I come to you, confused and fascinated.
I’ve always read and written paranormal, but have not always gravitated toward shifter books. I know that may sound odd coming from someone who has written about selkies and shape-shifting gods and bear shifters (my newest venture, coming in May). Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t appreciate them, I just haven’t always picked up shifter books first. In a way, I’m exploring them for the first time, and have really enjoyed reading some of my fellow Love, Lust and Laptops authors.
When I was younger, I was in love with vampires. I mean, come on, they reek of sex appeal. I would rather have Lestat than the Wolfman anyday!
That being said, there is a definite appeal to shape shifters. What is that appeal?
I think one of the biggest factors is the animal side to these men. For the heroine, knowing there is a beastly, hungry part of her man is quite intoxicating. Knowing he can throw you up against a wall with abandon, and not have to worry about his bad back. He can become so enflamed, he will bite and scratch as he makes love to you. Yum.
Is it the pack mentality that many shifters have? The need to be among their own kind, and to bring you into the fold? That’s kind of nice too.
Or is it the whole mating issue? The fact that a shifter man can know from one kiss, or even from a scent, that he has found his mate? Also very appealing.
I think my favorite aspect of shifter books is the possessive feeling those men have toward the heroines. The feeling that if they’re not in the same room with her, or touching her, that something is off. Hell, something is just wrong. They need to be with their women. Okay, in reality, you might need to take a little break from your partner, but in romance lit, this is fun to consider.
I would love to hear your comments. Tell me what you love most about shifters! Tell me what you don’t like. Is there a fictional shifter you’d welcome between your sheets? As I embark on my newest series, The Gemini Island Shifters, I want to know! 😉