirate romance nowadays! I guess God wants to cut that "raping" part out of the pirate lifestyle! Just looting and pillaging from now on, thanks!
10 minutes on Amazon was all it too to assemble this bunch! I didn't even google for Christian romances because Amazon had 1000s!
I suspect the entire novel is about her converting the pirates. The way you do.
I'm roflmao. Massively. Are you thinking out buying some just for snark purposes?
I was tempted by one or two of the ones set in Rome and then I thought about giving money to the writers and encouraging them to write more.... Maybe if I found them in a second hand bookstore.
Not one of those women look all that "Godly" to me. There are quite a few who have more than just a fleeting look of 'Where's the beef?" in their eyes. Especially No Name Donovan.
Or maybe that's just the joy of the simple minded.
I had a few moments when I doubted their godliness too. But then I thought to myself 'would a Christian publisher lie to me? Of course not!'
See! The power of faith!
I am quite amused that Christian romance covers are just as "sword"-obsessed as the smutty smut smut ones.
Mmm. Men with swords. Not if they're going to try to convert me, though.
I did wonder if you'd get a lot more fighting to work off all of the lust they'd have to repress (it being ungodly and all). I bet I'd want the hero to run off with the slutty pagan girl, though.
He does! He and Sophia Miles are clearly the models of choice for Christian publishers.