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The Slow-Burn Approach to Lesbian Romance

As a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I sometimes interview fellow authors of lesbian fiction. Today, in a variation of that, I’m hosting another author who guest blogs and tells us a little about her book and her approach to writing lesbian romances. 

If you are at times finding reading material by looking at the bestseller lists at Amazon, you might already be familiar with her–it’s KD Williamson, whose Cops and Docs romance Blurred Lines is the current #1 on that list. 

So, welcome to my blog, KD. Take it away! 

There is nothing wrong with hard and fast.

Yes…I went there. Now, let me narrow the focus a little bit and think about it in terms of lesbian romance.

First, let me thank fellow Ylva author…well, she’s more like an icon, Jae, for letting me hijack her blog for today. It is much appreciated!

Now, straight to the point.

I like reading about immediate attraction just as much as the next woman. Who doesn’t appreciate the kind of sizzle that jumps out at you at the characters initial meeting? Who doesn’t like it when there’s so much chemistry the characters can’t fight it, and they find themselves wrapped up in each other within the first few chapters?

Instant gratification pure and simple. Yasss.


BUT. Let’s not forget about the slow burn.

The online urban dictionary has several meanings for this term, but in my opinion these are the best.

Slow Burn

  1. an attraction for someone that is not instant, but grows over time.
  2. the process of becoming attracted to someone over a period of time.
  3. Allowing an event or comment to simmer under your skin until you erupt

I love the idea of simmering just under the surface until the heat just gets to be too much. As a reader, it leaves me breathless. I want more. Hell, I crave it, and by the end there is a certain level of satisfaction that can’t be gleaned from…hard and fast.

Blurred Lines can be considered a slow burn romance. The evolution of the relationship between Detective Kelli McCabe and Dr. Nora Whitmore starts off on one end of the spectrum, builds to a smolder and transforms into a raging fire.

Sexy, yes? I’m not saying there aren’t bumps along the way. Some of them are even of their own making.

Here is a synopsis:

Kelli McCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else’s.

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm’s length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.

Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it?

Hope you enjoy!

The Romance Bet by Jae

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