I have hardly read any romantic suspense for the past few years, so I don’t think I can really comment on whether or not my wishes came true this year.
What I do know is that book titles, blurbs and covers are much the same now as they were the year before, and the year before that.
Basically, I wished for some time off from seeing the words: Navy SEAL.
Did this happen? Of course not! Everyone in romantic suspense is a SEAL these days, including the women. It’s absurd, and I know I’ve probably missed a lot of great books because I just can’t stand the fad anymore!
There’s so much more to both the romantic suspense world AND the military world than a very particular group of Special Forces fighters from a particular part of the military from a particular country!
Variety is good, and the SEAL in romantic suspense is the same as the duke in historical romance. The guy just won’t take a break!
I wanted the subgenre to deal with real world issues, not made-up stuff.
A couple of people are attempting it, but mostly the genre is still about secret agencies of secret SEALs who do secret stuff to stop secret Really Evil Men from doing things that have no relation to the real world.
Half the world is at war at the moment, and there are a whole lot of regimes doing terrible things. The Soviet Union is in the process of being recreated. There’s so much material out there; no need to make stuff up!
I wanted authors to stop with the ridiculous and tragic backstories.
If your book is about people being chased by terrorists, then that’s what your book should be about. I sort of want to laugh when the author also heaps rapes and attempted murders and homelessness and abuse and the kitchen sink onto their heroes’ and heroines’ shoulders.
I’ve still been reading overly tragic backstories since making that request at the start of the year, but I haven’t read enough in the subgenre to know if any change is happening on this front.
I can’t report on a subgenre I hardly read in 2015, but I CAN report on the review books I saw coming my way. From what I can gather from them – books I decided against reading and reviewing – 2015 was a case of same again.