Believe it or not I am trying to retain some objectivity here. This is just my opinion, subject to change I guess, though I've yet to be convinced that UFR is anything but a nightmare I can't wake up from. And I'm trying to bear in mind the quote about there being two kinds of fool. But I can't help but feel that whoever thought of sticking Urban Fantasy and Romance together, kind of missed the point.
The moment a romantic/sexual relationship becomes over 30% (random number choice) of the plot I think your right to call it urban fantasy in any sense becomes tenuous. Call it paranormal romance, call it romantic fantasy. But to me, when the protagonist and their situation (to me, the driving element in UF) become overshadowed by their sexual/romantic needs you no longer have UF.
Ghostland by Jory Strong was the catalyst for me thinking about this and in a way the book has succeeded because it's got me thinking about why I read what I read and why I feel the way I do about it.
But this book has also frustrated me (gross understatement) because I feel there was a brilliant urban fantasy to be told here - a breakout book for 2009. Instead I'm left with the desire to go through the book and delete all references to hardening cocks, swelling labias and 90% of the sex scenes.
I'm also left not knowing whether to give this book away or keep it and read the next book in the series in the hope that the sexual element will be toned down in favour of more plot and character development. This is a world that I want to be taken deeper into DAMNIT!, but I don't want to be skipping pages and pages of sex just to get back to the good stuff.