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Subject: What's the draw of Lora Leigh??
Date Posted: 5/28/2010 5:46 PM ET
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I hadn't read her in awhile, having gotten bored by her, but picked up Loving Lies recently which looked really good to me.

It was a f*&k fest, plain and simple.  Little to no plot and the characters on the front of a cereal box were more life-like than these. 

I got tired of reading about the pleasure-pain and the "hero" (term used very loosely) kept saying how much he loved the heroine (who was one of the wimpiest women I've ever read about) but that's not how he spoke or acted around her.

Am I missing something?  I would really like to understand the appeal.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 6:02 PM ET
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um I think you answered your own question Ani! winkIt was a f*&k fest, plain and simple ...and a dependable one at that..almost the same 'fest every time..nothing like knowing what to expect!

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 6:32 PM ET
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So that's it?  If someone is looking for a 'fest', this is a guarantee?

For me, reading about a 'fest' is about as interesting as reading about someone exercising.  *yawn*

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 6:42 PM ET
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yep she's a guarantee! I like the alpha heroes and well basically if you're lookng to read some sex you wont' have to read long  to find it! I like the Breeds for their storyline and I like Forbidden Pleasure but still  have a lot of hers in my tbr..

I'm sure others here may have more than this reason LOL but she's guaranteed in my book.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 6:54 PM ET
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I love some good, strong sex but I'm put off by the shallowness of her characters.

Thanks for the insight.  I'll pass on her from now on. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 7:09 PM ET
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I like her for a raunchy read. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Having said that, LOVING LIES was especially bad.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 7:44 PM ET
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I haven't read Loving Lies.  Since her Bound Hearts series went into full length print, I don't think they are as good.  Tempting Seals series was really good, the newer one (Maverick, Heat Seeker, Blackjack) hasn't held my interest as much.  Maverick was good.  Heat Seeker I started and then put down.  Blackjack has been sitting on my TBR for a while.

I haven't read the Breeds series at all.

They are all pretty predictible books so I can't read them one after the other.  Gotta be in the right mood to pick up one of hers.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 7:56 PM ET
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Her Breed series is an auto-buy for me, and it is different....it has a storyline.wink  The other ones, don't interest me much.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 8:02 PM ET
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Ditto what Les said.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 8:35 PM ET
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Like Les and Sherri I read her Breed series (but wait out the WL).  I like the story arc even if the editing sometimes makes me crazy .

I have some Seals on my TBR, but I've retty much given up on her non Breeds books, so I may end up posting them if I don't get motivated to pick them up this summer.



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Date Posted: 5/28/2010 9:37 PM ET
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I also haven't liked anything but some of the breeds books.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 9:43 PM ET
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So maybe I'm just reading the wrong Lora Leighs.  A friend gave me all of these which have been sitting on my TBR for over a year.  I'm not even sure if they're all from one series:

Dangerous Games

Killer Secrets

Wild Card

Mercury's War

Hidden Agendas

 

Any good?

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 9:55 PM ET
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I couldn't get into her books.  The connections between the characters just didn't work for me, which leaves you with the fest, which become tedious after awhile if you aren't getting into the characters.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 10:55 PM ET
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Mercury's War is part of the breeds (ETA: It is book 16 but most of them stand alone). You might give that one a try.

Here's where the others fall:

SEALs:

1     Rescue Me
2     Killer Secrets
3     Hidden Agendas
4     Real Men Do It Better
5     Dangerous Games
6     Honk If You Love Real Men
7     Tempting Seals

Elite Ops:

1     Black Jack
2     Maverick
3     Wild Card
4     Elite Ops
5     Heat Seeker



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Date Posted: 5/28/2010 11:20 PM ET
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I read a number of her Breed books when I was going through an erotic phase lol but only really liked a couple. Dawn's Awakening and Tanner's Scheme are the two I liked with Dawn's Awakening being my favorite. That book has a truly tortured heroine and there is alot of chemistry between the hero and the heroine. I also really like the hero in the novel. I think it was my first Lora Leigh book so the repetitive nature of her writing was not yet apparent to me. I truly disliked her Seals series having only been able to finish one of them - the other I tried was a DNF. I agree with you that they are often just about sex and the sex gets really boring after you have read a few of her books because its all the same stuff, language and acts over and over throughout her books. Also, there is an overabundance of typos throughout her books - just awful! I guess different strokes for different folks but I am not at all impressed with her books.

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 3:21 AM ET
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i like the Breed books, which have a story *and* a guaranteed fest.  ;)  i also like the Bound Hearts series, and especially liked Wicked Pleasure which i thought had a very emotional love story for all that it was a menage fest.

i have not found any of her other contemporary or romantic suspense books very interesting.

if you want to try the Breeds, Dawn's Awakening is a really nice one for the reasons Margaret mentioned, and it's available on PBS.  i think Mercury's War is probably a little far into the series to try that one first.

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 3:30 AM ET
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What about the Elite Ops books?  Are they as good as the Breed books? A story line? (with a fest! lol)

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 3:43 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/29/2010 3:46 AM ET
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I remember Dangerous Games had the vibrating butt plug thingy..that was the first time i came across a scene like that in a book and I wasn't expecting it since the book was MMP and it was my f irst Lora Leigh book..whew!  I liked Coyote's Mate as well but could tell I was missing some background stuff and the 'mating heat' kinda bugs me... I did like Forbidden Pleasure though and have some others from that series as well in my tbr (didn't realize Forbidden Pleasure was in a series when i got it but it's still one of my fave erotic romances)

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 9:26 AM ET
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I loved  Dangerous Games and I've readsome of  the "Nauti" books.  However, I didn't like at all Black Jack.  I read about 130 pages and was STILL forcing myself  to go on!  So, I posted it.  Like all  of  you mentioned, her books are short on plot and  long on the spicy stuff.  I'll probably keep reading them now and then, but  her books are not my first choice of reading  material.  If you all likespice and plot, I really enjoy the Harlequin Blaze series, but then I'm a series romance junkie wink

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 10:00 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/29/2010 11:19 AM ET
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I find Leigh boring & repetitious just over the course of a single book, nevermind several, or God forbid, a series:P  I've only read Nauti Boy, which was sorta titillating, even if my eyes were prone to glazing over at regular intervals.  Dangerous Games (which I got at an FOL sale) put me to sleep & was a DNF, so that was as far as I got with her.  But I should point out that I'm pretty ADHD when it comes to erotica or non-stop f*&#fests, which I generally find about as interesting as incessant chatty tea parties.  IMO, if it doesn't advance the story, either keep it fresh or drop it altogether.... not that her books have all that much story to begin with:P

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 12:32 PM ET
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Mercury's War might be my least favorite of her Breeds books.  If I remember the editing was atrocious and the story didn't make much sense.  Also there was something with a character and a wrong name.  I'll agree that Dawn's Awakening was one of my favorites of them.  I also really liked Megan's Mark and Harmony's Way.  I think those 2 are some of the first mass markets from the series and hold up well alone though they should be read together since Harmony's Way is the direct sequel to Megan's Mark.  My other favorite is Lion's Heat, the latest, but I think it's way too far in to be a good starting place.  Plus, the hero is so instrumental in the other books that you lose something if you start there.

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 1:18 PM ET
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I don't know-I like her. But like most author's I have to space her books out.  I don't go into them expecting a great life changing read though.  I'm also partial to the uber-alpha male. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 1:55 PM ET
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If Dawn's Awakening is a fav, you might also love Kiss of Heat (although, it took me 4 tries to get it; it kept getting sold out). Agree, the Breeds are best, read in order (or somewhat in order), for them to make sense. I didn't care for the Seals/Ops series either (read a couple, but didn't care to finish series); the Naut books are OK, and there is storyline, along withwink. I too, have to space her out.

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