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Subject: Any Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh Fans?
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 9:47 PM ET
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I am looking for Thunder and Roses and The Rake. I was wondering if anyone had a deal on those. I am a newby and don't have many credits. *smile*

 

I'd like earlier books by Mary Balogh. I am on the wish list but it will probably take forever to get to my turn.

 

I am offering a 2 for 1 sale until midnight.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 10:06 PM ET
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The old Mary Balogh's are hard to find.  Even on Ebay they go for crazy amounts.  I was lucky and found one at Half-price books.  I think it was Indescreet. I didn't care for it at all. The hero was horrible and just wanted the heroine to get away from him.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:30 AM ET
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I LOVE the MJP "fallen angels" series & Thunder & Roses is the very best one.  Nicholas, the half gyspy earl, is such a wonderful, tortured hero.  Despite being rather tormented by his past, he has a refreshing playfulness to him that is completely endearing. 

I LOVE Thunder & Roses, which  is firmly on my keeper shelf and I'm not parting with it, so sorry.  Haven't read the Rake yet, but its in my TBR pile. 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:48 AM ET
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The Fallen Angel series is wonderful. I've read them, but would like Thunder and Roses to keep. *smile*

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 4:15 AM ET
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I haven't read a nything by either of these but I'm curious. How  much heartache is in them? I've heard about other series like 'the lover' and 'outlander' and those sound out of my comfort zone :-(  I like a good romance but not a lot of affairs and misunderstanding after misunderstanding., or rape or near-rape..are these authors similar to any others I may be familiar with? I'm new to historical but I've liked the ones I've read by Amanda Quick, Jill Barnett, Medeiros and have a few by Lisa Kleypas on my TBR pile...geez like I need to add to my TBR pile LOL!

Grace have you seen the thread 'is this book on your bookshelf?'? you can post there and maybe someone will see..I've posted about a few books and found a few though not all.

ok think tomorrow is gonna be a trip to the ubs to check out this fallen angel series since I have credit there!

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 5:54 PM ET
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You can also try in the Bazaar. There is a thread there called May...what books are you looking for? You might get a bite. I'd say for diehard Putney and Balogh fans, they probably won't part with them, but you might find someone who just happens to have them and doesn't know what treasures they've got! I'd post the link but I'm lazy.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 9:13 PM ET
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wow we have have 2 named Grace! :-) beautiful name!

so the whole 'fallen angels' series is good?

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 9:30 PM ET
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Personally I loved them. I recently reread Thunder and Roses which is the first in the series Petal in the Storm and Shattered Rainbows. I might reread the others.  Try Thunder and Roses and see what you think.

 

M J Putney is one of my favorite authors.

 

I also like Jo Beverley, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn and Amanda Quick.

 

Happpy reading. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 12:40 PM ET
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Susanna-that's why I haven't tried Outlander and why I gave up on Bertrice Small.  I don't like the cheating and the constant together-apart-together-apart. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 2:45 PM ET
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Yeah, I used to read Beatrice Small just for the sex...honestly dont' even remember the storyline LOL! those were my college days and I was pressed for time but I remember the woman being a virgin and then ending up in harem after harem after  harem! Ithink she finally got back to the 1st guy..this was 'unconquered' which is on a shelf somewhre since it was my first by her.

I just have too many books to read the waste time on a theme I hate! I read to relax and be enteretained and some themes just don't do that for me though some I've gotten through and was glad I did afterwards though it wasn't a very relaxing read!

the few historicals I've read so far I've enjoyed: medeiros' bride and beast, quick's slightly shady, and barnett's carried away were all good enjoyable reads though barnett's was 'sillier' than the others but perfect for a busy day shift at work to read between working..

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 3:04 PM ET
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Mary Jo Putney's books are definitely not like Bertrice Small.  I read some in college as well and hated them. I read Unconquered too and it turned me off. I've read more recently and was more tollerant. I still perfer Kleypas, Putney and other regency authors to Small. 

 

Although I did read a Small that didn't follow the pattern of separation and other lovers and then back to the same person. It was The Duchess and it was good.  

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 5:02 PM ET
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Wow, Grace, I'm also looking for those two books! And I just ordered Shattered Rainbows (from the Fallen Angels) but I would like to read Thunder first because I understand they are connected (more than the others.)

I've read two of the books from that series but out of order: One Perfect Rose is awesome (that's the last one I think and I have it on my shelf for all those interested.) I also read the one with the spy in France but I didn't like it much.

A lot of people have recommended me the early Balogh and like you, I've Wish Listed them all but I've been here in PBS for a few months and I haven't even moved one place.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I had all of the Fallen Angels books at one time, but sacrificed them here to the god of shelf space:P  Which is sort of a joke, really, considering how many more books I have now than I did then...

My Baloghs are mostly collectible keepers, although I do have some extra titles here & there of one thing or another.  But I think it's an extra copy of Truly in my "to be repaired" box (some spine cleaving), and an extra copy of Devil's Web.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 6:51 PM ET
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which are the early baloghs that are good? I've seena  lot that start with 'simply' or 'suddenly' or something like that so I'm assuming those aren't the rare ones LOL!

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:34 PM ET
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Well I like her Bedwyn series - the ones with the "slightly" titles - the best of all her books, so go figure:P  They aren't hard to get or expensive by any stretch either.  I got all of mine at a couple of different UBS's I think, and then added A Summer to Remember afterward from ebay.  I know I waited forever to get copies of Tangled and Thief of Dreams, before I finally got both on WL offers here, and both were kinda blah, IMO.  The same for Irresistible and Indiscreet - waited forever for blahness - and I presume it'll be much the same for all of the titles on my WL too.  To collect a certain author is to frequently be a sap, methinks:P

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:55 AM ET
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Both undoubtedly, talented authors but i must admit (dont kill me) that I didn't "love" most of their books.    Mary Jo Putney books, i liked her older books better, her Fallen Angel series were great but I thought  it did seem to drag on some.. I have The Rake and Thunder and Roses in my TBR pile... one of these days I am going  to read them... I burned out of her stuff after reading the Fallen Angel books back to back.....

 

Mary Balogh, only book by this author I would actually add to my keeper shelf is the one with the oldest brother, the Duke as the hero.. I don't even remember the title right now, but I couldn't put it down... Others, they were just OK.  And I must be the ONLY romance reader who didn't think the Secret Pearl was "all that", it dragged on!  yeah, only person in the world who thinks it.... LOL 

 

 

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:44 AM ET
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Slightly Dangerous, and I agree, it was the true keeper of the lot - although I really liked Slightly Married and Slightly Wicked a lot too.  Not every book in the series was great, but they did a great job of building the anticipation leading up to Slightly Dangerous, and it didn't disappoint.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:25 AM ET
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Funny but I was dissapointed on Slightly Dangerous (didn't really like the way Christine treated Wulf.) Maybe it was the way that Balogh built up Wulf in the previous books, I don't know. I still have the book with the intention of re-reading it to see if I change my mind. We'll see.