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Subject: Anne Stuart....?
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 7:15 PM ET
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I'm considering the Ice Series. I LOVE Shannon McKenna! How would you compare the two. I love how Shannon mixes suspense with HOT romance:-)

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 7:51 PM ET
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Anne Stuart is darker IMO. Her heroes are often killers and in most of the Ice series entertain thoughts of killing the heroine. I still liked the series but that put a little damper on my overall satisfaction of the series.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:11 PM ET
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I've only read 3 of Stuart's ice series but McKenna's are still in tbr...like Pamela said, I liked the ones i read but have to be in the mood for them. lots of talk about killing the heroine and one even attempts it..very dark but I like them!

eta: not really 'romantic' to me..more like forced great sex/control



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Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:44 PM ET
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I love Anne Stuart, but like the others said, her books are dark. I love them, the badder the boys the more I love them.I haven't read Shannon McKenna yet.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 9:57 PM ET
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I've read both and really like both, although I wouldn't say they are very similar.  Shannon McKenna writes a great, suspenseful, HOT romance.  Anne Stuart, like everyone else said, mostly concentrates on the dark (very dark) heroes.  There isn't very much "courting" or flirting or anything... in most of her books that I've read the hero doesn't even like the heroine until the last part of the book - they fight caring about someone to the very end!

Michelle



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Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:04 PM ET
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Thanks for the info ladies.

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 10:40 PM ET
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Michelle sums it up well. I don't know why, but I love Anne Stuart. I'm not fond of bad boy stories except for her. Maybe because hers are so extreme or something.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 1:33 AM ET
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Sounds a bit frustrating lol... Is there generally any sex or romance prior to the very end of the story?

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 2:10 AM ET
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There is definitely sex, though not as much or as graphic as you'd find in McKenna. But it's not romantic in the hearts and flowers sense, because there's usually so much conflict and dark emotions.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 8:28 AM ET
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I don't think it is frustrating at all, I think they are great lol I really loved Moonrise by her, and it is so far from normal romance.  I think in any other books, her heroes would be the villians.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:03 AM ET
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I"ll have to check her out. I love Shannon McKenna.  I like a lot of bad boy in my hero.  And I don't mean the ones billed as a "bad boy" just because he's hot and instantly he's a good boy when he meets the heroine.  A true "bad boy" wouldn't instantly be the perfect man. 

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:23 AM ET
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lol then you will like Anne Stuart. Her men would never be considered the perfect man.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 12:33 PM ET
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And I don't mean the ones billed as a "bad boy" just because he's hot and instantly he's a good boy when he meets the heroine.

Oh yeah! Maybe that's why I think I don't like bad boy stories, because they're so often like that and it's really annoying.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 1:26 PM ET
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I agree - I hate when the bad boys are all of a sudden sweeties. Very annoying. I like that Shannon Mckenna keeps her bad boys bad as well.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I read Black Ice.  Didn't like the hero.  Too cold and emotionless, which is often the case with Stuart's heros.  Don't plan on reading more of this series.