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Subject: Recommendation?
Date Posted: 7/28/2010 8:39 PM ET
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Ok, any recommendations for a fun, sexy book for a couple to read to each other on a much-deserved beach vacation in Mexico? :-)


We normally read Steven King, classic SF, and mysteries (yes, aloud, to each other - it's great), so this is a bit of a stretch... but the idea of lazing on a beach covered in suntan oil with tropical drinks in hand is causing some stir-craziness! Bonus points if the beach theme is incorporated into the story somehow (but not necessary!).

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 9:12 PM ET
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My recommendation is Carl Hiaasen's Lucky You, it is a fun, satiracal read. For romance, Christie Craig's Shut Up and Kiss Me.

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 11:36 PM ET
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The Trouble with Paradise by Jill Shalvis is a fun read.

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 12:00 AM ET
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After reading this post, I meandered around the internet thinking about this. What book might appeal to a couple?

the one that came to my mind was Jennifer Crusie's Welcome To Temptation. It's funny; the hero is just a regular guy who likes to drink beer and play pool; the heroine - well, I love the whole con-artist-family background of hers, with her trying to be just a normal person but having this sort of quirky, twisted upbringing. I kept imagining some of the characters as being from that group that did the movie Best In Show and Waiting for Guffman - you know, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara - it's that kind of quirky-twisted IMO. It's got some great plot twists and great lines and hey, it's hotter than the sand in Mexico will be.

But no bonus points - it takes place in a small town in the midwest, so no beaches. Have fun, whatever you decide! (I eventually recovered from the odd sunburn I got on a similar trip years ago, much of which I didn't remember the next day - one who has too many of those tropical drinks doesn't apply sunscreen very consistently, just sayin')

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 2:16 AM ET
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http://All About Evie (Chameleon Chronicles, Bk 1) Author: Beth Ciotta

or any of the "Nerd" series by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerd, Bk 1)
Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson

let us know what you decide and how it goes....

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 6:36 AM ET
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Oh I totally agree that Jennifer Crusie's Welcome to Temptation would be a great couples read - Its HOT and funny - perfect!!!

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:49 AM ET
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These all look fun (esp. Welcome to Temptation and the Nerd book) and likely better than our one other foray into the more adult recesses (so to speak)  of this genre (pcked randomly) that involved a whole hockey team and one lone, poor (in my eyes, at least) girl. "Interesting".. but.. Yikes! ;-)  

Anyway, bonus points all around! Please keep adding any inspirations if/when they come!

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 11:04 AM ET
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If you could get your hands on a copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels, it makes for a hilarious his & hers read.  I read pages & pages of it to my DH as I was reading it myself and we laughed ourselves silly.  Poking fun at the more ridiculous aspects of the genre was something he could relate to, and the SBs seem to share so many of my own romance pet peeves, it's almost uncanny sometimes.

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 3:28 PM ET
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Crusie's Manhunting takes place at a resort - no beach scenes, IIRC, but some fun fishing trips.

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 11:45 PM ET
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I did have one other idea: Judith Ivory's The Indiscretion. It's a sort of fish-out-of-water type. The heroine is a sort of prissy titled/wealthy Brit and the hero is a sort of Texan cowboy and it takes place around 1890, if I recall correctly, in England. They meet on a coach - she's escaping her family and pressures of being an umarried, titled/wealthy girl, he's sleeping off a drunken stupor and a mean fight. The coach crashes, the driver apparently fell off some miles back, and now they're stuck in the middle of nowhere, just the 2 of them, both making up stories about their backgrounds. There are some very funny moments and interesting plot twists. It'd be even more fun if you read them in their native accents - her very proper British, his drawling Texan, makes for a fun contrast, especially when the big plot twist is revealed mid-way through.

I still think I'd go with Welcome To Temptation, but The Indiscretion would be a close runner up.

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:12 AM ET
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Lacey Alexander has a pretty hot one set on a beach.it's erotic romance though. think it's called Key West.

that smartbitches book sounds like a fun one..gonna  have to get a copy of that myself I think!

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Date Posted: 7/30/2010 12:33 PM ET
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Given the other genres you like, maybe something more in the Romantic Suspense line? Karen Robards "Beachcomber" was pretty good, though the beach is Ocracoke, not Mexico.

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:49 PM ET
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ITA with Kim's recommendation. My DH rolls his eyes at my romance books but even he got a kick out of my reading parts of "Beyond Heaving Bosoms".