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Subject: Worst Romances you ever read:-
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:11 PM ET
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Warning possible book spoilers of The Rebel Bride and Tell Me Lies. 

 

 

 

I wanted to burn The Rebel Bride by Catherine Coulter when I was done.  Horrible.  She's raped young and refuses repeatedly to marry him.  He forces her into it and then disguises himself, kidnaps and rapes her when she refuses her wifely duties.  Then if I remember right he gets mad at her for feeling guilty about the 2nd rape and for not being a virgin.  I put it as a freebie even though it's actually in postable condition. It was just so bad, I didn't want to get a credit for it.

 

Tell Me Lies by Claudia Dain: horrible. Another one.  Now I like a little rough sex mind you.  Can be fun. But this is another one where the hero repeatedly rapes the heroine and then blames her for making him miserable.  She's a very religious young girl traveling to visit relatives.  He's a wealthy plantation owner who's also a pirate.  He takes her captive when he attacks her ship.  He first decides to give her to his men, but then can't resist her.  She makes herself appear very seductive because being abused by one man seems better than being abused by many.  She falls hopelessly in love with him but gets really depressed because of the shame.  She finally escapes and goes back to her family. He goes home to his plantation (same area) and runs into her.  He actually gets mad at her. It was horrible.  I wanted to boil myself after I read it.   I just couldn't get how she could love him.  It wasn't like he held her captive but was really nice and slowly seduced her.  He tells her if she doesn't please him, he'll toss her to his men.  Treats her like a whore and then stalks her where they live. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:18 PM ET
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Totally agee on The Rebel Bride. Loving Julia and Forbidden Love by Karen Robards are two others I found disgusting and unreadable. Bad writing as well as extreme ick factors. In LJ, the "hero" treats the heroine like absolute dirt and she always comes running back for more. AND she gets totally brutalized in the end. In FL, the "hero" is twice her age, married, her guardian and nasty as all get out into the bargain.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:26 PM ET
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I know I've mentioned this before, but mine is Passion by Lisa Valdez.  I just didn't buy that they were in love at all - lust yea, but I need more than lust to be satisfied by the story.  There was no character development either, just sex, sex, sex, and more sex.  I have no issues with lots o' sex, but I need a real love story along with it.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I agree with Willa on Forbidden Love. I just could not like that book

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:58 PM ET
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I can't remember the names of books that were really awful because if I don't finish them I forget about them. 

However, I do remember being really mad about how a book by Carla Kelly was turning out.  I guess the heroine was going to end up with someone other than I hoped and I was so mad that I checked the ending and when I was right, I refused to read the rest of the book.  I haven't read anything else by her since then :-)

Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the book, but maybe someone else would know it.  I'm pretty sure it is one of her popular novels.



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Date Posted: 3/18/2008 5:02 PM ET
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The Wyndham Legacy by Coulter.  I know it happened it happened back then, but I couldn't get over the whole "marry your first cousin" thing.  That, and the hero is just an ass for no reason the entire book. :P

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 5:14 PM ET
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the only one I can recall offhand was an older harlequin title...I threw it away and I dont think I've ever thrown a book away...the woman called the man a bad name because of his race..think he was gypsy? and he ended up forcing her to marry  him...she actually drew blood with a whip when she did the name calling and he was practically abusive to her as well...totally turned me off..and I always liked the harlequins with the woman kidnapped or forced to marry..geez.. this was too much for me...

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 5:27 PM ET
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I know I've read some real stinkers in all the years I've been reading romances, but I am not sure if I can recall any. One book I read recently that I just didn't like was Gayle Callen's The Duke in Disguise.  It just wasn't interesting. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:05 PM ET
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Heart of Thunder by Johanna Lindsey. First the guy rapes her and takes off, then later has her kidnapped and tries to take over her ranch. He treats her TERRIBLY when she is a captive, mocks her and insults her constantly, ties her by rope and drags her behind his horse until she's bruised and bloody, and through all this she somehow falls in love with him? RIIIGHT....



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Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:09 PM ET
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Anything by Norah Hess............blech!!

Catherine Hart's "Silken Savage".........i picked it because the herione had my first name, not something you usually see often. UGH, it was awful though, it kept dragging on and on. I wanted to stop reading it, but it would start to get interesting again,,,,,,,and then just fall flat. It was torture finishing that one!

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I hate books where the only thing that keeps you turning pages is the hope that something interesting will happen on the next one.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:45 PM ET
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The last one I can recall reading was by Tori Carrington called Shameless.  She has sex with 2 guys (independently) that she worked with.

Sherri

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 8:42 PM ET
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But she thought Guy #2 was Guy #1.  Still, she did seem a bit like a ho, didn't she?

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 8:56 PM ET
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I agree about Silken Savage....not just a total dud, one of the worst heroine i've ever read about in a romance...

 

My expectations In a romance books arent that high usually, so when I read something by a new author I never actually think it was "bad"... I tend to think it was just blah... and try someone else... but I DO have some expectations on well known authors, and they're usually the ones who tends to disappoint  me the most. 

Has anyone read the stuff Stephanie Laurens been writing these days?  Here is a ( well, WAS a ) talented author.... theese days I can't even read her stuff half way without putting it aside.... Its not just a plot issue, her writing style has just changed... its just well, DULL... everything about the book, she's gotten so wordy about pointless stuff...example,: PERFECT LOVER, what a perfectly boring book about pointless stuff, with random sex scene between two emotionless people...

And is it only me or does every book just sound the same now?  Its all the same old, same old.... every single family member and their cousins has had a love match, can we move on now, please?  Write about something else, sheesh!

 

 

 

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 9:42 PM ET
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I always find Gayle Cullen books dull, albeit inoffensive.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 10:11 PM ET
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Willa, that was the first book of hers I'd read.  The premise sounded good but it just wasn't that interesting a read.  

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 7:31 AM ET
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Adora (Bertrice Small)

The most awful book I've ever read.  Heroine (a byzantine princess who marries 3 powerful men) is repeatedly raped and abused by nearly all the men in her life.  Her father marries her off (to gain political advantage) of the age of 8 to an Ottoman sultan and the marriage is consumated when she turns 13.  Practically unreadable.  Stay away unless you like mysogynistic stories.  Not a romance, but historical fiction with some graphic, disturbing sex scenes.  One of the very few books I couldn't finish; however, it got some good reviews on amazon (can't figure out why for the life of me unless you're a diehard Bertrice Small fan). Based on this book, I would never read another Small. 

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:06 AM ET
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FALSE IMPRESSIONS by Ariel Berk (Silhouette Desire, 1985)

BACKCOVER BLURB:

Audrey adjusted her startlingly skimpy uniform and prepared for her first night waitressing at the Angel Club. What was a mild-mannered anthropology teacher doing in this ridiculous getup? Good question. Her publisher wanted more "hands-on" fieldwork, and even though the club patrons might take that more literally than she'd like, Audrey was determined to do further research on all-male establishments.

Brandon Fox didn't look like a typical girlie-joint customer—he was the handsomest man she'd ever seen—but he was there, wasn't he? And ogling was the word that certainly sprang to mind, since he couldn't seem to take his eyes off her. But first impressions are often false....

This book cracked me up because it was so ridiculously "politically correct" and so, 23 years later, so horribly dated. BTW, the hero was a lawyer representing victims of sexual harassment in the workplace and a very 'sensitive' guy.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Sigh. So many books, so little time.

Bertrice Small. agree that ADORA is really bad because all three husbands were reprehensible. The first one deflowered her with a dildo because he couldnt be bothered. The second one drugged her so that he can have an orgy with her while she is not in her right mind. The third, who is the son of the first husband, rapes her repeatedly to tame her and never got over the fact that his father got her maidenhead.

However, UNCONQUERED, THE HELLION, and THE INNOCENT are almost as bad.

Jenna Petersen's FROM LONDON WITH LOVE -- got my vote for worst read of 2006. One of the most deadening reading experiences of my life. Torurous writing; she wrote much better than that in the past.

Barbara Pierce's SINFUL BETWEEN THE SHEETS -- my only F read of 2007

Catherine Coulter's DEVIL'S EMBRACE -- graphic detailed gang rape that I still remember word for word to this day, 20 yrs later. WTF writes a detailed gang rape scene in a romance? Even Rosemary Rogers didn't wasnt as graphic when she had gang bangs in practically every one of her book.

 

 

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 2:17 PM ET
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I've mentioned this book before in different threads about old romance novels & pirate themed stuff: Captive Passions by Fern Michaels.

I've read some real stinkburgers in my time, but this one epitomizes the completely horrid, old school bodice rippers of the late 70's.  And the really awful thing about it - I've seen many rave reviews on this piece of trash.  Amazon is chock full of them.  It even rates 4-5 stars here.  This thing is ripe with every pathetic device that still gives romance a bad name.  Rape and brutality, adultery, you name it.  The hero - Regan - sleeps with his mistress on his wedding night, for crap's sake.  Keeps a mistress throughout much of the book and bangs everything on two legs.  Whenever I talk about Kathleen Woodiwiss and how refreshing her writing was after some of the hideous fare romance readers had to choose from back then, this is some of the fare I was talking about.  As much of an a-hole as Brandon from The Flame and the Flower was for half of the book, he was a god compared to the weenie in this one.:P  And not that the heroine was much better either.  I'd almost rather she'd been a sobbing milksop like I think Heather from Flame and the Flower was too much of the time.  Sirena was just a b&%@*!

 

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 3:51 PM ET
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I have seen Janelle Taylor all over the place at Goodwill... and finally decided to give her a shot.  I read Whispered Kisses.  Arghh.... there were about 3 page sequence that I adored... but the rest was just words to plow through.  He often referred to people by their hair color... such as            "blah, blah, blah", said the blonde.  Also, the author kept having the men in the book say woman.    "blah, blah, blah woman".   Those two writing devices really put a road bump in my reading.  The characters were poorly defined and totally undeveloped and the who plot was twisty in a way that did NOT add to the story.

Maybe I read a dud... I don't know.. but I sure don't plan on picking up ANYTHING else by this author.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 11:03 PM ET
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IIRC it was a book by Deana James called Captive Angel.  Hated this book. The heroine has a miscarriage and becomes depressed.  Gains some weight and generally just fades into herself.  Well, the "hero" doesn't appreciate being ignored so he sets up a mistress, leaves the heroine and takes their son and his mistress and sails away. Leaving the heroine with no means to support herself.  She becomes a pirate and realizes she doesn't need the "hero".  He, of course, doesn't like that. How can wifey live without him?  They eventually reconcile and return home to find the baby his mistress has left with the heroine's mother since she was no longer with the "hero". 

In the follw-up book  Angel's Caress, which was I think about the "hero's" son with the mistress, it is mentioned that the "hero" was unable to stay faithful to the heroine and how it destroyed her.  Hated, hated, hated Captive Angel.  To this day I'm still pissed I wasted some of my life reading it. In fact, I'm getting mad all over again just thinking about it.

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 2:41 AM ET
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I'm very relieved that I've avoided all of the books you've mentioned! 

I think they're more historical - but I absolutely abhored the whole Wildacre trilogy by Phillipa Gregory.  Her Tudor books are fantastic - but Wildacre totally grossed me out with a "herione" that I wanted to strangle!



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Date Posted: 3/23/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Kim I love your reviews! :-)

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Chase the Wind by Cindy Holby.  Ugh.  It could have been a great book except that she KILLED THE HERO AND HEROINE halfway through the book!  Then we get to read about their children living in an orphanage.  Then we get to read about the female child being raped by the man who killed the original H/H.    Neither one served a purpose in the plot of this book.  Skip it if you can.  The rest of the books in her Wind series are good - but this one, and pardon my language, sucks.

Sherri

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