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Conor's Way by Laura Lee Guhrke (1996) - Historical romance
- KristieJ has been nagging me forever to read this book, and I finally did this year as part of the TBR Challenge. Not my favorite of Guhrke's early work, but still so very good. Adored the wounded Irish hero and the slightly faded Southern belle heroine determined to hang on to the family farm in the aftermath of the Civil War.
- Jessica Hart writes fun books. Bubbly, light-hearted, almost chick-lit-in-tone books, although she has a sneaky way of introducing doses of emotional angst into her stories. Stuffed shirt hero meets his match in eccentric, free-spirited heroine. Will it change the world? OK, probably not. But it's a fun, satisfying read and the very definition of why so many of us read romance.
- In a year that saw me getting bloody well sick of BDSM and annoyed with seemingly every erotic writer on the planet jumping on that bandwagon, this short story by Stein was a wonderful reminder of WHY I read erotic-anything. In short? It's about the heroine stupid. Great heroine. A hero who is the antithesis of the current Horny Wounded Mommy-Didn't-Love-Him Billionaire Dom trend. Whatever Stein is selling, y'all need to be buying it.
- There's just something about the way Maggie Osborne wrote historical westerns, even when I'm not enamored with a particular book (yes, I've DNF'ed Maggie Osborne). This one? Was a very solid, very good read then WHAMO! It hit me like a ton of bricks how amazing this road romance was. How fantastic the characters were. How invested I was to the point where I actually CRIED over the ending. I pulled this book out of the TBR during a low-ebb in my reading, and it was just what the doctor ordered.
- This is a very good story, but I'll be honest - part of the my A- grade on this one was given to reward Alward for writing such satisfying, angsty Harlequin Romances. She's very, very good in that line. I've read over half a dozen of her books and have never graded her below a B-. With this story, I admired the way she took plot devices that I normally loathe, incorporated them into this story, and made me BELIEVE in them. In other words? They worked for this story. For these specific, particular characters: A wounded hero who has been acting his way through life to hide who he truly is, and a heroine picking up the pieces after an abusive relationship.
- I saw more than a few "um, it was OK I guess" reviews for this one, but once again Hart's characters knocked the wind right out of my sails. She writes SUCH amazing, believable, full-realized characters. I believe these people really exist. In a lot of cases, I want to meet these people. Hell, if only to give them a hug. Hart isn't a whiz-bang thrill-ride sort of plotter, and this story of a aimless 20-something who enters into a menage relationship with a married couple is certainly very quietly plotted. But damn, it packs a punch. If I were a fiction writer I think I would make myself a Lil' Megan Hart voodoo doll just out of sheer jealousy.