I had a 15% off coupon for Fictionwise, so here’s what I bought this week:
A bundle of Suzanne Brockmann‘s “Tall, Dark And Dangerous” books (romantic suspense) – Now this is cool. Someone mentioned on the AAR boards that Harlequin was releasing this series as ebook bundles. I love this series, but a lot of them are hard to find. There are three different bundles, and I’d read the ones in Part 1 and 3, so I passed – though I am tempted to buy them just to have e-versions around. Anyway, Part 2 had the following:
I haven’t read the first three (at least, I don’t think so – and if I have it was ages ago!). I’ve read “The Admiral’s Bride” relatively recently, and it’s not one of my favourites, but all in all, it’s a good selection for me!
Joan Wolf‘s “Lord Richard’s Mistress” (historical romance) – I’m a fan of her older historicals, and this is a new one to me. I think this is one of her much earlier works, so I’ve no idea whether this is good or not.
Moira J Moore‘s “Heroes Adrift” (fantasy adventure) – Now this was an impulse buy because while I thought the first book in this series had potential, I really didn’t like the second – I thought the heroine was whiny and self-obsessed, and it was very almost a DNF. So I’ve no idea why I picked this up – maybe it’s the cover (which btw, is completely misleading – it’s not a ship-based adventure despite the cover setting at all!).
Anyway, I did finish it last night – it’s a quick read, definitely an improvement over the second book and there were a couple of laugh-out-loud moments for me. But the plot twist was very obvious (and coming from me, that’s saying a lot!) and it’s not one of the books that leave much of an impression once you finish it. Even though it’s a series, I don’t feel any more attached to the characters after the third book than I did after the first. So while it’s a B- for me, it’s a bit of a qualified rec, because it’s not really a standalone, and to read book 3, you’d have to read book 2 which didn’t quite work for me…
Going off on a tangent, the cover for the third book is completely different to that of the first two books, even though Ms Moore’s website says they’ve all been done by the same artist. The first two covers (first one on the left, and second on the right) seem to be aimed more at a YA audience, although I don’t think they were really YA fantasy books. I do like the cover of “Heroes Adrift” – think it’s a huge improvement over the first two!
Finally, I also pre-ordered Elizabeth Vaughan‘s “Dagger-Star” (April 1) – looking forward to this one!