Here we have a guest post from Chachic, of Chachic’s Book Nook! I must say, I had no idea that Chachic only started reading romances last year. I would definitely not have guessed that, since she’s the one who got me started reading more romances! But I’m not surprised to see that’s the focus of her guest post today. Lots of romance-y goodness in Andrea Höst’s stories. So, welcome, Chachic!
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Yay for Andrea K. Höst week! I’m honored that Rachel invited me to take part in this. I’m more than happy to contribute a guest post because I really think more readers should pick up Andrea’s novels. There are many reasons why I would recommend her books but one of the aspects that I love about them is the romance. While I’m fairly new to the romance genre (I only started actively reading romance books last year), I have always loved well-written romances in my speculative fiction reads.
Andrea has a knack for writing wonderful romances that I can totally root for. What usually works for me is slow burn romance between two characters who are very reluctant to admit that they’re attracted to the other person – it may be because they feel that they’re not ready for a relationship or they feel that there will be a lot of difficulties involved in pursuing the object of their affection. The tension between them simmers and builds until they have to acknowledge what’s between them. Even better if one of them is a stoic and unreadable character, barely giving hints that the attraction will be reciprocated. I don’t mind if it’s obvious from the start who the main character’s romantic interest is, just as long as they don’t get together in the blink of an eye.
I haven’t read all of Andrea’s books but in the ones that I’ve read, I feel like they all have a form of slow burn romance. A lot of subtle staring, seeing the other person’s strengths and weaknesses, getting to know him/her through various interactions, recognizing what they’re feeling and trying to ignore it. Andrea manages to incorporate all of those features, with the added bonus of unexpected elements. I can still remember reading And All the Stars and going, “WAIT, what?!” when I reached a certain section. [Yeah, and we all know exactly what bit THAT was, don’t we? — Rachel]
I had a book hangover after finishing both the Touchstone trilogy and the Medair duology because I couldn’t stop thinking about the events in them, including the romantic elements within. I love how she manages to surprise me with the twists and turns in her writing. I have given up trying to predict the direction her stories will go and I’m perfectly willing to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Aside from the non-instalove quality, what appeals to me about Andrea’s romances is the type of main characters that her novels have. Her MCs are always smart, strong and capable young women who eventually meet men who recognize their positive attributes and grow to admire them. These men are equally capable and are worthy of being admired in return. Working on this guest post is making me want to reread Andrea’s novels. Maybe I should give in to the temptation and indulge, I’m pretty sure I will enjoy reading them just as much (if not more) than the first time I picked them up. If you haven’t read any of Andrea’s books, now is the perfect time to do so!
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Thank you, Chachic! I totally agree; Andrea is VERY likely to take her readers off in a completely unexpected direction halfway through a book. Especially with AND ALL THE STARS and the MEDAIR duology, I had to re-read them just to look for hints of what was coming!