Friday, February 11, 2011

The Harlequin Lover

Price of Passion

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was one of the Harlequin freebies, read further below for review.

My grandma was a fan of the Harlequin romance books. She read 1000's of these books, not the "Blaze" she said those were too "dirty". So last year, Harlequin gave away 16 or so free ebooks to celebrate their anniversary (they still have free book fridays). They included one book from each on their romance categories, Historical, religious, ethnic, mystery, and the infamous Blaze. I figured this was my time to see why these books are so popular and read a few so I started with grandma's favorite,        Blaze!

Slow Hands (The Wrong Bed: Again and Again, #1) (Harlequin Blaze, #402)Slow Hands (The Wrong Bed: Again and Again, #1) by Leslie Kelly

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book is a "mistaken identity". Wasn't a fan of the male version of Pretty Woman. It was set in Chicago with a hot paramedic and a voluptuous rich banker. It was pretty predictable but I wanted to see what my grandma considered “dirty, and was surprised that she would consider this “dirty” This comes from someone who has read books by Megan Hart, Lora Leigh, and Anne Rampling, now those grandma would say are filthy!
So I read a few more from the other categories. I started to see a pattern. The Harlequin romances have a recurring theme: misunderstanding or mistaken identity, good looks, tons of money, a baby and a wedding
Price of Passion was one of the books I actually did somewhat like. This book is a "misunderstanding" Out of all of them this was ok. I didn’t like the beginning or the characters but then about half way through I liked the dialogue and interaction between the two main characters and actually started liking this book. But it had the same Harlequin ending.
Not all romance novels are bad, and I don’t hate all Harlequins. Harlequin was a stepping stone for many authors and readers. I enjoy a good Historical Fiction Romance or Paranormal Romance. If your looking for more romance with something that isn’t written for quick mass production, may I suggest a few: Lisa Kleypas, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, J.R. Ward, Diana Gabaldon or if your daring Megan Hart. Maybe you’d like to envision yourself in a romance novel of your choosing for that visit, Books by you. There you become the star in your own romance novel! Here’s the link:

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