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Subject: So I was reading a Harlequin tonight... Would like to know opinions...
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 1:22 AM ET
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Tonight I was sitting at home, kicking back with a book I recently picked up. Nothing special, just a Harlequin I thought looked interesting.

While reading the book, I got to the scene where the Hero and Heroine finally make it into bed. La-la-la, after it's over and the dawn breaks, Hero leaves... The Heroine starts reflecting on the time. Eventually her memory glances over her past sexual encounters, how they were brief and the guys were O.K., but lacked finesse.

I'm just wondering, does it ever irk anyone like it does me when the woman (or the man) just HAS to think about how their very few sexual encounters in the past were this and that and also not-so-great?

Lol. I know this is a wierd thing to be hung up on, but it seems like most time when I read a Harlequin or Silhouette, somebody's gotta mention their past sex life. And every time I read this, I wish it was kept out of the book. For me, it's just not something I want to hear. The story is about Hero and Heroine, and that's what I'm trying to focus on.

What is everyone's opinion? Doesn't matter, irks them as well, never noticed, etc?

 

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Hmmm, I've never noticed that before.   But then again, I don't do Harlequins.  There's not much I dislike in a book if the story has me hooked.  I know a lot of people are bothered by infidelity and that doesn't really bother me.  I'm not saying I like it, but if it fits with the character and rectifies itself in the end, then it's just another part of the story to me.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:26 AM ET
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If it's put into the context of the story and not so 'stupid' it's ok..I think it's included to give the reader an idea of the type person or where they're coming from sexually and how they could fall for the hero/heroine so fast maybe? since the books are so short/small there's not a lot of opportunity ot develop the c haracters and give their backgrounds.

 

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 2:46 PM ET
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It only bothers me because it's such a cliche and I get really tired of the idea that women should never have had any fun before they met "the one." Other than that, I don't much care.

I really don't enjoy scenes of the hero having sex with other women (or of the villians having sex--ick) and always wonder wtf the authors put those in.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 2:48 PM ET
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I don't mind it.  I think, like Susanna, it just gives a snippet into their backstory so you can understand why this time is different and how that is part of what makes them fall in love.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 2:59 PM ET
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I did read one whre the woman did enjoy the sex with the jerk..was a lori f oster book.t he problem with it was that  he made her feel like an abnormal slut for wanting sex and used it to control her...but she enjoyed the act itself,esp when she got a 'real man'...that was alex's story seems like..can't remembe the woman's name but she and her brother had a story (one brother had been killed and her brother posed ashim to draw out the killer or something).then the womans' neighbor in that book became a cop and got a story...

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 3:33 PM ET
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I'm not keen on Lori Foster and that book certainly wouldn't have endeared her to me!

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I think it just depends on the storyline.  If it serves a purpose....then yes, I'm ok with it.  Otherwise, its just taking up space.

Sherri

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 8:04 PM ET
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I agree with Sherri that it depends on the storyline. If it helps to understand the H or h better then I'm OK with it but otherwise I don't really want the details about their adventures with previous lovers.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Even though I'm the one that posted this topic, I do have to agree with those who say it gives an insight into the character's background. Harlequins and Silhouettes don't give much room for huge character development and the offering of background info.

I do have to agree with Willa about not wanting ot see the sex scenes with characters other than the Hero/Heroine. I can understand if it's perhaps an extended prologue or something and say the Hero is in bed with another woman. Then later he meets the Heroine. That's fine with me. Doesn't bother me at all.

It's interesting about this book I was reading that instigated my thoughts. After I posted my message, I continued reading. And it just so happened the next chapter had the Hero and Heroine in bed for the first time. And then after that, Heroine is at home having breakfast or something with her father. And she gets the willies because he's scrutinizing her with that look. Heroine then thinks to herself that she hopes just like the night some years ago when she came home after losing her virginity that her father couldn't decipher what she'd done.

It's those kinds of sentences that sort of wierd me out. Again, I understand we're learning more about her and her father, but since Hero and Heroine already did it, obviously we know she's not a virgin anymore.

Just don't want to know about it!

Lol. Okay, I'm done. So, anyone read anything good lately?

Natalie