My last post of the Slow Ride Home blog hop is probably one of my more personal posts–I’m talking about why I need realism in a romance to be able to relate to the hero and heroine. (Yes, I even demand it of characters in a paranormal or fantasy world.)

There are specific questions and situations I try to picture characters in (mine and other authors’) in five, ten, thirty years down the line as I determine whether a relationship will last. Find out what (and why) I try to picture the characters doing at Just Contemporary Romance.



Why I need realism in romance at Just Contemporary Romance

3 thoughts on “Why I need realism in romance at Just Contemporary Romance

  • December 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Hello. I am looking for a contemporary romance book I believe to be from the early to mid 1990s. The main characters name is Melanie Winters or Melanie Green, I can’t quite remember. Her romance interest is named Cole. The plot is when she was 17 they were in a relationship, but he was 24 and did know how young she was. So he ended up breaking off their relationship. They meet up again about 8 years later, and realize they still have a connection. She never told him she ended up pregnant, and had a miscarrige. Any help would be usefull. I have been looking for this book for so long. Thanks!

    • January 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Tania — sorry this got put into my spam folder and I only just found it. I don’t recognize that book, but you should contact Smart Bitches, Trashy Books — they’re a huge romance review site that have a “Help a Bitch Out” feature to find books for readers where they can’t remember the title. They have a large readership that could probably come up with the title for you.

    • January 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Tania! I put your description out on FB and someone replied with this — it looks like it fits your description: “More Than a Memory by Lois Faye Dyer
      At the age of twenty-five, Cole knew what he wanted from life. No one was going to stop him from becoming one of the top racers in the NASCAR circuit. And nothing was going to keep him from tasting the sweet lips of Melanie Winters, the princess he found waiting at the shore. As long summer days gave way to fragrant nights, they found a love that branded Cole’s heart, a love he cherished, until he discovered that the green-eyed seductress was not a senior in college, but a senior in high school. He’d fallen in love with a seventeen-year-old kid!

      Eight years later, Cole found himself back in CastleRock, face to face with Melanie. More beautiful than ever, she still hadn’t forgiven him for leaving her years ago. How could he convince her that their fairy-tale dreams of the past could have a happy ending at last?”

      If that’s not the one, people have also suggested “She might try posting on RT Book Reviews message board under the topic Book Sleuth.” and “She needs to try ARe…they do an article on people looking for book titles every week and most are always found.” (ARe is All Romance eBooks)

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