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Subject: Anyone Read the "Mona Lisa" series by Sunny?
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 1:45 PM ET
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I just picked them up on ebay, they looked interesting. Was wondering if anyone has read the series, and your thoughts?

Mona Lisa Awakening

Mona Lisa Blossoming

Mona Lisa Craving

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 2:03 PM ET
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they're all on my wishlist, and i'm hoping to eventually get a chance to try them.

i read a short story with the characters in an anthology a while back and was interested.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 2:56 PM ET
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I've read Mona Lisa Three and really enjoyed it! Hmm... I was bidding on some over on ebay - guess I better check to see if I won or not. :-)  Can I ask how much you ended up paying for them and did you get them as a set?

A couple of hours ago I finished 'Lucinda Darkly - it  was good too. I can't wait to get the rest of the series!

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 3:18 PM ET
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I've read the first one, the second is on tbr and waiting for the third! I quite enjoyed the first book. I thought it would be your cookie cutter paranormal romance, but surprisingly wasn't !

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 3:34 PM ET
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I've read them all, including Lucinda Darkly except for the newest one, Mona Lisa Craving...which I just got in the mail yesterday.  To be honest I wasn't real crazy about the 1st one.  It was definately falls more in the erotica genre than what I usually read but it was it was an unique enough concept and she was a new author so I gave her another shot...so I guess that's why I can say I read more of her books....And they have grown on me.  Is it my favorite series?  No way, not even top 10...but it's different enough that  I read them when I able to get my hands on them.  I've gotten all mine from swapping sites such as this..and even one from the library.... but I would never buy them.  And to be honest I liked the Lucinda Darkly book better than the Mona LIsa series. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:03 PM ET
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I have read Mona Lisa Awakening and the Mona Lisa short in the Over the Moon (I think?) anthology.  I just checked out the second book from the library.  I have to say, I agree with Marie, I am enjoying them so far, but would not feel compelled to buy the newest one as soon as it hits the shelves.  Swapping or borrowing will probably be my MO when reading this series.  I am interested to read the Lucinda Darkly book, am WL'ed for that one.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:11 PM ET
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I've read the first and second ones, and the two short stories that have been featured in anthologies.   I was completely entranced by the whole thing.   And I've read Lucinda.  Then I got the third one : Mona Lisa Craving at a UBS.   I just couldn't get into it anymore.  I will probably try it again.  I find that when a series continues on, and the main character changes so much from who she started out as (reference Anita Blake), I lose interest.   I'll probably try "Craving" again,  maybe it will be OK. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 11:49 PM ET
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I have read #1,2 and 3 and have the other short story and last book plus the Lucinda book. I really enjoyed them. I didn't keep them but still would read more of them. They are pretty different from most and I love her ideas. At first she reminded me of LKH's Merry's men but then she started to break out into her own style.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 1:45 AM ET
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I read the first and second because I bought them together and thought they were horrible. They obviously rip off Anita Blake and take no shame in it.
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 5:14 AM ET
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This is very interesting.  I didn't see any similarity between Anita Blake and Mona Lisa.   But, I stopped reading Anita Blake somewhere around the time when Anita got the ardeur. 

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:56 AM ET
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I've read all the Anita Blake  & Merry Gentry  books...and I've read all the stories by Sunny except the latest one and I would never even compare the two!  Wouldn't even cross my mind.  Very different stories...very different writers.  That's my 2 cents!

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:56 AM ET
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They are very different writers. It's not often that we see women being encouraged to sleep with multiple men ( or at least in the books I've read ) and that was the only place I saw the similarities.  I really love them both. :)



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:19 AM ET
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I tried to read it and I didn't care for it. I also heard it compared to LKH which makes me want to read them less.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 12:34 PM ET
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To be honest I far prefer LKH...... So I'd skip it Ashley. 

But beyond both of the main characters sleeping with multiple partners...there in no comparision of the 2.  And really there's a lot more to a story than just sex......at least I hope there is!

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 1:21 AM ET
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Yeah, there is a lot more to a story then just sex which is what got me past the multiple men  (not that I'm opposed to that if you can get it, lol! j/k!... kinda)  Anyway.....I think Sunny does a great job of developing her characters and the paths and conflicts they encounter which is why I have read more than that first book.  I like her stuff and her storylines. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 10:05 AM ET
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I read the first one and didn't really like it. I wasn't compelled to read any of the others. It reminded me more of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy (which I loved).

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 12:25 AM ET
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I read two of the shorts and didn't really care to go looking for more.

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 1:19 AM ET
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I've read them and I like them.  I didn't think the latest was that great but it was still a decent read.