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Subject: Eloisa James
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 12:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/11/2005
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I finished up Duchess in Love the other day and I was wondering if this is a good sample of her writing. This was my first book and I thought the first half of the book was just OK...nothing special. The last half of the book was terrific but I found that the secondary characters pulled my heartstrings more then the primaries. Anyone else read this book? Kim? I got it from you....any input? I have a couple other books by her (Much Ado About You and Your Wicked Ways...which I now see is the 4th book in her Duchess series) and I was wondering if they will be along the same lines or are they better or worse? I really think I do need to get the 2nd and 3rd book in the Duchess series because Eloisa James' website says Esme makes an appearance in them. I really liked her.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this author.

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 12:56 PM ET
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I've read and enjoyed them all. I'm sure some are better than others. Its best if you can read an entire series all at once, at least for me, or I forget about the other characters.

 

Anne

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 1:00 PM ET
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She is very hit or miss for me. I was unimpressed with Duchess in Love, but enjoyed An Affair Before Christmas, the next book in the series. I've heard from a lot of others that they felt the same. The two you have in your TBR are not favorites of mine, for what that's worth.

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 1:29 PM ET
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The one I sent you, Christina, was an extra copy; I have one for myself, but haven't read it yet.  In fact, she's another who I have bunches of books by that I haven't gotten to yet:P

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 9:54 PM ET
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Too funny Kim. I have books on my shelf that I never read too for the same reason.

 

I guess I will have to just read a few more of her books just to see.

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 10:37 PM ET
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It's good to know it isn't just me:P  I have piles and piles of this kind of stuff.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I just got finished reading my first Eloisa James novel, Kiss Me Annabel. It wasn't bad... it was slow in a few places, but overall it was a decent book. There are a few other authors out there that I want to read their series before I jump into more of her books, but I wouldn't discount her as an author. I think I go through phases tho.... I just get stuck on one author and read all I can get my hands on, and then move on.... I'm strange like that, LOL.... and since I'm reading Cathy Maxwell right now, it is what I'm comparing it to. :) Another comparison I can make is that I enjoyed the Eloisa James novel better than I enjoyed Johanna Lindsay's "The Devil Who Tamed her".... For some reason I guess I was just expecting a lot from Johanna Lindsay (since she is so known) but that was my first Lindsay novel to read as well.

Smiles,

Angela

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 12:57 PM ET
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Johanna Lindsay is what I consider "light" romance....formulaic...I haven't read any of hers in so long, though I do have some TBR. I like to do that too Angela, read  all the books by one author I can get my hands on. Right now I am doing Lisa Kleypas, plan to do Sandra Hill next. The Annabel novel you just read is part of a series, its best to read them in order if you can.

Anne