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Can anyone recommend a story with love after time apart?


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Posted on Apr 19, 2011 8:29:13 AM PDT
RVAbooklover says:
I get what you are saying...it's a time honored tradition in Romancelandia to have the hero hold back information for the heroine's own good. I thought his holding back was way too self serving, as in, please don't find out that I was a royal jerk to you and didn't have the balls to actually discuss any of my concerns...blech.

I didn't much care for the heroine, either, to be honest. I was able to give her a little leeway after being held captive for a year, though, so that kind of mitigated the wimpy/ whiny aspects of her character.

I really liked the secondary characters and the whole family dynamics. I thought the writing was well done, especially since I hated the H and didn't care for the h and still liked the book. That said, I still haven't picked up Garrett's story due to the reviews, and the fact that the second book didn't thrill me, and he was by far my favorite character in Darkest Hour.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 9:40:43 AM PDT
Reader says:
h gets a pass from me for her persived weakness because she had just gone through such a horrific events that she was just in the process of healing during the story. I agree with RVAbooklover. It was cowardly of the H not to own up to his actions especially when when he suspected her of starting to remebr things, like when she had that panic attack in the car and saying "he hates." Fess up, own up to it and start building a stronger relationship. I think that is what the ending was missing, the building trust back up in the relationship.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 9:43:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2011 9:43:54 AM PDT
Reader says:
RVA:
I read No Where To Run which I think is the book that follows this one and it was ok. Still had some of the unresolved relationship issues that this one had but overall enjoyed the read. Is the Garrett story the last one of this series that has been written?

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 10:30:34 AM PDT
It was hard to hate a heroine who'd gone through what she did, but I managed to do it anyways, heh. His withholding was indeed self-serving but I gave him props for being totally committed to making the relationship work at the time. I did enjoy No Place to Run despite Sam's lingering trust issues, but like you, decided to avoid Garrett's story due to the reviews. But we can never have enough ex-military romances, so I'm holding onto hope the series goes up from here...

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 10:40:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 10:41:34 AM PDT
Reader says:
I am in the middle Then Comes Seduction (Mary Balogh) and I am hating the H! First they almost have sex only after ONE conversation then the first conversation that they have after three years he is telling her how he is going to get her to fall in love with him just for the fun of it. I am so annoyed! Does it get better or should I just move on?

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 10:56:15 AM PDT
E. Burns says:
h gets a pass from me for her persived weakness because she had just gone through such a horrific events that she was just in the process of healing during the story. I agree with RVAbooklover. It was cowardly of the H not to own up to his actions especially when when he suspected her of starting to remebr things, like when she had that panic attack in the car and saying "he hates." Fess up, own up to it and start building a stronger relationship. I think that is what the ending was missing, the building trust back up in the relationship. <<<

I took it differently. First of all, I saw her as so physically fragile that she could die from almost any outside stressor. A year of malnutrition and drug abuse can leave you with a organs so thin you can stick a finger through them, a heart that can stop at any minute, and lab values from hell etc. So you simply let the person eat and rest...and leave them alone to rebuild organs, bone mass, neural pathways etc. Secondly, the damage extended to brain function also so him keeping his mouth shut is what any good Dr. would have recommended. Even if he told her, it would have just added to a stress level she couldn't handle as well as her brain not being able to process it fully at the time.

IOW, in RL, the heroine would have been extremely ill and so medically fragile she should have been hospitalized for an extended period.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 11:22:42 AM PDT
RVAbooklover says:
Reader- As far I as I know, Garrett's story is the last one that has been pushlished. I'm sure more will follow. I'm very torn... I'm thinking I will pick it up at the library.

E. Burns -As far as Ethan goes - it wasn't his treatment of her after she came back so much as his wussiness prior to her leaving that got to me. But even if he had said something like, We were having some issues, but I swear to you, we will work it out...She suffered stress because she knew there was something going on, but she couldn't remember what. He could have at least acknowledged her fears and reassured her. I don't know, I just did not like the way he interacted with Rachel at all. He was just not a good hero, in my opinion. >>> shudder <<<

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 11:23:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 11:25:09 AM PDT
The extended hospital stay would have made more sense to me, and possibly made me more sympathetic to her character (stressing just how bad the physical side of things really were). I was pretty surprised that they decided to detox her cold like that so soon after she got back. I know nothing about this stuff, but I assumed they might have a way/be willing to give her some for awhile to help her body cope with the shock of it.

Other thing about that book is - I know authors like to do the almost-rape scenario a lot, presumably so they don't have to deal with that part of the recovery process, but it was a little far-fetched. Out there in the jungle with few/no available women, it was definitely going to happen. I guess I just couldn't buy into the reality of her situation... That is not a "fault" of the h's character, of course, more of the plot, but it did affect my ability to be sympathetic to her plight.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 11:31:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 12:33:28 PM PDT
E. Burns says:
RVA- I agree that the pre-story scenario was odd and not fully fleshed out, making Ethan out to be more of an easily pissed off, self serving brat than a sympathetic hero. However, I just focused on the 'changed man' story, my attitude being that you can go through a major personality shift if the trauma is severe enough. In this case, losing her, a year of guilt, grief and self-reflection, followed by regaining her seemed to be an adequate and extremely plausible redemption vehicle.

Which actually, I prefer that than the 'instantly changed' man that some writers use which is just, eh, not very likely.

Amber-I actually found the h to be one of the nicest, most polite, intelligent detoxers I've ever dealt with. If they could all be this sweet ;) The whole 'get well quickie' thing was off as well as letting her go home to just 'rest and eat'. WTF?!?! In her condition, with severe malnutrition and polysubstance abuse, it can take a lot of care plus a boatload of meds and supplements, plus setting up therapy and counseling almost immediately.

Oh, the whole 'letting her drive into town' made my hair stand on end. Like she could barely dress herself and remember where her toothbrush was but you were going to let her drive a 2 ton truck!?!

I agree, the 'not raped' thing was jarring. I agree that wasn't realistic at all. Not in that setting, with that kind of group etc.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:23:47 PM PDT
RVAbooklover says:
E. Burns - You are more forgiving than I. : - )

+1 to the easy detox. And the driving anywhere by herself.

But I really did like the book, I swear!

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:30:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 12:30:56 PM PDT
E. Burns says:
E. Burns - You are more forgiving than I. : - )

Look, in Romancelandia, where you can have a guy treat a girl like dirt for 29.5 chapters to say 'I'm sorry" and all is forgiven on the last page, I found the grovel quotient in this book made up for a lot of other books lack of grovelations.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:34:49 PM PDT
Yeah, sigh, all that medical stuff would have made me much more amenable to her weakness.

I'm with E. Burns on the grovel quotient. There are too many ridiculous heroes out there with barely a sorry in sight... I'd pick this guy for my own over a lot of them.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:40:24 PM PDT
RVAbooklover says:
E. Burns said- I found the grovel quotient in this book made up for a lot of other books lack of grovelations.

I love "grovelations"! LOL! Okay, I will concede that Ethan was a good groveler.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:42:39 PM PDT
Reader says:
It makes me feel better that you guys believed the her not being rape was completely unrealistic in this situation. I thought I was just turning into a cynic.

Did anyone else feel like her and Garrett kinda did have a relationship that seemed rather cozy? Maybe just a little? No?

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:50:00 PM PDT
E. Burns says:
Seriously, working in mental health, with drug and alcohol rehab plus homeless populations--- they can be hell on wheels from day 1 to day 31. They're physically-mentally ill and emotionally demanding in ways I can't begin to convey. I've seen a 90 pound addict, on day 7, gradually escalate in verbal abuse & volume over an hour, to break a chair, require 4 adults to restrain her, and still draw blood.

(Not mine, I was hiding in the chart room :) )

I saw h as very ill and weak, and wished all our patients were as sweet as her. Really, I adored her!

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:56:09 PM PDT
RVAbooklover says:
Reader, I was kind of wishing Rachel and Garrett had a "thing", to be honest. I'm not sure what that says about me or Maya Banks, but there ya go...

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:59:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 1:01:07 PM PDT
E. Burns says:
Yeah, I thought the whole Rachel/Garrett cuddling etc was a it over the top. My family hugs a lot, but my brother never went beyond letting my SIL (our brother's wife) drive his truck as a way of showing affection.

However, I think it was implied that Rachel grew up or spent her pre-teen, teen years as a member of the household so maybe Banks was setting them up as a touchy-feely-cuddly bunch of guys.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 2:34:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 2:36:01 PM PDT
D. Shaw says:
Reader, I would certainly agree that Jasper (Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable)) does not present well in the beginning. OMG the wager... however with the author's revelations of the underlying issues Jasper has as a result of his relationship with his stepfather, I could relate to him and eventually like him...perhaps because the h helped him find his own worth? I hope if you do stick with it, you post your thoughts.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 8:49:27 PM PDT
Reader says:
D. Shaw:

OK, call me masochist, I'll finish it and see if I end up liking this jerk. :)

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 6:35:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2011 6:36:52 PM PDT
Reader says:
I just finished reading Then Comes Seduction (Bologh). You were right, Shaw, I was not loathing the H in the end.
I get the classic nobody-has-ever-loved-me-so-I-can't -love premise that plagues romance novels, but what really annoyed me was that I found the H action overall self serving and insincere. First he was courting her for a wager then because he loved her then because of the wager. The entire time that they are suppose to be falling in love he would say or do something that made me question his motives. By the time he said he loved I didn't really care. I also didn't like that they didn't WANT to marry each other. That to me is just so un-romantic in a romance novel. The characters might learn to love each other AFTER some time but what makes their marriage any different from that of the time period. People married for respectability, convenience or gain. What made this any different? The other thing that bothered me was how callous he was about the wager. Either he was a complete moron for continuing to bring up the wager with Kate or he is just so uncaring of her that it did not matter how much he was hurting her. AND the apology for the initial wager? It was towards almost the END of the book then he says, "What I did to you was unpardonable, but unfortunately you are stuck with me. I am sorry about that." Is that what you are sorry for?!!!! Geez guy as far as apologies go that one sucked! I hated that she was willing to even waltz with him so willingly after the humiliation that he put her through. It seemed completely unrealistic to me.
Deep breath....
I did like the end! His revenge was not satisfying but it was sweet. The antics at the party were charming and by that time I was beginning to see the H in a little better light. Still not one of my favorite H but I was not hating him.
Thanks for the recommendation! I'm glad I stuck with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 6:40:38 PM PDT
Amanda Sisco says:
Ok Have you tried the Vampire Academy Series? I highly recommend. I loved the books.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 6:44:35 PM PDT
Once Wild (Breaking Out Series, Book One) (Volume 1)

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 7:09:46 PM PDT
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas. Great love story about a h set out for revenge, I reread from time to time, it's just that good.

Hope that helps add to your pile!

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 7:55:07 PM PDT
Reader says:
Any one is particular, Amanda?

Love Lisa Kleypas, I have read ALL her books. Again the Magic was great! What is she waiting for to publish again?!!!

I was going to order True Bliss that was recomended earlier on this discussion but some of the reviews said that the h was a total doormat. No grovel, just takes the H back right away. Can anyone confirm or deny that?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 8:42:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2011 8:43:58 PM PDT
D. Shaw says:
Reader, I am glad you felt it was worth sticking with it. When one of the main characters is so difficult to relate it is hard to know whether it will be worth the effort. I found the h remarkable to be able to find even a fraction of redeem-ability in the H. He was brutally disconnected from his own feelings, and hid behind flippancy and cavalier arrogance not recognizing his own self loathing for what it was.

I felt the h was the truly shining character of the book. For example, when he retreated to swaggering chest puffing from a moment of honesty, she slapped him and told him, "shut me out altogether, stay hidden behind the wit and the irony and the hooded eyes and the cocked eyebrow....but if you choose to let me in, then let me all the way in". I think she truly had it right when she said to him, "when there are no feelings,..there can be no compassion either -for other people or for yourself. You end up treating other people as you have been treated".

If you haven't read Meg's story yetAt Last Comes Love, I would recommend it. Love to hear your thoughts if you do.
Happy reading!
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