February 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
I admit I am a romantic, but I cannot understand why women fall for Mr. Darcy. Thus, I got intrigued by these books. “Mr. Darcy’s Diary” tells his side of the story of Pride and Prejudice. Maybe it’s his gentlemanly ways? Hmm. “Me and Mr. Darcy” on the other hand is more realistic. If Mr. Darcy lives in our time, he will definitely be a standout (or out of place). One thing is sure though, when the right guy comes at the right time, he is definitely not a Mr. Darcy.
February 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’m commitment phobic. Let’s just get that out there. For me, anthologies are the best way to try out multiple new authors without having to pay the price of individual books. It’s also an easy way for me to get my romance fix. I’m an avid romance reader and we all know that while there are literally hundreds of authors out there, only a few really get romance right. I’ve tried out new authors before only to stop reading after five pages. I believe life is too short to be stuck reading a bad book. While this sounds logical, it is not practical. So anthologies let me figure out which author’s books I’m going to hoard next without having to break the bank. And so far, it’s worked. This is how I discovered Nina Bangs, Susan Johnson, Erin McCarthy and Ronda Thompson. It’s also fun to read your favorite authors writing for a particular theme. Like Stephanie Laurens mostly does historical romance with a disadvantaged woman and a very rich, powerful man as main characters. But in Hero, Come Back she writes about a man who doesn’t see himself as a hero and she tries out a bit of the supernatural in Fantasy. So if you’re just looking for a fun story to read for maybe a maximum of 3 hours, these anthologies should do the trick.
February 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
I was stuck at the Vienna airport for over 14 hours, some time in which they lost my luggage (thank you, Austrian Airlines!). I had stupidly packed all my books in the bags I checked in (which is, incidentally, why I now own a phone with an e-book reader), thinking we would be apart for a maximum of 5 hours. I wouldn’t see them again till 8 days later. Anyhoo, stuck at the airport, twiddling my thumbs, I decided to check out the bookshop. Now this was two years ago, at the height of Twilight mania. No, not yet to the heights Robert Pattinson has brought it but enough so that every bookstore I had stumbled upon boasted having the complete collection in stock. So while I grit my teeth, trying not to roll my eyes at every shiny, black covered book I saw, I found these two books from the Dark Crescent Sisterhood series from Anna Windsor. I don’t remember now if I bought these just to spite Stephanie Meyer, but I am glad I did. This series is about girl power in all the right senses of the phrase. Not that the men in the books aren’t well-endowed, secure hunks we’d all fall for but for once, their strength serves only as complement to that of the sisterhood. Oh, and if that doesn’t interest you enough, may I mention that they usually end up trussed up and naked at some point in the books?