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I read Bonnie Dee’s Seasons of Love yesterday, and I have to say, what an unusual and delightful selection of stories.

I really love Bonnie’s voice, and I love the way she’s able to draw me into her books, and really capture my imagination. I think that she, out of all the new-to-me authors, who I’ve read in recent times, has managed to take the idea of the stereo-typical romance hero, and totally turn it on its head.

Her heroes are deliciously flawed, heart-breakingly tortured, and are generally beta males, rather than the ever popular alpha heroes. Whilst her heroines are surprisingly strong-spirited, without being painful or stupid.

Seasons of Love is a collection of stories, which represent all four of our seasons.

The first story is called Maypole Dance – This is the spring offering, and here’s the blurb from LSB:

This story moved me actually. It was very poignant and sweet, and I suspect if anybody else had attempted to write it, it just wouldn’t have worked. I’m not really into sprites, faeries, or any other cutesy other-worldly beings, so I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this story, and the sorrow that I felt when the hero and heroine had to be parted, especially taking into consideration that I wasn’t particularly fond of the heroine in the first instance.

The next story was called Amish Paradise, and was the summer story:

Loved this one. It was very Romeo and Juliet-esque. Raging passions galore, familial differences, clash of faiths, great internal conflict, identity crisis struggles, and a hero who picked out the Plain Jane, saw beyond her plain clothes, naked face, and un-stylish hair, and fell head over heels in love with the girl beneath the white cap. What could be more romantic?

The autumn story was called Crisp Apples:

I didn’t like this one as much as the others. It was definitely the weakest of all the stories for me, mostly because I didn’t like the premise, and the hero and heroine were a little dull. But it was still beautifully written.

The winter story was A Lily For Christmas:

I’m very partial to the Maid-Having-It-Off-With-The-Lord-Of-The-Manor-type stories, (Which would probably explain my penchant for an eighties Spanish/Mexican drama called Isara The Slave Girl) and this was no exception.

I loved the ambience and the settings of each of the stories. I really did.

Whilst reading Amish Paradise, I could literally feel the heat of the sun on my skin, the flies buzzing round my head. I could see myself sitting in a car at a drive-thru movie theatre, eating pop-corn, whilst watching a surly James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, and listening to Elvis Presley playing on the radio. Now that’s talent.


  • Barbara B.
    June 5
    11:39 pm

    Love, love, love Bonnie Dee! It’s very rare to find an erotic romance writer who’s able to
    deliver on both the romance and the erotica. I also like Dee’s way with characterization. Dee manages to write erotic romances yet avoid the cliches and stereotypes rife in most erotic romances. For me that can’t be beat.


  • Barbara B.
    June 6
    2:15 pm

    BTW Karen, your girl Carol Lynne has a new book, Feels So Right, at Ellora’s Cave. It’s a gay romance quickie. You gonna take one for the team again and review this sucker for us? *big grin*


  • Ann(ie)
    June 6
    4:56 pm

    Bonnie Dee is a superstar. She’s at the top of my list of “authors who should be famous and aren’t yet.”


  • Bonnie Dee
    June 6
    5:57 pm

    Golly, guys, you made my day. I just bopped over here to see what Karen had to say about any old thing and there I was.

    All your comments felt great, especially since I just came from the Samhain blog where Nancy Lindquest was talking about being shamed by her father at a dinner because of being an erotic romance writer. It stirred up similar feelings among the commenters, including me. Relatives can be such a drag, so, yeah, good to know that at least non-relatives appreciate what I do.


  • Sarah S.G. Frantz
    June 7
    3:09 am

    Karen, don’t do it. I read Lynne’s new one and it’s just as bad as BW, but shorter. Not worth it, b/c I found myself saying what you’d said about BW in my review.


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