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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 6:30:05 AM PST
Misty9 I agree with you on Claiming the Courtesan. I really resisted reading this book because I don't care for the courtesan theme (not because I think less of a heroine who had to do that but because it's just a sad way of life IMHO), but I loved this book. Yes, Kylemore is somewhat crazy, but it was a fascinating story to see how the characters evolved and found some resolution. I read in 4-5 hours and couldn't put it down. But I realize it's not for everyone.

Another books I can't bring myself to read are books where the H/h get together as just one more affair/hook-up/sexual relationship and fall in love. I realize that's real life for many people, but it's not the kind of romance story that draws me in and gets me reading. I find it hard to suspend disbelief that they will find a great love with the slaking of their lusts and meeting as just one more anonymous hookup. Not my cup of tea.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 6:57:22 AM PST
LoneWolfie says:
WHITNEY MY LOVE by Judith McNaught. It got so many bad reviews. It's 750 pages of rape and abuse that I don't even want to look at. Poor woman needed help getting out of an abusive family situation and falls into one with her spouse. I've never seen so many negative reviews and was surprised at the good ones.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 7:50:48 AM PST
L. Burns says:
I'm pretty much done with what I call 'Barbie & Ken' romances. Hero is the (physically) perfect male, often a star athlete, and the Heroine is drop-dead gorgeous (former model, centerfold - whatever). I just don't see the "story" behind two very beautiful people meeting and being attracted to each other...kind of a "no-brainer". Rachel Gibson's latest - True Love & Other Disasters - is an example. Don't get me wrong - I like her writing but I'm bored with that particular theme.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 10:30:05 AM PST
McKaren says:
The Shadow of the Wind is suppose to be an epic novel that includes romance. IT has great reviews here on Amazon.com I read over 100 pages and was so bored. I finally quit reading-my time was more valuable to me! Both my son and DH loved the book and said I didn't read far enough. Any book that takes that long to develop characters before the story really starts moving isn't for me.......

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 1:20:14 PM PST
Angela - you are not skewing He Loves Lucy - I hated that book, found it so offensive for the same reasons you did. I've read a few Susan Donovan and decided I just don't like her writing.

I can't imagine reading Georgette Heyer - I've seen a bit of her stuff and the language comes across as archaic, the storylines seem plodding to me, and when there is no "money shot" - meh, can't be bothered. I may be missing something really wonderful, but I'm willing to take that chance!

McKaren - I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Shadow of the Wind - I think that is one of the best books I've read in the past few years (read it in both my bookclubs) - but I'd never consider it any sort of a romance! I agree though - if you get to page 100 and still are not liking it - forget it! It took me that long to get into Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo - which turned out to be great - but on the other hand, I tried twice to read Captain Corelli's Mandolin and could not get past page 50, even though people told me it was a great book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 9:16:05 PM PDT
Lalo says:
Kresley Cole's books are great. A little hard core with some of the alpha males being really mean to the women at first but they get over it. Still the really mean part hurts my mind sometimes. I read it, because the stories are great.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 9:17:02 PM PDT
Lalo says:
Lesli Richardson, I find Feehan very much hit or miss. I read the reviews carefully before I purchase any more of her books. They can be very good and they can be pretty bad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 4:12:34 AM PDT
I too find Feehan hit or miss. Love a few. Dislike as many.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:09:13 AM PDT
V. Floyd says:
@Well Read....I didn't read Twilight Saga until last year. My sister bought them for me at a yard sale. They sat on my table for a couple months. Then I got a stomach flu bug, and started reading because I couldn't do anything else. Really didn't think I would like them because I'm not into vampires either. But I found that the books are more about the love story, the relationships between the characters, a young girl overcoming her insecurities, a man (vampire) questioning his reason for living this lonely life, and hating what he perceives himself to be...a monster. It's not really about him being a vampire, it's about both of them always feeling something was missing in their lives until they found each other, then nothing could keep them apart. They were soul-mates who never would have met had he not become a vampire, because they lived in different eras.

I loved it, but I know many don't. Just giving my take on the series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:24:58 AM PDT
V. Floyd says:
@ Nef....If these are the reasons you are not reading Twilight, I would like to say don't believe it. Edward is never abusive to Bella in any way. The people who say he is abusive gets this from the fact that he tries to keep her safe. He doesn't want her to "hang out" with the werewolves because they are new wolves and can't control their "change" yet, which puts her in danger. He tells her not to go into the forest alone anymore...because he knows there are other vampires around that do kill humans. Never does he try to control her except when he thinks he is protecting her. As for Bella being a "ninny" she is actually said to be very intelligent. However, she has spent her childhood looking after her mother who is a bit flighty, she has never felt like she fit in anywhere, she's never had a boyfriend before, and she's used to putting everyone's feelings before her own. Once she meets Edward that changes. She loves him, she wants him, she believes they are meant to be together, and she won't let anyone or anything stop her from being with him. But she does tell him off in many instances. She doesn't just let him railroad her.

Not trying to talk you into reading it or liking it. Just saying that I disagree with what you heard about the books, on which you say you based your opinion. The best book of all, which was never finished or published, was Midnight Sun. Because without reading Midnight Sun you don't have any idea why Edward acts the way he does or says the things he says, so he DOES come off as a jerk sometimes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:29:15 AM PDT
Lalo says:
V.Floyd, I missed the entire Twilight Series. I saw the ad for the movie and it looked interesting so I went to see the first movie. I liked it. I went to buy the books only to find they were in the teenage section at my bookstore. I just couldn't bring myself to buy them. Then I talked to some friends and found I was the only one who had not read the books. Sort of like Fifty Shades of Grey, I didn't want to be left out so I finally purchased and began reading the Twilight series.
Some of the best character development I've ever seen. And yes, much more a story about love and family than vampires. The vampire werewolf thing is just incidental to the story.
Best series I've read lately was Karen Marie Moning Fever Series and I actually started the first book and put it down to read another. I later came back to make myself finish and it's turned out to be one of the best I've read in a long, long time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:29:28 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
V -

Didn't know if you realized that this thread was just recently revived and the posts you are responding to are 3 years old. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 8:10:23 PM PDT
V. Floyd says:
LOL. No actually didn't realize that. Maybe those who posted are still around? I've only been on the forums for a short time, mostly lurking.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 5:54:40 AM PDT
Bukcrz says:
Lol, I perked up too when I noticed the title and never thought how 'old' it is. The topic is timeless though - and reading through the post - I agree with most of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 5:55:45 AM PDT
Lalo says:
V. Floyd, I'm in the same boat you are. New to the forums. I will check the dates on the posts from now on.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 7:50:43 PM PDT
D. Arnold says:
There is bound to be newer books that we wouldn't read! I would love to be saved from bad books. I have only started reading less than a year ago after a 15 year hiatus. Now I am reading everything I can. There is certainly enough written between then and now that I don't want to read. Love the romance forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 5:59:26 AM PDT
Lalo says:
D. Arnold, same here. My husband bought me a Kindle and... I haven't stopped reading for over a year now. And I had not even wanted a Kindle at first. I didn't think I would like it. I used to be addicted to books but got busy raising kids. Kindle and reading again have been great for empty nest symdrome.

If Fifty Shades of Grey can be considered a romance, you can avoid it. I was sort of hounded into reading it and... I could have lived without it.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 6:23:03 AM PDT
Chandi says:
Kindles are great for reviving that reading habit. I got mine in the middle of grad school and it was tough pulling away to do my papers :D. Can't stand 50 Shades trilogy, the plot premise just annoys me to tears and brings up bad memories of one of Lora Leigh's series that I disliked.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 6:32:26 AM PDT
Lalo says:
Chandi, I would never have survived in college if I'd had a Kindle then. I live in a relatively small city and the lack of good book stores is tiresome. The Kindle lets me find the books I want without having to make a trip to the bookstore, place an order and then wait for the book to arrive. Their books are always very unorganized too, so even if they have the book I want, they usually cannot find it. Besides that, I can have several books on my Kindle and never have to worry about carrying around more than one book if I go somewhere.

I have not read any Lora Leigh books. I'm not into damaged heros. Flawed characters are great but the H in FSOG was just... over the top in need of some heavy duty counseling. I read it though, how can you know if you don't like something unless you read it. The second book was better than the first because they were running from the bad guys, the ending of the third book was too bizarre. I just did not like the premise of FSOG.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 6:58:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2012 6:58:20 AM PDT
Chandi says:
Fulton - Undergrad I would not have survived, by grad school I was commuting about 4-6 hours a day and working full time. I mostly read forgettable plot lines and characters then, things that would be easy to drop when deadlines came. I've got so many on my kindle now and I just keep reading more since I graduated, last month 20 books!

I wouldn't really recommend Lora. Not enough plot for my tastes now. I mostly tried the first one since I kept hearing about her.
My one concession to FSOG has been to listen to Ellen DeGenres' reading of it. Great for a laugh and a head shake.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 7:51:26 AM PDT
Lalo says:
Chandi, Oh my!! I just looked it up on You Tube and Ellen reading FSOG is hilarious. What a laugh. Thank you so much for that, I didn't even realize she had done it. Yep, that's the best part of the book, no doubt, is Ellen reading it.
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