Monday, June 27, 2011

"Something About You" Julie James

Julie James can write a mean romance novel. Even given a sort of ridiculous "big misunderstanding" this book about an Assistant US Attorney heroine and a FBI hero is an enjoyable ride. He gets to be all protective and manly and she gets to be smart and brave. If you don't normally read contemporaries, you should make an exception for Julie James. It's light and funny and just right for summer.

Contemporary Romance 2010: 4.5 of 5 motions to adopt.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Back in the Saddle

I know you have been pining away for my witticisms. Pine no longer fair reader. We are talking about Guilty Pleasures today in honor of my return to bloglandia, by Laura Lee Guhrke. Our heroine is a talented artifact restorer and our Duke (really, do they all have to be dukes?) is the owner of an archeological site (English manors are wonderful things to have, I've been told).

I really enjoyed the first book I read by Ms Guhrke but have been disappointed occasionally along the way so my expectations were relatively low going in. I enjoyed how the heroine responded to the disappointment of her crush being, well crushed. I was wondering how I was going to feel about our hero after that scene but the author brings him around nicely too in a realistic way. The pacing is good, the characters are enjoyable, the sex is terrific, and the emotional culmination was lovely.

The book didn't leap out of the usual traditions of the genre to be a five, but it was a really well done 4. Very enjoyable.

Historical Romance 2004: 4 of 5 priceless Samarian vases.