I think I've admitted this before, but my big fat guilty pleasure is ROMANCE NOVELS. I check out 5-10 every week or two, reading one in about a day and a half. I can read one in a day, but I don't get much else done.
Anyway, in an effort to make this place more personal, I'd like to share the best romance novel I read the previous week. The best doesn't necessarily mean it's a great book. If the cheesiness is right, it can cause a book to surpass a much more well written book. I'll be sure to let you know if it was awesome because it was awesome or if it was awesome because it was so bad.
This week's lucky winner:
Spring Rain by Susan Weldon copyright 1996
This book is about Libby Chandler and Reno McCord. Libby's fiance (who she just doesn't LOVE love) leaves her to go look for gold in Colorado to make a better life for her. When he stops writing, Libby starts having horrible nightmares of his death and is doomed to spinsterhood.
When the nightmares won't stop, Libby takes the money left to her by her father and travels to Denver, where she has trouble finding anyone brave enough to search Dead Man's Canyon, which is of course haunted by the specter of a guy with an axe in his head. The only guy she can find is Reno McCord, whom she happens to have to bail out of the Denver jail before they can leave. Libby insists on joining Reno for the search.
She knows in her heart that her fiance is dead and starts to fall in love with Reno, who is a man who will never settle down, of course. Libby wants babies. Lots of them. Reno is having feelings he's never had before.
"Heavens. How did you open my camisole without my knowledge?"
"Flattery will get you everywhere, Mr. McCord."
"I've grown rather fond of your teasing..."
"Hell, Libby. I'm not teasing. That's the problem. I want you and I don't trust myself."
"My ego adores you."
"You allow me to kiss you. It gives a man ideas."
(No dirty quotes because I don't want you to have to be 18 to read my blog.)
The dirty parts are pretty good, including descriptive words and phrases. I hate dirty parts that start dirty and then skip to the next morning. That is not this book! I blushed several times during the reading of this book.
Official Report Card for Spring Rain
Overall Story: C
Romance Story: B
Cheesy Parts: B
Dirty Parts: A
This one is pretty much a classic romance novel. The story of searching for the fiance is pretty weak and was used as a prop to keep these people camping and humping long enough for her to get pregnant. The cheese factor and the romance part of the story were pretty good. I give this book a solid B, and would recommend you hunt it down for yourself if you're into trash and cheese!
It appears that my library's copy will be headed straight to the repair room- a sign of a well read book!