Submitted by Karna Small Bodman
|Author Nora Roberts|
In fact, even though it’s been out for many years, her thriller, Naked in Death, is still rated #1 on the Good Reads website. From the description, it’s obvious that there is quite a romantic connection between the lead characters: Eve, a NY police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer becomes involved with an Irish billionaire — who turns out to be
a suspect in her murder investigation. “But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about — except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.” Yep – a thriller with romance all right.
Among other “top rated” Romantic Thrillers (at Good Reads) are novels by Karen Rose, Cynthia Eden, Kristen Ashley – again, all talented female authors – and the list goes on.
The story: “A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone library.” It features Bruce Cable, a bookstore owner and Mercer Mann, an attractive young novelist. I just read this book and can tell you that yes, it’s a terrific story, but no, there are no great love scenes. Even though Bruce and Mercer do spend several nights together, the author definitely leaves out the details and more or less “closes the door,” as we say.
|Author Lee Child|
Then there are many other male writers who sell millions of thrillers – such as one of our favorites, Lee Child, who has been a guest blogger for us here on our Rogue website: https://www.roguewomenwriters.com/2017/06/lee-child-goes-rogue-or-secret-life-of.html . Lee also has introduced our Rogue Women Writers panel at major writers’ conferences. I’ve read many of Lee’s books, and no, I don’t recall any truly, descriptive love scenes in those either. It doesn’t seem to matter to book buyers though. I see that his new thriller, The Midnight Line, doesn’t even come out until November, and it is already high on Amazon’s bestseller list.
In fact, this list of men-who-don’t-write-love-scenes goes on: Nelson DeMille, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn (with Kyle Mills now writing Vince’s characters), Stuart Woods — all writing great thrillers, sans the bedroom angle.
My conclusion: Women write GREAT love scenes. Men don’t. I wonder if they just don’t know HOW to write them, simply choose not to, or feel that such scenes would “slow down the action” too much – and they’re all about action — right? What do you think? Would you rather read a thriller WITH love scenes…or WITHOUT? While we know that women can describe wonderful tension and tenderness between a man and a women, another question — can you recommend any bestselling male authors who can pull it off? Please leave a comment. We’d “love” to hear from you!
…Submitted by Karna Small Bodman