Monday, May 11, 2009

A Couple of Snoozers

I have read a bevy of great books lately, but I've also slept through a couple. Mary Balogh's Then Comes Seduction is not her best work. Katherine Huxtable is just plain boring and so is the story. Margaret's story, At Last Comes Love, is next in line and looks more promising. I'm looking forward to it since I love Balogh and was disappointed in Then Comes Seduction.  My worry that the Huxtables could never compare to the Bedwyns is unfortunately coming true.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next installment.

I also read Christine Feehan's Burning Wild this past week. Not her best effort, I must say. First of all, the beginning of the book details Jake's horrific child abuse at the hands of his parents.  Call me funny, but I just don't think child abuse and romance mix all that well. (This is one of the reasons I don't love contemporary romance...I don't want to be reminded of the horrors of real life, I'm looking for escape.) The rest of the book is basically...well, boring. Hard to believe that a shape-shifting Christine Feehan book could be boring, but there you have it. Too much whining, introspection, how can I learn to love after my shiteous upbringing, blah, blah, blah. And Emma is too good to be true. I am looking forward to the release of the final Drake Sisters novel, Hidden Currents (Elle's story), which will be out on June 30 (my birthday!).  Also, Feehan's newest Carpathian novel Dark Slayer will be released in September of 2009. Dark Slayer is the story of Ivory Malinov and Razvan, and should be a fascinating book. I can't wait!

After finishing Jacquie d'Alessandro's Tempted at Midnight, I went back to read some of her oldies.  I just finished re-reading Red Roses Mean Love (1999), and I want to heartily recommend this book to those of you who have not checked it out.  D'Alessandro is truly a brilliant historical romance writer, and this touching, humorous story is a keeper! 

Please leave a comment with any and all suggestions for me, especially if you have read a romance lately that you adored!
Thanks, Penelope


Mandi said...

I LOVE the Bedwyns. I actually enjoyed First Comes Marriage, more than Next Comes Seduction. I have Then Comes Marriage, I just need to get to it.

I was going to sugest Lord Of Scoundrels, but I see you have already read it:) I just finished it last night and I am IN LOVE with that book.

Have you ever tried Nalini Singh (she writes Psy/Changeling series and Guild Hunter series) or Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series (although that is more urban fantasy..but it does have a hot alpha male:) I also think Jeaniene Frost's Grave series is really has a surprising amount of romance in it.

Penny Watson said...

Mandi, thanks for the suggestions. I have been curious about Nalini Singh...which of her books would you suggest that I start with? Also, don't even get me started on Lord of Scoundrels...that book is The Master of romance novels. I am about to order Katie MacAlister's new book...I love funny, light paranormals!

Mandi said...

Nalini's Psy/Changeling series starts with Slave to Sensation (don't look at the cover - looks like it is from 1985:). It is a five book series so far, another one due out this summer. Shapeshifter romance. The books build on each other...she has created a great world. Her Guild series only has one book so far - Angels' Blood. A bit more UF but there is a Happily Ever After :)

Never read Katie MacAlister...I have heard of her though.

Lord of Scoundrel's is going to stick with me!