Back when, I had no intention of ordering Gail Carriger's "Soulless". It seemed like a light, frothy, (albeit steampunk) romance novel. I'm not overly fond of romance novels, per se. (Yes, I've read some, and like any other genre, some are great, and some are..not so great.)
But I was able to get a sample chapter on my Kindle, liked what I read, and used my Amazon gift certificate to buy it. Loved it. Light, frothy romance? Yes. But something more and something unexpected. Bought "Changeless". Loved it, but now I'm worried.
Romance novels, by definition have a HEA ending. They are required to have one. If it doesn't have a happily ever after, it's not a romance novel. And after the ending of Changeless, I'm worried about how Blameless will play out. Is there any way to have a HEA after what happens in Changeless? Is the Parasol Protectorate not a romance series after all, but a steampunk novel with elements of romance?
I'm trusting the author to make it work. So much so, that I just pre-ordered Blameless for my Kindle. I didn't wait for it to come out and read a sample chapter. Or wait for other people to read it and find spoilers for it on line. I'm trusting that author will make it work.
Next time, I'm going to try to figure what what I can learn from her books. Not just like/dislike, but what works and how can I use that tool in my own writing? I hope it will be very meta, and I'm sure there will be some hand waving, but I hope not too much.