Lemon Drop: ::scrolling:: Geez, what's with the lack of posts Auntie Wendy? This place is like The Dead Zone.
Wendy: Which would be why you are here cupcake! To save my bacon! To give me blog
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Undone By The Duke by Michelle Willingham - Historical Regency romance, Amazon Montlake, 2013, Grade = C+
- The start of a new series featuring four sisters. A mixed bag read for me. I liked the heroine, I liked the way the author handled some of the historical aspects, and I liked that the author gave us points of view from many of the secondary players. Was less enthralled with the hero and some of the pacing.
- Liked the plot (especially the Industrial Revolution-driven suspense thread), didn't like either of the main characters. A problem since, you know, this is a romance novel.
- This breaks my heart because it's the first Alward I've read that I didn't like. Resented the way the Dead Sister was portrayed in this book. Glamorous, Sexy, Well-Put-Together = One Night Stand Material. Girl-Next-Door, Homey, Bakes Cupcakes For A Living (Seriously!) = Perfect Mate For The Hero. I spent the whole novel feeling sorry for the Dead Sister and came to resent the fact that she was dead and therefore was never going to get her own happy ending.
- The romance didn't light my world on fire, but Eagle writes such nice, interesting characters that it's hard to quibble. Loved the depiction of the hero's occupation, and loved the family dynamic between the aging father in poor health and the heroine, a woman who made some bad choices when she was a teenager.
- I like the way Morgan plays around in the Category Romance Trope Sandbox, but I did have quibbles with this one. A strong first half that sort of faded down the stretch. Also, I found the heroine's relentless optimism a little hard to swallow considering she'd spent her entire life under the thumb of a domineering father.
- My TBR Challenge read for February - the book that saved my dismal reading month. Great Alpha heroine (who is 40!) paired up with a widower hero with three teenage kids. A wonderful story about grown-ups with grown-up problems.
- Nice characters, nice setting - I just thought the Hollywood back-story could have used some more work. Also, I expect a woman with the heroine's background to have a bit more gumption. OK, any gumption would have been nice. An OK read, but this author has written better.
Lawless by Patricia Potter - Historical western romance, Bantam, 1991
- Only read about 50 pages before realizing I didn't care and wasn't interested. A heroine who rescues every damn stray that falls her way, a wounded hero who sticks around even though he should tell the villain to shove it, and a horde of plot moppet kidlets. I didn't read anything outright offensive or "bad" - it just wasn't my thing and I moved on to something else.
- Read about a third of the book and realized that I was having the exact same issues with this story as I did with the other Stone novel I tried this month. An interesting plot saddled with characters who behaved in a manner I found unbelievable. The heroine thinks the hero is responsible for her brother's death and she's bantering with him?! The hero supposedly suffers from PTSD, used to have a problem with opium, and yet he flirts, banters and doesn't brood?! I mean, at all?!?!?! Yeah, moving on. I suspect this is a series that just isn't going to be for me.
Me: Yes. Yes, I do. What do you propose?
Lemon Drop: Duh. More pictures of me! Oh, like this one for instance.....
Me: Really? Your solution to me breaking out of my reading slump is to post more pictures of you?
Lemon Drop: The cuteness, it will distract people.
Me: Or, you know, I could force myself to sit down and actually get some reading done. I'm bound to find a good book eventually.
Lemon Drop: Pffft, like that will work!
Me: Crazier things have been known to happen.