By Ron Hogan for Bookish.com
The emotion we most strongly associate with romance novels is love, of course, but a great love story can evoke other emotions--even fear and suspense. When a writer adds supernatural elements, readers get a scare or two on their way to the happy ending. These paranormal romance authors told us which love stories give them the biggest scares.
1. Dark Prince
"The first element of a romance that 'scared' me--though I loved it the whole time--occurred repeatedly in Christine Feehan's Dark Carpathian series. Anytime the hero--a vampire connected to the earth--would take his woman to sleep buried in the ground, I'd get the shakes! I have no idea how these poor humans could be swallowed up by the earth and not panic! They survived each time, of course, but whenever these scenes would come up, my hand would be at my throat and I'd read a little faster to get through it!"
--Caris Roane, author of "Born in Chains"
2. Flowers in the Attic
"I was in 5th grade when kids started passing around V.C Andrewsbooks. A friend gave me 'Flowers in the Attic,' saying it was scary and romantic. I read it, and I completely understood the scary part--the idea of being locked for years in the attic by your own mother was horrifying. The brother/sister incest angle was equally scary.
The part I didn't see? The romance. So, I went back to my friend and asked where it was, only to discover that it was that brother/sister relationship. I was traumatized... and very confused. Still, the book is considered a gothic romance. I did go on to read--and enjoy--other V.C. Andrews books, but only after checking with friends to be sure the romantic couple was not, you know, closely related."
--Kelley Armstrong, author of "Omens"