Question: Is It Possible To Have Too Much Romance (with Angela Addams)?

Posted April 9, 2015 by Carmel in Guest Post, Question / 50 Comments


We all have our breaking points…that moment when we’re reading a steamy, uber-romantic scene and all of a sudden, BAM, we’re hit with way too much cheese. It might be something as simple as, “Baby, you light my fire.” To “My sweetest honey flower, you’re the most exquisite creature in existence. I can’t imagine living my life without you. I will die by the sword rather than let you go.” Yeah, you get the point, mega-barf.

As a writer, it’s hard to know just how much cheese to put in a scene. There needs to be some of course because we are talking about romance, but a balance is really important…and sometimes incredibly hard to reach. I can tell you that I struggled with finding the right amount of romance in my early writing for sure. In fact, I still get nailed at times for going a little bit too hard on the gushy stuff. It can be particularly tricky when you’re dealing with fated mates (which my Order of the Wolf series plays with). There’s an instant connection between hero and heroine and I’ve had to work hard to maintain a balance between that concept and reality.

My Huntresses are linked to two different men, one a Hunter and one a werewolf. She must choose which to claim for herself. Essentially she must choose what side of the battle she will commit to. Her decision is usually a lot about lust, that instant attraction at meeting someone that gets her motor revving, amplified by destiny, fate, magic. But lust isn’t really that romantic on it’s own so there needs to be some level of emotion at play, a reason to commit that involves the heart as well as the body. That means my heroes need to get a little mushy. They need to expose their hearts in some way. Making it believable is the trick.

I have a really low threshold for cheese in real life. I accept it, love it actually, in romance novels but I’d snicker and snort my way through most romantic scenes if they happened in real life the way they happen in fiction.

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Spell Weaver

Coloring outside the lines can sting like hell…

Shot by a Huntress, his wolf trapped within him, Dyami Storm is battling a poison that is eating him alive. His only hope is finding his mate, but without his wolf to guide him, he doesn’t know where to look.
The second the sexy bad boy stumbles into her tattoo shop, smelling of booze and oozing attitude, Summer Sinclair knows he’s trouble. She should turn him away, but a strange magnetic pull compels her to help him out with a little ink.

When Summer’s boyfriend walks through the door, Dyami senses he’s in the presence of a Hunter, and the Hunter recognizes him as a wolf. With hackles raised, a weapon coming at him, Dyami’s only choice snaps into place. Bite Summer, marking her as his—and unleashing her powers as a Spell Weaver.
On the run from Hunters and losing his fight against the poison, Dyami is in a race against time to convince Summer her power could change the course of the war…and that his fate is in her hands.

Warning: Sexually explicit. Tattooed, rock star drummer with a tender heart seeking his one true mate. Tough little tattoo artist with a special talent for spells. Lots of hot and heavy, wet and sweaty.

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Author Bio

Every day is Halloween for author Angela Addams. Enthralled by the paranormal at an early age, Angela spends most of her time thinking up new story ideas that involve supernatural creatures in everyday situations. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios.
She is an avid tattoo collector, a total book hoarder and loves anything covered in chocolate…except for bugs.

She lives in Ontario, Canada in an old, creaky house, with her husband and children.

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So what say you? Is it possible to have too much romance? Not enough?

Have you read anything lately that you found really romantic or really cheesy?

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50 responses to “Question: Is It Possible To Have Too Much Romance (with Angela Addams)?

  1. “But lust isn’t really that romantic on it’s own so there needs to be some level of emotion at play, a reason to commit that involves the heart as well as the body.”

    Yes! I couldn’t agree more. I like mush with my lust, they balance one another out and make me swoon:) And then make pointed comments to my husband about why he never says things to me like the hero says to his leading lady. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to keep from laughing if he did, so he just can’t win 😉

  2. I definitely think it is possible for a romance scene to be too long or too cheesy. I’m not a fan of scenes that are overdone – it has to feel right and natural, and not be covered in cake icing. Ok enough of the weird analogy, I clearly need more sleep. Basically, I want to enjoy the romance and get into it, not be rolling my eyes.
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  3. It is very possible.

    I read the sequel to this erotica suspense I love & lost it when the hero said (I paraphrase): I love you. Will you let me fuck you in the ass?

    True story. I mean who says that?! I can tolerate cheese in books more than in real life. There’s rare occasions though where I come across a line & just want to throw up a little. Lactose intolerance from the cheese!
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  4. I think it depends on the premise of the book and the preconceptions given for that book. For example, erotica, I expect a ton of sex, but it may or may not have romance. In PNR, I expect romance, which doesn’t necessarily means it has a lot of sex or even any sex on the page. In UF, it could go either way. My big thing is that there needs to be a story that is told. Even with erotica, I need something with a story line to it. I’m also not a fan of cheesy.
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  5. I can’t tolerate anything generic, so even one line of something I’ve either seen, heard or read before constitutes too much for me 🙂 But if the romance is new and done right, I don’t mind how much of it there is. In fact, the more, the better 🙂 But it’s got to shake me inside, leave me breathless, or cause me to pause and think. Does this make sense? Great post.
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  6. I agree that romance can be a bit MUCH sometimes. It’s easy to go into cheese territory, so it’s important to look out for that if you are writing a romance. It wants to feel real and something enjoyable, not a moment where the reader laughs and rolls their eyes. hah
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  7. I am also really weird about cheesy moments and while I think they can work, I feel like there needs to be some basis for them. Like if there has been a life/death situation, I can be okay with a bunch of cheese but if the couple JUST MET, it’s super awkward and bleh

    I can totally imagine why that must make it so hard to write a romance just write because there are so many factors to consider!
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  8. I have definite limits on romance in books. Much pickier when it comes to PNR than when picking out a UF and Contemp Romance forget it unless it’s an author I’m very familiar with, most have too much cheese for me.
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  9. Oh, I remember that series now, I used Spell weaver’s cover in my “Lusting for cover” meme *wipes drool*.
    I personally hate cheese, snicker and snort are much better ! And sarcasm, grumpy characters. But cheese, pink, hearts and unicorns, ugh !
    However, I can see how it can be difficult for a writer and you’re absolutely right, nothing but lust is not attractive in the end, there needs to be feelings. I’d rather be a reader than a writer 😉
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    • The snickering doesn’t do much for men’s egos but, hey, you can’t just brush stroke that stuff…you gotten know your woman. 😉 Lust is good too…but in romance, there needs to be something that gets the heart melting a little.

  10. I can’t tolerate cheese at all. Not in books. Not in movies. And if it happened IRL I’d probably get my eyes stuck in the back of my head from rolling them so hard. lol That said, I can appreciate that others love it and that’s totally okay with me.
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