Lemon Drop: Ha! As if! Mommy thinks this is her secret stash of ice cream, but I found it!
Me: But, but, but....can't I have some? ::sadface::
Lemon Drop: Sigh. I suppose. But only after you tell me what you read last month Auntie Wendy. And just so long as you stop pouting.....
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Diamonds In The Rough by Portia Da Costa - Historical erotic romance, HQN, 2013, Grade = C
- I've liked her short stories, but Da Costa's full-length historicals have been mixed for me. Loved the heroine, was less thrilled with hero, and never really bought into the romance.
- Injured rodeo cowboy falls for physical therapist. Great emotional struggle for both characters but the We Don't Have Any Condoms sex scene got on my last hot nerve.
- Liked hero. Liked the relationship he had with his grandmother. Hated the heroine with the passion of a thousand blazing suns. I cannot stand reading about women who won't help themselves and that's this cupcake in a nutshell.
- Heroine With A Past runs up against a distrustful hero when she starts working for his grandmother. Great heroine!
- I gave up on this one out of sheer boredom. By Chapter Six (in a category romance no less!) the hero and heroine still hadn't spent any meaningful time together and the lack of dialogue made all the internal lusting a slog to wade through.
- The perfect cure for a DNF was diving into a Nora Roberts book. I just felt like I was in the hands of a pro. The hero and heroine were both a little too perfect for me - but I loved the suspense in this one, and really enjoyed reading about the heroine's job.
- Wonderful, gritty, frontier-style setting with plenty of action. Was less enamored with the romance which seemed rushed to me.
- Young widow finds romance in post-Katrina New Orleans with younger musician hero. Wonderful romance with plenty of emotionally charged dialogue.
- A story that should have been a train-wreck, but wasn't. Yes, the heroine is determined to get pregnant at all costs. Yes, it's a reunion story featuring an unrequited high school crush. But the author avoids all the crap that can crop up in stories of this ilk that annoy the heck out of me. Not a favorite of mine by Alward, but really solid.
Lemon Drop: Geez, one track mind Auntie Wendy. Just don't tell Mommy.