Daughter of Dusk, the sequel to my first novel Midnight Thief, launches in August (And you can get a free signed novella and other swag if you preorder!). So I thought I'd share some of the notes I made while revising the book.
Notes from my second round of beta readers for Daughter of Dusk came back with many people wanting more chemistry between Kyra and the love interest. So as I started revising, I needed to come up with ways to make the attraction show through.
As I went into my revision process, I did something that I've been doing since before I sold my first book, which was to analyze books which I thought did a good job at whatever I was trying to achieve, and breaking down how they did it. I've previously done similar analyses about conveying friendship and writing good death scenes.
For this analysis, I chose two slow burn romances that made me melt: the Cinder and Kai romance in Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and the Elisa and Hector romance in The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (which all lovers of romantic stories should check out). I read through the each book and jotted down everything that made my stomach flutter, and I categorized them below.
So below is a monster list of all things attractive. I hope you find it useful! Tell me about your favorite romance arcs in the comment section. And if you check out Daughter of Dusk, let me know how I did!