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Weekly musing: military romance

17 May 2018

This week we are going to dig a little deeper into the romantic suspense subgenre … yay, we finally get to discuss military romance!

My first thoughts when I hear military romance is: action, topless or muscleshirt-wearing males on the covers (this may or may not be reflected in my favourite covers). Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Strong heros and even stronger heroines.

Military romances focus on fast-moving plots; generally in a contemporary setting. The hero is nine times out of ten a Navy SEAL, Army, SAS or black ops. The heroine sometimes is also part of the military, but that isn’t a requirement. But she will be tough as nails regardless and have strength that she comes to realise by the end of the book if she isn’t already aware of it. She also won’t take any of the hero’s BS, but is still emotionally available to the hero if required and vice-versa.

Do you know of any where the heroine is in the military and not the hero? I know ML Buchman has military heroines but the hero is not a civilian.

Heroes typically are alpha-men who are more than capable of protecting and saving everyone, but at his core he is loyal and loving. Sometimes he just needs that right female in his life to bring it out of his hard shell, especially if he has been emotionally hurt. What is your favourite type of military hero and heroine?

You’ll find the usual tropes here such as: amnesia, blackmail, revenge, abduction, forced proximity, redemption and as always one of my favourites—the reformed player.

Which tropes ones do you like to read about in military romance? Are there any that your shy away from?

My favourite military romance authors are: Cherry Adair, Suzanne Enoch, Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard and Maya Banks. Who are your favourite military romance authors?

My must-reads:

  • The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (KGI)
  • The Night is Mine by ML Buchman (The Night Stalkers)
  • Hush by Cherry Adair (Lodestone)
  • Cover Me by Catherine Mann (Elite Force)
  • Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops Inc)
  • Killing Time by Cindy Gerard (One-Eyed Jacks)
  • Living on the Edge by Shannon K Butcher (Edge)
  • Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann (Reluctant Heroes)
  • SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows (HORNET)
  • Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon (Bad Boys Undercover)
  • Danger Close by Lindsay McKenna (Shadow Warriors)
  • Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh (Scarlet Falls)

What are your must-read military romance books?

My favourite covers:

Happy reading!

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  1. 18 May 2018 10:53 pm

    I always like a bit of revenge.

    • 20 May 2018 2:59 pm

      I’m a bit of a fan for the revenge trope as well!

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