My Love Affair with Sci-Fi Romance
Today on Under the Covers I am defending my honour. Or at least I am defending my love of all things weird and alien. The other girls on the blog don’t quite get it. They see the covers of the books I am reviewing and commence in lots of eye rolling. Why do I love all these weird alien heroes? When did I suddenly develop a tentacle fetish? Or prefer my heroes to have scales, extra appendages or any other number of weird things?
To begin with, I blame Tiffany Roberts for my new view on tentacles. Her Kraken heroes…it’s hard not to love them tentacles and all. But my adoration of them, and all the other alien heroes I love, isn’t because I have developed a kink for weird sex. In a lot of sci-fi romances the alien is basically a human guy (or girl) with bigger muscles and maybe skin a nice shade of blue, purple or gold. And although I have a stack of books I love that have this kind of character, what you’re basically reading is a normal romance.
When I read an alien sci-fi romance I want the author to explore their options. You’re creating a brand-new race, you don’t have to abide by anyone’s preconceptions. Of course, your hero and heroine must be physically compatible in some way, but apart from that you have the universe to play with. Why make them too human? The conflicts that can be created by having such big physical differences are many. And when they fall in love anyway casting aside all social expectations it strikes me as more romantic. What makes it even better is when it isn’t only the appearance of the main characters that’s different but their whole culture and way of life.
I love sci-fi romances where the hero and heroine are completely different. Where they not only have to see past the physical differences, but they need to understand their differences in thinking as well. J.M. Link’s Saving Askara and V.C. Lancaster’s Office Aliens series are such great examples of this. Lancaster’s series injects a little humour into this idea and Link shows our heroine trying to act as an ambassador for a race that’s known for being independent, unsociable and extremely fierce.
Having our main characters overcome so many barriers to make their love work, again the whole concept strikes me as incredibly romantic. When the author is doing it right the tentacles and extra appendages become less sensational and just another aspect of our alien hero or heroine. You see the differences less or rather you see them, but just accept them and move on, that way you can sit back and enjoy the blossoming romance.
Of course, there are so many parallels in modern day life about looking part appearances and cultural differences and trying to reach respect and understanding. We haven’t quite reached that point yet in human evolution, but I hope by the time the friendly aliens come along xenophobia won’t be an issue. Yeah. Right.
So, why not take a risk and enjoy some alien sci- fi romance? I have some recommendations for you below. I have separated them under different headings:
Extreme Alien – these aliens as as alien as they come, expect tentacles and extra arms.
Moderate Alien – These aliens aren’t entirely human looking, they may have brightly coloured skin, maybe a tail or some horns.
Alien Light – These aliens are indistinguishable from humans for the most part, they’re just bigger and sexier!
*As of time of posting Alien Mate by Cara Bristol is a FREEBIE
*As of time of posting: Claimed by Evangeline Anderson, Releasing Rage by Cynthia Sax and Alien Warrior by Sadie Carter are FREEBIES.
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What do you think of alien romance?
Do you have any recommendations for me?
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?