J to tha M: What We’re Reading

2013: What We’ve Read and Liked. A lot.

medium_4186292315J:  Our favorite reads of the year. First, I should thank you for getting me to read again

it’s been a fun year

and I’ve been amazed at how much time I actually have to read when I make myself do it

M:  when you look forward to it

I still maintain you can’t write if you don’t read

for a whole myriad of reasons

plus, just the whole experience and worlds reading opens

I love

J:  for me, I didn’t think I could write if I did read. because I wanted all my free time to go toward writing

of course, I still only read just before bed

so more often than not, I pass out before I even open the kindle app

but I’m getting there

M:  I’ve read so many book this year, I’d be scared to keep count

but a few stick in my mind as favorites

J:  I’m guessing a few of those favorites will match mine

M:  Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series, of course

Red, The Better To See You, Along Came a Spider

J:  yep

if I named a number one, that would be it

M:  Yes. Downloading Red was one of the best things I did this past year

and still my best example of how offering free days for your ebook works big time

I love everything about that series and her writing

jeebus, her imagination

J:  the connections she makes

and the leaps that don’t end up being leaps at all

Nate is still my number one hero for the year, but he’s closely followed by Ivan from Delphine Dryden’s first in the Science of Temptation series, The Theory of Attraction

because geek

M:  Kate does great heroes. All three so far are great.

And I did like Ivan, too

but the Transplanted Tales series just has it all, in my opinion. Solid writing, amazing world-building, great characters, hunky heroes, intriguing plots

can’t go wrong

and, I’ve rec’d to a ton of people and haven’t heard that even one didn’t enjoy

my mom actually went and ordered the print copies from her local bookseller to have and hold, she enjoyed so much

J:  well, plus Kate’s super nice

M:  oh, yes. that’s just a bonus

Great series and an author who is so, so nice and genuine

she deserves all the good

J:  I agree

what’s next?

M:  Ben Monopoli, of course

Homo Action Love Story: A Tall Tale was just a huge, rollicking romp

J:  oh, I finally read it!

M:  and?

J:  oh, I loved

silly question

I don’t know why I forgot to mention

I read it a couple months ago while we were kind of on hiatus

M:  I think Boots McHenry gets the award for best character name ever

J:  I have to agree with you there

but if I were to choose my favorite of his three, you know I’d go with The Cranberry Hush

M:  all his books make the list

so many feels, and such amazing diversity in his writing while still maintaining that level of response

J:  I’ve not cried so hard reading a book in ages

M:  to me, that’s the sign of a good writer

J:  also, nice guy

M:  also very nice guy, yes

J:  but seriously. Sobbed.

M:  amazing story

J:  who’s next?

M:  well, I know you didn’t read, and I have some things to say about this one

J:  off you go

M:  Lover At Last by JR Ward

J:  oh yeah

M:  I loved and hated this one – I have such complicated and conflicting feels

I love Qhuinn. Love him. One of my all-time favorite fictional characters

But JR Ward. Argh. The Black Dagger Brotherhood has become so frustrating

I loved this one because Qhuinn finally got his HEA

but, the completely outrageous lack of research and expectation of suspension of disbelief – the plane scene, for example. So outrageously wrong in so many ways.

And…his and Blay’s story had so much potential to be amazing. Super amazing, with all the feels, because he’s such a complicated character that feels so much himself (and did I mention amazing? ‘Cause he is)

I can’t help feeling it missed the mark in living up to all that

J:  sometimes it’s hard to live up to the potential, especially if there’s just SO MUCH potential

M:  well, I know there was a lot of expectation for this particular book

but this series started out with great emotion and feels, but has kind of gone away from that as it continues

I mean, as I’m reading, I could actually note the scenes where the opportunity for something amazing was there, but just wasn’t developed

not just an overall sense of overhyped expectation not met, if that makes sense

J:  it does

I’m sad it didn’t quite hit the mark

but sounds like it still left an impression

I have the first one in the series, Dark Lover, packed in my laptop bag for tomorrow, btw

M:  worth the read

the series and characters are so great and so frustrating at the same time

my mom and I call it the “Yay! Factor”

you know it’s wrong and stupid, but…”Yay!” You’re so caught up, you don’t care.

J:  well, I’ll finally know what all the fuss is about

M:  we could do months worth of chats on both the awesome and the wtf-ery of that series

J:  heh

let me get caught up

I’ll let you know after I read the first

anything else on your list for the year?

M:  I’m really enjoying Kit Rocha’s Beyond series, as far as erotica

Beyond Shame, Beyond Control, Beyond Pain so far

I know you weren’t as enamored, but I’m hooked

And CD Reiss’s Song of Submission series was a good alternative to Fifty, right up until the last part of the serial/series – book 7

I disliked so much, it ruined the whole experience. Big bummer.

J:  oh, I started that one

but didn’t go past the first

M:  no? Didn’t like?

J:  I think maybe the hype for BDSM?

I dunno

because I loved Del Dryden’s stuff

but it wasn’t the same old thing, either

M:  what were your faves?

J:  well, definitely Kate and Ben

and then my little geek love kick brought me to Delphine Dryden’s The Science of Temptation series

which I just adored

but that’s because I do love the betas

M:  I really liked the first one of the series

I haven’t read the rest, but I will

J:  and then I loved Charlotte Stein’s Control and Power Play

again, beta heroes

M:  I don’t think I’ve read those yet

J:  I enjoy her a lot

very deep pov

takes a bit to get used to it

feeling EVERYTHING the heroine feels

but then you’re so deep you can’t get out

M:  I read another of Charlotte Stein’s that was like that

did take a little getting used to, but I enjoyed

the one with them on a boat – Curve Ball

J:  oh, shit. Elizabeth Hunter

how could I forget?

Her vampire series, Elemental Mysteries, was excellent. A Hidden Fire, This Same Earth, The Force of Wind, A Fall of Water

but her new book and series The Irin Chronicles, is just wow

The Scribe

I loved

cannot wait for the next one

M:  I enjoy her stories, too

J:  I liked them enough to buy them for my mom

I don’t usually do that

the only other author I’ve sent her way is you

M:  there is a meandering-ish quality to her stuff that keeps her just on the edge of making my fave of the year list, I have to admit

I can’t quite put my finger on it

J:  have you read The Scribe yet?

it had a slow start, but all those things that made me pause in the vampire series were smoothed out in this one

M:  I did, and I liked

maybe too much time spent in the character’s heads? I’m not sure

J:  perhaps

but then we really know the character, too

M:  definitely a new fave author

J:  something she seems to like to do is make the good guy appear to be the bad guy in the beginning

I think that might be the extent of my faves this year

M:  I do like the good guy/bad guy juxtaposition

a couple new-to-me authors I’m looking forward to reading more of next year

Karen Rose – I read her You Belong to Me, romantic suspense

really liked it

and Rebecca Zanetti.  I had a ton of love for the first in her Sins Brothers series, Forgotten Sins, up until one certain scene that seemed just way over the top for me, and then the story and heroine took a completely different turn. So weird. The first 2/3 I loved a lot. Last 1/3, not so much

but I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series, Sweet Revenge, to see if it is as awesome as the beginning of the first book

J:  I choose stuff based on what’s in front of me at that moment

so I don’t even know what I’m looking forward to

I know there’s more from Kate SeRine coming

and Ben has a novella out that I need to get

M:  the next two in the Transplanted Tales will be out in 2014

J:  I’ll be all over those

M:  Grimm Consequences – more about Nate and Red

and Gideon’s book, Ever After

J:  guh. Gideon.

M:  Wait. Whaaaaat? Ben has a novella out?

the hell? and how did I not know?

J:  erm

I forgot to tell you?

Stag: A Story

M:  well, if that isn’t the perfect brb ending, I don’t know what is.

gonna go order.

brb

Happy Holidays, everyone!!

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J to tha M: What We’re Reading

You Keep Using That Word

Princess Bride the 3M:  I did read some interesting books this week

not sure if you’ve had the time

I know how busy you’ve been the past couple weeks

J:  oh yeah? I didn’t get to read much at all. kept passing out the moment I opened kindle

M:  a couple I think you’d like

J:  oh, do share

I need to get some for the flight tomorrow

M:  Maid for Love by Marie Force

It was free – go download now! Part of a series – I’d read more

she wrote the Fatal Mistake book I talked about – the one with the baseball player that screwed up and was murdered

and I liked her writing to try another of her books – glad I did

this was cute and feel good

J:  and I like those

M:  yes, I thought of you while reading

nicely done.

I had a sports romance collection bundle of three books that I finally got around to reading

called Play Hard, and that’s still free right now, too.

J:  clever

M:  the first story was Fastball by VK Sykes – baseball player

I liked it after a slowish start

pulled me right along. The plot climax was a little far-fetched but still, a fun read all in all

a few homonym issues – the dreaded callused/calloused

and discreet/discrete that I can recall off the top of my head. Also a series I’d read the next

But…

the second – a hockey story – I really liked

Offside by Juliana Stone

the heroine is a female hockey player

this was really well done as far as the hockey and the uniqueness of the plot

J:  ooh, a hockey story you liked

there’s a rarity

M:  the hockey stuff was all spot on – she had me at “blown inside edge” of her skate

J:  heh

M:  and the UST – oh boy

I wanted to slap the snot out of both of them and shake the kindle. “Just do it, ffs!”

all in a very good way

just enjoyed all of it – about triplet sisters, so there’s more that I definitely plan to get

but so well done with the relationships and interactions between all the characters

J:  no dumb heroines for the sake of plot?

M:  no, not really

the only complaint I have is about the blatant comma abuse

and it was pretty bad

but I liked the everything else so much I just cringed a little and rolled along

oh, and the fact the hero had a hard on a couple times while wearing his jock (full cup, I’d guess, if he was in hockey gear)

From what I understand, that’s not only near impossible but extremely uncomfortable

the third I’d already read – The Proposition by Jennifer Lyon. He’s a super-rich MMA fighter

and I liked that one, too, but it’s a serial thing and $2.99 for each of the next two episodes

so that would be like seven dollars for the entire story (the first installment is .99)

I think I got the first free a while back. So, $6 for the entire book, and…eh

doesn’t compel me to buy at that price. 99 cents for each, I’d snap it up. Maybe even 1.99

J:  that is kind of pricey

but I’ve paid $6 for good kindle books before

M:  yes, so have I. And I’ve paid that and more for a serial that just snagged my interest

really was good, don’t get me wrong

but…I’m still skeevy about the serial book thing and the cost of each short, making people buy the next to finish the story

I’m better if I just see the whole cost up front, like a bundle, and then decide to buy or not

I don’t know

and then I started another story – I hate to name names, but omg – I DNF

she used words that don’t mean what she thinks they mean

and did that A Lot

to the point I made kind of a game out of it and giggled and highlighted, but there were so many, that stopped being fun about 30% in

J:  ooh

we could make something like that a drinking game

M:  seriously

it was o.O

“the gate opened with grandeur slowness.”

I see the author acknowledges her editor

oh no, she paid for this? :(

I mean, sometimes there were three instances of not-right words on a single page

is there a term for that? When you use a word that isn’t right?

J:  I think it’s just called “wrong”

M:  Heh. A Princess Bride word – “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

J:  bless

well, I read a couple more holiday ones

one was Sleigh Bells in the Snow

and we could make a drinking game of how many times she used the word “chemistry”

story was wonderful

made me feel all warm and fuzzy

and then she’d use that damn word again

sometimes twice in one page

sorry. author was Sarah Morgan

the first time I read it, I thought, “cute. what a nice way to put it.”

665th time, I was “omg. if this guy wasn’t so cute…”

but he was cute

and that made enjoying it easier

but she should fire her editor for not catching that

M:  I hate when little stuff like that pulls you out of a great story

J:  I wish I’d had time to read more

but I did actually sleep well this past week

so there’s that

M:  Hopefully you’ll have some relaxation time during your holiday trip to Ireland. I’ll miss you.

J:  Leaving tomorrow. Speaking of which, I better go pack.

brb


J to tha M: What We’re Reading

Holiday Fluffclouds and a Little Rant

One Guess Who is on the Fluffcoud and Who is Ranting

medium_329408716M:  I realized we were talking about sports romance books last week, but as usual, I went off on a tangent

you are allowed to kick me back into line

as you well know

J:  nah

it turned out to be a really fun chat

any time I can rail on about DARK SECRETS is a fun time

I read Delphine Dryden’s latest last night – The Principle of Desire

cute

cute cute

M:  you liked?

J:  I did

still not as good as the first, The Theory of Attraction, but I liked a lot

M:  I’ve been plowing through a few books

most are the first in series, and most I’ll put on my list to buy more eventually

I just have to at least make a dent in what I’ve got on my Kindle carousel

J:  what I read depends so much on my mood

I have a bunch of stuff I downloaded and may never get to

because I find myself in the mood for something completely different

M:  which holiday ones did you read?

J:  Maybe my favorite was the…

oh, embarrassing

I read a LOT of Christmas ones :-\

Okay

Brenda Novak’s Take Me Home for Christmas was really good

part of the Whiskey Creek series

I’ll buy more of those

didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous ones, either

wasn’t afraid to push some buttons

like the hero dating someone else in the middle of the story, someone the reader can’t help but like

not the typical villainess

White Lie Christmas by Christine Bell and Riley Murphy

one of those friends-to-lovers-by-way-of-fake-engagement things but done pretty well. I liked it

cute fluffy thing

Ummm

Christmas at Copper Mountain I liked a lot

cowboy

broody

dark

sexy

lots of “dark secrets” but none that made me go “oh ffs”

it was a sweet read

and then a bunch of little shorts from Entangled that were too rushed and too fluffy to even mention by name

M:  I did read Jeanette’s When It’s Right – it’s a New Year’s Eve story

I liked. very cute

J:  oh, please tell me it’s not the usual NA

M:  it was NA-ish. they are out of college

hero has a job – a good, solid one. ummm, can’t remember what she does

J:  ohthankgod

will buy tonight

M:  the beginning took me a page or two to get into, but purely technical stuff because my editing hat was still on

nothing anyone else would probably even notice

a bunch of “it” and passive stuff. but then that even went away, and I was along for the ride

I definitely recommend, esp. if you’re looking for a short holiday story

J:  I do love them

they make me feel festive

M:  back to our sports hero kick. I read a couple

one is actually the sports sub plot one I mentioned last week – the one that made me a little ranty

dare I bring up?

J:  well, I know I’m curious

M:  The book was one of Marie Force’s Fatal Series – Fatal Mistake

I’ve heard them mentioned – suspense romance genre type – popular

and overall the book really was good – writing, plot, etc.

a very obvious riff of JR Robb’s In Death series, but I love those, so sounds good

and not so obvious it was eye rolly. She’s a police detective, homicide, he’s a super rich politician. Close enough to be noticeable, but different enough I rolled with it

but the plot was about the murder of a baseball player who missed an easy out to take the home team to the World Series

great plot, right?

J:  yeah

I’d read that

M:  and here we enter into one of those things that bug me, but other people might not even notice

that happens, you know

heh

J:  it does

M:  a lot of the conflict and tension centers around the fact the entire team, right up through management, is so pissed at the guy for missing the pop fly, they go on and on about it to outsiders. Like, totally ream him, say he deserved to die. They all sounded like raving, crazy, mob-mentality fans

and while it’s only human to think that down in the deepest part of yourself, this WOULD NEVER HAPPEN

J:  but she needed suspects

M:  and just to be sure, I asked hubs and other friends, who as you know, are actual athletes

and they were all wtf?

well, and all the crazy ranty blaming might not have been so bad, but the way the author described the game, there were other players who screwed up, too

like the pitcher, who walked the winning run

no one is mad at him?

J:  right

lazy

M:  and again, wouldn’t be so bad, but the point is hammered home again and again

and everyone goes on and on to outsiders about it

J:  she needed suspects so she made them all hate him

M:  yeah, I got that, but she could have had the same suspects without the constant hammering

I mean, from what I know of professional team athletes, when something like that happens, sure they’re pissed

but most are brooding about what they could have done better or what they did wrong to put one of their teammates in that position, where the entire game hinges on one play

that’s the team’s fault

and I still would have been okay if it was just mentioned in passing

but the entire story went on and on about it

but, I have to say, other than that, the story was pretty good

haha – I feel like that joke about Lincoln. “But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”

But if you like romantic suspense, the series would be worth checking out. this book was like the fifth in the series

and the first one of the bunch I’ve read

J:  sorry it made you ragey

M:  it’s another of those that kind of amped my reaction, because I really liked it, and then…doh!

those are so darn frustrating

the other sports one I read was a hockey hero

and I liked that one, too, just a couple of minor irritations

the Hot Ice series by Lily Harlem. I read the first one  – Hired

not bad. the hockey action scenes were pretty darn good and I liked the characters

the only pulled-me-out-of-the-story things were, one, it’s obvious the writer is English

a couple phrases here and there, mostly in dialog

but she did hit one of my big peeves in hockey romances

J:  did he cry?

M:  hahahaha – no

that would have been a oh hell no and delete off my kindle – omg, you’re going to get me worked up about that story again

heh – I’m still chuckling. that was a good one

No, this was something I’ve seen in a few hockey romances and it makes me **grr** every time

so, here’s the thing. Take note. NHL players DO NOT WEAR CAGES

unless they have a face injury, maybe

watch a game, dammit

A visor, sometimes. A cage? No. Just no

and again, if it would have only been one quick mention, I would have cringed, grimaced, growled, and moved on

but she mentioned it a number of times on a number of different players

argh

but another story I’d recommend with stuff that probably bothers no one other than me

J:  well, fortunately, you write all the hockey stuff in our hockey romance

soooo

M: oh boy

J:  I have a hockey romance on my list to read

M:  which one?

J:  Breakaway. The Penalty Kill Trilogy is the series

oh, you have it marked to read, too

Goodreads is creepy sometimes

M:  I think you mentioned that one a while ago

that’s why I marked it as to-read

J:  it’s new adult

and probs has some dark secrets and assholery

but I’m gonna give it a shot

M:  Tattoos? Does he play in a band?

J:  probably

all of the above

M:  I read a NA one, another start of a series. It was okay/pretty good. I liked the voice and the writing

1st person and changed POV just about every chapter, which I usually find annoying

Not much real plot or conflict, or a lot of character development, tbh

but despite all that, I read it all the way through and am interested in reading the series

I get the feeling this one might be the set up for the others. maybe they have more development

JA Huss – Tragic. The Rook and Ronin series

I know nothing about modeling or photography, but I kept reading

J:  you kind of made it sound terrible. heh

M:  It wasn’t, though. One of those I don’t know why I liked it, but I did

J:  no plot

wandering POV

no character development

M:  I know. I was about halfway through and was like, wait. where’s the conflict? where is this going? why do I care?

and then, shrug, and kept reading

J:  that’s almost a talent in itself

to write a whole book without those vital things and make people still want to read it

M:  it was the voice, I think. did pull me in

J:  I’m amused

M:  and dark secrets without being DARK SECRETS!

borderline, but I was okay with it

and if you’re into historicals, I read the first in the Devil DeVere series by Victoria Vane

A Wild Night’s Bride

insta love and marriage between a noble and an actress, which would be totally impossible, but there you go

I enjoyed. A fun romp

J:  have to be in the mood for historicals

haven’t been in a while

M:  it was cute. not very long

J:  how historic?

M:  Dunno. Honestly, I never pay attention to the period – I know, I know. Historical lovers would probably throw tomatoes at me

um, maybe Regency or Victorian?

oh, wait, it has Prince George in it

if they go to balls, wear big dresses, and ride in carriages, to me, it’s historical.

*nods*

J:  fair enough

M:  when you say fair enough that usually means “get off the crazy train, M”

J:  nope

that’s not always what I mean

in this case, I mean, that’s all I’d know about historical

M:  haha – not always. You’re a funny guy (sorry, Goodfellas reference)

not “always” what you mean

love you

J:  heh

love you, too

M:  Taking a swan dive off the fluffcloud

brb

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J to tha M: What We’re Reading

Same Old Story

medium_2252983146M:  I’ve been reading a lot

so many, I can put them in categories

big authors, YA/NA, romantic suspense, paranormal, m/m

J:  I’ve been reading a lot of sports romance

oh, and I read a Ruthie Knox holiday romance

cute cute cute

M:  which sports romances?

J:  mostly from Entangled

a cute football series, MMA, boxing

uh

Karen Erickson, Gina L Maxwell and Christine Bell

respectively

M:  I’ve liked everything I’ve read from Karen Erickson

oh, and Christine Bell’s Dirty Trick was on sale a while back. You read and liked, so I bought. Haven’t read that yet, though.

I’ve read a few YA/NA some I liked, most left me very eh

oh! Jeanette Grey’s new one got delivered to my Kindle last night

I plan on reading that tonight

J:  Oh, crap

what’s the name of her new one?

I had it marked somewhere and then promptly forgot

it looked cute

M:  When It’s Right

J:  thank you

Dirty Trick is cute

familiar trope

kind of “siiiiiiigh, really?” in places, but she made me not care

M:  I do have to talk about the NA/YA ones

J:  please do

M:  I read a couple really popular ones – they were free or on big sale, so I thought I’d try

J:  you know how I feel about most of them

M:  yeah

J:  I’ll try not to go all ranty on you again

M:  I feel pretty much the same, and most of the ones I read recently did nothing to change my opinion much

hoping Jeanette’s keeps my faith

So, I read The Edge of Never from JD Redmerski

so many raves about it, thought I’d give it a go

and…

eh

wasn’t bad, really, just very…

eh

have you read it?

J:  I haven’t, no

I think I’ve only vaguely heard of it

looking it up now

M:  it was a self pub that got picked up by a big six, I think

the writing wasn’t bad, but it had huge plot holes and did fall into the typical cliches of the genre

J:  oh nooooooo

M!

Dark Secrets

there are Dark Secrets in the flipping summary

M:  yeah. find me a NA without Dark Secrets

but in this one, oh, the plot holes

and Drama for drama’s sake

not entirely impressed

I fell into the “yada yada, let’s just get this over with” and didn’t take much away from the reading experience

J:  I’m so sorry you had to go through that

M:  well, it wasn’t worth being sorry for – I’ve read those I want some sympathy afterward for suffering through

this one was just a great big eh

but thanks

and that brings me to another NA that I read good things about, but was even more eh

and Oh, The Cliches

holy good giddyup

J:  do tell

I want to examine this summary, too

M:  The Secret of Ella and Micha

J:  ah jesus

Darkest Secrets

can someone write a summary without Dark Secrets?

M:  Depression, bipolar, suicide, goth, must change, must run away from those who care for heroine, alcoholism, don’t call or contact anyone for eight months and then casually return from college where she took refuge (with no explanation how she paid for it – that I recall, at least) and move back in next door to the guy she left and then get all flaily when she (GASP!) sees him

plus, let’s hit every YA hero characteristic that we can  – a hero who plays guitar in a band and races cars and climbs in her window every night to curl up around her

and…

wait for it…

has a Tattoo

J:  it’s the same book

M:  oh, and cancer

and parents who are conveniently absent

J:  over and over and over again

M:  this one was EVERY book over and over again

the hero doesn’t have cancer, sorry. another throwaway character does

J:  someone has to

M:  sigh

but, a couple YA/NA I did enjoy

Play With Me by Piper Shelly

cute

some holes, typical conveniently lax parenting, boy lives next door and they spend time sneaking in and out of windows

My mom and dad must have had supernatural hearing or something. I  never would have been able to sneak people in and out of my bedroom through the window like Grand Central Station when I was growing up

J:  I didn’t even try

M:  I mean, does that really happen? Maybe just because I didn’t do it, I don’t think anyone else realistically can?

I can’t imagine it was that commonplace or easy, but who knows

anyway, Play With Me was pretty cute

J:  NA or YA?

M:  more YA. I think they were juniors or seniors in HS

J:  I’ll put that one on my to-read list

M:  there was another one I read that wasn’t bad, but I can’t remember. They all ran together.

J:  well, I’m glad there were a couple that weren’t cringe-worthy

reading should be fun, not cringy

M:  it should

so, tell me about some you’ve read

J:  Well, I’ve read what’s published of those three sports romance series

the first is always adorable

then the second kind of goes overboard with the kick-ass heroine

I’m all for strength, but when it’s just a plot device…meh

the Entangled Brazen line is all a bit trope-y

but most of the time I don’t care

the story is cute enough to stand on its own

the cutest was Game for Marriage

the whole pretend marriage trope

M:  I read that one – I liked.

J:  the second cutest, I think, was maybe Seducing Cinderella

the MMA fighter and the mousy doctor-turned-sexpot

the Pygmalion trope

the third cutest was Down for the Count

I think

yeah

left-at-the-altar-by-cheating-fiance trope

boxer Galen

then all these heroines had fierce best friends who got their own story

which was often the old-flame trope

M:  I heard about Seducing Cinderella but didn’t buy because I heard the hero knew a little too much about girly stuff when trying to make over the heroine

that he thought and used expressions that an alpha-guy MMA fighter most likely wouldn’t use

J:  aw, but he was really a good hero

M:  yeah, but you like them a little more beta than I do sometimes o.O

J:  there were some times in all of them where I went O.o

usually in dialogue

M:  but you liked the Cinderella one?

I might give it a try if you did

J:  I did

I liked all of the first ones

you might like all of the second ones in the series

it would only make sense

M:  I read an Entangled Brazen by Tessa Bailey and really liked. I plan on reading the rest in the series and more of hers

J:  which one?

M:  Protecting What’s His

J:  I keep checking that one out

M:  I read another in the series, Officer Off Limits

liked that, too. I’ll read the rest for sure

J:  I’ll go for it, since you liked it

I read the Wilde ones

not bad for suspense

M:  In Protecting What’s His, he’s a dirty talking hero

and she did a good job with it. A lot of times, it sounds forced or just weird or totally out of character, but this was pretty darn good

J:  the second book in the MMA series had a dirty talker

M:  there were a couple of really good rawr lines

it’s hard to do good dirty talk

most times I just think, wow, you’re an idiot or an asswipe

but not this

a couple of Stupidgirl moments but nothing too terrible

having people ignore voicemail messages for days seems to be the new way to get around today’s technology to build suspense

it’s one thing not to notice you have voicemails – that can happen. I’m proof. I don’t see my cellphone for days sometimes

but to see a message waiting and know who it’s from and that it’s probably important but ignore and go on merrily risking your life when the knowledge could save you…

that plot device is getting old

J:  yeah

lose the phone, at the very least

drop it in the toilet or something

M:  I read another one that was semi sports related, but that’s kind of a big rant. Might be better for another day.

J:  heh

M:  heh. Just wait. Anyway. Off to read Jeanette’s When It’s Right.

brb

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J to tha M: What We’re Reading

Same Old Story

medium_2252983146M:  I’ve been reading a lot

so many, I can put them in categories

big authors, YA/NA, romantic suspense, paranormal, m/m

J:  I’ve been reading a lot of sports romance

oh, and I read a Ruthie Knox holiday romance

cute cute cute

M:  which sports romances?

J:  mostly from Entangled

a cute football series, MMA, boxing

uh

Karen Erickson, Gina L Maxwell and Christine Bell

respectively

M:  I’ve liked everything I’ve read from Karen Erickson

oh, and Christine Bell’s Dirty Trick was on sale a while back. You read and liked, so I bought. Haven’t read that yet, though.

I’ve read a few YA/NA some I liked, most left me very eh

oh! Jeanette Grey’s new one got delivered to my Kindle last night

I plan on reading that tonight

J:  Oh, crap

what’s the name of her new one?

I had it marked somewhere and then promptly forgot

it looked cute

M:  When It’s Right

J:  thank you

Dirty Trick is cute

familiar trope

kind of “siiiiiiigh, really?” in places, but she made me not care

M:  I do have to talk about the NA/YA ones

J:  please do

M:  I read a couple really popular ones – they were free or on big sale, so I thought I’d try

J:  you know how I feel about most of them

M:  yeah

J:  I’ll try not to go all ranty on you again

M:  I feel pretty much the same, and most of the ones I read recently did nothing to change my opinion much

hoping Jeanette’s keeps my faith

So, I read The Edge of Never from JD Redmerski

so many raves about it, thought I’d give it a go

and…

eh

wasn’t bad, really, just very…

eh

have you read it?

J:  I haven’t, no

I think I’ve only vaguely heard of it

looking it up now

M:  it was a self pub that got picked up by a big six, I think

the writing wasn’t bad, but it had huge plot holes and did fall into the typical cliches of the genre

J:  oh nooooooo

M!

Dark Secrets

there are Dark Secrets in the flipping summary

M:  yeah. find me a NA without Dark Secrets

but in this one, oh, the plot holes

and Drama for drama’s sake

not entirely impressed

I fell into the “yada yada, let’s just get this over with” and didn’t take much away from the reading experience

J:  I’m so sorry you had to go through that

M:  well, it wasn’t worth being sorry for – I’ve read those I want some sympathy afterward for suffering through

this one was just a great big eh

but thanks

and that brings me to another NA that I read good things about, but was even more eh

and Oh, The Cliches

holy good giddyup

J:  do tell

I want to examine this summary, too

M:  The Secret of Ella and Micha

J:  ah jesus

Darkest Secrets

can someone write a summary without Dark Secrets?

M:  Depression, bipolar, suicide, goth, must change, must run away from those who care for heroine, alcoholism, don’t call or contact anyone for eight months and then casually return from college where she took refuge (with no explanation how she paid for it – that I recall, at least) and move back in next door to the guy she left and then get all flaily when she (GASP!) sees him

plus, let’s hit every YA hero characteristic that we can  - a hero who plays guitar in a band and races cars and climbs in her window every night to curl up around her

and…

wait for it…

has a Tattoo

J:  it’s the same book

M:  oh, and cancer

and parents who are conveniently absent

J:  over and over and over again

M:  this one was EVERY book over and over again

the hero doesn’t have cancer, sorry. another throwaway character does

J:  someone has to

M:  sigh

but, a couple YA/NA I did enjoy

Play With Me by Piper Shelly

cute

some holes, typical conveniently lax parenting, boy lives next door and they spend time sneaking in and out of windows

My mom and dad must have had supernatural hearing or something. I  never would have been able to sneak people in and out of my bedroom through the window like Grand Central Station when I was growing up

J:  I didn’t even try

M:  I mean, does that really happen? Maybe just because I didn’t do it, I don’t think anyone else realistically can?

I can’t imagine it was that commonplace or easy, but who knows

anyway, Play With Me was pretty cute

J:  NA or YA?

M:  more YA. I think they were juniors or seniors in HS

J:  I’ll put that one on my to-read list

M:  there was another one I read that wasn’t bad, but I can’t remember. They all ran together.

J:  well, I’m glad there were a couple that weren’t cringe-worthy

reading should be fun, not cringy

M:  it should

so, tell me about some you’ve read

J:  Well, I’ve read what’s published of those three sports romance series

the first is always adorable

then the second kind of goes overboard with the kick-ass heroine

I’m all for strength, but when it’s just a plot device…meh

the Entangled Brazen line is all a bit trope-y

but most of the time I don’t care

the story is cute enough to stand on its own

the cutest was Game for Marriage

the whole pretend marriage trope

M:  I read that one – I liked.

J:  the second cutest, I think, was maybe Seducing Cinderella

the MMA fighter and the mousy doctor-turned-sexpot

the Pygmalion trope

the third cutest was Down for the Count

I think

yeah

left-at-the-altar-by-cheating-fiance trope

boxer Galen

then all these heroines had fierce best friends who got their own story

which was often the old-flame trope

M:  I heard about Seducing Cinderella but didn’t buy because I heard the hero knew a little too much about girly stuff when trying to make over the heroine

that he thought and used expressions that an alpha-guy MMA fighter most likely wouldn’t use

J:  aw, but he was really a good hero

M:  yeah, but you like them a little more beta than I do sometimes o.O

J:  there were some times in all of them where I went O.o

usually in dialogue

M:  but you liked the Cinderella one?

I might give it a try if you did

J:  I did

I liked all of the first ones

you might like all of the second ones in the series

it would only make sense

M:  I read an Entangled Brazen by Tessa Bailey and really liked. I plan on reading the rest in the series and more of hers

J:  which one?

M:  Protecting What’s His

J:  I keep checking that one out

M:  I read another in the series, Officer Off Limits

liked that, too. I’ll read the rest for sure

J:  I’ll go for it, since you liked it

I read the Wilde ones

not bad for suspense

M:  In Protecting What’s His, he’s a dirty talking hero

and she did a good job with it. A lot of times, it sounds forced or just weird or totally out of character, but this was pretty darn good

J:  the second book in the MMA series had a dirty talker

M:  there were a couple of really good rawr lines

it’s hard to do good dirty talk

most times I just think, wow, you’re an idiot or an asswipe

but not this

a couple of Stupidgirl moments but nothing too terrible

having people ignore voicemail messages for days seems to be the new way to get around today’s technology to build suspense

it’s one thing not to notice you have voicemails – that can happen. I’m proof. I don’t see my cellphone for days sometimes

but to see a message waiting and know who it’s from and that it’s probably important but ignore and go on merrily risking your life when the knowledge could save you…

that plot device is getting old

J:  yeah

lose the phone, at the very least

drop it in the toilet or something

M:  I read another one that was semi sports related, but that’s kind of a big rant. Might be better for another day.

J:  heh

M:  heh. Just wait. Anyway. Off to read Jeanette’s When It’s Right.

brb

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