ionRomance: Harlequin Presents Edition
Harlequin Presents: What are their key elements?
Being someone that reviews a lot of the Presents stories released by Harlequin each month, I love to read the reviews on Goodreads once I’ve read the book and written my thoughts and I’ve got to say that I get an absolute kick out of some of the reviews.
Now, I’m sorry if I sound a little judgmental with the fact that some make me laugh while others make me shake my head and think ‘WTH’, but it’s true and has made me wonder time and time again whether it’s because readers don’t understand the key elements that a Harlequin Presents story should encompass.
Well, let me paraphrase from the HQN submission page what the key elements for Presents stories are:
- A powerful hero that wields his authority and money in order to get everything he wants, but he’s going to need more than those two things to win the girl.
- The heroine can be anything from bold and sassy to shy and innocent. Nowhere does it says she has to be pure; a woman that hasn’t experienced the pleasures of sex. (So, why is it that some readers believe she should be a virgin?)
- There has to be plenty of sexual tension between the characters; tension that spills over onto the pages to dazzle readers with a high level of sensuality.
- International settings are a must. (Then again, what is more romantic than falling in love in a glitzy and glamorous location?)
- Stories should deliver a powerful range of emotion enough to affect readers and keep them interested from beginning to end with the internal conflicts the characters struggle with; and lastly,
- these stories should have classic themes with a modern twist.
Are you a fan of the Harlequin Presents line? Do you read reviews of books you’ve read? What’s your reaction when you read a negative review but loved the book?
Will knowing the key elements for this line help you as a reader to write a review, if you needed to for a Harlequin Presents book? (Because remember, it’s important to give reasons why you loved or disliked a story)