Impulse (Control)

Oh, March, you roared in like a lion. How cliché. I really expected more from you.

Hello, from post-ice Texas. Our latest round of weather wasn't all that bad--well, Sunday and Monday morning were pretty grody, but by lunch Monday it was gorgeous, if freezing.

We've two months of living #TheYearToBe___ in our back pockets. It's a little bit terrifying to think that. The word for this week is also a little terrifying: IMPULSIVE.

I certainly have no problem with this word. Absolutely none at all. What was NYE-me thinking when I selected this it? If anything, I need to have more impulse control.

  • Buy another four-pack of random crap at Target? Sure!
  • Friend calls, “Hey, how about ditching life and meeting me for a patio lunch?” Okay!

If that's the extent of it, then I guess my adolescent years were a success (hooray!) and I learned lessons from the truly impulsive acts. 

Impulsive is such a good romance word, though. It brings to mind the best historical heroines (historicals have always been my favorites). Sarah MacLean, Eloisa James, Christina Dodd, Tessa Dare, and all the old-school Garwood and MacNaughts feature heroines who exhibit rather impulsive qualities. 

Heck, Avon adopted IMPULSE as the name for its digital-first imprint. And the heroine Juliana Fiori is described as "impulsive" in the official blurb of Sarah Mac's Eleven Scandals... It's possible impulsive is one of my favorite romance words. 

This is about to get sticky. And not the fun kind. Well, maybe the fun kind. Because there's nothing more fun than thinking...

Do we enjoy impulsive contemporary heroines? Or are they, like me, kind of spoiled (yeah, I admitted it; I am totally spoiled) and therefore kind of gross to read about?

Seriously. When was the last time you read a contemporary romance where the heroine was described as impulsive--and then wasn't tasked to change that behavior or grow up or settle down within the pages of the book?

Is it self-indulgent to be impulsive? Remember, in the beginning of this post, I mentioned that my adolescence must have been a success because I learned lots of lessons from the more disastrous, impulsive acts and decisions I made in my teens and early 20s. So is impulse control a mark of maturity? 

Is being impulsive a luxury? Certainly, for those historical heroines, being impulsive was sometimes the most enormous act of bravery imaginable. But are we modern-day ladies afforded the luxury of being impulsive because we are safe(r) from the social constructs that might otherwise restrict our behavior? Moreover, is giving into impulse something only privileged folks can afford to be since there's more of a safety net in place for when things go wrong?

Hoo boy. That got heavy. 

But I am curious to hear your thoughts on the subject. And to get your romance recommendations! Share, share those romances--historical or contemporary--that feature an impulsive heroine and what you love (or hate) about it. 

UPDATE: Last night, Shari Slade reminded me of this Wilson Philips gem. (How could I forget this?)