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Subject: Stephanie Laurens - Not Sure If I Should Keep Her (and Julia Quinn)
Date Posted: 9/26/2009 7:46 AM ET
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I'm doing more purging, on a mission to organize my living room so I can have things done in there. Needless to say there are books all over in there and have pulled a couple of plastic grocery bags of books already this morning.

I have some Laurens books in the LR and am tempted to toss them into the donation bags - I've never read her books, though I have purchased a bunch through the years - so if I give up her books it won't be like I'm missing something.  I've read mixed reviews and comments on her books through the years so I'm conflicted. I'm leaning towards getting rid of them but . . . . . do I want to miss out on something great?

This exact reason is why I don't buy randomly buy these days without trying an author first before getting the backlist. How do you all feel about her?

Edited my post to add Julia Quinn in the subject line. I've read a couple of Quinn's books and wasn't wild about them. I want to toss her books, too.......though I know she's so popular.

Gail



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Date Posted: 9/26/2009 8:13 AM ET
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I enjoyed all of her books written up to about 2004-2005. Then her writing started to get longer and boring. I have sworn never to read her again.

Same with Julia Quinn, good up til about 2004. After that, they started to stink.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Anyone who hasn't read a Laurens yet can always enjoy a few:P  The thing about Laurens is there's really nothing wrong with her writing; she's just been stuck on the same old worn out formula for the last 16yrs or so.  Or she was the last time I was able to read her anyway - which has been a while.  It's possible she got, and wore out, a new old formula since then:P  Quinn, I dunno.  I liked several of the Bridgerton books, but none of them are on my keeper shelf.  I don't like to hang on to just one or two books out of a series as long as that one anyway, but When He Was Wicked is the only one I'd really be tempted to read again, and it's not as though any of them are hard to find.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 1:43 PM ET
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I got rid of most of my Laurens in my last purge. The one supposed to be her best was only pretty good for me and everything else I've tried by her has been dull and repetitive. I think I kept one that wasn't part of a series, thinking it might be worth a try.

I've cleaned out most of my Quinn too. I keep a few because they're sentimental favorites from when I was first reading romance, but honestly her style of humor does not appeal to me at all (and no offense to those who feel differently, but I think her earliest books are dreadful.)

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 1:44 PM ET
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If you have the first one of the Cynster series- the one featuring Devil Cynster, read that, then decide. That one was my favorite of the series.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 2:22 PM ET
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I will always love the Cynster series but I will agree that she does have a formula and probably after the Twins story  (Amelia and Amanda) - things go downhill at least for me.  I enjoyed the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn as well.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 4:29 PM ET
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I liked the  Bridgerton books, except for the last one(Gregory's) . I can't stand when an author does that kind of thing with the time line.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 5:23 PM ET
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What did she do, Anne? I tried to read that one twice and never could get through it.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 6:12 PM ET
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She started the book with a scene from the end. Gregory was running to the church to stop the wedding. Then she went back in time for the rest of the novel, leading up to that scene. It ruined the whole novel for me.