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Toni Blake--Letters to a Secret Lover

 
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Manda



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Toni Blake--Letters to a Secret Lover Reply with quote

Been meaning to post about this book ever since I finished it last week. I had been getting over a bad read and was feeling disgusted with the genre in general. I usually love Toni Blake, but this was not one I was looking forward to. The heroine is a fashionista (the kind of heroine I usually hate) who goes to Idaho to buy her great aunt's canoe business back. And the hero is, of course, the guy who now owns the canoe business. But she hooked me. Blake has such a way of creating an emotional connection between the hero and heroine that you just believe they will be together no matter what happens. Add to that a cute dog and gorgeous scenery and some HOT love scenes and this book was awesome.

Anybody read something lately that got them out of a reading slump?
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jitterbug



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You too. *sigh*. I've read so many positive reviews about this book that I wanted to like it... but unfortunately I didn't. Well, not as much as I hoped, anyway.
My problem is the heroine, obviously. Wasn't there a thread in which someone noted how detailed descriptions of clothes you don't like can pull you off the story? Well, I don't like animal-printed clothes and I'm not particularly fond of the colour fuchsia, especially paired together. Unfortunately the heroine differs Wink
She's a thirty-four years old behaving often like a teenager - writing about her sex life on a blog, giving away so many details?! And she's a public figure of sorts. Am I the only one who thinks it's stupid or at least a little embarassing? And, come on, no trolls leaves a comment? Not even one? Even after her break-up was covered by every tabloid in Chicago? How realistic is that? Rolling Eyes
I disliked her attitude towards the canoe business too. I know she says it would be the perfect starting point for rebuilding her life, finding her roots etc., but... the canoe business is clearly the hero's (Adam?). He has purchased it, he knows what he's doing, it's rightly his. I know - she comes to realize that. Many of her musings about it irked me though.
And she's pushy. So very pushy. I know - with a hero like Adam(?) the heroine must be pushy. But I don't like pushiness, in heroines or heros.
And Adam... tortured and dark, and helpless to resist her. I liked him most of the times, but maybe he was a little too much... I don't know.

You see, I suspect I'm a little burn out Wink It makes me bitchy Razz
But I agree that the sex scenes were very hot Wink
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Manda



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interestng--I can see all your points but those things didn't really bother me. I guess I was able to suspend my disbelief re: all the blogging stuff, though her detailed blogs did make me squrm a little. But I just figured that was her thing. Oh well. Different strokes.

I think Doris Lessing has a quote "Don't read a book out of its right time fo you." It's just not your time to read LTASL--or it might never be;) I hope you get out of your slump. It's so frustrating. And when I'm in a mood even the greatest book ever written couldn't move me.
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