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The romance aspect

Post by gali » 06 Oct 2016, 01:22

What are you thoughts about the romance between the two couples? Do you feel the love aspect enhanced or detracted from the story? Personally I think it enhanced the story and added a lightened aspect to otherwise chilling episodes.
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Post by klbradley » 06 Oct 2016, 07:14

I was actually a fan of how the romance between the 2 couples began. I liked how the 3 others gave Charlie the strength she needed. As I have said before, I thought the relationship seemed to move a bit too quick for my liking, but I'm glad the author added that in. Otherwise, the story would have just been a bit too dark for me. (Which says something, because I love dark and twisted.)
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Post by Gnome » 06 Oct 2016, 19:47

The romance didn't add very much for me but it didn't outright detract from the story. It felt like a very secondary motive for the author to add romance. Some parts it almost felt like the romance was there to fill the gaps while the ghosts had their own planning time.

As klbradley mentioned the romance does move awfully fast. That being said, I'm not sure how well I understood the passage of time in the story. There were sections that seemed to jump ahead of where I thought I was reading. I felt I had read maybe 2-3 weeks of plot but the author seems to imply nearly 2 months had passed

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Post by Scott » 07 Oct 2016, 12:14

It was hard for me to understand why the different characters, especially Charlie and Doug, were growing feelings for each other. I think it could have been more suspensefully developed. It's not a big flaw, though. As others said, it didn't distract from the story. Their romance wasn't really the focus of the book.
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Post by mommyreadsbooks » 07 Oct 2016, 17:11

I agree it lightened the heaviness of the serious topic that was displayed.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 09 Oct 2016, 10:52

I found that the romance helped to add so much good while so much ugliness was happening. It would have been dismal to not have some fun and see the positive connections being made. The quickness was a bit surprising but then again, I knew I was going to marry my now husband within two days of meeting him.
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Post by Rachel1019 » 10 Oct 2016, 10:15

Scott wrote:It was hard for me to understand why the different characters, especially Charlie and Doug, were growing feelings for each other. I think it could have been more suspensefully developed. It's not a big flaw, though. As others said, it didn't distract from the story. Their romance wasn't really the focus of the book.
I totally agree. It seemed like the romance was almost randomly thrown into the story line with not much explanation or time for development. I like stories that tie two different genres together. So having romance in a suspense/horror/ghost book makes it even more appealing to a reader who enjoys multiple genres. But the reasoning behind the romance and the feelings themselves were either not explained or were just flat. But like I said I like the idea of trying to incorporate romance into the overall theme.
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Post by LifeTimeBookAddict » 10 Oct 2016, 22:24

I chuckled at Charlie when she first met Doug if you want to call that the first romantic point in the novel (aside from the ghost messing around with her)! Her first reaction was that Doug was "the most beautiful man she had ever seen in her life." Next, she thinks his hair looks "messy like he just got out of bed." And she reprimands herself for thinking, "Oh how she wanted him in bed."

Nothing like getting right to the point, Charlie! When she calls herself a slut, I honestly wonder if something is to blame for that ghost having his way with her...after all, she wants the ghost to man handle her and then she wants the same with Doug. So...maybe she's a nymphomaniac. Hey, it's possible. I'm still only 1/3 of the way into this book, so I must figure her out!

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Post by Kia » 13 Oct 2016, 15:15

I think that the romance added a little something to the story line. Like others have said, it allows the reader to take a break from the scary parts of the book and focus on something a little lighter. I'm torn about it though, especially the romance between Charlie and Doug. On one hand the relationship might be just what she needs to be able to cope with the constant fear of what is going on around/to her. On the other hand I can't help but feel that when something that serious is happening, romance is the last thing on people's minds.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 13 Oct 2016, 17:26

Kia wrote:I think that the romance added a little something to the story line. Like others have said, it allows the reader to take a break from the scary parts of the book and focus on something a little lighter. I'm torn about it though, especially the romance between Charlie and Doug. On one hand the relationship might be just what she needs to be able to cope with the constant fear of what is going on around/to her. On the other hand I can't help but feel that when something that serious is happening, romance is the last thing on people's minds.
I think you're right about the romance helping her cope. The extra support she had was well beyond what she would've had if she were just a client.
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Post by hsimone » 14 Oct 2016, 02:03

Scott wrote:It was hard for me to understand why the different characters, especially Charlie and Doug, were growing feelings for each other. I think it could have been more suspensefully developed. It's not a big flaw, though. As others said, it didn't distract from the story. Their romance wasn't really the focus of the book.
This is a good point. It just seemed like a light switch was flicked on, and then they were in love.

For me, it didn't distract from the main story in some ways, but in other ways it did. The reason I say this is because I kept thinking, how did Charlie and Doug actually fall in? How well did they know each other to say they were in love? I felt it was spur of the moment. It was also interesting that during a scary time and the reminiscence of a previous bad relationship, Charlie was able to ready to jump right in. I like romance, so that's why these questions popped in my head. :) All in all, like others have said,it wasn't a big deal because the horror/disturbing parts were the ones that shone.

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Kia wrote:I think that the romance added a little something to the story line. Like others have said, it allows the reader to take a break from the scary parts of the book and focus on something a little lighter. I'm torn about it though, especially the romance between Charlie and Doug. On one hand the relationship might be just what she needs to be able to cope with the constant fear of what is going on around/to her. On the other hand I can't help but feel that when something that serious is happening, romance is the last thing on people's minds.
This is a good point. I was also thinking about how romance is usually the last thing on people's minds when something serious is happening. Maybe it is the coping and sense of loneliness.
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Post by raven19 » 15 Oct 2016, 04:40

"Romance" appears to be contradictory here. If the character has sex with a ghost while she is possessed, the act is under duress which makes it 'Rape' and not 'Romance'. Moreover, do the words 'evil' and 'romance' go well together? I don't think they do. When I think of romance, the associated words which come to mind are love, tenderness, happiness, etc. Well, that's what I feel !

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Post by gali » 15 Oct 2016, 13:28

raven19 wrote:"Romance" appears to be contradictory here. If the character has sex with a ghost while she is possessed, the act is under duress which makes it 'Rape' and not 'Romance'. Moreover, do the words 'evil' and 'romance' go well together? I don't think they do. When I think of romance, the associated words which come to mind are love, tenderness, happiness, etc. Well, that's what I feel !
You misunderstood. The question was about the romance between the two human couples, and not about the ghost.
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Post by Jjnessie 33 » 15 Oct 2016, 21:13

I love romance in a novel even if it isn't the main event I find it spices up the novel. Romance adds a little depth and makes it more believeable.
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Post by hsimone » 16 Oct 2016, 01:37

Jjnessie 33 wrote:I love romance in a novel even if it isn't the main event I find it spices up the novel. Romance adds a little depth and makes it more believeable.
That's a very good point. I didn't think about the romance aspect adding some realism to the story, but you're absolutely right.
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