A few days ago, I did an only half-joking assessment of how to tell a paranormal romance from an urban fantasy. [Half-naked female on cover=urban fantasy. Half-naked male on cover=paranormal romance. ]
Where the line between them is drawn is much harder to define. I know this because I have a manuscript with its butt on the fence (yes, a manuscript can have a butt). The paranormal conflict doesn't predominate; the relationship doesn't predominate. They hold about equal weight. So then the question becomes: in the marketplace, where does such a hybrid fit?
It has been awhile since I played with this manuscript, and I'm about to take another look at it with an eye toward getting off the fence and sliding it more heavily into paranormal romance.
So here's my question to you, oh romance readers o' mine...
What, for you, makes an ideal relationship in a paranormal romance?
The slow build?
The immediate recognition of "the one"?
The alpha male/spunky female?
The damaged guy/vampire/werewolf who isn't ready for love?
The hot sex?
The overcoming of insurmountable odds?
What's your favorite PNR book or series?