Even if Beth does not call for the SBD today (hey, she’s away, having fun without us), I have to post.
While making a cursory check of the book aisle at Target, I skimmed past the category releases, then had to do a double-take. The book in question caused me a serious WTF moment. I actually had to stop and take a picture and Tweet it. (Yes, I’ve succumbed. Sorry.)
Even readers who know and love categories have to admit that they rely on two tropes rather heavily: secret baby/pregnancy and amnesia. Because running away from your baby daddy without letting him know he is going to be a baby daddy out of your own Big Misunderstanding and pride is always the best way to deal with things. And because we all have things we’d like to forget. But Harlequin has smashed the two tropes together to present readers with Pregnesia.
That’s right, Pregnesia is the title of the book. Presumably an abbreviation for the pregnant amnesiac who is being protected by a SEAL…who I’m sure is a total stranger who will fall in love with the heavily pregnant heroine (because that happens a lot IRL, right?).
I’m trying to figure out if the title is supposed to be tongue in cheek? Is Harlequin gently poking some fun at itself? I couldn’t tell, and I wasn’t willing to buy a copy of the book to find out.
I’m still just totally bemused by the whole idea. Pregnesia. Because she wants to forget that she’s pregnant? How she got pregnant? Her baby daddy?
Really, Harlequin? Really?