Monday, May 16, 2016

Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop



Secondary character romances (blooming love). What do you think? Do you feel like skipping all those pages spent on a romance between characters who aren't the main characters, feeling it's a waste of time and detracting from the main story? Or, can you think of a novel when you enjoyed the side story?

As an author, I think it's a slippery slope to try to facilitate a secondary story that's powerful enough to hold a reader's interest and yet not overpower the main characters' time on the page. Sometimes the story isn't finished during the novel we're reading and it's used as a start up for a sequel, a common ploy in romance novels these days.

I recently read a novel that pulled this off and completed both the main story and the secondary story in one novel: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward, but the secondary romance was a re-do romance between two already married characters who were finding each other again. Maybe it worked because we already loved those secondary characters. So, maybe this doesn't count.

So, how do you feel about secondary characters getting one-on-one time in the novel you're reading? Love it or resent it?

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37 comments:

  1. Sure - just as long as they don't take over the book; meaning that if the particular book has one main couple listed in the blurb, then they have to have the most space in that story. A secondary romance is supposed to have less. But same goes with just secondary characters even if they don't have a romance going on.

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  2. I'm okay with it as long as it doesn't distract or detract from the main story line. I really don't like it when it's seemingly included just to prolong the story.

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  3. Yes I do like secondary romances in a story.

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  4. I think they are ok they do not bother me to much as long as the plot does not get confusing.

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  5. I don't resent them, but I find them distracting.

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  6. I don't hate them if they don't mess with the main plot.

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  7. i like them and if another book comes from it love it

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  8. As long as they don't mess up the main plot I don't mind them.

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  9. I love it; thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  10. I like secondary romances as long as the storyline is compelling.

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  11. I have hardly read a novel with a secondary romance that I enjoyed. Usually I care about one of the couples and get bored with the other. The other couple usually makes me want to skip those pages.

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  12. I love secondary romances inside the main story.

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  13. I'm okay with them only when they show up once in a while or if its really cute, I like the main romance to be the main focus.

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  14. love secondary romances -- sometimes they become more interesting than the main one and sometimes they become a new book

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  15. I love secondary romances they make the stories more interesting.

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  16. I like secondary romances because it usually indicates that the author has actually developed the characters.

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  17. I do like them but I'd prefer side novellas or books so we could get a more complete story of their romance.

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  18. Yes, I like a secondary romance inside the main story, because everyone usually has some sort of romance going on. It is hard to keep other romances out of the main themes.

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  19. I don't mind it, I just hate when the story for the main characters ends, and no ending has come between the secondary couple. However as you said, many times that's a reason for a sequel :)

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  20. I enjoy romances between secondary characters if they are well developed.

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  21. I don't mind it. Usually the author makes me like them so I need to know more about them.

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  22. I usually don't mind it unless it interferes with the main plot.

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  23. It totally depends on the context and whether the secondary romance overshadows the main one. Thanks for the chance!

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  24. I think secondary romances can be just fine. I loved how Rachelle Rea did it in her Steadfast Love trilogy!

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  25. I don't mind them as long as it doesn't take away from the main story

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  26. I dont think a book can really be fleshed out enough with out them so i love them

    Beverly Gordon

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  27. I like it - as long as enough time is given to the main couples and the secondary romance is still believable.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  28. It depends on how well the book is written sometimes I really like and others no so much.
    My tweet for 5/27 - https://twitter.com/SStrode/status/736254935034155010

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  29. I don't mind them, but sometimes I like them even more than the principle story.

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  30. I enjoy secondary characters' romance, but I think it's a fine line, trying not to detract from the main story! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. I don't mind them, if they're relevant to the plot.

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  32. It depends on how well it fits in with the main plot and whether or not it overpowers the main romance.

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  33. I enjoy secondary romances because the make the book even more appealing

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  34. I like secondary romances as long as the writing is good.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  35. The more the merrier when it comes to well developed sympathetic relate-able characters.

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  36. I love secondary romances inside the main story because it adds to the thrill of the book.

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