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Ruthless Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress by Cathy Williams

Cesar is tired of bailing his younger brother out of hot water so when Ferdinado asks for access to his trust fund, Cesar heads out to see who it is that has her gold digging claws in Ferndando. He finds not a statuesque model blonde, but a mannish, petite redhead. Not Ferdinado’s type and certainly not his. The two get stuck in a snowstorm. They have sex. Jude becomes pregnant and the real fireworks begin. Cesar is standard HP hero (alpha, hot, assholic). Jude isn’t a doormat but falls pretty easily for Cesar. B-

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Up Close and Dangerously Sexy by Karen Anders

Given that the haikus have come to a close here at Dear Author, I submit my own:

Stranger danger here
As long as he gives good Os
No worries, she thinks

I stopped after the second scene. The heroine is in the sister’s apartment. Some stranger comes in and thinks she’s the heroine’s twin. He gets in bed with her and brings her to orgasm with his hand. “She had an orgasms with a complete stranger, a man who was close to her sister.” Then he handcuffs her, threatens here, and she continues to flirt with him. I had to stop reading to protect my Sony Reader.

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Travis’ Appeal by Marie Farerrarella

I stopped at Chapter 11 because I just got bored with the story. There was no conflict at all. Travis was a hard working lawyer. Shanna is a devoted daughter who gives massages to anyone. She also wore gyspsy blouses (all the better to see your breasts, my child). Chapters 1-11 is full of talking and ruminating about stuff. Workaholic lawyer fiinds love in the arms of free spirit. The end.

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Under the Influence by Nancy Warren

I liked this one and not just because the secondary romance involved a hot Asian guy (unheard of for romances) but because it was just a little different. Premise is the opposite of Travis’ Appeal. In Under the Influence, overworked female business consultant finds love in the arms of a free spirit. I think where the story fell down is when the heroine, Natalie, demands some kind of showing of stability from Johnny, the bartender, and we find out that he is, of course, financially secure. Either you love him because he’s a free spirit or you don’t. The ending, in other words, seemed like a cheat to me. B-

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

15 Comments

  1. JulieLeto
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 15:44:53

    Jane…want hot Asian men? Please read Shari Shattuck’s book, LETHAL, the second in her Calloway Wilde series she did for Pocket. Hubba, hubba.

  2. Moth
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 15:49:43

    Given that the haikus have come to a close here at Dear Author

    No more haikus? *sad face* Wherefore?

  3. Jayne
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 16:12:46

    Given that the haikus have come to a close here at Dear Author

    No, no, no, no, noooooooooooooo!!!!!! ::kicking and screaming like a 2 year old::

  4. SonomaLass
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 16:52:29

    Given that the haikus have come to a close here at Dear Author

    No, no, no, no, noooooooooooooo!!!!!! ::kicking and screaming like a 2 year old::

    More kicking and screaming over here!! If I can’t have Haiku Review, then I don’t want to have Thursday.

    ETA: Jane, if I didn’t love this site already, I would fall in love just with the awesome edit function.

  5. Deb Kinnard
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 16:58:51

    Since I’ve gone and crowned myself Queen, Thursdays are now officially cancelled.

  6. Jill Sorenson
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 17:04:43

    I also liked Under the Influence. But not as much as I LIKE HAIKUS!!! : ( Sorry to see them go.

  7. Kay Sisk
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 19:49:16

    secondary romance involved a hot Asian guy (unheard of for romances)

    It’s an oldie, but goodie with Asian guy as primary romance: The Words of the Pitcher, Kei Swanson, Genesis Press, 2000.

  8. Heidi
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 20:26:40

    Enjoy the way these reviews cut to the chase. They are exactly the way I feel some days :) Perfect! Thanks. And what’s up with no more haikus???? Hello? At least have a poll or something, this IS America!! We get a vote!!

  9. Mary B.
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 20:30:05

    Why no more Haikus?
    Thursday just won’t be the same.
    You make Mommy cry.

    :(

  10. Jane
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 20:31:47

    Our Haiku-ist says she’s just not up to it anymore…

  11. Kaetrin
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 20:37:57

    No more haikus? Hur?

    Can we give DA’s Haiku-ist some chocolate and a massage or something so she (he?) can return to our Thursdays? Please?

  12. Sunita
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 22:32:44

    Oh crap. I cannot bludgeon Jaiku into something she feels would not be up to her extremely high standards.

    That said …

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    It’s been said already, but it bears repeating.

  13. MaryK
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 22:47:17

    How about the occasional, guest Haiku when she feels inspired? Pretty please?

  14. Eirin
    Jun 25, 2009 @ 04:32:28

    At least have a poll or something, this IS America!!

    World Wide Web, right here ;)

  15. Sayuri
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 10:47:28

    Hahah! I persevered and finished the Karen Anders spy one. THere were many more moments like that. However, it did do a lot of set-up for other characters and I am hoping those won’t be as annoying. The romance was fine it was just the banzo plot that had me wanted to use my reader like a nerf ball!

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