I will be honest, I usually steer clear of novels with a strong romantic theme. Sure, I've read some great romances, but it takes a lot for me to not gag. My one splurge into the genre that I will openly admit to specifically seeking out are the cute, little Regency romances written by Marion Chesney. You know where the plot is going as soon as you open the book, but they are just too damn adorable not to read. They are my annual partaking of literary cotton candy.
In YA, I do happen across romantic elements in the books I'm wanting to review. If its mainly romance (and contemporary), I probably won't touch it. If it has sci-fi/fantasy with a lot of romance, I'll eye it skeptically from across the room. If I have been assured that the story itself is strong, and it just happens to have some smooching, I'll bite. I try my best to roll my eyes and move along during those parts.
Love triangles are fairly popular in romance novels, but don't get me started on those. I could probably do a week's worth of posts on THAT alone. Maybe I will in the future. As for now, let's just say its usually an even bigger turn-off than having just a one-on-one romance.
PNR usually gives me the heebie-jeebies, but I can stomach vampires. Sometimes. Shifters are another story, and it is something I consider individually. Unless the shifter is in animal form during the encounter. I don't care if it's animal-animal or animal-human. Animal-animal is the Discovery channel, and animal-human is called bestiality. I don't do either.
Sorry, I just drifted off thinking about how much I detest Bill Compton,
Well, that's your post for today. I had to go out of town for a funeral, so I'm going to be slow with the replies and return visits. I mean, look how late this post is. Anywho, please be patient with me. You will hear back from me on this post and the others. Meanwhile, be sure to go enter my giveaway as a part of the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop.