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Subject: Reviews Wanted: Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 2:48 AM ET
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I am curious about your feedback on this last of her Huxtable series. I wasn't thrilled about any of the previous three and once again, I'm having a hard time getting through this story as well. I checked reviews on amazon (most readers there loved it) but there wasn't any listed on this site. I'm finding it so tedious and ho-hum and I'm already halfway through it. The only character I'm interested in is the cousin, Con, and who's to say when and if he'll get his story? If he ever does, I sure hope it's better than these four!

Does it get any better? kWhat do you all think? I sure would like to hear your opinions.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Balogh is about 3/4s through writing Con's story but I'm not sure when it's due out. He is such an intriguing character, I hope the story will do him justice!

I agree, this has been a bland series, even blander than the last.  Someone on Balogh's mailing list pointed out that she uses a lot more dialogue than she used to and I actually think that's a key point, because the dialogue is just not that interesting on the whole.

Seducing an Angel seemed like a fascinating premise, but I haven't been able to get into it either.  Read a bit, skimmed a bit, just didn't care much. :-(

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 2:25 PM ET
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She's bored me silly with this entire series.  I went ahead & ordered this one when it was offered to me, but I'm in no hurry to read it.  In fact, I've been thinking about offering it to someone else & not bothering with it at all.  I think I'm about done with Balogh, and I pulled a boatload of her books off my WL yesterday.  Can't think of any reason to keep collecting tons of lukewarm books that I really don't enjoy all that much, other than just to have them, which is starting to seem silly:P

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 2:33 PM ET
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I still have the 3rd and 4th to read.  The 2nd was an improvement on the 1st for me but if you asked me today what it was about I couldn't tell you! lol  But I am definitely interested in Con's story and will probably at least get that and read it (hoping to be surprised at how good it is!)

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 2:52 PM ET
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It's a doggone shame that we'd have to wait till the very last (5th?) story to get to an interesting character out of the whole lot (Con). MBalogh used to be a top fav of mine, but I don't know what happened! Did she change her style of writing? Last night I was wondering if it was because she was too descriptive trying to get to the meat of everyone's feelings (rather than too much dialogue, Willa). Good grief, who knows. I keep up with her books thinking it's gonna get better, that THIS book will get her back on track (kinda like what Stephen King went through). Is this common with writers who've been on the scene for a long time? Is this why some romance writers switch to contemporary, suspense, thriller--because they're bored too? Perhaps our reading tastes have change instead, hmmm?

Overall this series was a waste of time. Frankly, it drives me crazy when there are too many stories for one family, like Stephanie Laurens; it's a total saga not unlike soap operas! I've closed the book on Seducing an Angel, and it takes a lot for me to give up on a book without finishing it. And I did that twice with the Huxtables (I think it was the second one--see, not very memorable). Perhaps you'd like a second copy, Kim??

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 4:56 PM ET
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i got this the week it came out and have been stuck on page 75 since.  The first bk was stale. I liked the second bk because she doesnt do a rake story too much. You would have to pay me to read Meg's story.

Overall I liked this series more than the SIMPLY series but that's because I have an irrational hate-on for the Bedwyns.

 

I have read somewhere that Balogh has the title and publishing date for Con's story on her website somewhere

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 5:02 PM ET
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Regina - I'd say that the quality of her writing has gone downhill, but you know, the old regencies that I've managed to get here & there haven't been all that impressive either:P  What's funny is that her publisher is starting to reprint bunches of them, like it's really doing anyone a favor:P

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 5:08 PM ET
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well they are going me a favor because I lost my copy of DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago and I refuse to pay over retail for a bk that I didnt love. However its the prequel to LORD CAREW'S BRIDE which is my favorite Balogh and I always wanted to revisit it again.

They are also reprinting PRECIOUS JEWEL which might be the best thing Balogh had ever done from a technical standpt.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Kim, I used to love her Regencies (that's how I got to know her), but recently I read A Promise of Spring and I thought Yikes, I used to like this??! I couldn't unload it fast enough. I have another of her early ones I'm just gonna pass on. Once I get my postal monies next month, it's outta here.

You know, Seton, I liked her Simply series (even though the Bedwyns are way to arrogant), but again there were a few clunkers in that one, too. Come to think of it, I enjoyed those few books right before her Simply series started (A summer to remember, One night for love??) Kim, I think you're on the right track. Perhaps she's past her writing prime? (think Madonna, it was good while it lasted, but it's time to sit your a** down)  Besides, my TBR pile is already more than I can handle. Why continue to add mediocre stuff?

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt that way about Seducing. I'd much rather hear it from you faithful forum ladies than random folks I don't know on amazon.



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Date Posted: 6/28/2009 7:43 PM ET
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Well, I still LOVE most of her older books - Regina, can I call dibs on whichever one you're passing on next? - and even the ones I don't love are usually worth reading.  I'm very happy about the reprints, except the older books have more interesting covers.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:26 PM ET
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well which of hers are good? I sure dont' wanna waste my time though I don't think I've glommed a lot of hers - yet!

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:27 PM ET
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I too was very disappointed in this latest series. I kept all the Bedwyn's--  Wulfric's story was my favorite though I know not everyone liked him. But this series has been so hard to get into -- I posted the first two already - which I'm so surprised at. I used to read her older books pretty religiously back in the day -- have been reading them again now when I can get them and they are pretty hit or miss -- a few I liked and kept (Snow Angel, Temporary Wife (don't remember plot offhand), and The Double Wager but others ...

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:44 PM ET
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Sure thing, Willa! I pm'd you...

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 9:00 PM ET
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My favorite of Baloghs (Ive read about 67 Baloghs)

LORD CAREWS BRIDE - i recently got 2 of my friends to read this and they both loved it but u must like uber-betas.

COUNTERFIET BETROTHAL - I usually hate secondary romances but this is the best contrast of 2 romances I have ever read: mature love vs. young love, comedic vs. angst

PRECIOUS JEWEL - Balogh's second chance at doing a prostitute story and way better than SECRET PEARL imo

A PROMISE OF SPRING - older woman, angst galore

 

Other Baloghs I liked: TEMPORARY WIFE, MORE THAN A MISTRESS, FAMOUS HEROINE, NOTORIOUS RAKE, CHRISTMAS BRIDE

 

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 10:49 PM ET
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I'm particularly fond of A Precious Jewel, The Plumed Bonnet, Dancing With Clara, Tempting Harriet, Longing, Tangled, Heartless, Silent Melody, Unforgiven, Slightly Married, Slightly Dangerous, A Summer to Remember. I have tons more on my keeper shelves too.

AAR just did a revote on Balogh's best books, though I'm not sure how reliable it is since I think some of her latest ones got into the top ten. :-\

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:07 PM ET
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Willa, Seton--you two are much more dedicated fans of Balogh than me. You can remember all those titles! You two reminded me that, yes, there were quite a few books of hers I truly enjoyed. I didn't know about Jewel, though; perhaps....oh, geez, here I go again.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:36 PM ET
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well none of those ring a bell with me so guess I'd better start with the pile of historicals I already have LOL!

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 3:00 AM ET
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Willa,

PLUMED BONNET, DARK ANGEL, and SNOW ANGELS are the Baloghs I have lost thru the yrs.  I always feel like I will find my copy of PLUMED BONNET one of these days but so far, no go.

 

I thought it was kinda laughable that FIRST COMES MARRIAGE was in the AAR Top 12 Baloghs (no offense to those who loved that bk).

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 1:55 PM ET
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I think PB will get reprinted because it's part of the same series as Dark Angel and Lord Carew's Bride. Yes, I see from her website it will be out in 10/10. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 1:58 PM ET
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I thought it was kinda laughable that FIRST COMES MARRIAGE was in the AAR Top 12 Baloghs (no offense to those who loved that bk).

Yeah, the reminds me of decades ago, my husband and I watched some kind of music poll of the best songs in the history of rock or something and the number one song, beating out everything by the Beatles and the Rollings Stones etc. etc. was called "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Does anyone even remember that song? It was clearly a case of remembering the last thing you heard best.

We have gotten a number of new people on the Balogh list who just read the Huxtable books and fell madly in love, so clearly they are working for some people. Perhaps if you haven't read her other books they have more of an impact.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Well I just finished Seducing An Angel and it was definately the worst of the series.  I really did enjoy the other 3 books, and this series is the only Balogh I've read.  I can't understand why the publishers put this out in hardback but am really glad that I read a library copy instead of paying hard cash for it as I planned to do or WL it (I would have felt I wasted a credit for sure).

After reading the posts here, I am going to try another Balogh series though....

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I'd suggest a Summer to Remember, which is one of my favorites of those currently in print.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 8:52 PM ET
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Pauline,
I second Willa - don't give up on her without reading one of the earlier books mentioned above - Not sure what happened with this series but she truly has written some good ones.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 10:28 PM ET
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I have this book from the library and after reading your reviews, I don't want to read it. :)

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 9:34 AM ET
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Willa, Trish,

Thanks for the info....I will give her another try.  As I said I liked the first 3 books in this series so I'm looking forward to her older stuff which popular opinion states is better.

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