Monday, June 27, 2011
My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite
I learned once again that great cover art sells books. If it wasn't for the awesome picture of Kenzie the front of this book, I would not have bought it.
I learned that I am a romance-aholic. This book sort of references a ton of other popular romance novels, and I was pleasantly surprised when I "got" all those references. I am such a girl like that. Who doesn't love the sound of "Mr. Darcy" rolling off your tongue?
I learned that I don't really want to go back to the college days. Sometimes I look fondly back on my single days at San Diego State and wish I was there again. Hanging out at the beach more than my classes was awesome. Especially when my kids are having screaming matches and tearing the house to shreds. BUT, the pains of "finding yourself" and dating and doubting yourself all the time, was hard. Now, I have found my Mr. Darcy (but I call him Mr. Humphries) and have the kids I always dreamed of, and I am happy where I am.
I learned that voice is everything. What do I mean by that? Well, in this instance, I mean that Ms. Wilhite did a good job of creating a first person voice that I connected with. The protag is self-depreciating but clever, sweet but sassy, short-sighted by smart, and beautiful but she doesnt know it. I like her.
I learned that romances don't have to be dirty to be fun to read. They don't even have to hint at smuttyness to be great. Last year I went to a Romance Writer's of America conference and I was shocked at the smutty-factor. Hat's off to Becca Wilhite for writing a book that I would gladly give to my sweet beautiful Kenzie-Coo.