Surprise content and mislabeled books can ruin a perfectly good story. I’m talking about books that have some content (type of hero, trope, etc.) that one may find unsavory when caught by surprise, but when read willingly and knowingly they end up being great, even if they aren't the easiest reads.
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And you wonder why I like them!
I like Harlequin Presents books. They are old-school romances with alpha heroes that behave like cavemen, and dormant heroines who say they don’t want a domineering man but they really, really do. However, if I were to read a single title contemporary romance with characters like those, I would hate it. When it comes to alphaholes and the women who love them, forewarning and context is everything.
Last week there was a lot of buzz surrounding The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. I haven’t read the book but everyone who has, agrees that it’s not a regular romance and that the ending, though satisfactory, is not traditional. This book was originally recommended as a romance, but then, readers where quick to point out that it was not, at least not the type of romance we are used to reading. So this is a book that may not be for everyone and that romance fans should treat carefully. Now that I know what I’m getting into, I’ll read this one with different expectations, because there’s nothing on the blurb that hints towards what type of book this is.
This brings me to another issue: when bad blurbs happen to good books. Take a look at The Siren’s synopsis and then read this review, and tell me what went wrong. Because judging by the description, it sounds like a cute contemporary romance. But what you see is not what you get. And that is a recipe for disaster. I think book synopsis are important, they are one of the book’s biggest selling points, is what catches the reader’s attention and helps them decide if they want to read what’s inside. So why do I keep seeing misleading and spoilerific book descriptions out there?
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How about you? Are there any topics, tropes or themes that you enjoy as long as someone warns you beforehand? Have you ever bought a book based on the blurb just to get something completely different than expected and promised?