Dangerously Mysterious Romances

One of my all time favorite movies is Romancing the Stone. Not only is it a fun romance, full of action, adventure, mystery, danger, and humor, but it’s also about a novelist, something I always wanted to be 🙂

So when I sat down and decided to write a book of my own, I wanted something along those veins. I wanted a hero and heroine who didn’t trust each other despite the attraction they felt. A mystery at the heart of their relationship that had to be solved. Danger and intrigue was a must, along with an attraction that would drive them both to distraction.

There is nothing I love more in a romance than some sexually-charged verbal sparring and a hero and heroine who just can’t stay away from each other, even though they know they should 🙂 It’s even better when their circumstances are steeped in danger and mystery.

These are my favorite stories to read, and write. What do you love in your romances? What are some of your favorite books?

Here’s a little taste of my Victorian romance, To Trust a Thief.

totrustathief_500px (1)“You won’t tell me?” Min asked.
He brought his gaze up to meet hers, speaking through clenched teeth. “I can’t tell you.”
“Yet you dare question whether or not I’m sharing everything with you.” The hypocrisy was a bitter sting on her tongue, but better that than hand everything to him and get nothing in return.
Bryant leaned in, his lips brushing across her jaw line. Min gasped, her heart pounding so hard she couldn’t breathe.
“Do you think you are the only one distracted here?” he whispered into her ear. “And do you think I believe for a moment you’ve told me everything?” His finger dipped into the neckline of her blouse and trailed along the locket’s chain.
Min jerked back, but he wouldn’t let go.
“The difference, my dear Minuette, is the more I tell you, the more danger I put you in. I’m trying to keep you safe.” He rubbed his cheek against hers. “Why are you hiding things from me?”
“Because I don’t trust you,” Min murmured.
“I don’t trust you either,” he whispered just before his lips met hers.
Bryant’s hands cupped her face. Min’s arms wound around his neck and he crushed her to him with a groan. Happiness and longing flowed through her. And something she very much feared was love. It frightened her.
She pushed it all away, unwilling to think of anything but the sensations his lips wrought. If this moment was all she’d have, she wanted to revel in every second. His mouth melted into hers and she pressed herself closer. She couldn’t breathe and she didn’t care. She would have very happily suffocated rather than come up for air.

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people. Michelle's non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

8 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    I’ve been out all day, Michelle, and just now catching up with emails and all. Romancing the Stone was a great movie, and love that it inspired To Trust a Thief. Adding it to my read list.

  2. Harliqueen

    Great excerpt!

    I do love romances like these, where the sexual tension is incredibly charged and plays such a fun part in the way they interact with each other 😀

  3. aceng2511

    I love this! Thanks for posting Michelle 🙂

  4. B.J. Scott

    You described the perfect mix for the hero and heroine. You can’t go wrong following the classic story of star-crossed lovers, a couple so unsuitable for each other that they absolutely must be together in the end 😉

  5. Debbie Lou McCreary

    Nice scene Michelle. Made me want to go buy book now. Romancing the Stone was a great one.