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Robyn Donald's Harlequin Presents are like cotton candy: quickly consumed and really not all that good for me.  And still I read them.  

The title is kind of ridiculous, even more ridiculous than the usual mistress/virgin/Greek/sheikh mix and match titles that HP specializes in.  The heroine isn't a princess; even at the end of the book, once she has married into royalty (no spoiler there, really, given HP tropes and genre requirements, yes?), she's still not a princess.  And there's no disgrace.  But whatever. Standard cover art, embracing characters with wind-tossed hair.

The backblurb:

Prince Gerd Crysander-Gillan has long held a torch for beautiful Rosie Matthews. But three years ago that need turned to rage when he discovered that Rosie's affections were apparently for his brother.

Now Gerd has taken the crown, and His Majesty needs a princess. The obvious candidate for marriage is Rosie—a chance to take sweet revenge for the wound that has never healed. Only, once he has his royal bride, he is astounded to find that she's still a virgin....

The first paragraph is actually accurate. Shocking, I know. The second not so much, since Rosie isn't an obvious candidate, and he realizes she's a virgin when they have sex long before they get married.  And there's really no revenge involved.

Things I liked:
  • Getting the hero's POV, so even if the heroine isn't aware of the seriousness of his feelings, the reader is.
  • That the characters actually address the age difference, which is a little creepy -- 18/30 in the flashed back scenes, 21/33 at present
  • That the heroine had realistic career goes and executed those plans, going to university and getting a business education, working in the industry she was interested in, even if the economy put the kibosh on her job plans

Things I didn't like:
  • The characters conflating the morning after pill with abortion
  • Virginity again
  • Paparazzi as an excuse to railroad the heroine into marriage
  • The vast power imbalance in their relationship

Things I was on the fence about:
  • The heroine's immediate abandonment of her life plans for the hero
  • The convoluted familial relationships that are never really explained: the h/h are related by marriage, although I didn't really understand how
  • How/why the hero grew up in New Zealand but was the heir apparent for an Adriatic/Aegean duchy

As an HP, this one is pretty good.  But as usual, a reader unfamiliar with HP tropes would be not impressed.
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This past Wednesday was TBR Challenge day.  I've been negligent about the TBR Challenge lately, but I did pull a book off the TBR this month, so here's my belated report.

Title:  The Bellini Bride
Author:  Michelle Reid
(c)2001 Harlequin/Mills & Boon

Why this book?  I bought a bunch of used Harlequin Presents a while back, part of the backlist of my favorite HP authors:  Robyn Donald, Michelle Reid, Helen Bianchin. Reading them in bulk is a bad idea, though, because too much of a particular trope (rich Greeks! vengeful Spaniards! secret babies and virgin mistresses!) wears out fast.  So a bunch of these were languishing on my bookshelves until Jane at Dear Author reviewed The Bellini Bride and reminded me of what was sitting there.

Wanted: a suitable bride...

Marco Bellini thinks he has it all: success, wealth...and Antonia -- his beautiful, sensual mistress.Then his father becomes ill, and Marco feels bound to marry and produce an heir to the famous Bellini fortune.

But who should Marco choose as a bride? Antonia isn't suitable, but she's the only woman he wants in his life and his bed. Dare he take his mistress to be his lawful wedded wife?

What do I think about the cover art?  It's pretty standard Harlequin Presents cover art fare.  More interesting to me is the title: although it has bride, at least it doesn't include virgin, lover or mistress.  Which sort of makes sense, because I believe they became much more common title elements after 2001.
 

What did I think of the book?  It was pretty good on the Presents scale.  Set among the uber wealthy, with an emphasis on social class and the propriety of place that seems alien and kind of ridiculous to me but is nevertheless the standard European HP milieu.  Secrets and failure to communicate.  But the heroine wasn't a doormat: she recognized when the hero was being an asshat and called him on it.  Often HP heroes never really apologize for their asshatery, but in this case he did and he acknowledged it in public.

Would I read this author again? Sure.  I've read her books before, I'm sure I'll read more in the future.

Keep or pass on?  Eh, I don't know.  Although I enjoyed it, I'm probably not going to read it again, so in an effort to reduce clutter, I'll probably donate it in my next big UBS/PBS/GoodWill purge.



 


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Yes, I'm still stuck on the Top 16 Winsor lists, and will post on the top yet again for SBD.

If you check out all of the lists and links that accumulated at Racy Romance Reviews, you'll find a preponderance of historicals.  Which isn't a huge surprise, given some of the posters.  [I'm looking at you in particular, KristieJ, SuperWendy and Maili.]  The names Heyer, Chase, Gabaldon, Balogh, Kinsale, Gaffney, Ivory, and James appear repeatedly.

You know what didn't appear?  Category romances.  Even though thousands of category romances are sold every month, and categories are both a gateway drug for romance readers and a feeder route for a lot of authors, they don't seem to be memorable for a lot of readers.

As my list narrowed, a few memorable categories were scratched off.  Here they are as honorable mentions:

Bad For Each Other by Kate Hathaway.  This is an older Silhouette Intimate Moments by an author who seems to have stopped writing.  (Or perhaps just stopped being published?)  It includes a secret baby, reunited lovers, and a heroine whose bag of sexual issues make me want to scream.  Yet I still love this book.

A Forbidden Desire by Robyn Donald.  My first Robyn Donald book, this one hooked me with the description of the heroine, likening her to Flaming June, one of my favorite paintings (see icon above, pls).

Reckless Conduct by Susan Napier.  Napier's early Harlequin Presents are peopled by alpha men and distinctive women.  Her later ones (picked up after a hiatus due to family issues, I've heard) don't thrill me, but this one has a comedic feel that I enjoyed.  Check out Rosario's review.

Marriage Meltdown by Emma Darcy.  Marriage in trouble!  In a Harlequin Presents, no less!  I liked that the heroine confronted her marital problems head on.  The hero...well, his grovel was fairly good, as was his lightbulb moment about the dishonesty of what he was *thinking* about doing.

Ultimate Betrayal by Michelle Reid.  Another marriage in trouble.  The heroine begins as a bit of a doormat but grows a spine during the course of the book. 

Night Shield by Nora Roberts.  This was a belated addition to Roberts' early Night Tale series, being the story of the next generation.  Unlike a couple of the original Night Tale books, there was no paranormal here, just a straight-up romance between a detective and a nightclub owner.  On the surface, that sounds a little like Eve/Roarke compressed to category-length, but it's not.
 

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Monday again.  Ho hum.  Beth has rung the bell on SBD.  She's reading more of the Twilight series.  After her post last week, I went hunting for my copy of Twilight and pulled it out for this month's TBR Challenge.  Sadly, I haven't cracked the book open yet.  Instead, I've read other stuff.  Such as...

I read Erin McCarthy’s Hard and Fast last week. It wasn’t bad. The pacing was a little uneven if you compare the first half and second halves, but still, not bad at all. The hero and heroine had great chemistry, and their dialogue sparkled. (It’s such a cliché, but it really did.  They clearly enjoyed talking to each other and listening to each other, and playing some word games.) The Big Conflict was not a huge surprise, but I though the heroine really stuck her foot in her mouth. In fact, I thought she needed to grovel, and that never really happened. SPOILER: see, the hero is dyslexic and she’s Smart and Educated, and when he reveals his disability, she immediately announces how she’s going to help him. What the hell? He’s been successful at helping himself; frankly, the way she wanted to “help” him (fix him, really) struck me as a little patronizing and judgmental, and outright ignorant in terms of the treatment, if that’s the right word, of dyslexia. Still, they apologized to each other and went off to live happily ever after.  

As I read, I spent an inordinate amount of time wondering what the heroine was doing as an academic, and what she did, if anything, before becoming at teaching assistant in North Carolina. She works for another character, who was an instructor of some sort at the local university. I say instructor because the other character has “only” a Master’s Degree, and I believe “professor” is reserved for those with Ph.D.’s, no? There’s such a variety of labels in academia: lecturer, instructor, adjunct, assistant, professor. I know there’s a hierarchy applied to them, but I’m not entirely sure how both education, longevity, employer/employee relationship with the university, etc., apply.  Anyhow, the heroine is an assistant to this instructor. She talks about her thesis project, but her work is also referred to as a dissertation project and/or doctoral research.  I thought thesis = Masters, dissertation = Ph.D. Yes? No? Despite the confusion in terminology, it becomes clear that the heroine is working on her M.A. in Sociology.  Which leads back to my original question:  she’s twenty eight years old and has been presented as a career academic, studying in New York; what has she been doing for 6 years that she is only working on her thesis now? That seems like an awfully long time for a dedicated student to still be M.A.-less. Was she working, and this is a return to academia? Was she working on a degree in some other field of study? Inquiring minds want to know.

It sounds like I didn’t enjoy this book; really I did.   I’m just distracted by a detail.

Unrelated sidenote: my copy of Joseph McAleer’s Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon has arrived at last – only took a month and a half! The cover is gorgeous, composed of the cover art of old M&B books. I’m going to have to look for copies to read, based entirely on the art and titles.  There's even another book cover on the back cover, Roberta Leigh's Too Young To Love.

And the back cover copy: 

The fascinating story behind Mills & Boon, the household name for romantic fiction, and twentieth century cultural phenomenon.

An animated account of the establishment and development of the company, exposing the personalities who played a part in Mills & Boon's often dramatic past.

Draws upon a long-lost archive of over 50,000 remarkable letters to reveal the intimate relationship between editorial policy, sales and morality.

An entertaining look at the famous Mills & Boon 'formula', and a lively investigation into the ingredients which make the novels so addictive.

Right now I'm reading L. Jon Wertheim's Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played, but Passion's Fortune is next on the TBR, along with Dru Pagliassotti's Clockwork Heart.
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Monday! Columbus Day! And SBD!

Also, belated Thanksgiving wishes to my friends in Canada. Hope your turkey wasn't dry, your family didn't make you crazy, and that there were no scary surprises dropped when everyone gathered around the table. (Whew, that probably tells you something about my family's Thanx, doesn't it?)

This weekend I read Robyn Donald's October Harlequin Presents, His Majesty's Mistress. <sigh> Hate the title. Hate it. There's no mistressing going on within the book, so I'm guessing that particular title was selected because it had to contain a certain number of the HP good sale buzz words. Y'know, billionaire, virgin, tycoon, mistress, pregnant, royal title of some sort.

Anyhow, HMM was not a bad book at all. In fact, I rather enjoyed it. As I've repeated ad nauseum, Robyn Donald's older HPs are favorites. Her more recent releases have become typical HPs, which disappoints me a bit. The made up kingdom of Illyria, and all of the ancillary royals, don't come across on the page as well as New Zealand (her typical older setting), I think. They seem rather generic, while Donald's details about New Zealand are concrete enough to ground the story with a very particular sense of place. In HMM, the hero is an Illyrian prince (must have royalty to sell HPs today!) but the book itself is set almost entirely in New Zealand, on the heroine's farm/station on the North Island. The two meet on holiday and have a fling there, but then the plot move into their real lives. Although the mechanism used for the Big Misunderstanding is kind of irritating -- could the heroine not talk to the hero? confront the Other Woman? Of course not, because communicating instead of jumping to conclusions would end the story too soon -- the story itself was alright. [Meet on holiday, fall in lust, have Big Mis, hiss and spit at each other for awhile, finally break tension and make up.] As Jane might say, the ass to doormat ratio was fairly good. The hero, while very alpha, wasn't painfully overbearing, and the heroine had no problem whatsoever standing up to him. In fact, one of the things that intrigued him about her most was that she gave him his walking papers, rather than being clingy. B /B-from me.

It's a good thing that I bought a copy automatically when I saw Donald's name on the cover, because reading the back blurb would've had me dropping the book like a hot potato:

The prince's bride -- by royal decree!

On the idyllic Pacific island of Fala'isi, Giselle Foster is swept off her feet and into the bed of a devastatingly gorgeous stranger -- only to discover she's given away her purity to renowned playboy Prince Roman Magnati!

Giselle knows she can never be part of Roman's glamorous existence, and decides to end their torrid affair. But her inexperience and refusal to succumb to his touch make Roman more determined to claim her -- as his royal bride!

Oh, where to start.

+ There was no sweeping. Giselle was attracted and decided to have a vacation fling.
+ He wasn't a total stranger by the time they made sheet music.
+ Purity? The idea that a woman's value or innocence or whatever lies between her legs drives me insane. Please.
+ In the story, Roman didn't come across as a playboy, for all that he had appeared in tabloids.
+ The torrid affair was scheduled to last only 4 days, while they were on vacation. There was no angst about lifestyles or big drama when the fling ended. (That all came later.)

The very last sentence about the hero being attracted to the heroine's backbone is true...but even he wasn't sure what he wanted from her (other than sex) until nearly the end of the book.

The writing of a back blurb is an art -- how does one condense >180 pages of plot into <100 words, and use certain buzz words at the same time? But it is also an exercise in salesmanship -- how can this book be dressed up to appeal to the highest number of consumers? Sometimes, though, it seems like in the effort to appeal to the average HP reader (whoever that is), the blurb writers lose the actual plot of the book at hand. Or exaggerate it out of existence.

The blurb I would paste onto the back of this book? Well, something like this:

On the idyllic Pacific island of Fala'isi, Giselle and Roman are swept off their feet and into a passionate holiday relationship -- only to discover that conflicting business interests put them on separate sides of a bargaining table.

Disturbed by hints of a personal conflict for Roman, not just a business one, Giselle ends their tryst early and returns home to clean up the aftermath of a family disaster. Roman, attracted by Giselle's strong will and work ethic, refuses to accept her dismissal, and sparks fly.

No, I'm not a writer of any sort, so feel free to savage that suggestion.  But the first sentence makes the attraction seem less one-sided, and the second paragraph is less about social status and more about their actual conflict than the original version.

But what do I know? I just read the books...although fewer now than I used to.




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You get a tattoo to get laid, not to get married. So says Lewis Black. Hee.

I had an automated email from Teresa Heinz Kerry about the book she and John co-wrote, This Moment on Earth. It was ranked ~3300 on Amazon on Monday but jumped to 139 on Tuesday...because Americans care about the environment. Um, that may be true, but I think JK's appearance on The Daily Show prob'ly had something to do with the jump, too.

Oh. My. God. Did Stephen Colbert really just (well, last night? Thursday?) issue another challenge, this one all about editing his interview?

I really want to see The Lookout.

Do you like Caridad Pineiro's paranormals? Her next Nocturne, Blood Calls will be released by Nocturne in May, but there is a short story being posted online weekly.

Finished a few books. And here's what I have to say about them. )
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The title of Napier's most recent Harlequin series (HP) is Mistress for a Weekend. It's awful, the title I mean. And not accurate. And even if it was accurate, the word mistress is so old-fashioned and dated (in a bad way) that it would still make me cringe. Frankly, I bought the book despite the title, because I've enjoyed some of Napier's older series books; PDevi mentioned last winter that Napier was going to be published again after a break of several years, so I added it to my Amazon wishlist. It arrived with some other books last week, and was the last book I read before falling into a pit of book-disinterest.

What else isn't accurate about this book? The back blurb.

From mouse to mistress...
Nora Lang needs the most dangerous man she can find!

Enter tycoon Blake MacLeod. He normally prefers sophisticated blondes that don't require too much of his brainpower. But Nora's a challenge . . . the perfect opportunity for a little light relief. Until she acquires some important information that he can't risk being leaked.

Now Blake hs to make sure Nora doesn't leave his sight -- he'll make love to her for a whole weekend!

Okay, let's see, in how many ways is this inaccurate? First, Nora doesn't need a dangerous man. She meets Blake at a party while rebounding -- she just discovered her boyfriend cheating on her with her roommate and is looking for a little bit of an ego-boost. Second, light relief? Blake sees Nora as outside his usual range of taste in women but not a relief particularly. In fact, he recognizes that she's trouble for him the minute he sees her. Third, there is no mistressing going on. And finally, the lovemaking comes extremely late in the weekend and in the plot. It isn't rushed and actually fits where it occurs.

My personal plot summary: While attempting to nurse her wounded ego, Nora Lang bumps into Blake MacLeod at a party -- literally dumping herself and her capacious bag o' stuff at his feet. After a botched attempt at a fling, Nora abandons Blake, bundling up her coat and clothes and bag o' stuff and accidentally taking a disc of important information from Blake. Suspicious of Nora's motives, Blake pursues her. Although he eventually believes that she didn't intentionally take the disc, he's concerned that she may accidentally share the time-sensitive secrets on the disc, especially since she works for one of his competitors. What to do? Another taking, this time of Nora's person, all the way to Blakes beach house. His goal: to keep her under wraps over the holiday weekend until the business maneuvering is complete.

Despite the awful title and backblurb, this is a pretty good series book. The love story is fairly sweet and straight-forward. The only conflict really is the information security. While Nora is initially pissed off by Blake's cavalier abduction of her, when given the opporunity to escape or get help, she chose not to. She's attracted to him, and regrets running out on him initially and looks forward to picking up where she left off once she gets over her irritation at him. Blake does believe her explanation for the inadvertent theft of the valuable information, and is worried more about an accidental information leak than any intentional damage. The two characters actually :gasp: talk to each other and learn about each other. And when they finally get around to having sex (late-ish in the book, although not late in the scheme of things, since the entire action of the book spans only about a week and a half), it is playful and funny and quite hot (in my opinion, especially for an HP).

No secret babies. No cowboys. No sheikhs or counts or dukes. No Big Mis. No butthead misogynist hero. In fact, Blake is surrounded by a family of women -- mother, sisters, nieces, all of whom keep him pretty well grounded. The heroine, despite being a bit downtrodden at the start, is smart and capable. She's great at her job and not afraid to share that information with anyone. Her family is a bit scattered and she has a bit of baggage, but she isn't weighed down by it and doesn't harm the development of their relationship.

The only thing that feels a little lacking to me is the POV. It would be nice to get inside Blake's head a little bit and see more from his perspective rather than Nora's all the time. But that's a minor quibble.

All in all, a nice light read. Surprisingly hot given the format. B+.
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It's Smart Bitches Day! Celebrate! Post something smart or snarky or gushing or whatever every strikes your fancy, then go tell Beth about it.

Me, I got nothing.

I picked a category (old, old Harlequin) out of the TBR mountain to read for AngieW's September reading challenge. Why this one? Because the name of the station was Jackalass. :snort: Jack-o-lantern, jackalope, Jacko, just the break down into either Jackal-Ass or Jack-a-Lass. It all cracked me up. Yeah, I'm easily entertained. Anyhow, I start reading it, and all I can say --stealing a phrase of Beth's here -- is holy crapola on a crap stick! Yes, it is old -- published in 1980 -- but ohmigod! dated! stereotypes! heroine dumber that a bag of rocks and hero so utterly sexist and abusive that he should be taken out and shot. I don't burn books, but am tempted to toss this one on the grill and splash on some lighter fluid!

Now, I've read some old, old HPs during my glom of Robyn Donald, dating back to 1978 I think. But this one is just about the most old fashioned romance (and not in a good way) that I've ever attempted to read.

And the cover? Even worse. Sort of cartoony in a seventies kind of way. Hot pink. And just think, someone paid more than the $0.10 I did for this book originally.

Off to bleach my eyeballs, then start Poison Study.
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As I've mentioned before, there are a couple of Harlequin Presents authors that I buy compulsively, and whose backlists I'm in the process of collecting; Susan Napier and Robyn Donald. I do this despite some of the clunkers. *shrugs* It's almost like rubbernecking at a car accident; I swear I won't look, and usually make it to the wreck...but then I have to look out of the corner of my eye as I edge past. I explained briefly for P.Devi what I thought of Donald's two most recent HP's here, and I'm going to expand on that now. [Note, my grades changed a little bit on rereading for this post.]

Things to know about how I read HPs and why I like Robyn Donald:
*My grading criteria are slightly relaxed for categories, in comparison to grading for single titles; because of their brevity and format, I think it is harder to write a good category novel.
*The thing I like best about Donald's writing is her use of the New Zealand landscape, flora, geography and history in her books. NZ is on the short list of possible destinations for my next big vacation, as a result of Lord of the Rings cinematography, photos from a friend's trip, and Donald's vivid descriptions.
* Donald's heroines tend to have some backbone, and not to simply rollover for the hero.

First, The Royal Baby Bargain

Revenge-by royal command!

For three years Prince Caelan Bagaton has been searching for the woman who kidnapped his nephew. Now he has finally found her, and he is going to exact his revenge...

Abby Metcalfe will do anything for the little boy she promised to protect. But Caelan has wealth and power and the child is a royal heir. To keep her promise Abby must agree to Caelan's demands - and that means a royal marriage!


RBB was a D for me. Basically, Abby had promised her friend Gemma on Gemma's deathbed that she would take care of her son, Michael. As part of the promise, Abby promises that she won't let Michael be raised like a little prince by her dysfunctional family. Fast forward a bit, and Abby is on the run, living in rundown conditions and being hunted by Prince Caelan (the name alone makes me snicker). He takes over her lease and blackmails her into marrying him with the threat of a custody suit. They had met briefly in the past and were extremely attracted to one another, but didn't act on the attraction. Although the marriage is one of convenience due to Michael, it will have all the normal, wedded benefits including regular nookie. Abby falls in love with Caelan (or maybe it was love at first sight), but is afraid to say anything for fear of upsetting the balance of their marriage. Angst, agony, etc., until he admits that he wouldn't have sued her for custody, he blackmailed her because he loved her and wanted to be with her. Blah, blah, blah.

Royalty, secret baby, marriage of convenience, all of these are plot cliches that bother me and all are present here. The book was set partially in New Zealand, but a large chunk of the action takes place the fictional principality of Dacia, a sort of generic European country. I just kept wondering, how did Abby plan to build a stable life for Michael if she was running so hysterically? And after they were married, I wanted one or both of them to speak up long before Caelan arranged a romantic interlude in order to say The Three Words. RBB was just sort of bleh to me.

Now, on to Wolfe's Temptress
The virgin temptress...

Wolfe had been looking for Rowan Corbett for five long years to discover her secret. Now he'd found her, and she was everything he'd expected: charming, with an irresistible beauty. Yet there was also an innocence that took him by surprise. The combination was beguiling, and they fell into bed at first sight.

Afterward she fled, but Wolfe Talamantes wasn't a man to give up. He'd found Rowan once, he would find her again -- and this time he wouldn't let her go until she'd told him the truth!


Rowan is a sculptor/potter who is beginning to find some acclaim, living in the wilds of Northland, New Zealand. At a showing of her work in Auckland, she meets Wolfe Talamantes, to whom she is immediately attracted. After one passionate night, she discovers that he is the half-brother of Tony Simpson, a man who died suspiciously while in Rowan's company, so she flees him. He follow her to Kura Bay in the Northland, and more or less harasses her to tell him the truth about his brother's death. Despite an inquest, he believes that his brother's death was neither accidental nor suicidal. After a few rounds of wrangling, she admits that she lied at the inquest but won't say why. More wrangling and dramatics ensue. Eventually, after he's worn her down, she admits that she lied because Tony had been stalking her; her father had killed him when defending her. She lied to protect her father, who died shortly thereafter, and so as not to smear Tony's reputation (sort of). Wolfe begs forgiveness and then disappears, as his self-imposed punishment. Rowan decides what she wants (him) and works to get him, but does so without completely sacrificing her pride and self-respect.

I thought WT was miles better than RBB, and it earned a B grade from me. It wasn't perfect, and the knocks were: Wolfe's family history is sort of cloudy on his father's side, and that uber-masculine name is kind of ridiculous. Also, I'm not thrilled with billionaire businessman heroes, despite the fact that they are part and parcel of HP plots. The secret Rowan is keeping was a little outlandish, but not beyond the realm of belief...unless I put on my CSI hat.

But the minuses were outweighed by the pluses. Wolfe knows he is in the wrong and grovels/apologizes whole-heartedly for his behavior. Rowan is independent, has a successful career of her own that she has established and she is not in any way planning on giving it up for Wolfe in order to be a proper wife. And the clincher for me, the geography/topography plays a role in the book, and the description the Northland is excellent.

In the end, the HP cliches were more tolerable in WT than in RBB. Despite the bleh-ness of RBB, I'll still be buying Donald's next book, what ever it may be.

Books Read

Dec. 23rd, 2005 08:38 am
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I've read a bunch of books, but the reviews are getting backed up, mostly because I've been busy doing other things.

Books read:
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Lauren Willig
Open Season, C.J. Box
two relatively recent Robyn Donald HPs
The Cinderella Rules, Donna Kaufmann
Her Sexiest Mistake, Jill Shalvis

I'm hoping to post at least one review tomorrow and one Monday.

Happy holidays!

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