Not long ago, I was doing my usual lurking on twitter and I followed a conversation between several tweeters about sad romances. While the conversation started out about specific books it morphed into a conversation about whether people liked romances that made them cry. Although I did not take part in the conversation, I planted myself firmly in the “I don’t want to cry over romance” camp.
Crying over a romance makes me think of Nicholas Sparks novels because I know they will tear my heart out and leave me on the floor in a heap. I usually try to avoid this type of scenario. It scares my kids and it’s just not pretty.
I don’t want to cry over romance…or do I?
I started to think about some of my favorite books and guess what? Several of them made me cry. Great big crocodile tears.
Broken by Megan Hart
I know I’ve said this before about this book but I cried hard. This was such an emotionally draining book and although it’s not a traditional romance, I’m going to call it a romance. Because there was a romance. Sort of. Please don’t make me relive this. Please. I’m losing the ability to form complete sentences. Again.
Sweet As Sin by Inez Kelley
This book had one of the most tortured heroes ever. My arms ached while reading this book and I had to put it down and shake off the angst a few times. The tears flowed. (If you haven’t read this book you really should.)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I was caught totally by surprise when this one made me cry. I was newly back into reading romance again and someone rec’d this book to me. Curse that someone!! The ending was so sad, but then I was irritated when they softened the ending in the movie. I just can’t be pleased. 🙂
Love Mine by J.R. Ward
Oh lordy. I cried for John Mathew and Xhex: The scene where John Mathew loses his mind and tears up that lessor because he thinks he’s lost Xhex…omg. Heartbreaking.
And I cried for Qhinn and Blay. The terrace scene:
I miss you. I miss you so fucking bad it hurts, but I don’t know how to find you even though you’re right in front of me.
One Two of the Night Huntress books by Jeaniene Frost
…the one with the piano scene, and the other bad thing that happened? (I’ll update the post as soon as someone reminds me which book it is :))
ETA: Ok, I’m being told it’s Destined for an Early Grave (Piano Scene) At Grave’s End for the scene in the spoiler. Thanks ladies!!
I think I tweeted Jeaniene Frost and accused her of trying to kill me after reading the scene where…
[spoiler]Bones comes back, but Cat thinks he’s dead and she thinks she’s dreaming and begs to keep dreaming so she can be with Bones. I’m teary just thinking of it. [/spoiler]
And of course the intense piano scene.
I’m sure there are more books that made me cry, but I don’t want to embarrass myself any more than I already have. Besides, I’m out of tissues. I still say, I don’t want to cry over romance, and I don’t seek out books I know are overly sad. But if a tear-jerker sneaks up on me, I can deal with it.
I asked the romance readers in my twitter stream what books made them REALLY cry. Here are a few of the responses I got:
@FictionVxn To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
— Amanda (@The_Book_Slayer) June 19, 2012
@FictionVxn Broken Wing by Judith James
— Amber Lin (@AuthorAmberLin) June 19, 2012
— Elisabeth Staab (@ElisabethStaab) June 19, 2012
@FictionVxn Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas. Time Traveler's Wife by what's her name.
— Mandi (@smexybooks) June 19, 2012
@FictionVxn For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison. It was an ugly, snotty cry.
— Jen (Red Hot Books) (@RedHotBooks) June 19, 2012
Many people responded so apparently there are a lot of tears out there in romance land. What camp are you in?
I don’t want to cry over romance camp
Bring on the tissues and Ben & Jerry’s, I’m ready to weep
What books made you REALLY cry?