Sci-fi romance is a subgenre where I question the idea of playing it safe, especially when a story features cutthroat, badass, or unsavory characters. After all, it can be a very dangerous universe out there. Why place characters in threatening situations if they’re not going to respond accordingly? Might as well handcuff them for all the good their rough-and-tough nature is doing them. It’s not enough to look tough; they have to act tough.Stories like ALPHA (Catherine Asaro), AGENT PROVOCATEUR (Nathalie Gray), BLUE GALAXY by Diane Dooley, and MOONSTEED (Manda Benson) tell me that science fiction romance is on the cutting edge when it comes to dangerous heroes and heroines, and that's a great place to be.
Is it bad to enjoy such characters? No.
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