"I think the books appeal to the young teen's anxiety about her newly discovered sexual power. You have these characters who are so
irresistably beautiful that these inappropriate men just have to have
them, sometimes by force. Then you have the "safe" guy (usually the
brother figure) who's her Prince Charming/ soul mate. She doesn't have
to go out into the scary world of dating and adult sexuality if she can
marry a guy that she once thought was her brother and they already
share a deep bond. They barely sidestep the squickyness by not making
them blood related, or in Cathy and Chris' case not having the have
biological children together."
The part about "she can marry a guy that she once thought was her brother and that's better than having to date" is making me laugh.
The Gemini series, a new 2004 family trilogy, debuted in late March with Celeste and continued with Black Cat in October. This series tells the story of Celeste, whose mother has the supernatural ability to communicate with the spirits on their family farms in New York state. This is really the first series to tackle some heavier topics, such as homosexuality and the supernatural."
"And then to add to the fun, Cindy later tells Jory "I'd want you for my own if you weren't my brother," and who doesn't mentally scream, "It's just via adoption, so why let that stop you, VC Andrews?!?"