Dr. Adam Gary is the sexy African-American inventor of a fuel cell that will revolutionize the world by producing its own energy. (Is that even physically possible?) But when South African white racists attack him and try to steal his prototype, he needs protection. Enter Maxine “Max” Blake, tall and gorgeous, ex-cop, ex-Marine, current bodyguard, accompanied by her beloved rottweilers. Too bad Adam has a post-traumatic dog phobia!

This plot description is so completely up my alley that I’m sad that I didn’t actually like the book. Jenkins’ prose wavers between flat and terrible, the characters are more collections of attractive traits than believable people (and at times hilariously Mary Sue/Marty Stu), and the pacing is uneven.

I tried a different book by Jenkins, Wild Sweet Love, a while back. It also had a great premise – an African-American former outlaw starts a new life in the Wild West— but though the prose was significantly better, the story failed to grab me after a killer prologue.

Click to see on Amazon: Sexy/Dangerous

Wild Sweet Love

Jenkins seems to be not for me, but does anyone have recommendations for other African-American romance writers? I know there are many out there and I’ve looked at some websites, but the websites haven’t been that useful in terms of helping me find writers I like.

My romance likes: Tough women. Nice men. Action and adventure. A sense of humor. Totally insane elements, like mermen, time-travelers, shapeshifters, angels, psychic detective agencies, etc. Anything that could remotely be considered out of the sexual mainstream. If the main characters are of color, I’m interested in historicals; if the main characters are white, this is a neutral rather than a plus.

My romance dislikes: Anything that could conceivably be marketed as chick lit. Passive women. Domineering men. Babies.

Note: I am specifically looking for African-American authors here. If you want to give me a rec for other romance authors, click my romance tag and you'll find several general rec posts. Read the comments first to avoid duplication!
Dr. Adam Gary is the sexy African-American inventor of a fuel cell that will revolutionize the world by producing its own energy. (Is that even physically possible?) But when South African white racists attack him and try to steal his prototype, he needs protection. Enter Maxine “Max” Blake, tall and gorgeous, ex-cop, ex-Marine, current bodyguard, accompanied by her beloved rottweilers. Too bad Adam has a post-traumatic dog phobia!

This plot description is so completely up my alley that I’m sad that I didn’t actually like the book. Jenkins’ prose wavers between flat and terrible, the characters are more collections of attractive traits than believable people (and at times hilariously Mary Sue/Marty Stu), and the pacing is uneven.

I tried a different book by Jenkins, Wild Sweet Love, a while back. It also had a great premise – an African-American former outlaw starts a new life in the Wild West— but though the prose was significantly better, the story failed to grab me after a killer prologue.

Click to see on Amazon: Sexy/Dangerous

Wild Sweet Love

Jenkins seems to be not for me, but does anyone have recommendations for other African-American romance writers? I know there are many out there and I’ve looked at some websites, but the websites haven’t been that useful in terms of helping me find writers I like.

My romance likes: Tough women. Nice men. Action and adventure. A sense of humor. Totally insane elements, like mermen, time-travelers, shapeshifters, angels, psychic detective agencies, etc. Anything that could remotely be considered out of the sexual mainstream. If the main characters are of color, I’m interested in historicals; if the main characters are white, this is a neutral rather than a plus.

My romance dislikes: Anything that could conceivably be marketed as chick lit. Passive women. Domineering men. Babies.

Note: I am specifically looking for African-American authors here. If you want to give me a rec for other romance authors, click my romance tag and you'll find several general rec posts. Read the comments first to avoid duplication!
[livejournal.com profile] oyceter, [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, and others will be getting together over the 4th of July weekend. We want to watch insane cracktastic Hong Kong (or mainland) movies! The crazier the better! Artistic quality is a plus but not actually required; entertainment quality is!

These movies must be commercially available on DVD via easy sources like Netflix or neighborhood video shops. I am very sad that the genuinely excellent Peking Opera Blues is NOT easily available, nor are the excellently cracktastic 2002 or Wicked City.

We have already had group viewings of Heroic Trio. We are definitely going to see Andy Lau's Armageddon, which I started to watch myself, but when a priest spontaneously combusted within the first five minutes, I decided it was better saved for group viewing. (Please do NOT spoil the even more hilarious thing that happens soon after, I want to spring it on them.)

We are also going to watch the Red Cliff movies.
[livejournal.com profile] oyceter, [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, and others will be getting together over the 4th of July weekend. We want to watch insane cracktastic Hong Kong (or mainland) movies! The crazier the better! Artistic quality is a plus but not actually required; entertainment quality is!

These movies must be commercially available on DVD via easy sources like Netflix or neighborhood video shops. I am very sad that the genuinely excellent Peking Opera Blues is NOT easily available, nor are the excellently cracktastic 2002 or Wicked City.

We have already had group viewings of Heroic Trio. We are definitely going to see Andy Lau's Armageddon, which I started to watch myself, but when a priest spontaneously combusted within the first five minutes, I decided it was better saved for group viewing. (Please do NOT spoil the even more hilarious thing that happens soon after, I want to spring it on them.)

We are also going to watch the Red Cliff movies.
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