Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

By | March 14, 2010

I don’t normally read paranormal romances, but after that conversation I had last week, I thought I should look into it. So I started reading J. R. Ward’s Dark Lover today. And I have to say, I was a bit surprised. This is not what I expected from a romance novel.

None of that sappy pining away for the perfect lover. No mushy courting or poetry. Ward’s hero makes women feel raw animal lust beyond their control. He turns two women’s brains to instant mush just by his presence. In fact, the women’s responses in at least two scenes (I’ve only read 12 chapters so far) very closely resemble many scenes in the mind control porn at www.mcstories.com.

Naturally, Ward’s hero is better developed and much more interesting than any character found in amateur porn. And the provoked lust is just a small component of her stories as a opposed to the focus of mind control porn. But now I understand why my customer said that my hypnotic audio stories would appeal to the same audience as Dark Lover. We both 1) aim to develop sympathetic and identifiable characters, and 2) aim to provoke intense erotic feelings in our characters and our audience.