There is something so mysterious about reading a sexy shape shifter romance and ever since I discovered this sub genre in paranormal romance, I fell madly in love. Years ago, I liked vampires a bit more, however I love the group of features that normally come with a shape shifter romance theme. I pretty much love all romance, but especially the past couple years, this is definitely been one of my favorite genres to read. I think its mostly because there is something so mysterious and dangerous about shape shifters and there are so many different angles an author can go with this topic in a story. I honestly never know what I am going to expect when reading a shape shifter romance unless its an on going series but depending on the author….most times I still come away surprised.
It is very interesting to see how much growth there has been in this genre over the years. Ten years ago, when I first started reading romance, there wasn’t much of paranormal romance. But now, boy has it grown, and when you talk about shape shifters there are various types of animals and/or creatures or even aliens that you can see that will fit the bill for this. What I have loved is seeing the research that authors will go into in discovering instincts of the animals they are focusing on and their attitudes, strengths and weaknesses. This is an element I also look for in any of the books that I read that have shifter elements. For example some authors such as Lora Leigh, Christine Feehan and Nalini Singh are great with implementing this genre. However each of them handle it in a very different way===somewhat. Lora Leigh and Christine Feehan are more alike than not. Their books are super heated but they do great with the handling of animal instincts. Nalini Singh, Terry Spear, and Deborah Cooke are a bit different. We see the instinct, but we also see the joy in shifting forms and we see the close bonds of pack animals and groupings. Which is most fun and my favorite element to see.
What I also have loved seeing is the variety of groupings of animals. It started with just werewolves (probably due to the fact they are part of ancient myths and legends) but then we shifter to feline forms, and now a days we have dragons, bears, tigers, sea life creatures, and even dinosaurs and aliens. There is such variety now, that even on my goodreads shelves (which I talked about last week) I have a shelf for each kind of creature because authors are becoming more creative and there are times I am more in the mood to see a bear over a wolf….or other times I want to see a dolphin over a panther. There are many forms we can choose from when picking out a shape shifter romance. One of my personal favorites is the leopards…..they do so well for a shifter romance and many authors have done leopards. Which makes me want to do a happy dance.
Having Shifter Romances and seeing the growth and change in them has been an adventure and I am excited to see what will happen in the future.
Questions For My Readers:
Do you enjoy reading shape shifter romance? Why?
What are your personal favorites? Tell me, and if I haven’t read it, they will go on my next to be read list.