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More than a Mistress
More than a Mistress
by Mary Balogh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good depth of characters but hero is barbaric and there is n, June 16 2003
Jocelyn is everything a Regency rake ought to be-rude, arrogant, overbearing, not a pleasant person at all. Jane is the typical heroine who starts out mousy and then shows her true colours. She may see some redeeming features in Jocelyn, but most of us would not. He is a fraud and has no notion of how to love anyone except himself. As for her, she is accused of murder and yet does nothing to try to help herself. He has to sort out all her problems for her, and then she is angry when he does.
The getting to know each other part works out well enough, but the whole novel is watered down by the continuous and ridiculous vendetta of the Forbes brothers when Jocelyn has supposedly slept with their sister and allows everyone to go on thinking it even when his own bother is killed.
Yes, he may play the piano and paint like an angel but he has few redeeming features and the way he speaks to Jane and treats her is appalling. The so-called love scenes are extremely unsexy, along the lines of a business arrangement, and his hatred of her when he feels he has been betrayed is appalling. Her 'betrayal' consists of not having quite worked up the courage to tell him that she is wanted for murder. She wants to have one happy month with him before she turns herself in and faces the consquences, except they get one week and then he finds out. In any event, this would not be something most people would blurt out to a man who has told her he just wants her for sex, nothing more.
His insistence that he must marry her because she is an earl's daughter, and his resentment because of this, is offensive in the extreme and we never get a true sense of commitment at all. The ending where the boring beau tries to get her back is also throwing up yet another obstacle in the path of the couple, leaving us with the sense that he only married her so no one else could have her as if she is some horse bought at Tattersall's. I prefer my heroines with more spine and my heroes less Neanderthal. She tries to give us explanations for why he is like that, but in all honesty the past is the past and the very fact that he has a house to keep his mistress in shows he is not the kind of person who can be redeemed because all women are objects for his amusement only, including Jane throughout the book.

Fantasy Lover
Fantasy Lover
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive romance with some fun bits, June 13 2003
I really enjoyed this book because the character Julian was given such depth. There were a few loose ends to be tied up at the end which the author lost sight of, like thinking he saw his friend and the rather lame ending with Priapus, but on the whole it was a gripping read. The quirky elements did not get to silly (Selena the tarot card reader, for example) and the essence of New Orleans was captured very well. The main unbelievable point was how they could resist each other for a whole month spent in bed reading Peter Pan and the Iliad! Not possible with a man that hunky. The sensuality level was ok, but the only love scene a bit of a let down since we already knew what was going to happen because of Cupid's prophecy. Also, the whole stalker thing was resolved a bit too readily to my mind, and no one seems to be too upset by it in the end-not exactly true to life. So on the whole, a fun read, and lot better than her other books.

Night Games
Night Games
by Nina Bangs
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Game over, June 13 2003
I hated this book. It had all of the sizzle of a wet noodle. First of all, I loathe the books which stereotype Ireland and include it just as a place which appears to be romantic, with castles and so on. The villain of the piece is so lame as to be totally unbelievable, and Brian has all the sensuality of a galloping stallion. The friends he brings along only produce low comedy and water down the whole book. The heroine had as much backbone as a jellyfish. The quirky aunt and the supernatural elements have been done to death by this stage. The only thing which wasnï¿t included in this kitchen sink of a book which also had futurist and alien elements was a bunch of cheeky red-haired kids with freckles. Thank God. The only love scenes in the book are exceptionally dull, and this from a man who can supposedly bring four women to satisfaction a once in less than two minutes. This is not quite as bad as the Pleasure Master by the same author, but it is still pretty dull.

Seduced
Seduced
by Pamela Britton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read but the title is misleading, June 10 2003
This review is from: Seduced (Mass Market Paperback)
This was not a bad book, though I found the humor and the parenthetical sentences, and the authorial stance with the whole first chapter introducing the hero and heroine in a very laboured manner, very off putting.
The main problem with the book is that Elizabeth is never seduced at all. A couple of moderately warm scenes and 'a first time together scene' worthy of only the worst in 'romance' are totally forgettable. Tying up virgins and abandoning them without a word of explanation is really not the way to their heart. There isn't enough heat between them to sustain these scenes. A romance is the hero and heroine falling in love, not arguing continually and talking about nothing but sex (which they never do!)
Lucien is also completely inconsistent at times and there are big gaps in the story re the pirates and the death of his brother. Our heroine is a worthy match for him, but Elizabeth is apt to be far too changeable at times.
The comedy is clever and witty one minute, downright vulgar the next. This would have been a much better book without it on the whole; after what Lucien has been through the brooding hero in the ruined castle is more consistent than the man who decides to ruin her reputation at a ball because he is bored, and ends up having to marry her to save both their reputations. Witty repartee is one thing, challenges to seduce the servants (which she does go through with) and detailed descriptions of male anatomy quite another. not to mention deliberately embarrassing each other in public all the time because they have so little respect for one another, especially at their own wedding.
The whole of the book is littered with grammar and punctuation errors, making the whole seem even more slap dash. Ms. Britton writes with verve but she loses sight of what she is writing and the style and tone swings are far too glaring to make this a smooth easy read. She has some interesting and sexy characters and does not need to try so hard to make them so with feathers and powdered sugar and bananas. It just doesn't work. And has been done far better elsewhere, lots of times before.
One final point-most of the action takes place over 2 days on their honeymoon-all of her anguish and love is just not believable given the extent to which she and he hardly know each other.
Having said that I really like Lucien despite the flaws in the writing and his character, though the whole is he a rake or not was really not handled very well or clearly at all. I would love to have seen some real intimacy between them in the epilogue. On the whole, an entertaining read, but I hope the next book will be a lot better.

Slightly Wicked
Slightly Wicked
by Mary Balogh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars More than slightly boring, June 9 2003
Rannulf is one of the better Bedwyns originally introduced in A Summer to Remember, but he is by no means a sterling character. He supposedly treats every woman as a sex object, but a meeting with "Claire Campbell" who pretends to be an actress but is really a vicar's daughter seemingly changes all that.
The trouble is, he is so dull. A typical aristocrat with nothing to do all day but have fun. Gradually he tried to help his dying gran, but on the whole he is just a dull stick.
Our heroine has a bit of verve, but she protests too much about being unworthy of him, and allows herself to be a doormat to her awful relatives. His change of heart and mind in only two weeks is also a bit ridiculous especially in view of the voluptuous blonde he is supposed to be getting engaged to. The getting to know each other part is so wooden at times that when we finally get another love scene at about page 280 we really don't care. They are strictly a plain vanilla couple all the way, totally lacking in sensuality. I like the characters but it was so obvious they were going to marry just by dint of his strong will that the endless scheming by the villains of the piece just got tedious. Some of the dialogue from Rannulf was so wooden I wanted to stick him in the forest they kept vanishing to in order to be alone and just leave him there. The only saving grace of the book is her heroine going from ugly duckling to swan, but I am not so sure Rannulf really knows what love is. Or the author real romance and passion.

From Boardwalk with Love
From Boardwalk with Love
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish, June 6 2003
I didn't think it would be possible to be even more fatuous than Austin Powers, but this author succeeds.
I almost cheered when I found a full English sentence. The books read at about the level of "See Spot Run."
As for amusing, if you like slapstick comedy, fine, if not, forget it.
As for sexy, there are 2 love scenes in the whole of the book you have to wait until page 300 for.
A romance is supposed to be a guy and girl falling in love, not continually tearing around all over the place with absurd gadgets and even more absurd dialogue, and eventually deciding they might as well go to bed together to see how it works out.

Lair of the Lion
Lair of the Lion
by Christine Feehan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read., June 3 2003
I really enjoyed this-it was quite unusual and not heavy handed in terms of the supernatural elements. There were a couple of bad bits like the romance scenes being a bit too wooden and lacking in sensuality, and his long mane of golden hair flowing all over the place got to be a bit silly after a while. The Don was also a bit too Alpha male at times, but given his nature and the curse that is to be forgiven.

The Black Angel
The Black Angel
by Barbara Samuel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A glorious read, June 3 2003
This review is from: The Black Angel (Paperback)
An excellent book. My first quibble is I really did not like Riana the heroine very much-even her brothers tell her she isn't the kind of woman suited to Tynan and she has to grow and develop throughout the book to be worthy of him. She is emotionally dishonest and a real cow as well as coward at times. He change of heart happens a bit too suddenly in the last 20 pages or so of the book. Lots of loose ends were NOT tied up, a cheat for the reader, especially as there is not a series so far as I can see.
My main quibble is that it could have done with much better editing. There were absurd typos and grammatical mistakes which any editor with half a brain should have picked up on and it diminished the overall power of the author's work.
I also was not convinced by the details of what happened in Ireland and his Catholicism-it is not something that can be hidden that easily, and he was a bit too mercurial at times. The getting to know you part of the romance was excellent, but there seems very little to love about her at times, and even she accuses him of just being obsessed with her breasts, which you can hardly blame the guy for if she is always flashing them at him. Intense sensuality within he bounds of taste make this an excellent read despite the quibbles.

Suddenly You
Suddenly You
by Lisa Kleypas
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was sorely disappointed, June 2 2003
I wish someone would define sensual for me. Inserting raspberries and back door action doesn't really do it for me nor for a lot of other readers, I suspect.
Apart from that there is not much sizzle in the book at all, and his consummation of their relationship in a carriage is not the least romantic. The only thing that as improved is the sex is finally consensual in the book; often in a Kleypas novel it isn't.
Amanda is a twit-she lets' herself be talked out of her relationship and neither of them seem to c are enough about he other to fight for each other. She fully intends to marry another and them being forced to marry just does not convince us they will live happily ever after. For two people who inhabit the world of words they say very little to one another and can't ever admit their feelings.
They are both emotionally shallow and cowards even though they have no great depth of emotion for each other anyway. Another unmemorable novel which would have done better as a really intense short story than a long-winded narrative.

Catching Midnight
Catching Midnight
by Emma Holly
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Neither erotic nor sensual nor romantic, June 2 2003
I have to admit I really like Ms. Holly's erotic books (esp Cooking up a Storm). In fact, I think she has the potential to be a really spicy writer.
Alas, she has tried to go mainstream romance paranormal in this book and has ended up with a hopeless hash that her editor really should have known better than to publish.

The first complaint-the loves scenes are so toned down no as to be total plain vanilla between the hero and the heroine. But she commits the cardinal sin of having her heroine have a really spicy romance scene at the start of the book with her ex, and the lion's share of the rest of the 'loves scenes' is the manipulative woman who is the heroine's enemy using her power on an unsuspecting priest and the hero's brother.
Repeat after me: a romance is a hero and heroine falling in love.
There are only three scenes which really count between the hero and heroine and the rest is her disguised as a hawk. She is an upyr, a half vampire half werewolf, but the supernatural bits are not really thrilling enough or fully consistent in the book. There was no genuine commitment or even conversation between the couple-I could never figure out why he was supposed to be so heroic. He was a knight at Poitiers? So were lots of others. The obsessive sister in law as villain is also pretty weak. The truly intriuing characters get no real airtime, like her 'father'-but why introduce so many if it is only going to detract from the couple.
Ms. Holly is undoubtedly a writer with talent, but Beyond Seduction and Beyond Innocence were actually better than this novel because at least she was writing with some verve and style, and some passion, even if they were not very typical of what romance readers want (proposed menage a quatres and back door action, for example).
Some of the sentences in this book were unreadable. There are plenty of other werewolf and vampire stories far more sensual (or erotic if you prefer). I am giving it two stars because she ought be be encouraged to try to be a better writer, but not many people have the luxury of cutting their teeth in a major publishing house, and most of them would be too embarrassed. Give this one a miss.

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