Like cowboys, this is something I just don’t get. What in hell is the attraction of a guy (it’s ALWAYS a guy) who has more money than the Federal Reserve? Does anyone else spot the obvious problem – that 90% of problems can be solved by throwing unlimited money at them, thus effectively removing 90% of the possible avenues for dramatic tension?
And the other 10% inevitably occur as a result of the innocent/kind-hearted/peasant class woman suddenly being thrown into the billionaire’s world and having to teach him how to loooove. I want to shake erotica authors and scream IT WASN’T ORIGINAL WHEN PRETTY WOMAN DID IT, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IT’S ORIGINAL NOW?!
I can’t help thinking this is a by-product of the whole ‘sweep you off your feet’ trope that never fails to make me roll my eyes. It’s boring, is what I’m saying. It’s the same story that’s been told for centuries and the big ideas of those stories are played out.
Yes, even erotica has big ideas, and no, it’s not always YAY SEX!
So I’m going to take my two stories and tell you the big ideas. Sort of. I don’t know, I’m mostly making this up as I go along.
Kathy’s World is all about betrayal and how someone deals with the aftermath. Kathy finds out that Mark’s been cheating, and the story follows how she copes with the loss – not just of him, but of the life she thought she had. That’s where the name comes from – the betrayal shakes up her world, and when the dust settles, she finds that where she ended up isn’t so bad if it means she gets to have someone (Eddie) who’s honest with her about what he wants.
Devil Masque is about identities, because I love to talk about that kind of thing. Angela meets the proverbial tall dark stranger at the Masquerade ball, and neither of them know each other’s real name, but they find that being someone else, even for a short time, frees them to do things they would never consider otherwise. Then they have to figure out if it’s better to never know the person behind the mask, or if they should find out each other’s identity and take a chance on them being compatible in real life as well.
The point is that it’s not all about sex, and I’m at least trying to be more imaginative than the whole ‘fish out of water’ trope that is pretty much the entirety of the billionaire books.
If I ever write a book that follows this trend, then you have permission to slap me.
(Also I’ll have something special for you all on Friday, because I love you so much.)