Friday, July 30, 2010

Bait and Switch


I am feeling sort of irked right now. I started reading Linda Howard's Open Season based on Amazon recommendations. What I heard....librarian gets a make-over. What I read (in the prologue) is a disturbing account of a young Mexican girl getting raped. Not my idea of fun romance reading. Needless to say, I stopped right there. Even if the rest of this book rocks the house, it is not for me.

So, in order to cleanse my palate, I picked up Lord of Scoundrels. 100% guaranteed awesome re-read. I have been rereading like crazy over the last couple of weeks. Christine Feehan's Dark Series, Amanda Quick's historicals, Stephanie Lauren's Cynster boys, etc. Yesterday I re-read Amanda Quick's Ravished, which is on my top 5 list. It is so good, it propels Jayne Ann Krentz (aka AQ) to goddess status in my eyes. I have a huge number of new books to read on my TBR list, but for some reason I am turning to oldies but goodies.

As for Open Season, yuck. I know a ton of people love this book, but I can't see myself ever returning to it. In my opinion, summer reading should be light, care-free, fun....

Penelope

6 comments:

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Linda Howard is my go-to for re-reads. She's the reason I got into romance - Kill and Tell. But..., but but...I don't like everything she writes. Didn't like Open Season.

Penelope said...

I think I am just too big a wussy for most romantic suspense. Can't handle the violence. I like rainbows, and unicorns, and Scottish guys in kilts...hee hee hee! :)

MsM (Elizabeth Jules Mason) said...

Open Season is one of my ALL TIME favorite Linda Howard books. It was laugh out loud funny- full of humor and lots of hot sexual tension. I just loved it.

:o)

MsM

Penelope said...

Hi Elizabeth....I kept hearing about how funny that book is, but hellfire....the prologue sure isn't funny at all. Maybe I'll give it another chance, but I feel sort of duped at the moment.

MandaM said...

Oh, don't give up on Open Season. I know that beginning is dark, but it's not a darkness that permeates the book. It really is a fun, light-hearted read, and the H/h are a great pair. I totally know where you're coming from regarding these kind of plotlines (why I never read the last of Feehan's Drake series books, which I loved), but the premise of the book is that the heroine sees something she shouldn't and thus gets targeted by the operators of a sex trade organization. I don't think there's any other disturbing scenes like the one from the beginning of the book -- it's just meant to let you know how bad the bad guys are.

Penelope said...

Okay, guys.....I am reading Open Season and now I really like it! (I am speed-reading over the disturbing parts...hee hee!)