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Did I mention that I got a new puter back in June? Actually, I know I didnt cause I was away for quite a while. Anyhoo, I got a scanner to go with it and now can get back to scanning (I was originally typing them out) some old articles that I kept for a nostalgic look back. Next up is Julia Quinn’s first ever profile in Romantic Times #134 (May 1995). Dude, look at her photo! She looks like she’s 16. Click image to enlarge.

I also scanned the bottom half of the page in case you wanted to read about Marjorie Farrell. According to her good friend Mary Jo Putney, Farrell has gone back to teaching and is no longer writing (but never say never). For my review of the book she was promoting at that time – Sweet Awakeningclick here.

If you want to see the other old articles I’ve done, click the category “Old Articles” on the right hand column.

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A happy camper. Not.

I am not feeling too good. One of those stomach virus. Current reading is not helping. 😦

I just read a book and its sequel which has one of those things that is guaranteed to depress me. Ever since I got mad when Wilfred chose the insipid Rowena over the gorgeous, brave Rebecca in Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, I realized that Love Triangles are not for me. They almost never turn out the way I want them to which is vastly frustrating. Seventeen years later, I am still pissed that Margot picked that Duke of Slut over witty Robin in MJP’s The Controversial Countess (later revised as Petals in the Storm). Bloody *(^%$)*& ! I can feel my blood pressure rising just thinking about it. *Deep breaths*Deep breaths* (Yes, I know that witty Robin did get his own HEA later but he wanted Margot and he should have gotten Margot!!!!! They went through hell together.)

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Title: The Bride Thief (2002)
Author: Jacquie D’Alessandro
Genre: Regency Historical, Stand Alone Novel, 357 pages
Sensuality: PG

Reason for Reading: recommendations on message boards

Grade: B

At six-and-twenty, Samantha Briggeham knew her marital prospects were fading by the season and she was pleased by the thought. She had no intention of being betrothed–especially against her will–to a man she did not love. She had a plan…and it didn’t include being swept into a pair of powerful arms and spirited away by a masked rider. News of Sammie’s heroic rescue from undesired wedlock turned her into the toast of the ton, wooed by suitors far and wide. But she couldn’t forget the swashbuckling brigand who’d abducted her–something about him intrigued her completely. Then she met Eric Landsdowne, the dashing and seductive Earl of Wesley.His exploits were legendary, his life filled with danger. He was the elusive Bride Thief, who had his own reasons for helping young women escape the unhappy fate of arranged marriages, and whose true identity was a scrupulously guarded secret. But from the moment he rescued Sammie–only to discover she’d already managed to get herself un-betrothed–Eric knew he couldn’t lose her a second time. Marriage was out of the question. Which left only one option: A clandestine affair that might lead to scandal, social ruin, and the unmasking of a love-bested legend. . .

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Mount TBRI’ve been eyeing my TBR in preparation of TBR Day which is next Wednesday. On that day, a group of bloggers are going to post reviews of books from their TBR Pile on the same Wednesday of each month. If you’re interested in participating, details can be found here. (There are incentives!)

So I’ve been looking at my TBR and some of the books in there have been buried for so long that I really have no idea when I acquired the book much less why I acquired the book to read. These and maybe the the review coming up on Friday are the ones I decided to reject for full reviews so just a pithy comment or two (hopefully). (more…)

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I was just doing my shopping list for upcoming books to buy in the next few months. I noticed that the cover and blurb for Madeline Hunter’s new book Secrets of Surrender (coming May 20th!) has been posted on Amazon. *fangurl squeal*

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Grade: B

Pages: 354
Genre: Regency Historical
Sensuality: PG-13

Note: this is the second of a four-book series. I highly recommend that you read the first book, Sleepless at Midnight, first.

Plot: Caroline, a widowed Viscountess, still mourns the death of her late husband even after 3 years. Yet, she has been feeling her loneliness a lot lately, especially after reading the book that has taken society by storm — the explicit Memoirs of a Mistress — six times! Surely, that is what is making her suspectible to the practiced charms of the rakish Daniel, Lord Surbrooke, a man who has been hankering after her for ten yrs.

Short and to the point: Typical Avon offering — frothy, fun, and sexy.

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I remember this time last year: I was on some forum and was amazed at the sheer number of books my fellow posters could go thru in a year. I am a slow reader and i consider myself lucky if i read over 150 books in a year. Well — if I count rereads and books that I only finished half of — I did read over 160+ romances this year. The entire list can be found here.

I was hoping to put away over 200 this year but it just didnt happen. Of the 160+ books, about 66 were published in 2007. Of those 66, these five are the ones that I remember with the most affection looking back. In no particular order:

Just Wicked Enough by Lorraine Heath
This is the second book in a series which the author is stretching out a bit just to torture me. I found the premise intriguing when Heath was doing the blogging rounds in promotion of the book. A nobleman selling himself in marriage to the highest bidder; very Consuelo Vanderbilt, I thought. I didnt like either the H/H in the beginning but I loved the way that Heath revealed their layers slowly and made the romance painful and believable. Some authors just click for me where so many others dont for whatever reason. I can see all the manipulations in Heath’s writing a mile away, she uses no bells-and-whistles but it still leaves me a sobbing mess at the end of most of her books.

And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
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