I’m super picky when it comes to romances. I think most romance readers are. We tend to know what tropes we like and avoid what we don’t.

I’ve been realizing though that I have a set of words that will make me run in the other direction if I read them in the book blurb.

Billionaire

No thank you.  I don’t like the suspension of disbelief that reading about billionaire romance dudes makes me have.  At the same time I fully acknowledge that I read historical romances with nobility.  That is the historical equivalent of billionaires.  I do not like this cognitive dissonance.  

 

Handsome

What’s wrong with handsome?  It’s a romance.  You’d expect handsome to play a part.  I think I don’t like an emphasis on physical attractiveness right up front.  I want people to like each other for their personalities.  I like the slow development of feelings.  If you have the hero described as handsome right in the book blurb, it raises my hackles.

 

Sexy/Desire/Sizzling

This is along the same lines as handsome.  I don’t like books that emphasize physical relationships over emotional ones.  I’m a big fan of romances that have zero sex.  It doesn’t mean I won’t read ones with physical activities but honestly, I tend to flip through those sections.  They bore me. 

 


Do you have irrational disqualifications when reading book blurbs?

3 Replies to “Romance Descriptions I Hate”

  1. I might be deemed a terrible person for this, but when people call a book “important”, I roll my eyes. That’s a big claim to know what’s important to all people, you know.

  2. I can relate to the “billionaire” turn off while still enjoying the “royalty.” And, I don’t feel the need to justify it. 🙂

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