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Subject: Laura Lee Gurkhe
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:29 AM ET
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I've been impressed with this author ever since I read And then he Kissed her.  The Marriage Bed was also excellent.  In fact, all of hers have been very very good.  Are there others I should be sure not to miss?  I've ordered everything that's available and wishlisted others. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 11:20 AM ET
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I got everything, Claudia, except for the couple of really hard to find ones on my WL.  The other out of prints I either found at the UBS or ordered from half.com.  I passed the ones I read already on to Sherron and kept Not So Innocent, because I really loved that one.  Not all of her books are good.  The ones that are certainly stand out, but a few are just not worth hunting for:P  I recommend these for certain:

Breathless (Sonnet Books)

Not So Innocent (Sonnet Books)

Guilty Pleasures (Seduction, Bk 1)

His Every Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasure)

And Then He Kissed Her (Bachelor Girl, Bk 1)

I still haven't read The Marriage Bed, She's No Princess, and The Wicked Ways of a Duke, so I can't say much there.  Willa has read some of these, so I'd check with her too.  I've read and wasn't impressed with The Seduction, Prelude to Heaven, and The Charade.  All 3 are truly awful books, IMO.  I wouldn't recommend them.  I also read Secret Desires of a Gentleman and didn't care much for it.  It wasn't awful, but it wasn't very good either.  I'm still trying to get Conor's Way and To Dream Again.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 11:29 AM ET
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Claudia - how are things with you and your husband?  I hope good!

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 1:57 PM ET
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She's No Princess, and The Wicked Ways of a Duke

I didn't like either of these much. (Sheesh can't turn off the bold.) It might have been a personal taste thing with SNP, I really didn't care for the type of heroine, but I don't think anyone liked TWWoa D much, from what I've read online. Her latest one was better, but she's starting to seem too derivative to me in her recent books.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Hi there.  I'm new here (this is actually my first reply!) but just thought I would say that I really like Laura Lee Guhrke and I just finished her more recent book and it was really good.  Also, if you like her you may like Lisa Kleypas (my all time favorite) and Suzanne Enoch. 

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I think you're right, Kleypas, Guhrke, and Enoch do have certain similarities in their writing styles, etc.  I've been reading Kleypas & Enoch quite a bit recently, and I noticed that they were very similar.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 7:55 PM ET
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to me, Enoch has that generic Avon style that tries to be humorous and sexy.

Kleypas is cleaner and more direct.

Gurke has a slower pace. I have decided to drop her yet again after SDOAG since her last 2 books seemed really stale after ATHKH.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 8:25 PM ET
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Kleypas is cleaner and more direct as long as she's not putzing around:P  She annoys me at times because she's capable of being brilliant, it's just a toss up whether she'll stop putzing around and be true to her own style.   Enoch is more what I'd call an extremely competent writer, who sometimes gets it near perfect.  I haven't seen actual perfection from her yet, but she does have a strong sense of herself as a writer.  She knows what stories she wants to tell and how she wants to tell them, and she's consistently true to her voice.  There's a certain confidence to her writing style.  Guhrke has that quality to some of her writing, but she's more flighty and inconsistent than someone with that much talent honestly should be.  When you read a bad Guhrke, you have to wonder how the hell she wrote the good ones:P



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Date Posted: 12/30/2008 8:56 PM ET
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Now, I would never have thought of comparing them. Enoch is just so bland, to me.  Kleypas is an excellent storyteller, except for a tendency to info-dump. Guhrke I would consider a superior writer to either of them, but I agree, inconsistent. Though honestly, I can't think of any writer who *is* really consistent.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:10 PM ET
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Enoch bores you, Willa, because she puts the adorable brats in everything:P  I find that tendency somewhat tedious myself.  Plus the use of the word "sexy" in a historical gives me absolute fits.  You know who she reminds me more of is maybe Julia Quinn and Eloisa James.  The main reason I agree about Kleypas is because I swear, Seduce Me at Sunrise and Mine till Midnight both reminded me of some of the Enoch books I've read lately.  It could just be the series disease they all seem to have lately.  I'm reading another Eloisa James right now, and I keep catching myself wondering if this or that secondary character was someone mentioned in a blasted Suzanne Enoch book.  Argh.  Do any of them write stand alone novels anymore?

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:23 PM ET
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well, I sorta agree with both of you that Enoch is competent AND bland. I gve her 4 shots and the books ranged fro middle of road to stupid/WTF

I have heard her referred to as a second rate Julia Quinn andf I think there was something to it early in her career but she has developed a more sexier than Quinn since

Kleypas. I just decided that I dont love the stories that she tells but the actual writing and storytelling is clean and very readable to me which is why I have always read her between my faves

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 12:11 AM ET
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It's not the kids. I actually like the kid in the Griffin series. Pretty much the only thing I did like.