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The Things That Make Me Give In by Charlotte Stein (2010) - Theme: Shorts! (B)
- An anthology of very short fiction by Stein. At turns funny, sad, and thought-provoking. A great taste, highly recommended for fans and those curious to try her work.
- The best of the TBR reads this year. Great romance featuring older characters with real life problems.
- Templeton writes nice romances about "normal" people. This one features a reunited couple. I remember liking it while I was reading it, but it didn't have a ton of "staying power" for me.
- A problematic read that found me at the right time. Great dialogue and banter in this one.
- Doctor heroine with baggage finds herself helping a drifter hero on the run. Solid read, nice Americana feel, but felt the story could have been tighter in spots.
- A book that held up surprisingly well even though I read it 23 years after it's publication date. Great hero and heroine, but felt that the majority of the secondary characters were stereotypes.
- Loved the suspense thread in this one and after a string of disappointing reads I practically inhaled this in one sitting. Did feel the characters were a little too "perfect" though.
- Completely devoid of reality, but I loved it anyway. Directionless heroine takes a secretarial job at a mysterious firm that requires S&M play with the bosses.
- Great story buried in subpar writing. Authors, find a good editor and hug them tight.
- Great story idea that fumbles on the execution. Also found the lovey-dovey let's make babies crap at the end really, really jarring considering how the book ends. But maybe that's just me.
- Loved the first half of this story when it's set in India, but the story lost steam for me when the couple moves to England and there's an introduction of a suspense subplot.
- What started out as a really intriguing angsty-read loses me when the author throws in a plot twist that essentially changes the entire complexion of the story.