Let’s talk books. Specifically let’s talk romance written in a three (or more) book installment. I’m sure it’s been around forever, but Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey’s success seem to have made it the format everyone wants to write in. This makes me stabby!
I know there’s a lot of people who love this format. Obviously. They’re selling like crazycakes. But I like a happy ending! (pun totally intended) So you can imagine how I feel about a cliff hanger… cliffhangers make me feel bad. That floaty happy feeling I get at the end of a good book? Well the direct opposite of that is how I feel when an author leaves the characters hanging.
I do make an exception for the urban fantasy genre and my acceptance of the multi book relationship arc there. I’m a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I can handle the unresolved relationship in those books, probably because the focus is on a different story. I also really enjoy the In Death series by J.D. Robb. It’s always about Eve and Roarke, but they are always happy at the end of each book. And again, the focus is more on the mystery than their (or Peabody and MacNabb’s) relationship, so I can handle a little bit of relationship suspense. When the focus of the book IS the relationship, as it is in the romance genre, that’s when I have a hard time!
I’m not saying I’ll never, ever, ever read a one-relationship-focused-trilogy. But you can be assured that if I do, I won’t read it until all three books are available and I can read them back to back! And speaking of that, I wish there was some sort of identifier in a book blurb that gave me a heads up that the book I’m looking at is part of that kind of trilogy. Because there are a lot of trilogies with a different couple featured in each book and a HEA at the end of each one. That’s my kind of trilogy. But how can I tell them from the trilogy of cliffhanger? Right now my best bet is to search on Goodreads and read the back cover blurb for both book one and book two, as well as checking the tags people have labeled the book with. To be honest, that’s more work than I like to do when looking for a book to read.
So, what do you think? Do you love the three book relationship story? Or do you hate it like me? If you love it, I’m curious as to what appeals to you. If you hate it, do you have a way to avoid it? Please share!