Friday, December 26, 2014

New & Novel: Military Romances

According our literary eResource NoveList, author Lindsay McKenna created the contemporary military romance subgenre in 1983 with her book Captive of Fate (though military heroes featured in Regency romance long before that). What is the appeal of the military romance?  NoveList suggests:

the appeal of  all romances, including military ones, may be described as character and plot driven with an intensifying pace as the relationship and sexual tension grows between the hero and heroine. Their tonal appeal elements vary, however, by time period, topic and setting, but most military romances are blends of romantic suspense with a suspenseful tone of high drama as a mission or rescue is carried out. Others deal with the experience of coming home, with loss or PTSD and obviously have a more bittersweet, emotionally intense or heart wrenching tone.

Author Lisa Marie Rice sums it up: "If you have a man who's stuck with you when bullets are flying, this is a man who will stick with you if you get breast cancer."

Navy SEALs have become popular military romance heroes.  Author Suzanne Brockmann started researching SEALs in 1995 - they are known for "their use of stealth and being able to slip into a location unnoticed; their tight bonds with teammates; the fact that SEALs are alpha males who prefer to take action, they are in topnotch physical shape, highly intelligent and top scholars, intensely motivated and highly driven"* and are typically depicted in romance fiction as

testosterone-laden, commitment phobic, smart, handsome "bad-ass" accomplished lover[s] with six-pack abs who [are] attracted to, protective of, and supportive but not controlling of, smart women heroine...giv[ing] the reader the literary satisfaction of watching a gigantic redwood fall.*

Are you a fan of military romances? We have some titles for you! Here are some of the newest books from the catalog in this compelling subgenre:

Breaking Danger: A Ghost Ops Novel by Lisa Marie Rice

Free Fall by Catherine Mann

Hell For Leather by Julie Ann Walker

Light Up the Night by M. L. Buchman

Breaking Point by Lindsay McKenna

Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh

Return to Glory by Sara Arden

Bad Nights by Rebecca York

Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy 

Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann

Navy Husband by Debbie Macomber [eBook]

A Hero To Come Home To by Marilyn Pappano

Killing Time by Cindy Gerard

The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray

Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

Back to You by Jessica Scott


There Are More SEALs in Romance Fiction Than in the U.S. Navy: The Appeal of Military Romances [NoveList]*

Six Reasons to Love Military Romances [Huffington Post]

Popular Military Romance Books [Goodreads]

The Ultimate List of Military Hero Romance Books [Maryse's Book Blog]
organized by military branch

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