And when you think about it, she's right.
I believe therein lies the fascination for shape-shifters in romance. What is more fascinating to us prey than predators that stalk us in the night? We humans are brainy, but weak and slow. The great predators--wolves, lions and tigers, bears--oh my! They are not only large and powerful, they're deadly.
If only we could combine the brain-power of a man with the best attributes of a predator. And then beguile him to protect us, to stand between us and the dangers that lurk in the world.
A fantasy? Heck, yeah! That's why we read romance after all. To re-live the passionate flush of first love, first lust. And if we can experience along with it an adventure of harrowing danger and thrilling triumph, all the better, I say.
I love a good shape-shifter romance. The creatures needn't be real, either. Dragons, anyone? And what if the shifter is from another galaxy entirely ... what attributes might that endow him?
In my book Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght, the strange moons of the planet Bryght call to the males in one cycle, the females in the next.
In Prince of Dragons, only a few of the inhabitants of Serpentia are gifted with the ability to dragon-shift, even to fly - the royal strain of Serpentians known as the Dragolin.
Do you have a favorite fantasy shifter? If not, perhaps I've beguiled you to at least consider ... what if animals could talk and prowl among us? Which would you choose to adventure with?
See you in a great romance,
Best-selling author of sci fi romance
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