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!
I can't quit Jennifer Echols . Not that I really try that hard, but I read her new ones and often feel as though I'm still searching for that one in possession of that certain something that will make me feel the way Going Too Far did. Like I couldn't put it it down. And definitely like I didn't hate either of the main characters after the fact. Well, I found it with Such a Rush . I read this 300+ pager in a single night, which clears up the question of whether or not I couldn't put it down. And I finished it definitely not hating either of the main characters. I didn't finish it loving them both unreservedly, though. I loved Leah with my whole heart from page one and that never changed. My feelings regarding one of the Hall brothers remain complicated. More to come on this in a bit. On a side note, I'm delighted that Such a Rush is Ms. Echols' hardcover debut. It's a meticulously designed book, a pleasure to hold in my hands as I stayed up way
Oh such a lovely , awesome picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Ana, lol! I love having a husband who's a photographer.ReplyDelete
Juju, thanks! It was a lot of fun. Even if I cringed and snickered my way through of couple parts.
I could never read romance...I'd be giggling the whole time...ReplyDelete
Hope you had fun!
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 ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks for "girding your loins" (!) and writing about your experiences!
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.ReplyDelete
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...
Glad you got through it!ReplyDelete
What a nifty idea! Glad you go to participate!ReplyDelete
Haven't read a romance.. that's like.. crazah. I feel like you'd prefer contemporaries better than historicals though. Maybe.ReplyDelete
Angie -- Some people would argue that Mary Stewart's books ARE romance. They do fit the basic model. :)ReplyDelete
They don't have the lurid covers though...
Liza, grin. Yep.ReplyDelete
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.
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).ReplyDelete
Janice, hm, haven't heard of BET ME. Lol, I know, big surprise. I'll definitely look it up.ReplyDelete