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Sensuous Burgundy Mass Market Paperback – May 23 1996


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (May 23 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061011010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061011016
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,322,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Delinsky was a sociologist and photographer before she began to write. A lifelong New Englander, she and her husband have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and a cat. There are more than thirty million copies of her books in print.


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Normally I enjoy Delinsky's books a great deal, but this book was a very big disappointment for me. It's hardly surprising, really, since this was one of her very early books, and not only has her writing matured since then, but the style of romantic writing has changed as well.
Laura, the "heroine," is an assistant district attorney, and she comes up against Max, the "hero," in the courtroom. It's pretty much lust at first sight for her -- she's very shaken by their first meeting -- and it seems he's similar affected, since he starts immediately pursuing her despite the ethical problems of their being opposing councils in a murder case.
Both Max and Laura are shallow characters, and Laura, despite being a "career woman," is irritatingly weak. She allows Max to completely dominate her life, once they're together, and pretty much completely falls apart when the course of the relationship doesn't run smoothly. On top of that, I failed to understand what she saw in Max, other than looks. And I didn't understand exactly what Max saw in Laura, either.
I'd advise skipping this one, and looking into Delinsky's later work instead. She really has matured into a marvelous writer, but this isn't the book to read unless you're a hard-core fan who wants to sample absolutely all of Delinsky's work.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The title is the best thing about this book Sept. 28 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Normally I enjoy Delinsky's books a great deal, but this book was a very big disappointment for me. It's hardly surprising, really, since this was one of her very early books, and not only has her writing matured since then, but the style of romantic writing has changed as well.
Laura, the "heroine," is an assistant district attorney, and she comes up against Max, the "hero," in the courtroom. It's pretty much lust at first sight for her -- she's very shaken by their first meeting -- and it seems he's similar affected, since he starts immediately pursuing her despite the ethical problems of their being opposing councils in a murder case.
Both Max and Laura are shallow characters, and Laura, despite being a "career woman," is irritatingly weak. She allows Max to completely dominate her life, once they're together, and pretty much completely falls apart when the course of the relationship doesn't run smoothly. On top of that, I failed to understand what she saw in Max, other than looks. And I didn't understand exactly what Max saw in Laura, either.
I'd advise skipping this one, and looking into Delinsky's later work instead. She really has matured into a marvelous writer, but this isn't the book to read unless you're a hard-core fan who wants to sample absolutely all of Delinsky's work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lacks Credibility July 14 2013
By Susan F Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The title says it all.
I didn't finish it -- the story lacks substance.
Waste of reading time.
Find no further words.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A really silly book that is not worth your time. April 13 2015
By Pam K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read several Delinsky books and this one is the worst by far. Apparently this book was written early in her career--maybe high school?--and I mean that seriously. It's like the later Delinksy books are written by a totally different person. The hero has no redeeming qualities except that he's handsome. The heroine, who purportedly is a strong, independent and successful attorney, is reduced to mush with just one glance and kiss. She literally can't work, etc., for daydreaming about this jerk who gives no indication that he feels anything for her other than lust. The author goes on....and on....and on about the heroine's feelings about a kiss. It's a silly story with a clunky "thriller" bit thrown in in the last quarter of the book. Do not buy this Delinsky book--go to her later books which are far, far better and more enjoyable and definitely worth the effort. Tip to long time Delinsky readers who have commented--if you can't give a serious and fair critique about this book, then please don't comment at all.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sexual attraction, sexual tension, sexual consummation - Ugg March 3 2014
By Sue Averett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I used to read Barbara Delinsky and loved her books. Unfortunately she has gone the way of other modern writers. I don't understand how she can make a strong woman lawyer into a simpering lovestruck dummy who just takes the abuse from a man that is so handsome she turns to jelly just seeing him. Nothing happens in this book except the sexual attraction stuff. There isn't any story and no issues are resolved to any conclusion. Don't read this unless you are on a deserted island with nothing but this book. Sorry Barbara. Cut the bad writing, give us an interesting story, not that I will ever read you again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shallow read March 17 2014
By gma5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
From the title - Sensuous Burgandy - to the plot, the book was simply an excuse for much breast-beating, sighing and lusting. Should have checked the copyright date before purchasing; it's vintage Delinsky, not one of her newer, meatier novels. No real plot to this book. And what a stretch the title is - not even a visit to the manicurist was involved : ) Not even worth the low price I paid for it.

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