What draws us time and again to this trope? Hate-to-love is surprisingly tricky to write, and you have to be carefully toeing the line, but we keep coming back? Why? The tension. Ooh baby, we love that tension.
If romance makes the changes that should have been made centuries ago, if romance opens its publishing houses and agencies and offers the same opportunity to authors of color as it does to white authors right now, we take away the excuse that it won’t work.
Troubleshooters is an example of prime, important, top-shelf romance. It is progressive and lasting and does not shy away from difficult social or political topics.
One of those topics being Sam Starrett.
It’s fun to look back and see what I’ve enjoyed – and not enjoyed – over the year! I’d love for you to take a look and share your favorite and least favorite reads of the year!
Brockmann is an expert storyteller with remarkable skill at weaving several seemingly-incongruous narratives into a single story arc, and she creates unique and deeply human characters that it is a true pleasure to read about.
I have only one problem with these books and it’s not Brockmann’s fault. They’re dated.