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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Posted in: Carol Lynne, Elloras Cave, gay romance

Blurb from the EC site:

Naughty Nuptials – I Do By Barbara Sheridan , Anne Cain
Accountant Randy Ohara has been alone and lonely since the death of his first and only lover. While in New York to attend his sister’s wedding he develops an instant and strong attraction to an unknown man at a Manhattan nightclub. The desire he feels is surprisingly intense, making Randy realize he’s never wanted another man with such passion before.

It’s even more of a surprise when Randy learns that the stranger he lusts for is none other than Jason Chen, the groom’s widowed father. Randy doesn’t dare make a move on the sexy older man, until the handsome detective reveals a few secrets of his own.

Naughty Nuptials – Feels So Right By Carol Lynne
On his eighteenth birthday, Austin Green’s father kicked him out of the house for his sexual preferences. Now, all grown up, Austin returns home to attend his sister’s wedding.

The evening of the rehearsal dinner, Austin meets the man of his dreams. Tony Rumalati looks to be the perfect man. There’s just one problem. He’s also his soon-to-be brother-in-law’s father.

Although Tony’s been divorced for most of his son’s life, he has yet to find Mr. Right. That may change when he steps into the elevator with Austin. Can these two men survive a weekend of lust, love and bigotry?

Now I know there’s a dearth of original plot devices, and I know that they are part of the same series, but seriously, both heroes get the hots for the groom’s father? Okaaay then…

Thanks to Goddess Grrl for sending me the links!

19 Comments »


  • Kat O+
    June 19
    10:08 am

    It would be interesting to read both and then compare how the authors’ voices and styles differ even though the basic premise is very similar.

    Oh, come on, Karen. You wanna read another Carol Lynne book, dontcha? (I sure would like to read another review. Heh.)

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  • Karen Scott
    June 19
    10:15 am

    Jesus, I think I’ve made her enough money with all this free publicity!

    Actually, Mrs G reviewed her latest, and gave it a 50 or something, she’s a fangirl for sure! The review itself was very funny though!

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  • Karen Scott
    June 19
    10:16 am

    A similar thing happened with one of Maya Bank’s books, and Shiloh Walker, same premise, totally different delivery.

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  • Teddy Pig
    June 19
    1:47 pm

    At least Shayla Kersten changed it to the Grooms older brother not the father.

    It like they are templating the stories now.

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  • Barbara B.
    June 19
    2:03 pm

    It didn’t take long to totally bland out the m/m stories. It just doesn’t work for me when one of the men is written into a typical romance heroine role. They’re both MEN. You’ve got TWO heroes. When I want m/m, and I frequently do, it’s Torquere Press by way of Fictionwise for me. Sean Michael rules!

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  • Jane
    June 19
    4:49 pm

    I think what is so egregiously funny is that the similar storylines have the exact same cover; in the exact same series. Snerk.

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  • Grrrl
    June 19
    5:05 pm

    see, i knew you’d appreciate this karen! it’s like i said in my email: it’s one thing to have similar stories from the same publisher, and as has been pointed out, it happens. but to put them in the same series, with the same cover, with the same blurb, that’s a huge cock-up. i’m wondering who was in charge of over-seeing this particular project at ec, because takes a special kind of stupid to let something this obvious just slip by you. what kind of fuckery indeed.

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  • Barbara Sheridan
    June 19
    6:07 pm

    both heroes get the hots for the groom’s father? Okaaay then…

    Our fictional father hasn’t hit fifty yet and since he was inspired by Jet Li how can anyone not have the hots for him? ;P

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  • Anonymous
    June 20
    3:52 am

    For having such similar plots, they really are very different stories. Feels So Right is positively horrid!

    I Do could’ve stood with having a bit more story, but it was a decent read, with a lot of promise.

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  • Dawn
    June 20
    1:21 pm

    Intersting to note that the story “anonymous” thinks is horrid is the Carol Lynne one. Hmmm…

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  • Barbara Sheridan
    June 20
    2:46 pm

    Intersting to note that the story “anonymous” thinks is horrid is the Carol Lynne one. Hmmm…

    I’ve been around this business long enough to know when to keep my mouth shut but the implication vibe I’m getting from the above comment compels me to say “Bite me” to anyone who thinks Anne and I are so desperate for attention as to go around anonymously bashing another author’s book while praising our own.

    ~Barb Sheridan

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  • Cher
    June 20
    7:10 pm

    Dawn said…
    Intersting to note that the story “anonymous” thinks is horrid is the Carol Lynne one. Hmmm…

    why?

    it was my honest opinion about both quickies.

    had issues with my login & anonymous was easier.

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  • Dawn
    June 21
    9:49 am

    Well, that was a lesson in how what you’re thinking doesn’t always doesn’t translate well on paper.

    I wasn’t suggesting any ulterior motives in any particular person’s comments. I was simply noting that the general consensus seems to be that Carol Lynne doesn’t write great or even good stories.

    Will try harder to make my points more understandable next time.

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  • Karen Scott
    June 25
    2:07 pm

    the implication vibe I’m getting from the above comment compels me to say “Bite me” to anyone who thinks Anne and I are so desperate for attention as to go around anonymously bashing another author’s book while praising our own.

    Barbara, why so angry? Dawn was only pointing out the implication that it was Carol Lynne’s work that was substandard once again.

    Funnily enough, she explained that, but I see that you haven’t bothered posting that explanation on your blog.

    Paranoid much? And by the way, you do see how these two stories seem similar don’t you? I wasn’t actually saying that you’d ripped the idea from each other, just that they were similar.

    Are you the same Barbara Sheridan who wrote Bittersweet Surrender?

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  • Barbara Sheridan
    June 26
    2:33 am

    Barbara, why so angry? Dawn was only pointing out the implication that it was Carol Lynne’s work that was substandard once again.

    Angry? No. Slightly ticked off,at the time. A bit.

    This is one of those infamous internet moments when words in the absence of tone, facial expression & body language can be taken many different ways.

    Funnily enough, she explained that, but I see that you haven’t bothered posting that explanation on your blog.

    I’ve been swamped with edits over the weekend, so don’t worry there were no sinister motives at work. 😉

    Paranoid much?

    I think I was born paranoid *sigh*

    The stories have the same premise but as in most cases when things seems the same the execution is different and hopefully that makes each story unique.

    Are you the same Barbara Sheridan who wrote Bittersweet Surrender?

    I am. Should I put on the paranoia cloak again? lol

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  • Karen Scott
    June 26
    7:07 am

    I am. Should I put on the paranoia cloak again? lol

    Actually, I was gonna say that it was one of the most memorable books I read last year, I loved it, and had I been less lazy, I would have done a gushing review of it.

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  • Barbara Sheridan
    June 26
    2:35 pm

    Actually, I was gonna say that it was one of the most memorable books I read last year, I loved it, and had I been less lazy, I would have done a gushing review of it.

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Jason and Star are definitely my favorite characters.

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  • Anne Cain
    July 3
    5:53 pm

    Lazy? Nah. Blasting books attracts more readers to a blog than praising good ones, so I can see why posting good reviews isn’t a priority.

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    10:15 am

    Hi Anne Cain, seeing as you’re such an expert on my blog, do me a favour and count the number of good reviews in comparison to the number of bad reviews I have posted.

    I think you’ll find that the good, far outweigh the bad. I only ever bother reviewing really, really good books, or really really bad books, and that all depends whether I can be arsed or not.

    If you have a beef with my blog, I suggest you keep it within the realms of your bitchy private e-mails to one another, and don’t bother coming on here to tell me about it, cuz honey, I’m not interested in your opinion, one way or the other.

    The fact that you, and Barbara Sheridan have obviously taken an exception to my commenting on the similarities between yours and Lynne’s book, really doesn’t keep me up at night, but if it bothers you that much, just do what I do, and rant about it on your own blog. Ok?

    Good.

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