SF/F Review: The Beautiful Ones by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia https://t.co/RQrJ84wyKC Short Review: 8.5 out of 10 (1/3)— garik16 (@garik16) December 13, 2017
Short Review (Cont): A Romance with minor fantasy elements, The Beautiful Ones follows 3 characters-the telekinetic Hector trying to win back his old flame, Valerie, who married for duty, and Nina, the innocent telekinetic girl seeking love. Fantastic characters (2/3)— garik16 (@garik16) December 13, 2017
When I sometimes describe SF/F books as being "Romance" novels, that description can mean many different things. Some of these books are ones where Romance is a significant part of a Fantasy/SciFi plot; others are books where the Romance is simply part of a subplot of such a SF/F book instead. But other books are essentially Romance Novels where the science fiction/fantasy elements are simply part of the background. You could easily put such books in the Romance section of the bookstore/library without having any reader feel that you have "deceived" them into reading a genre book.
The Beautiful Ones by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia is such a book - it is entirely a Romance Novel, where the only fantasy elements (the presence of "talents" like telekinesis being the only such elements) are minor character traits. This is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination - I enjoyed this book a lot, as the characters are really believable and the romance is extremely well done (okay, I shed a tear at one point near the ending). Of course, if you aren't heavily into romance, you won't be into this book at all - so fair warning to you.
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