Delicious and Desirable?
Once in a while, a hero of the people comes along. They may not make the news or social media, but they do us everyday folks a great service.
You see, some people devour books, but many Americans don’t read anything besides what’s on Facebook. The amazing amount of streaming shows and movies have us enchanted. Why read the book when the movie is coming out?
However, my new hero, Henry Smith, has done what many of us wouldn’t do: Read the KFC romance book. While I’m a Popeye’s girl myself, sometimes fried chicken is fried chicken, and it’s hard to turn down. All meat eaters worship it, but would they want to read about it? More importantly, how does one incorporate fried chicken into romance novella?
Above anything: WHY?! Why write a romance novel, KFC?!
Products and services come up with all sorts of advertising gimmicks these days. Most of them humorous, solely meant to entertain and intrigue, However, in 2017, it’s pretty risky for a fast food company to release a sexy book where the hero is its old Southern gentleman mascot. He’s no Fabio, ladies.
The cover painting of Tender Wings of Desire (which you can download) shows a muscular Colonel Sanders, sans sleeves, holding a housewife, who is holding a fried chicken drumstick.
You can’t judge a book by its cover. Or can you?
No, you can’t.
As far as a romance story goes, Tender Wings of Desire doesn’t exactly go to a place I would describe as “high concept”. It champions the basic conflict of either the first half of Titanic or Coming to America; a woman of high class, engaged to a man she does not love. Pretty basic fare, but where Tender Wings of Desire sets itself apart from Titanic or Coming to America is that those two films bothered to give their female leads a personality. Set in mid-to-late 19th century England, Madeleine Parker runs away from her wedding at the last minute, and rides for two days on a horse to a seaside town, where she takes up a job as a bartender.
Apparently the novella goes on for quite a while before the “romance” part comes in, which is quite mild.
Keep in mind this book’s release was supposed to be for Mother’s Day. And moms don’t know about how loving-making or romance works.
Smith gives us examples of the writing:
“She flicked the reins and rode off and away from the only home she had ever known, not knowing where she was going but knowing that her destiny was ahead of her.”
“This was something Madeline had never considered. Although she knew well enough what went on between a man and a woman, for a moment she thought that she might swoon in his arms.”
“‘This is ridiculous,’ she complained, fighting the urge to throw her embroidery hoop across the room in dismay.”