I once shut down a Haunted House experience at a seaside resort—aged
thirty-eight. Too terrified to move forward or retrace my steps, the lights had
to be turned on, men had to come rescue me, and they were mightily grumpy,
especially as it must have taken them a good fifteen minutes to coax me passed
the PSYCHO-esque “woman in a rocking chair.” Tears were shed, there was a lot
of nonsensical yelling (from me) about how scaring people should be made
illegal, cups of tea were offered because that’s how we Brits deal with shock.
An acute over-reaction on my part? Quite possibly, but my terror was
real, and my response instant, primal and uncontrollable.
Which is probably why the heroines and heroes and their reactions to threat or
pressure in my romantic suspense books flirt the edge of extreme. Whether when
facing down a killer or falling in love, their responses can be out of character
and unpredictable as they resist, deny, and struggle against the obstacles
suddenly making their usually smooth life-path decidedly rocky. Something
explored in greater depth in Hard to Protect where with emotions already running
high, artificial adrenaline in the form of a drug is added to the mix.
And it is my fascination with very nature of a character’s reaction to super
stressful events that brings me back, time and again, to the romantic suspense
genre where danger and intense emotion combine to thrill and challenge the
boundaries of what is credible. Fast paced and the ‘unexpected’ are my reading
jam. Blame the Australian writer Matthew Reilly for this. He does for the
written word what the movie DIE HARD did for Hollywood—slam the audience with
relentless, high-octane action. It matters not a jot to me that Mr. Reilly has
been criticized for ‘straining credulity’, his wild stories and style of
delivery got a whole lot of reluctant adolescent boys reading—enough said. And
happy-ever-afters should be hard fought for, after all, "the course of true love
never did run smooth."
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I loved this 3rd instalment of Incy's Hard to Series. She creates such great characters. Highly recommended.
(Delphine Noble-Fox 11:35am March 21)