05 February 2011


Locus Focus: Take Thirty-Nine!

Welcome to the Romantic Rendezvous Challenge!

If anyone is feeling challenged by today's theme . . . I can totally relate! Remember that my other suggestion for February was Crime Scenes . . . which would have tied into "Women in Horror" Month more neatly than this . . . unless, of course, you think a woman in pursuit of a life-long commitment is more frightening than a woman in pursuit of your guts. (I hear that for some people men, it's the same thing.) But this is no way to open a new month of Locus Focus posts, is it?

While I was trying to come up with enough settings to fill up four Saturdays, I kept recalling a scene from the movie Ever After, a "Wallpaper Historical" RomCom based on Cinderella. The prince has just invited a woman he thinks is a countess to a ball; he has no idea that she is a commoner--and worse, practically a servant. This, of course, is our heroine--and she is thinking of standing him up because she doesn't want him to know the truth. In her own words: "A bird may love a fish . . . but where will they live?"

The movie's fairy godfather figure brushes that objection aside, saying, "Then I will have to make you wings."

I've never liked the answer, but I've always loved the question. In fact, I think that the bird-and-fish analogy is perfect; and all my Romantic Rendezvous picks for this month are places where a bird and a fish who love each other may find some common ground.

The Olympus Resort
Rapture in Death
by J.D. Robb

The Olympus Resort would be . . . completed and fully booked within a year. For now, they had it to themselves--if she ignored the construction crews, staff, architects, engineers, pilots, and other assorted inhabitants who shared the massive space station.

From the small glass table where they sat, she could see out over the hub of the resort. The lights brightly burned for the night crew, the quiet hum of machinery spoke of round-the-clock labour. The fountains, the lances of simulated torchlight and rainbows of colour running fluidly through the spewing waters for her, she knew.

He'd wanted her to see what he was building and perhaps to begin to understand what she was a part of now. As his wife.

When the bride is a homicide detective who isn't about to quit her job, the groom is a billionaire who knows lots of creative ways around the law, and they meet when he is a suspect in a murder investigation . . . where can they have a honeymoon that is meaningful to both of them?

That the answer is outer space is hilarious--but unintentionally so.

J.D. Robb's In Death series is Crime/Suspense set in the future--a gritty and realistic future that is refreshingly not a dystopia. In this world, the groom is currently developing an off-planet resort with all the amenities you can name (and even more that you can't). Both our leads know it will be a superlative success once he opens it to the rest of the galaxy, but he wants her to see it while it is still only theirs.

It's a beautiful gesture that she has some difficulty accepting. As awed as she is by the fountains and the lights and the golden casino and the towering buildings and their zigzagging skywalks . . . she knows that it's not really her world. She is only in her element in "the noisy half world of law and crime."

She might as well have articulated a wish and attracted her own fairy godparent. For the next thing she knows, her latest romantic evening is interrupted by a distraught employee who has come to report the mysterious death of a colleague. And just like that, still deep in that "alien" world, our fish finds that she can indeed fly . . . and immediately deputises her capable new husband so that they may investigate the death together.

I'd say their marriage gets off to a very good start.

Now it's your turn!
Leave the link to your Locus Focus post in the linky
and take some time to check out and comment on those of others.
I can't wait to read what everyone has to say! =D

Last Week's Other Locus:

Meredith Duran's "Parlour of Disappointment" @ What Kate's Reading

Image Source: Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb


love the girls said...

and immediately deputises her capable new husband so that they may investigate the death together.

If only it had been that easy. . . . Because while the death was a mystery, even to her, it wasn’t as if she didn’t know why all those sucker marks, just like what a fish would make, were around the dead man’s neck.

How many years has it been??? So easy to lose count when hiding the truth, even from one’s self. And what better way to do then masquerading as the good guy, even when it was true, which in a way it was, depending on how one looks at those sucker marks.

And the dead man was happy enough, as nice a death as most mean ever daydreamed of, in fact better. And certainly better than that lout lying on the floor deserved, when what he really deserved was to feel himself boil and pop while riding the tube for a swim in vacuum space.

Fish can swim, but not birds.

Enbrethiliel said...


LTG, I'm afraid I don't know what most of your comment means and don't even understand why it's making me laugh!

*a few seconds pass*

Oh, okay. I get it. =P

You know, I was once tempted to take one of your work-in-progress posts as a prompt and finish it for you.

love the girls said...

"You know, I was once tempted to take one of your work-in-progress posts as a prompt and finish it for you."

That's disappointing, you should have.

How do I play your game? I don't get it.

Kate said...

I've never read the JD Robb books and I don't know why, since I tend to read Nora Roberts' trilogies. As usual you've found a way of making it sounds really good to me! I think I'll see if my library has this one. It's the beginning of the series, right?

My post is late but it's coming up today!

Enbrethiliel said...


LTG: I'm sorry that it's a little late to join February's game. =( I'll find a way to make the rules clearer next month.

Kate: Rapture in Death is actually the fourth book. The first is Naked in Death, in which Robb/Roberts sets up the world and Eve and Roarke meet for the first time. =)

I have the first twelve In Death books--a present from a friend--but have only got through four of them. But if you start the series and keep going--no pressure, of course!--I might start reading along again, too. ;-)

Kate said...

Ha! No pressure, right? :) I have to say it will entirely depend on what my library has, but I can let you know...