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Subject: Anybody else read Sexy as Hell by Susan Johnson?
Date Posted: 3/14/2010 11:58 AM ET
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Wow, what a disappointment. I mean, did I miss something there?  What a strange book.  It started out well-I interesting characters, situation, and the dialogue was snappy.  Obviously the sex scenes were hot.  But then, it's like once she set up the situation the author couldn't figure out where to go.  I felt like this went nowhere.  Also, I am serioiusly not a fan of reading graphic sex scenes between the hero and another woman after the H and h have gotten together.  They were apart a third of the book.  He kept acting like a tool, and she kept letting him.  No redemption for him, and then a supposed HEA that didn't make any sense and was totally unbelievable. 

Did you see sometihing I didn't see?

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 12:25 PM ET
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I haven't bought a Susan Johnson in some time. I read one of her contemporaries and tried a second one and both were on the strange side. I don't know if the one you mention is contemporary or historical but I've gotten rid of all my Johnsons and have no plans to read anything by her in the future.

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I'm just going to ditto what pioneervalleygirl said.  I just don't care for her.  I think I read maybe 3 books by her and that was enough.  I posted all my others.

Angie -
Date Posted: 3/14/2010 5:23 PM ET
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I did like her historicals but I haven't read a contemporary by her that I've really liked.

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:09 PM ET
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That's just Susan Johnson in general, IMO.  She seldom writes a hero who isn't a tool, so when she started coming out with these new books & people were saying that she was returning to her old style of writing, I decided to steer clear.  I liked Forbidden a lot, even though it was too long, but honestly, if you don't like man whores, Johnson probably isn't  going to be your cuppa:P

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 5:20 PM ET
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I will stay away from her from now on!  Sometimes man-tools work out ok, if there's a redemption in the end.  That's not an automatic no for me.  But a lot of the rest was just...weird.  And unresolved.  And strange. 

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 6:07 PM ET
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I was reading SJ since the 80s but I havent read anything new from her in about 10 yrs. Same old, same old.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 9:37 AM ET
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Outlaw was fairly decent - sort of an Outlander lite story, with lots more gratuitous sex - but like most Johnson heroes, this one was a slut too.  Boinking his mistress after he gets together with the heroine, etc. cuz that's how he rolls, and yada-yada.  I enjoyed it though.  Not a keeper; think I gave it a B+ for the entertainment factor, but I handed it off right after I finished it.  IMO, her best historical was Forbidden (from the Braddock-Black series).  The hero was fairly promiscuous, but he stops messing around after he hooks up with the heroine, so there's nothing there to push any hot buttons, if that's a concern.  My only real gripe with it is that it went on way past the point where she should have wrapped it up, for the sake of adding a pointless, life-threatening drama for the hero at the end.  It would have been nearly perfect if she'd left off the last couple of chapters & ended it there.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 10:17 AM ET
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I am like Seton, read her in the 80's and she got to weird for me and I just never picked her back up. I think I still have Sinful and a few others. Maybe I should start culling my herd.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 3:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Now that I think about it-I thikn I've read 5 of hers: 2 contemporaries and 3 historicals.  Beside the detestable heroes-I never felt like any of her couples really connected.  I had no idea why they were in love at the end of hte book when they didn't seem to like eachother that much. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 3:34 PM ET
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I totally agree with the man= tool perspective. I just read Hot Property and thought...Jeeze is this for real! I hadnt read her in a long time and god the diaogue was just awful!

The ending didnt mesh, very odd. Only reason i finishe t was because i wanted to see what happened and it was a  short book!