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Subject: Lisa Kleypas / Blue Eyed Devil
Date Posted: 6/14/2010 6:46 PM ET
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I'm usually a 100% historical romance reader and have struggled to find a contemporary author I like.  I've read a few, but even the highest rated ones struck me as only so/so.    I started Lisa Kleypas' Blue-Eyed Devil and it grabbed me right from the opening scene.  So far, I'm liking it very well.  I loved her historical Wallflowers series and am amazed at Blue Eyed Devil.  I think she has a few other contemporaries. I love the heroine Haven in this one.  Are her other Contemporaries  as good?

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 6:54 PM ET
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This is so spooky. I just went to B&N after work today to spend a gift certificate and found both BLUE-EYED DEVIL and SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER in hardcover for $5 each, now I have the trilogy in HC.

These are her only contemporaries so far and they tie-in together: SUGAR DADDY, BLUE-EYED DEVIL and SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER. I could swear I saw somewhere that she has another contemporary coming out fairly soon but I could be thinking of another author.

I read SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER first and loved it - I'm not a big Kleypas fan and read the book via the library and was blown away. I'm debating whether I should keep BED and STS in paperback, too.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 7:00 PM ET
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I LOVED Blue-Eyed Devil and have Sugar Daddy on my tbr but understand it is written in the first person which I generally don't prefer so I have been procrastinating.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 7:16 PM ET
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I haven't read Kleypas' other contemporaries, but I enjoy her historicals and bought Sugar Daddy when it first came out. Ugh! The last 2/3 of the book are pretty good, but the first 1/3... just open to about page 130 and start there. You won't miss a thing!

Colleen

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 7:31 PM ET
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LK is one of my favorite authors - a definite auto-buy for me.  Sugar Daddy is the first in the series and it's Liberty's story.  It reads more like a chick-lit book than Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger.  They were more of a straight romance, but all of them are excellent.  She has a new contemp series coming out - the first one is Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (I think that's right).

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 7:43 PM ET
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Michelle - that's the (new) book I was thinking of. Here's a link I found at fantasticfiction for a pic of the cover: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/k/lisa-kleypas/christmas-eve-at-friday-harbor.htm

It sounds good - I'm definitely going to buy it.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 8:06 PM ET
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Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger are fabulous!

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 9:25 AM ET
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Gail, I'm like you - frankly, after giving LK's historicals several tries I finally concluded I just don't like her writing style. I mean, other people just rave, but they all left me cold - just ok, nothing to rave about. But I guess it's just the historicals - I did like the contemporaries, all 3! I listened to them on audio book (free from the library).

just goes to prove, everybody's tastes are different

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 3:31 PM ET
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Gail weren't you bummed that you read Smooth Talking Stranger first? I read it 1st and LOVED it so I went back and read the others. Without giving out a spoiler, I was confused about the relationship in STS that was obviously developed in the 2nd book. It was like the main characters were all shuffled and ended up with new loves.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 5:00 PM ET
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I am not the biggest Kleypas fan. She's good but overrated IMO so I havent read her contemps. I heard that SUGAR DADDY is chicklit too.

 

The only contemp series that I love and follow is Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series. J'adore!

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 9:28 PM ET
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Gail weren't you bummed that you read Smooth Talking Stranger first? I read it 1st and LOVED it so I went back and read the others. Without giving out a spoiler, I was confused about the relationship in STS that was obviously developed in the 2nd book. It was like the main characters were all shuffled and ended up with new loves.

I do this all the time, reading books out of order. I don't visit author sites all that much otherwise I probably would have known it was the 3rd book. I got it from the library thanks to the positive comments here and the minute his sister came into the story I said "uh-oh!" and sure enough she had her own book.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 1:15 PM ET
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Thanks for the feedback, Ladies.   I'm loving BED.  It's not so much a great writing style as a good storyline and believable characters.  Based on the comments here, since I can't abide Chicklit, I think I'll read STS next and skip Sugar Daddy. 

I read books out of order all the time and it doesn't bother me.   I may pick up a series at the end and work my way backwards. 

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 7:57 PM ET
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Gah, I'm going to have to order STS and BED!!!!! Anyone have them on their bookshelf so I can order from someone I know? No deals necessary.