I wonder where Urban Fantasy heroines would get their plots if they didn't have Harem Drama to worry about? I dunno, sometimes I just want a gal who's got an established boyfriend, who doesn't get shanked in the first pages for purposes of introducing her to the Spooky Underworld.
And he would be a supportive and loving werewolf, 'cause I'm sick of vampires. And psycho alphas.
As a place-holder in this mental what-if, I tend to put in Timmy, my rocker/werewolf superhero from my Champions game, and the scene that comes to mind is the two of them snuggling, some time around noon. Cue werewolf-boyfriend waking up in a panic, recalling that there's a gig in short order and he needs to get his ass on the move. Panicked searching for related stuff and "Where did it go?!" finally results in Heroine amusedly pointing out-
"Gig-bag's in the corner- costume, picks, notes, deodorant, and I threw in some jerky sticks. Since you're my favorite bottomless pit and all." He pauses, checks the bag, and grins sheepishly up at her. A quick dressing montage later, and he cradles her face in his hands for a nuzzle before heading out the door.
"You are my thinking-brain girl, and I love you to bits. What would I do without you?"
"Run wild, howl at the moon and drink really bad beer?" she grins.
"Terrible thought," he replies with an artistic shudder, and kisses her goodbye.
...yeah, that's kind of the stuff I want going on in the background to whatever the actual plot is. I'd need to make sure to develop the heroine into someone that interests me, too, or else it's just the Timmy show with long boring bits of magic-wielding Lara Croft. And a plot as well- stuff's gotta actually happen to excuse the mundane bits in between adventures.
Urban fantasy that I have enjoyed- Dresden Files, once I read War for the Oaks I was completely enthralled. Even in her very earliest appearance (although I admit I read the comic, not the book) I don't like Anita Blake- Merry Gentry I read with purely the expectation of interesting fairy-porn, and that's what I got- but the thing that really bugs me is that A) I read much better in-continuity, in-character porn hanging around the fanfic community, and B) there was an actual interesting plot in the background that got completely covered in smut. And it seemed like the whole series could have been summed up in one novel if there'd been a concentration on it, instead of it being a serial of porn installments. I just keep thinking it's a damn shame because there was potential there.
Just some thinky-thoughts.