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Subject: Would YOU Be in the Mood??
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:33 PM ET
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Ladies (I'm assuming this thread appeals most prominently to women):

I love romance books. I happily suspend belief through even thin plots and less than well-thought out charcters. But tonight I read a story that just had me rolling my eyes.

In the space of 48 hours the hero and heroine meet, have major misunderstandings, encounter a ghost who helps them understand they are essentially reincarnated lovers from a time in the past, battle criminals and more.

Criminals kidnap Heroine. She jumps from a car going 40 mph (in a vintage dress wearing ballet slippers), suffers a head injury upon landing, is chased over unstable cliffs by the criminals in the car, and is shot through the shoulder.  Hero arrives on a horse to save the day. He plays chicken with the car, which then goes over the cliff.  Heroine passes out, wakes up back at the house with an icebag on her head and bandage on her forearm. The lovers impatiently answer some questions by the police, who finally leave.

Now alone, Hero and Heroine declare undying love, agree to marry, and proceed to engage in enthusiastic lovemaking. THE END.

So - ladies - I ask you:  After having been kidnapped, jumped out a car, had a head injury bleeding profusely, and being shot through the shoulder, do you think you'd be receptive to a little 'afternoon delight'??

My husband was in the room when I finished the book. I gave him the re-cap and warned him that should we ever find ourselves in similar circumstances, he shouldn't hold out much hope.  You??



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Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:53 PM ET
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I agree, husband says that James Bond does it all the time.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:57 PM ET
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Normally I'm pretty much in favor of equal rights and equal treatment for the sexes. It pains me to confess that I don't seem to mind when the big, strong hero shrugs off an injury to get romantic.  So I guess I'm a hypocrite. Because I'm reading this and thinking - "okay, he smells like horse and sweat, she's been rolling out of a car, running across the cliffs, has blood all over her dress - and, oh yeah, she was SHOT."

I'm just thinking I'd rather have a bath and nap at that point...



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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:13 AM ET
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I was reading one(didn't finish it - yet) where the cowboy got shot in the leg, she removed the bullet, had to cauterize?sp the wound and boy howdy did he recover fast!

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:11 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 5:12 AM ET
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Jo,

There are many books where I think the same thing as you do.  I'm thinking, geesh how can they even think about doint that now?

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 8:16 AM ET
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I agree....sorry sex is NOT an option after all that, unless he is really hot AND has magical healing powers.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 9:52 AM ET
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I agree....sorry sex is NOT an option after all that, unless he is really hot AND has magical healing powers.

LOL   I totally agree with that! 

I'm with Jo, though, that there's something very sexy about a hero who turns into a big tough guy by ignoring his injuries so he can make love to his lady.  lol

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 10:16 AM ET
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I'm still wondering about the whole "playing chicken" thing. So the hero plays chicken with a car while he is on a horse? And the bad guys would rather go over a cliff than hit him? Maybe the villians really love horses or something?

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 10:20 AM ET
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Even better, the hero arrives home to discover the kidnapping - which means he chose the horse (instead of his jeep) to chase after the villians, having no idea where they went or how far away they were. (Ghost points him in the right direction.) But still - wouldn't a motorized vehicle be a better choice?  (Note to self: remind hubby to use the car in the event of similar rescue.)

This book had a few continuity problems as well (notice shot in the shoulder; bandage on the forearm?).  It's actually two-stories in one with the commonality being the old manor house and a ghost trying to right different wrongs from the past.

The first story was set in 1991; second in 1994. In the sequal the first couple are secondary characters (friends of the new hero), happliy married, with a precious 5-year old daughter. So apparently recovery from injuries isn't the only thing that accelerates with this couple!

Hmm...we'll just have to see what happens with this next set.



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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 11:01 AM ET
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That kind of scenario makes me never want to read that author's books again.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 11:24 AM ET
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they have more stamina than me for sure! I've read several books where I wonder what the author was thinking putting a sex scene there.

I prefer the books where the hero or heroine care for the other and then just sleeps next to them. I love a good steamy sex scene as well as the next person but there is a time and place. :)

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:14 PM ET
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No mood for me either.

5 year old daughter takes 6 years to produce, in a story just 3  years later.  Call me anal, but I always do the math when reading and continuity issues really bug me...where are the editors???

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I know I suspend disbelief to truly enjoy most romance novels, but that ones would probably be a little too far to suspend disbelief.

Yes, if only everyone had the recuperative powers of Hero and Heroine's in romance novels, we wouldn't even need hospitals :  )

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:43 PM ET
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Well I think I would find the book boring if they just sat up and watched tv.  I mean I read romance for the fantasy aspect of it all.  I don't read romance for the realism. 

Also I imagine there would be quite an adrenaline rush after that. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 6:51 PM ET
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Actually, I could - maybe- have understood the adrenaline rush theory except for the sequence of events. The book didn't say how much time had elapsed. However...

Heroine had collapsed unconscious on the cliffs. She awoke back at the house already bandaged. Then they waded through the police officials' questions. Then they talked a bit. THEN they headed upstairs for their passionate encounter. I'm thinking - even in make believe - the adrenaline has long since dissipated by that point.

Then again, considering they did create and nuture a 5-year old child in 3 years, maybe the woman just healed REALLY fast!



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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Oh I hate the timeline inconsistancies.  I'm reading Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris.  Her ex brings a much younger date to a party.  Heroine and her husband 1st say that the date is in her mid-twenties.  So heroine says he's only about 15yrs older then her and he's 34. Which would make the date 19 and not in her mid-twenties.  A minor thing but still annoying. I find this happens a lot in books. The timeline made no sense in Animal Lust by Lacy Danes.  The stories were spread out over something like 12 years but no one seemed to age. 



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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 10:35 PM ET
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This seemed like such a normal series of events UNTIL I realized that I was not in the paranormal thread.

Unless the chick was a vamp/wereperson/demon, I'm thinking the author just needed a sex scene in the book and that's the only place she could think of to throw it in.

One of my biggest pet peeves! Give me a good story with sex NOT good sex with a half-assed story.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 10:57 AM ET
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Timeline inconsistencies drive me crazy as well.  Sometimes I can understand the author getting confused - she/he knows the story intimately and has probably crafted various versions of it. So I can truly understand how the author might lose track.  But what the heck are the editors doing? Isn't catching this stuff a big part of their job? To read the story objectively and be on the lookout for inconsistencies??

These two stories were simply a combination of very thin plots, plus bad editing.

The second story revolves around a case of 200-year old wine valued at 1 million pounds that has been discovered in the cellar of the house. The heirs (hero #2 and heroine #2) must spend 7 days/nights in the house to inherit.  The book is all about the danger - supposedly from word leaking out about this valuable wine and people trying to steal it.

The hero proceeds to recruit 3 other former-spy types to help patrol, installs a complete security system, adds a generator, etc to better protect the house.  Meanwhile, I'm thinking, "Um, guys, it's a case of wine - why not just move it to a secure location rather than trying to turn the house into a fortress?" (The will didn't say they had to stay WITH the wine, just the two had to reside at the house for 7 days.)



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Date Posted: 4/12/2009 11:36 AM ET
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Wow, talk about a weak plotline.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 1:32 PM ET
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Yes, if only everyone had the recuperative powers of Hero and Heroine's in romance novels, we wouldn't even need hospitals :  )

And if everyone had the magic sperm of Heroes, we wouldn't need fertility doctors!