With Dorian soon to become a memory and already leaving a staggeringly colossal disaster area behind in the Bahamas, I looked at disasters in romance novels. I read one recently that was set in a flood (freebie from RWA Nationals in a previous year), but I got really annoyed with the author because the hero and heroine kept standing around in floodwater while the rain was pounding down, discussing their history, wondering where his brother was and if her sister stayed at work, sharing scorching kisses and wishing for a bed. I’m not thinking that the folks going through Dorian were standing waist deep in floodwater reminiscing about a high school football game that took place 10 years ago. The memory of that book and the coverage of Dorian led my brain down the path of how an author could set a romance in a natural disaster and do justice to mother nature, the devastation and tragedy, and the romance without minimizing or horrorizing (is that a word?) the tragedy or the reader. As in, people are dying and these two idiots just want to do the horizontal tango.
GoodReads has a list of books about tornados in romance, hurricanes in romance, earthquakes in romance. Some of them don’t really apply to what I am interested in seeing. There is one in which the tornado was 10 years ago. I did find an Anne Stuart on the list of hurricane romances – A Dark and Stormy Night. Leave it to Krissie to give it that title. It’s an old Harlequin that might be worth buying as I like her stories and she does dark romance really well. Interestingly, there are tons of books with romance blossoming in a snow storm, but GoodReads doesn’t have a list of those.
The movie Twister (1996) is a good example, I think, of a good tornado movie with romance. Rotten Tomatoes disagrees with me giving it 57%. Nora Roberts wrote Storm Warning in 1984. It has an Agatha Christie feel to it, but due to its age, it has an alpha hero who is a complete ass to the heroine who loves him anyway. I read an earthquake one several years ago in which the hero and heroine almost died, then had we’re-lucky-to-be-alive sex in the aftermath while waiting to be rescued. As I recall the quake and the internal thoughts of “I’m about to die” seemed realistic, not that I’ve ever been in a building falling down around me.
Have you read any good disaster-set romances? Or any ridiculous/insulting disaster-set romances? How was the disaster handled?