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Subject: Difficult to take endings
Date Posted: 9/21/2009 2:31 PM ET
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What are the most difficult to take endings you've read.  Outlander had a very emotional & difficult to take ending, but in my most recent read, the hero accidently shoots the heroine approx. 20 pages from the end & we think she's dying.  Then, he puts the gun into his own mouth and we think he's gonna kill himself too.  That's a bit too Angsty for me.  I nearly stopped reading, but I finished, crying buckets.  I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it since the book is otherwise excellent, but it's a Penelope Williamson book.  Those who've read it will know immediately. 

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 3:16 PM ET
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SPOILER: Suzanne Brockmann's Out of Control - It looks like a 2nd romance is in full swing and we're going to see secondary characters Sam and Alyssa get together and get their HEA. But then a girl he dated briefly turns up pregnant and Sam marries her instead. My sister told me it was the first time she'd ever thrown a book across the room. She also wrote Brockmann a rather uncharitable e-mail. Brockmann wrote back saying she'd gotten dozens of msgs from unhappy readers... she set things right 2 books later in Gone Too Far.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 4:34 PM ET
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Wow, that Brockman ending would have pissed me off. Interesting that Brockman was more responsive to readers then vs. dismissing angry readers as "noise" as she did with her last bk.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 5:57 PM ET
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as it Brockmann or Lori Foster who did that?

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 6:29 PM ET
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Dude, I know the difference between Brockmann and Foster. If you want to see Brockmann dismiss angry readers as "noise" check out  the B&N Romance forum.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Seton - play nice! I didn't know B&N had forums (I do now, thank you). I can imagine some readers taking issue with her. I just finished Dark of Night and commented in the What are we reading... topic about not caring for her politically correct narrative and events. No doubt, the fact that one of the books in this series, All Through The Night, was about a homosexual couple (the only book in the series I have not read and for exactly that reason) probably ticked off several of her fans who've come to expect a hero and heroine in her romantic suspense stories.

Susan - I know the thread you're thinking of. I just did a search of the forum for muse, foster. It was JUBEAD's comments on 8/6 in the "So who do you really like" topic. She mentioned writing to Foster re: My Man Michael and receiving a less than empathetic reply from the author.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I seriously peek at the endings so I know I get a HEA.  I'm mad if I don't get it.

The only scene that comes to mind for me is from a Silhouette Intimate Moments.  Series of 4 books by Dallas Schultz called Family Circle (or something like that).  About 4 brothers who, of course, fall in love and get their HEAs.  Throughout the series, they'd all mentioned their sister who'd been kidnapped as a child by her father.  At the end of book 4, all the families are gathered with Mom for some occasion (Christmas or something) and in walks a woman who announces she thinks she's the missing sister.  That's it.

It was seriously 2 or more years before the 5th book got written (the sister's story) and I found it very unsatisfying.  Doesn't pick up where Tessa's Child left off, it picks up the action some months later and, in my opinion, was not nearly as good as any of the others in the series.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Colleen, I have no idea what u are talking about. But feel free to use the "Ignore this member" if you think I am not nice.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:48 PM ET
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Bastard Out Of Carolina, had me wanting to throw the book across the room i was that mad at the characters useless excuse of a mother!

Message In a Bottle,Nicholas Sparks...........that ending had me sobbing. So unfair that it wasn't a HEA ending, way too sad.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:53 PM ET
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Seton - I don't want to ignore you. Perhaps I replied too quickly after reading your reply to Susan's comment about my comment about Brockmann. Perhaps I "heard" a tone in your voice that isn't there.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:58 PM ET
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Seton or should I say Dude - I wasn't saying you couldn't tell the difference  - I had only seen comments on this site related to Lori Foster and not Brockmann so I wondered if you meant those comments.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:59 PM ET
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I'm such a wimp I find some books hard to take - period! but I think the hardest are the ones where t here's a 'triangle' and not sure who will be chosen and who'll be left out in the cold.

what was wrong with Brockmann's lastest? I haven't kept up with the series - they're in mt tbr - but I likd Jules and don't mind  him getting his romance..was that the problem? I don't wanna read though a bunch of ticked off posts to find out! I remember the ruckus with Lori Foster though..she posts on RT and was miffed about it..I like her s horter books but haven't read too much of her otherwise to care one way or the other but I can certainly see why people would be upset since the rest of the series has been contemporary and then she threw in a time travel!

but I dislike all the romantic suspense where they're so close to death..I want a nice HEA and a good epilogue so Iknow they're okey dokey 10 years down the road!

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 8:03 PM ET
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TANYA - I never read Message in a Bottle, but I've seen the movie. I also saw Nights in Rodanthe, another movie based on a Sparks book with a similar unhappy ending.

I've come to the conclusion that Sparks loves misery. I don't know if I could read his books, knowing what's coming. The movies aren't so bad. The grief is much quicker. Like ripping off a band-aid.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 8:39 PM ET
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The issue was with Dark of Night which is actually no longer Brockmann's latest. (I actually felt the ending of her latest Hot Pursuit was a major let-down, but not horrifically so, so I won't go into it.) Anyway, I doubt it's much of a spoiler at this point to say that two characters whom had been built up in a lot of people's minds as a future couple found other loves. I didn't mind it at all, but I never had much invested in them as a couple. It would have killed me if Sam and Alyssa or Jules and Robin hasn't gotten their HEAs eventually, so I guess I can understand why people were so upset.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 9:02 PM ET
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I remember that book of Brockmans!!  (Out of Control) I was so upset!! LOL.  I wondered why she would write such a ending.  Then I read the books after and it made all good! :)

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 8:25 AM ET
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I can remember reading Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.  When it ends.............SPOILER ALERT!!!!!................the two are separated for 20 frickin years!  Only it took us loyal readers almost 3 years to find that out because of the delay between books.

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 8:40 AM ET
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Karin Slaughter's Beyond Reach.  So bad, I'm not sure I want to invest my reading time into any of her future books. 


Margy



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Date Posted: 9/27/2009 6:15 PM ET
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Kristin Hannah's - Firefly Lane - hated the ending, not because of the writing, but because of the issue. 

Also Friday Night Knitting Club - again the issue.  The book was great.  Pat

Date Posted: 9/27/2009 10:06 PM ET
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Margaret,

Beyond Reach was the one I was getting ready to mention.  It had the worst ending ever.  I am done with her books after that one.  After all that happened in the book ,to have that tacked on, out of left field ending was beyond ridiculous.  Awful.

Date Posted: 9/27/2009 11:57 PM ET
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JuliaLondon's" Summer of Two Wishes".

I know it is the ending most people want. However, I think the other guy get the short straw and not treated very well at the end.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:40 PM ET
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Patricia Brigg's Iron KissedSPOILER SPOILER SPOILER  I honestly had never read a book that dealt with rape before, and for it to happen to such a beloved character had me in tears. Briggs handled it admirably in the next book, too. I was impressed.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:56 PM ET
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I read the ending of a book about a misalliance between a lord and a gypsy and discovered that they both wound up completely estranged from their families. That was so depressing, I never wanted to read the rest of the book. It wasn't a particularly good story anyway.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 2:01 PM ET
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Each and every Karen Marie Moning's Fever series books had me screaming WTF at the end of them.    I simultaneously love and hate this series.  She pops some really dark and wild cliffhangers at the end.  The latest one had me screaming out loud NOOOOOOO at 2 in the morning...  Good thing no one heard me.    I have to wait another darn year to read the final book in the series.  If you have not read any of these and want to, my advice is to wait till next year so you can get all 5 at once.  To do otherwise is an exercise in frustration.....   
 



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Date Posted: 9/29/2009 3:02 PM ET
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Thanks for the head's up, Angela! I have a few of those on my TBR, and it's good to know that that's one of those must-have-all-on-hand series before I start any of them. Wish I had the same warning about these darn L.A. Banks books. Oh well.