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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Follow Friday (14)

Hi everyone! Its another Follow Friday (Thursday night) post here at Lost Amongst the Shelves. Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee and features up and coming blogs along with a book related post. This week's question is...

Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

I LOVE a strong and independent heroine. I can't stand when the girl is wishy washy or dependent on a guy. I want some girl power! I also love when the love interest is witty and a bit brooding. And if he can make me laugh with saracstic one liners even better. I know its kind of overdone: girl falls in love with the 'baddish' boy, but I'm just a sucker for when opposites attract. My favorite quality of a book though is when the relationship struggles and you can see love acutally develop just like in real life. I want to see the turmoil and the boy fight for the girl and the roller coaster of emotions all over a normal period of time. NO INSTA LOVE!

This could be the requirements for any genre too. I could see this fit into a contemporary as well as a paranormal so I could go either way.

What about all of you? Leave your comments and links below and I'll check out your book must haves!

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  1. I love when the love develops like it does in real life!


  2. I'm with you, no instaluv! Yay for sarcasm and kickass heroines. I've been seeing that one a lot already.
    Old follower
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  3. Yes, thank you! Insta love=super annoying! Happy Friday! Reading to Penguins

  4. Love your answer! Insta-love for me is more like instant physical attraction! That sexual tension that pulls the two together, but I MUST see them fall in love emotionally as well. Otherwise it doesn't work. Like you said, I love reading about their struggles as they fall in love. It's the best.

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  5. I agree a Strong Heroine and a Great hero (love the ones that always have sarcastic remarks or like to tease the heroine) make for some great books(:

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I'm with you on this. Absolutely hate whiny characters!

    Jez's Bookcase

  7. Insta love= disaster. Insta love just ruins the whole purpose of the book. It's so sad when that happens in such a great book!
    My FF!

  8. Great answer! I love "baddish" boys and especially the ones that deliver those sarcastic one liners! They make me swoon :) *New Follower* Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I know exactly what you feel about insta-love; can't stand them! I love bad boys, and strong/independent heroines as well!

  10. I know what you mean I like to see a romance blossom, books tend to be so unlike the real world sometimes. I feel sometimes you do need to see the ups and downs.

    My Follow Friday

  11. Oh I love it when love plays out for REAL. I like the "I just met you but I've loved you from afar for so long and I'll love you forever" kind of thing sometimes too. But when they struggle and fight to keep each other, it's even better. Strong heroines (every time I say that word I feel like I'm saying something wrong... lol) seem to be on everyone's list today!

    Happy Friday!
    Tara @ Shhh... Not While I'm Reading

  12. I love to read books on how the love develops in the end.

    Thanks for stopping by our blog. New Follower.

  13. I agree completely. Insta-love is a definite no-no. :D
    Thanks for stopping by! New follower.

    Bonnie @ Sweet-Tidbits

  14. I can get behind insta-lust but insta-love is a big turn-off.

    Nice blog!

    1. Thanks! for sharing, just blogging by.


  15. I agree Girl power is perfect for me too!!! Great choice.

    old follower

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  16. Oh I totally agree, Insta-love is just awful, but I do love it when romance is well written! I love reading about independent heroines too. :)

    Here's my FF post!

    Stephanie @ SOOTP

  17. Hi, new follower alert!

    You put it just as I wish I would have! I like the exact same in my (wo)men in books. Here's My F&F Friday post!

    Happy reading! ;)

  18. I love your answer! Watching a romance develop is one of my favorite things in books. I am not a fan of insta-love either! Also, love the girl power! Definitely a must-have!

    Following back!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  19. Go girl power!! totally agree, instant love can be a bit... unrealistic. ;)

  20. I agree when characters fall in love in 5 seconds it doesn't feel real and the romance is forced then!

    The Muggle
    -If you have a moment please nominate your favorite cover here.

  21. Hoping though FF :), thanks for stopping by my blog and I followed you back! I love the background of your blog it's so pretty :)

  22. DOWN with Insta-Love!!

    Here's my Follow Friday.

    Also, check out our 100 Follower Giveaway!

    Old follower.

  23. No clingy girls for me either!

    Old follower. LOVE your blog! Check out my Follow Friday post and follow me back if you haven’t already (by GFC if possible) at:

    Nereyda @BookObsessed

  24. Old follower returning the visit! I like the witty heroes, too. If I know they can use their brains for some verbal sparring, then I respect them more. They need to be more than eye-candy. :-)

  25. Hopping through. I love strong heroines too, although I don't mind weaker ones because that would have been me as a teen.
    My Hop

  26. Go strong girls!!!!! Girl power all the way! Though those 1 liners can be pretty amazing too! Happy reading!

  27. AWESOME post!! I agree..i'm not a huge fan of insta-love and I love strong and independent characters :)

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

  28. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! #NowFollowingBack

    I almost forgot about the "love @ 1st sight"! Grrhh, that can be very irritating. It's like the author's being too lazy to woo the lady. Even if lust, not to be confussed with "love", at first sight is a reality it rarely ever lasts in real life.

    Do you have a GoodReads account? I would love to compair books!

  29. I really love the strong heroines as well!! Thanks for hopping by!!!

  30. Strong heroines seems to be the theme LOL. I'm the same way!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  31. I agree about having a strong heroine!

    Thanks for stopping by, old follower. =)

    Megan @ Between the Lines

  32. Great answer! I hate it when characters fall in love instantly - usually for no good reason. I like to see the process over time.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.
    Old follower.
    LLM - ABookGeek

  33. Yep, I totally agree. Insta love is phooey to me, as well. : )

    Following Back! - Thanks for stopping by. : )
    Jessie Marie
    The Daily Bookmark

  34. Hello! I am a new follower!! Found you via the blog hop! Can't wait to read your posts!


  35. Never will I accept insta-love as a truly valid way to write a romance. It never happens in real life, so it shouldn't happen in books either. I guess it makes for a quicker start to the story but...argh! I'd rather a hundred extra pages than one line stating their love. I don't know about opposites attracting, but I do like unpredictable matches.