Hello, I'm having a rather difficult time finding a good fantasy-romance book or series which does not end in bitter disappointment.
The last series I'd read was "Rose of the Prophet" by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. I'd previously read the "Dragonlance" series by the same authors (long ago) and figured this one would also be worthwhile. Well, the 'fantasy' part was good enough, but the 'romance' part was horrifyingly written from start to the very (bitter) end. Don't worry, no spoilers posted here.
Admittedly, one of the greatest sources of agitation in my life is the act of wasting my time. It really does grate on me when I've invested literally days in a story just to have the thing end with a lame thud on the floor.
What I'm hoping to find is simple, Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-Fi / Romance. For major extra points, I'll take one with a healthy dash of humor sprinkled in. Not dark humor. Oddly, I don't find dark humor very laugh-inducing. I'm not concerned if the setting is on a planet with wizards & dragons, or out in space among alien worlds.
Such a request should be easy enough, but here is where I always seem to hit a brick wall; the following types of books are strictly forbidden from entering my home.. EVER.
1 - No teen romance (Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.) I'm as interested in a book of teen angst as I am in spending the afternoon slamming my head into a car door.
2 - No hackneyed twists. Specifically, no ridiculous out-of-character actions just for some narrow-minded plot twist, or merely to extend the romantic distress between lead characters.
3 - No waiting until the end for romantic interests to come together. Been there, seen that, a thousand times over. Give me an author who isn't bound by the worst of trite cliches.
4 - No books where the characters loathe each other through every single chapter, only to have them realize in the end that they actually do care for one another. Again, trite beyond belief.
5 - No arduous love triangles, trapezoids, octagons, etc. No protagonists bouncing around from bed to bed while "struggling" to decide who to stay with. I'm not looking for a sex book, and I'm not looking for a book about 'loveable whores'.
6 - No incomplete series. I'm not in any way interested in becoming engrossed in a good story, only to find I have to wait a few years down the road before I'm allowed to finish it.
7 - No seemingly irredeemable characters. No books with protagonists (or their love interests) who are so far "out there" that no person of sound mind would want anything to do with them. If I can't relate to the characters in some small way, I'm not going to be interested in their stories either.
Well, there it is, my desperate plea for help.
It has been difficult rying to find a good fantasy book with romantic leads who don't leave me wanting to kick myself in the crotch for wasting my time. If I get stuck in another "Rose of the Prophet" disaster, I'll swear off books for good and go back to watching reality television.
Greatest of thanks to any and all who may respond.
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