Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Friday

It's lunchtime and I'm sitting here nibbling on my sandwich from Subway (6" turkey, no cheese, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, olives, S&P) and decided I better get my ass in gear and post something. Last night I stayed up late to finish A Woman Scorned by Liz Carlyle. My copy was a library book and the only one in the entire library system. I thought that AWS was considered very HTF (and I never had any luck finding one) so I can see why they have hung on to this very battered copy whose last 50 pages are falling out. But I see from Carlyle's website it has a new cover so I'm assuming it was finally reprinted (although I liked the old cover better). Here's the new one.



Anyway, I thought AWS was wonderful! The plot flowed smoothly and was deeply emotional. I have a tendency to skim when I'm bored but no skimming was done on this one. Jonet is not your typical widow. She has a very strong forceful personality and goes after what she wants and needs. Captain Cole Amherst is a soldier who is also a scholar and trained as a curate. A fascinating man. Their scenes together sizzle culminating in several very erotic love scenes. Jonet's children played only a minor part even though there was a mystery surrounding attempts on their lives. Jonet and Cole were a perfect match for each other. I'm glad AWS has been reprinted because I wouldn't mind having my own copy. My grade: B+.

I also recently finished another library book The Silver Rose by Susan Carroll. Although I enjoyed the book overall, I liked it less than the other two in the trilogy. The plot seemed to ramble and I started skimming. And I got impatient with the long separations of the H/H. The ending finally came together and was very exciting. The book takes place 10 years after the end of The Courtesan and tells Miri (the youngest Cheney sister) and Simon's story. Was it my imagination or did it seem like there were some unanswered questions making me think there is another book in the series? (Maybe Wolf and/or his daughter?). Anyway, my grade: B-.

That's the last of my library books. I have been tackling my TBR with a vengeance this month and have made a slight dent. I'll post on them tomorrow (I hope... must finish income taxes this weekend... yuck!!... keep me in your prayers :)

8 comments:

Tara Marie said...

A Woman Scorned is one of my favorite Carlyles. It might need a reread.

I agree with you about The Silver Rose, good, but not great and not as good as the other 2. Though I think she did a good job redeming Simon. At the end of The Courtesan, I wasn't sure where she would take them.

Marg said...

AWS is the only Liz Carlyle that I haven't managed to get hold of! I really hope that we end up getting some of those rereleased copies here!!

ReneeW said...

Tara: yes, she did a good job of redeeming Simon and that's the reason I didn't give TSR a lower grade.

marg: ooo, Austrailia. I hope you get hold of one. I just found out that the release date is May 1st. Amazon says that they have 5 copies left (more on the way). I think it may be a limited release so you're best bet is probably order online if it's not available there.

Rosario said...

I absolutely love AWS. It's one of my favourite Carlyles.

And I'm reading The Silver Rose right now. I'm about 100 pages into it, and so far I'm liking even better than the first two, but it's early days yet!

Kristie (J) said...

Luckily I have a copy of the first one. I like it much better too. While AWS isn't my favourite Carlyle - it's still very very good.

emdee said...

I got my copy of AWS from half.com. Got the old cover too.

ReneeW said...

emdee, now you're making me jealous. I'll go look over there. Thanks for the suggestion.

ReneeW said...

Oops, I don't think so, the cheapest copy is $19.99. :)

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