I WANT You! The Grand Gesture in Romance, Gotta Love It

In romance, what always makes me swoon is

The Hero's Grand Gesture

That point after the Black Moment, where the heroine has already ripped out his heart, thrown it on the floor, stomped on it, and left it there to rot as she walks out the door, gets in her car, and races away to her regular, sane, average, everyday normal life.    Without. Him.

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8 thoughts on “I WANT You! The Grand Gesture in Romance, Gotta Love It

  1. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but I'm pretty fond of the Grand Gestures in Rachel Gibson's books. Specifically, you should check out True Love and Other Disasters or Nothing But Trouble. They're both about hockey players and show great contrast at the end. Rowr! ❤ Haha

  2. I don't read much in the Romance genre, but just looking back on some of my favorite classic books–like when Gilbert gives up his job to Anne so she can stay in Avonlea, or when Mr. Darcy swallows his pride and secretly "rescues" Elizabeth's sister so that Elizabeth isn't disgraced–It always seems to be the sweet, selfless gestures that aren't directly motivated by lust that make me swoon and replay them over and over in my head. P.S. I looked up Mr. and Mrs. Muse–love Jonathan Adler! Those salt and pepper shakers are fabulous!

  3. I left a comment last night and blogger ate it!I don't read much in the Romance genre, but just thinking of some of my favorite classics, like Anne of Green Gables, when Gilbert gives up his job to Anne so she can stay in Avonlea with Marilla–swoon. Or when Mr. Darcy secretly takes care of Elizabeth's sister so that Elizabeth isn't disgraced…love it. It's the sweet, simple gestures not directly motivated by lust that get me. P.S. I looked up Mr. and Mrs. Muse–I love Jonathan Adler! Those salt and pepper shakers are fab!

  4. Whoops Candace! Sorry for the double post. Your comment about Mr.Darcy reminds me of Colin Firth's character in Bridget Jones' diary. It's been awhile, but remember how he rescued her from the prison, and then kicked Hugh Grant's ass in the fountain, rescuing her reputation as well? That is chivalry, love, and integrity, all rolled up into one. Like you say, the "simple gestures not motivated by lust"… perfect summary of my post in one line there. Thank You!

  5. Darrell, True that… there is always a darker version of everything. Even something as lovely as love can destroy. Thanks for visiting! I hope you come back & comment on romance again; good to get a man's take on the subject.

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