Articles by: Vanessa Kelly

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Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Lovers in a Dangerous Time

I’m a sucker for secret agents.  I love the tension and drama that accompanies a good spy story, and I’m a big fan of the car chase, the shoot-out, and the desperate race to save the president/the girl/the super-secret computer program from falling into the hands of the dastardly government/villain/corporation.

Unfortunately, there’s one element in most spy yarns that doesn’t quite cut it for me, and it’s in the romance department.  All too often, the hero is left with a broken heart as he watches his lover die a gruesome and usually pointless death, leaving him forever scarred.  Not exactly a great reward for saving the world.

Posted by × January 20, 2014 ×

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Love Rocks: Bright Lights, Big City Romance

Love Rocks: Bright Lights, Big City Romance

I grew up in a small town with Colonial and Victorian era houses and big trees shading the quiet streets.  It was almost picture-perfect, with steepled churches and a town library modelled on a miniature Monticello. But underneath that near-immaculate exterior lurked…well, nothing very sinister.  No Stephen King monsters or cults of Stepford Wives. It was and still is a pretty nice place to live; neighbors look out for neighbors and residents actually care enough about the place to show up to town hall meetings.

That sort of lifestyle is the basis for small town contemporary romance. For many readers, the notion of life in a peaceful, unhurried setting, where neighbor knows neighbor, holds enormous appeal.  In fact, small town romance is so dominant these days that it seems difficult to find contemporary romances with a big city setting.

More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel starts with a kiss, one that comes with strings attached—to a handsome and rich LA entrepreneur. 

Posted by × August 19, 2013 ×

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Married To The Mob

Married To The Mob

There’s no shortage of villains in the world, but what if the villains were members of your own family? What if your father, brother, or even your husband was the bad guy, someone who didn’t think twice about committing murder?

Welcome to life in the Mafia. 

Most romantic suspense novels these days seem to be either police procedurals or serial killer stories, but I recently came across two entertaining thrillers set in the world of organized crime.

Posted by × October 8, 2012 ×

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Love Among the Stars

Love Among the Stars

In science fiction—at least in the movies or on television—love among the stars often ends badly.  Take the iconic heroes of Star Trek.  Poor Mr. Spock had to go through a time-travelling portal to an ice age wasteland to experience tender emotions, or endure mind-bending hormonal surges that turned him into one crazy Vulcan.  Love didn’t work out so well for Captain Kirk, either, since falling in love with him usually amounted to a death sentence.

And Darth Vader?  Let’s not even go there.

Posted by × June 18, 2012 ×