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Friday Four and Book Report (24)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

If you'd like to see my recent four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.



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1. The Dream Man, by Linda Howard **** Okay, I thought this would be my first five-star read of the year (since we all know how much I love Linda Howard). This was supposedly the book which catapulted her to the bestseller list, and for most of the book, I could definitely see that...and then, near the very end, the main love interest did something so stupid and -- well, stupid is just the best word -- that I couldn't get past it. If a man who claimed to care about me did something like that to me, it would be the end of my trust in him. I felt so betrayed for the MC, and I was actually angry when I put the book down. *grrr* Anyway, the rest of the book was great, and obviously, since this book put Howard's name out there, I'm in the minority (I have to add, usually Howard's books are fine with the sex versus plot stuff, but in this one, I actually began completely skipping the sex scenes because there seemed to be more of them than usual -- or maybe it's because I was so annoyed with Dane, ha). The story: Marlie Keen is a pyschic whose powers disappeared after a hugely traumatic event six years ago -- but the evil intentions of a current serial killer in her new city overcome even that, and soon she's seeing visions of his twisted attacks. When she goes to the police, Dane Hollister (lead detective on the case) believes she must be involved to know that kind of detail. But when she checks out, he can't hold back his curiosity, and he attaches himself to her to see what will happen next (and also because he's completely in lust with her). The killer escalates, and Marlie and Dane become more and more on edge as they seek to find some way to stop him -- and then, he comes after Marlie... (Adult romantic suspense, released 1998, publisher: Pocket Books)

2. Yeah, I'm still mad about #1 -- isn't it amazing how books get a hold of us sometimes? At the same time, I have to admire writing talent which can so completely capture my emotions and my care about characters who aren't real.

3. It's a snow day today. The district called it last night (before the snow even started falling, really). Were they right? *shrugs* Yeah, it's snowing. Yeah, it's supposed to snow all day long...but the last storm we had was pretty similar to this, and the kiddos still had school. But they're excited to have a break, and it means that we got to sleep in a bit and can now laze around to get things done.

4. My parents are taking the kiddos this weekend so we can celebrate our anniversary (assuming we can get the kids over there). Our actual anniversary is Monday, but we always celebrate this weekend (which is also always Super Bowl weekend). I don't think we'll let the snow stop us ;) This year makes a dozen.

5. Since I don't want to struggle to the gym, I'll shovel snow this morning to get my exercise. Very exciting, I know.

Have a great first weekend in February, and for all you football fans, enjoy the big game! :)

Comments

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beachdog
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary ... you 2 make an attractive couple... may you have many more!
robinellen
Feb. 3rd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) We're certainly planning to (hoping to?).
olmue
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
What a great picture! Happy anniversary, Robin!
robinellen
Feb. 3rd, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rose :) My SIL and DH's aunt took pictures (we were beyond poor when we got married) -- and thankfully, they're both pretty good photographers, so we got many nice shots.
karenbschwartz
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!

I just read Linda Howard's The Perfect Man and it scared the bejeezus out of me. :0
robinellen
Feb. 4th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I haven't read that one...I'll look for it ;) (Not because I want to be scared, however...)
christine444
Feb. 4th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary! Maybe Valentine's Day will make up for Super Bowl Sunday. ;>)
robinellen
Feb. 4th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Weeeelll, we tend to not really celebrate V-day. Probably because we just had our anniversary ;)
shannywriter
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary :) Cute picture!
robinellen
Feb. 4th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
boreal_owl
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary weekend! What a perfect photo!
robinellen
Feb. 4th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
We had some nice photoes, without a doubt -- thanks, Barb :)
laurenem6
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm... there was a book I read like that. I otherwise loved the book, but to me, the MC did something so unforgivable. She didn't even think it was that bad, and everyone else just sort of moved on and got over it. And ironically, now I can't even remember what the book was. But I sure remember the unforgivable thing.
robinellen
Feb. 4th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Isn't it strange how that happens?? And in this one, just like the one you mention, everyone else just kind of forgave and moved on, but I was like, "WTH???"
jessica_shea
Feb. 4th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, Robin! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
robinellen
Feb. 4th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, Jessica -- it's been very nice (and peaceful) so far :)
afraclose
Feb. 5th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Congrats on a dozen years!
robinellen
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Allison -- it's a nice number :)
writertessa
Feb. 5th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your anniversary! He's a lucky guy :)
robinellen
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, T! :)
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