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Subject: Eloisa James-are all her books like this?
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:57 AM ET
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Just read An Affair Before Christmas.  Are all her books this convoluted?  It had so many story lines going that I just didn't care for it.  I mean the main characters described on the back of the book were not the main focus of the book.  They were infact sepearted for most of the book which is a plot device that I hate.

Just wondering if I should purge my other Eloisa James books from my RL and TBR (if I have any more). 

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:08 PM ET
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That particular series - I think that one's book 2 - is probably the most convoluted of all of hers, but she does tend that way generally, yes. I think she likes to fancy herself as somewhat Shakespearian.  I don't think the hero and heroine are always separated a lot though, so if that's your main complaint, you might try some more.  I really liked the third in that series -- but then, I also really liked An Affair Before Christmas, so I may not be your best judge. :-)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 2:08 PM ET
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she is known for her multiple storylines. I hate that myself but i deal. altho she is a shakespearean professor, the large cast of characters is modelled after Dickens.

 

AFFAIR BEFORE XMAS was my least favorite in the series since the H/H were both so vacuous. Book 3 - DUCHESS BY NIGHT - has the least back and forth between storylines. I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed more like a "normal" HR

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 2:37 PM ET
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OK I didn't realize this was book 2.  Maybe that was part of the problem.  The multiple continuing story lines is not something I usually like in my romance books.  I want that main couples romance to be the focus. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:58 PM ET
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Yeah, with someone who writes the way she does it helps to read that series in order. I first read her in January but started with maybe the third book so I requested the first one(s) via the library because a lot of things didn't make sense and it's a big help to know who some of the characters are in the whole scheme of things. I will read the full series, though, as I want to find out what happens but there are no plans to read any of her other books.

Gail

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:19 PM ET
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I do love her series.  I made the mistake of reading the fourth in that series and now am collecting the rest to read in order.   I loved her Essex sisters series and it is alot less convoluted.  I didn't know about her academic background but it makes sense to me.