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Initial post: Jan 16, 2013 9:49:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 8, 2013 5:21:15 AM PST
JLC says:
What cha thinking?

Have you ever want to talk about a romance you've read that you sOOo loved & think is a mUst read but doesn't quite fit the other romance threads' criteria? Well, posted here! Or have you have read something that was so hoRribLe that you felt it was your civic DUTY to warn others of but didn't quite know which thread would be the most appropriate? Post to here! Whether you got a Romance Rave - whether you've got a Romance Rant, Post it here! From romance . . .
-Book Titles
-Book Cover
. . . From anything to everything in the world of romance you feel compelled to put your 2 cents in on, regardless of any thread criteria, post it here!! I want to know what to know your Romance Recs - I want to your Romance Wrecks. The good - the bad - & everything in between - POST IT HERE! - Thanks!

(I'll post a couple of post my previous posts from other forums as examples.)

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Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:51:28 PM PST
JLC says:
(previous Hero is Crazy in Love & Crazy Jealous/ Possessive post)

RE:Rule, by Jay Crownover
8/10 RAVE & REC

This is one of the newer reads I've read lately that didn't leave me feeling like I had bugs crawling around my brain after reading. Despite the grammatical & spelling errors, I personally think it's the best contemporary read out there @ this moment. I'm sure this being JC's 1st attempt @ writing she'll learn a lot, especially about editing, & her books should only get better. I hope she stays an independent publisher, however. Does seem like to me there's a trade-off lately; quality content vs. editorial "mishaps". I think because of my job & all the grammatical & spelling errors I encounter on a daily basis somewhere in the "business" world (believe it or not), I'm desensitized to editing mishaps, so it doesn't bother me as much. I'd rather publishers keep their hands out of the author's work & $$.

Anyway, I'd say this book falls in the "medium" intensity range compared to a light hearted reads like R.L. Mathewson's "Neighbor From Hell" series to Laura Kinsale's awesome, but mentally exhausting, "Flowers from the Storm" read. This book left me feeling content & satisfied vs. annoyed & frustrated. So, thanks for the rec!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:57:13 PM PST
JLC says:
Re: Book Recs

Here are some of my favorite recs that don't necessarily fit any other romance thread criteria:

Annie's Song, Cat Anderson (unfortunately not avail in ebook )
A Place to Call Home, by Deborah Smith
Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
Wild at Heart, by Patricia Gaffney (I don't think this is avail in ebook either)

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:58:33 PM PST
JLC says:
(previous H CIL&CJ/ P post)

RE: Title RANT

"ugh" . . . . Can you believe there's actually a book titled "Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend"? Hello! Poor "body image" issues & all that, remember? Isn't this "1 step forward - 2 steps back" in this day and age? 1st, you need a reason to fall for such an "inferior" person? How mighty big of a person to overlook a person's size in lieu of a sense of humor! I guess next time I work out I'll make sure to listen to some joke audio books. That way if my butt still looks too big in my jeans after all my sweaty workouts, I'll just tell a joke & that will make it all better! Good to know!! Wonder if that means I can eat a donut for every new joke I learn? This is just SoOo wrong!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 10:00:01 PM PST
JLC says:

The good posters of the "Hero is Crazy in Love & Crazy Jealous/ Possessive thread" mentioned the . . . umm . . . don't even know how to describe it . . . book cover of MAYBE BABY (Baby Series).

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 10:01:28 PM PST
JLC says:
(previous H CIL&CJ/ P post)

RE: Theme Rant

So . . . What's w/all the "billionaire" romances lately??? Do authors think there's some subconscious link between financial security & sexual arousal or something? I think authors are watching too many Viagra commercials. Personally, I could use some more hygiene reassurance vs financial. Don't get me wrong, I like financial security, that's why I got a job. But I have NooO problem imagining myself rolling around the hay w/some poor, strong, brawny, possessive, virile man - provided ALL of his body's "APPENDAGES" are clean & have ABSOLUTELY NOT been in a body cavity of ANY other being. (Also, provided there aren't any animal droppings close by to roll into. Poop would be a definite mood kill!) Other than those small concessions - skirt hiked - bloomers off - I'm good to go!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 10:03:39 PM PST
JLC says:
(previous H CIL&CJ/ P post)
RE: Book Rant

So this is my big "Beautifully Damaged" hang-up:

If you do NOT what insight to my freakish mind or spoilers - STOP READING NOW!

************** S P O I L E R *****************
When the h 1st meets the H @ a club, he's a big, beautiful avenging hero that comes to her rescue. I'm with that, it works for me. Still @ the club, the h is so enamored with the H, she keeps sneaking glances @ her ridiculously attractive rescuer - I probably would too - so, still working for me. However, right before the h gets ready to leave she searches the beauty out for one last glance. What does she see? In the shadows, Mr. Beautiful has some other female up against a wall w/his hand between their bodies giving her "ministrations". When the H sees the h, does he try to be more discreet? No; he just SMILES @ her right before the h is pulled from her (& can hardly stand to type this) "lust-induced" haze. . . . ugh . . . STOPP!!! HAULT!!!!!! NO LONGER WORKING FOR ME cuz - I'll be blunt albeit crass - I smell fish!!!!! This is where my mind probably works too freakish - but it's one thing to read about the H & h giving "ministrations" to one another - that's part of the romance - but some unknown "skank" - GRoSSSss. I don't care how "beautiful" some guy is; if one of my 1st encounters w/a guy, before I developed any emotional attachments, is SEEING him give some girl "ministrations", I'd be soooo turned off - not lust-induced. Assuming a guy's done that is one thing, but actually seeing it - no, not me. I would NEVER want his fingers near me. (I'm mental - right!) What brought bile to my mouth later was when (h POV) "he touched his finger to my cheek before running it down along my jaw". Time to throw up! Anytime I read "he twined our fingers together"; "his finger touched my cheek"; "he twirled a piece of my hair around his finger" - ugh - what can I say - I just couldn't stop smelling fish. It grossed me out - couldn't get passed it - am "beautifully" "damaged". Sorry for being so crass. There! You have it! My BIGG "BD" hang-up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 5:27:54 AM PST
liloldlady says:
Made me laugh.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 5:53:12 AM PST
JLC says:
Dying to Tell (A Slaughter Creek Novel)
Rita Herron
Romance Suspense
8/10 RAVE & REC

This was my prime monthly book borrow. Read this a couple of nights ago & I really enjoyed it. I liked the romance between the H&h. The H is not a possessive alpha type, but he's a good guy. I liked the "who" done it. While I did pretty much figure the "who" done it part out by the end of the book, it still was an action packed read that kept me intrigued thru out the book. While there are indications that this book is the start of a new series, it reads as a standalone. The 2nd characters are interesting enough that future books written on them would be good. There's no cheating & a HEA!

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 5:57:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2013 8:01:24 AM PST
JLC says:
The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Mackenzies Series) Book 5
Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (Highland Pleasures)
Jennifer Ashley
Historical Romances
8/10 RAVEs & RECs

Ok - These books are the main reason I started this thread - I have been wanting to talk about these books, but I didn't know where to post because I don't think these characters are that possessive or unique enough to fit any other thread, but I LoVe them & I'm not a huge historical romance fan. However, I AM a Jennifer Ashley fan & I usually like ANYthing she writes.

AMFC: The Perfect Gift - cute whole family story that reacquainted you with the Mackenzies to get you "hungry" for "The Seduction of Elliot McBride. Liked reading about everybody & it did wet my appetite for "Elliot", so bought it . . .

Elliot McBride is smart, CraZy (what an oxymoron right!) due to imprisonment. Not totally - but he's like a "mild" version of Ian. Even though he has "mine" thoughts, I would not call him possessive. He is very much in love w/the h to the point memories of her allowed him to endure & survive horrible torture. He tries to struggle thru his craziness to become a better man for the h. While this was not my favorite JA book, especially in this series, I still really enjoyed it. It definitely had "toe curling" moments. It reads as a standalone, so you won't be lost if you haven't or never will read any other books in this series. (I just think you should because the Mackenzie brothers are delicious!) No hangers; no cheating; & HEA!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 6:25:55 AM PST
Jean says:
Yeah, I'd have to agree that Beautifully Damaged is a wreck. It was a bad enough book in its own right but the author seems to have tons of friends writing 5-star reviews - and then someone (who I can only assume is the author) immediately marks any review below 3 stars as "unhelpful".

Ugh - it was the worst of the worst under the category "Crappy Books That Have an Overwhelming Number of 5-star Reviews".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 6:47:47 AM PST
JLC says:
I agree Jean. That's why I check out these discussion threads to get to the "truth". I just don't trust the reviews anymore.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 8:10:43 AM PST
readtoomuch says:
Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway is a book I wasn't sure about, but I ended up loving it. I'm always up for reading something different, but I have to admit I was hesitant about this because I wasn't sure how unique this couple and story would be. Well, I think it's a must read. This funny, charismatic, and damaged Hero is great. I liked how the author had us discovering with the heroine who Nicholas really was, because we all had the same questions rolling around in our heads. A different and unique kind of love story, but no less intriguing than what romance readers are used to.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 8:17:10 AM PST
4myeyesonly says:

I, too, LOVED Painted Faces! Usually, I am all about the Alpha male, but Nicholas was so secure in his maleness, even wearing high heels. LOL! Love me a big ol' damaged, scrumptious hero! Especially one as determined to get his woman from the very beginning.

I really like Cosway's Tegan series, too. Waiting with bated breath for the next installment in February. Paranormal and much different from PF, but good, too.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 8:40:40 AM PST
Jean says:
I recommend Painted Faces so often people are going to start thinking I'm affiliated with the author (I'm not!). It's such a good book - I don't understand why it's not racing up the best sellers' list.

This is exactly what I don't get - something as good as Painted Faces stays buried in near obscurity and something as truly awful as Beautifully Damaged is getting undeserved rave reviews, thus increasing its popularity. Just doesn't seem right, does it?

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 8:41:58 AM PST
Romance Diva says:
I really enjoyed this book, but it didn't really fit any of my usual threads:

Semper Fi (An Erotic Romance)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 10:09:14 AM PST
I am a huge fan of "Painted Faces" as well and have been recommending it to everyone. I agree it is such a beautiful book. It has to be one of the top romances I have ever read and I have read a lot of them. You see so many mediocre to bad books being raved about and I am usually disappointed when I read them.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 10:11:50 AM PST
Bookseeker says:
I really need to get courage and read Painted Faces, I tried the first pages and couldn't pass through it! I kept thinking if the H & h get together... will the h come home one day and find the H trying on her clothes?? LOL!
I didn't return it though, decided to read Hopeless first and then will try it again.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 10:15:58 AM PST
Bookseeker says:
JLC - I clicked on The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Mackenzies Series) and all I could say is... Oh LORD!!! Need to run home and change me panties... what a cover! Lol

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 10:17:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2013 10:18:21 AM PST
Bookseeker, stick with it. I loved the h just as much as the H. I recognized a bit of myself in the h. I am a bit pessimistic/self-deprecating at times and sarcastic. The h is so funny and such a real person to me. The same for the H. I just felt so invested in both of them. I truly liked them both and thought wow they would be such amazing friends to have.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 10:19:33 AM PST
Jean says:
I kind of wondered that, too, Bookseeker - but don't worry. He only wears women's clothing on stage. :)

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 10:32:01 AM PST
4myeyesonly says:
Regarding Painted Faces, cannot cheer loudly enough for this one. Totally agree with E. Bartholomew about the h. It's usually the H who makes it for me, and I sometimes end up tolerating the h. Not in this one. I love the h's voice. She is snarky-sweet. Sarcastic. Honest. Self-deprecating. And snags Nicholas from the word "go." How much of a man he is offstage and anywhere near a bed, makes up for the dresses onstage! LOL! Not for everyone, but if you're even vaguely intrigued, don't give up. It's worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 12:14:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2013 12:18:45 PM PST
JLC says:
Bookseeker - there is something about a man in a "kilt" isn't there? You're always thinking "does he or doesn't he"?

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 12:15:49 PM PST
Sally Jones says:
I am mid-way through Painted Faces, and I also cannot recommend it enough. Fred (Freda) is a very 'real' h (would love to hand out with her. lol), and Viv (Nicholas) the H is just <sigh> Definately a book you should stick with. :)
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