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I know that this subject has been hotly debated in the past, but the reason why I bring it up again, is because I just finished reading Morgan Leigh’s story in the Bad Boys In Black Tie anthology.

The hero and heroine fell in love within a day, and I’m afraid, I just didn’t buy it.

I think I actually resent romance stories, where the hero and heroine fall in love within a short space of time. In some cases, if the story is well written, then I can kinda get over it, but sometimes, even that’s not enough.

This is why I have such a problem with novella length books. Unless the lead characters are best friends, or have known each other for a while, it’s always going to be a struggle for the author to convince me, that the love is real.

There was a bit towards the end of the book where the guy was envisaging the heroine and himself, thirty years down the line. Totally took me out of the story. I’m all for suspending disbelief, but I found that I just couldn’t do it. All I kept thinking was that there was no way this would happen. He’d only just met the heroine, for Oprah’s sake, most of his interest lay in getting her horizontal.

Why couldn’t the author leave us to imagine that her characters eventually fell in love, and lived happily ever after?

Lust at first sight, is a slight cliché, but surely that’s more believable than love at first sight?

What say you?

I stole this from ReneeW. This list is from AAR’s top 100 romances, in 2004. I’ve emboldened the ones I’ve read, and the ones in red are on my TBR pile.

1. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale
3. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
4. As You Desire by Connie Brockway
5. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie This has been on the TBR forever
6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
8. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
9. All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
10. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
11. It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
12. A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
13. Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
14. The Proposition by Judith Ivory
15. A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
16. Ravished by Amanda Quick
17. Frederica by Georgette Heyer
18. Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
19. MacKenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
20. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
21. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
22. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
23. The Bride by Julie Garwood

24. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
25. To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney
26. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
27. Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth
28. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
29. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
31. My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway
32. In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel
33. The Windflower by Laura London
34. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
35. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
36. Nobody’s Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
37. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
38. Paradise by Judith McNaught
39. The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
40. Dream Man by Linda Howard
41. Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann

42. Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
43. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
44. Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney
45. Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney
46. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
47. Heart Throb by Suzanne Brockmann
48. For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale
49. Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood
50. Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh
51. Untie my Heart by Judith Ivory
52. Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Secret by Julie Garwood
54. This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland
55. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
56. One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
57. To Love and to Cherish by Patricia Gaffney
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
60. Venetia by Georgette Heyer
61. Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant
62. The Prize by Julie Garwood
63. Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly
64. Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann
65. The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh
66. Heartless by Mary Balogh
67. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
68. Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory
69. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
70. The Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer
71. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
72. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegar
73. With This Ring by Carla Kelly
74. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood
75. The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
77. Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
78. Castles by Julie Garwood
79. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly
80. Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts
81. By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter
82. Perfect by Judith McNaught
83. My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth
84. The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
85. The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
86. Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke
87. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
88. Kill and Tell by Linda Howard
89. After the Night by Linda Howard
90. More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
92. Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
93. The Charm School by Susan Wiggs
94. Scoundrel by Elizabeth Elliott
95. How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
96. Angel Rogue by Mary Jo Putney
97. Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz (Never read Krentz)
98. Dancing on the Wind by Mary Jo Putney
99. Once and Always by Judith McNaught
This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

So, I’ve read 25 of the books, and have a further 11 on my TBR pile. Not bad to say that a lot of these books seem to be hystericals.

So how many of these have you guys read?

When You’re Right, You’re Right…

Friday, August 18, 2006
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Heee, it looks like some folks have been google bombing, with some great results! If you log onto Google.Com , and type in the word ‘failure’, guess what pops up? Go look quick before it gets amended or whatever.

This tickled me pink for hours last night, heheh!