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Subject: Joanna Bourne's The Forbidden Rose..
Date Posted: 6/10/2010 10:45 PM ET
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Anyone read it yet? I love Spymaster's Lady. Is her latest at least as good? Its gotten some stellar reviews on amazon and AAR gave it an A.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 10:18 AM ET
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Starting tomorrow.  It's been sitting on my nightstand tempting me.  Wanted to finish others first.  It's Doyle's story-so it's a prequel(sort of). 

Can't wait.And has anyone seen the lovely re-release of "Lady"-beautiful cover; nice trade size print? 

 

Jan

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 10:32 AM ET
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Hopefully I get it in the mail today.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 12:59 PM ET
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I'm currently #1 on the wishlist.  I'll have to wait a bit before I can read it.  I can't wait.  I'm so tempted to go out and buy it.smiley

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 2:21 PM ET
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there is an active thread on it on the AAR Forums. I have no intent to read it. I liked TSL just fine but didnt think it was omgomgomg amazing like so many others.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 11:28 PM ET
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I liked TSL just fine but didnt think it was omgomgomg amazing like so many others.

Thank goodness I am not alone in thinking this. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 9:48 AM ET
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haven't visited AAR to see the thread. 

 

But could the omigodness be simply this....Been reading historicals for 25 years or better. 

So much of what passes for a historical these days is simply wallpaper, window dressing, etc.  Meaning that pop the h/h into the time period, tell the reader it's 1815 and we're off....there's only slight nods to historical accuracy, correct speech and motivation, etc. 

Put Bourne's books up against most of the less than stellar(in some cases though there are exceptions) hr releases these days, and she shines for her plot lines, character development and historical accuracy. 

In any case, that's my $.02-and no, I STILL haven't started "Rose"-hopefully this afternoon after work....

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 10:06 AM ET
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Just updating to say that I'm in the middle of "Rose".  For me it's not what Bourne says so much as HOW she says it.  Her writing is almost lyrical.  She makes my lol at the funniest things. 

 

And it's really interesting to see how she's developing Hawk. I mean those who have read all 3-yes, he's in "Companion" too-know where he's going-but the journey as to how he got there is a treat. 

And, big props, it isn't necessary to read any of the first 3 books to understand and throughly "get" Forbidden Rose". 

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 2:17 PM ET
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Jan C. - Everything you said about most of today's historicals is exactly what I've thought from time to time ... thank you for saying it so well!

I think the Regency &  Victorian periods are so definitely "done" and I would love to see Medievals, Westerns, and other time periods make a comeback!   Or couldn't someone write a romance set in Tsarist Russia or some other unusual locale?

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Date Posted: 6/25/2010 3:44 PM ET
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I'm one who really likes Bourne's writing. I think she's got a great talent for languages, and even though a book is written entirely in English, you can still "hear" the French when her characters are speaking it. Something about the rhythm of their speech changes. Anyway, to me, that's what gives her books such great atmosphere, even if occasionally the plots are kind of unrealistic (and really, is there a romance novel out there where the plot is not kind of unrealistic?)

ETA: I have not actually read "The Forbidden Rose" yet. I'm #4 on the WL, hoping to get it soon.



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Date Posted: 6/25/2010 3:46 PM ET
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I really liked TSL, but it's not end of the world amazing - I can agree with that.  All except for the heroine's hokey French "accent", which was (to me) slightly cute/slightly annoying, and maybe just a tiny bit clunky, I thought it was very well written.  And there's this: I'm burned out on spy plots.  I was at that point for a while where it seemed like every male member of the British aristocracy, especially during the Napoleonic period, was a freaking spy.  To the point that every time I see it now, I have an inevitable eye roll moment.  BUT, TSL was actually one of the few that I really enjoyed.  Thought it had a good story, character development, engaging dialogue - for all of the heroine's "I am thinking...", cliched pigeon english - and I could see myself reading it again.  That may not happen; it hasn't yet, but I think I'd still enjoy it on a reread.



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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 6/25/2010 3:52 PM ET
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LOL Kim, it's funny that you disliked the very thing I liked about the book. I think this is a case of "chacun a son gout".

I will agree with you on the overuse of spy plots though. I've also wondered just how many dukes there were in England during the Regency period.

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 3:59 PM ET
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No, not so much really, as bad as I probably make it sound:P  The accent was cute, but it got - and I don't really know how to say it well - sort of obvious, I guess.  Not that it was really annoying, but just very slightly clunky in the sense that I was anticipating it and wondering how she was going to write the next snippet of her dialogue, and that's something that pull you out of the story & makes you think about the writing, rather than just being fully engrossed in the book.  I still rated it very highly, somewhere in the A range, maybe even an A+, I forget.  Need to drag it out & read it again, and I did keep it, which really says a lot for me.