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The Book Smugglers Guest Dare


So Ana and Thea of The Book Smugglers fame tapped me for their August Guest Dare. This is an awesome monthly feature in which they dare another book blogger to read a book in a genre they don't usually read and then review it on their site. Since Ana is a big romance reader, and I'd never read a romance before, they dared me to read Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase! Despite a certain amount of trepidation, I rose to the challenge and today I am guest blogging over there with my review of Mr. Impossible. If you get a chance, please drop in to see what I thought of my very first romance novel!

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  1. Oh such a lovely , awesome picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Sounds fun.
    Awesome picture!

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  3. Ana, lol! I love having a husband who's a photographer.

    Juju, thanks! It was a lot of fun. Even if I cringed and snickered my way through of couple parts.

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  4. I could never read romance...I'd be giggling the whole time...

    Hope you had fun!

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  5. Anonymous12:42 PM

    I'm in the same place you were-at work I see a lot of romance novels and am slightly interested while slightly disgusted at the same time ;)
    Thanks for "girding your loins" (!) and writing about your experiences!

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  6. Dannie, yeah, for some reason when things get descriptive in the wrong way it pulls me right out of the story and it's not romantic anymore. I don't know why this is the case for me, but it is. I did have fun, though, and I'm going to take Ana's next romance rec (based on my response to this one) and one from Diana Peterfreund as well and give them a whirl.

    Rachel, I know what you mean. There's something so intriguing about the unknown of romance novels. At the same time it's a bit daunting knowing you might encounter Too Much Information for you. ;) This one was a good start. Not my favorite, but not enough to deter me from trying another one to see. I'll let you know how it goes...

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  7. Glad you got through it!

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  8. What a nifty idea! Glad you go to participate!

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  9. Haven't read a romance.. that's like.. crazah. I feel like you'd prefer contemporaries better than historicals though. Maybe.

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  10. Angie -- Some people would argue that Mary Stewart's books ARE romance. They do fit the basic model. :)

    They don't have the lurid covers though...

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  11. Liza, grin. Yep.

    Janssen, it is, isn't it? Love those gals.

    Janice, lol. I know. I shall have to give a contemporary a shot. Any suggestions?

    Jennie, see, I wasn't sure! I'd always seen them categorized as mystery or romantic suspense. So I guess when I was referring to straight romance, I meant a book in which the romance is the main vehicle or sole point of the story. Stewart's books always felt like there was more to them...But I am no expert certainly.

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  12. Contemporaries I'd suggest: well Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is the book that is ALWAYS suggested (because it's good). I loved that one. I also liked the two Julie James books out (those are more like B, B+ books than As though).

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  13. Janice, hm, haven't heard of BET ME. Lol, I know, big surprise. I'll definitely look it up.

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