No, no, no, Gentle Reader, not the Ellora’s Cave Threeway. I’m talking Love Triangles. Some readers love them. Lisa Kleypas gave a synposis of her contemporary due out in 2007 over at AAR. It features a Love Triangle between one woman and two alpha males.
And just as Liberty and Gage begin a wonderful, really scorching affair . . . Hardy comes back. He is now successful, ruthless and sexier than ever, and he wants Liberty.
So there is a love triangle, with Liberty torn between two alpha males who are business rivals and also romantic rivals
I suppose this is the ultimate female fantasy, but in a romance, to me, that always means one of the following:
- a) an unhappy resolution for one member of the triangle
- b) a demonization of one member of the triangle
- c) a sappy secondary romance tacked on in the end to pacify individuals who don’t want to see a or b
None of these work very well for me and I tend to stay away from books featuring love triangles for that very reason. This is not to say that Kleypas’ contemporary won’t be great and totally knock my socks off. It’s that Love Triangles are probably my least favorite romance theme. I think I would rather read a secret baby book than a love triangle. But I do remember loving Brockway’s All Through the Night and Lord Strand definitely had a thing for Anne. She never returned those feelings so I am not sure whether that constitutes a triangle.
What’s your thoughts. If you like Love Triangles, what is the appeal? And what is an acceptable solution to the Love Triangle’s odd man out? What’s your favorite love triangle book and why did it work for you.