Monday, October 19


Well, I'm back. The fundraiser is finished for another year. THANK GOD.

Last night I finished Stephanie Lauren's Mastered by Love. Rosario had an interesting review and I thought it was worth giving a try. I haven't read Lauren's in years and years. She used to be a favorite, but after a while I found her rather repetative and the silly nicknames were very annoying.

It was okay.  Something that could be enjoyed in the moment, but it certainly wasn't a keeper.  I find she has interesting vocabulary choices, almost as if she writes with a thesaurus.  It's almost as if her writing hasn't evolved at all--plot, characters are still very similar to her other books.

Royce and Minerva were very interesting and smart characters, they flowed very well together.  I didn't particularly like some of the secondary character (Royce's sisters) and there seemed to be too many of them (secondary characters--not sisters),  and I was somewhat disconcerted by how the "last traitor" met is ultimate demise.

A totally readable book, but Lauren's wont be going back on my reading list.

The Yankees come on in 30 minutes, so have a great day/night and happy reading.


Wendy said...

It's the 4th inning, and the Yanks are up 2-0. Do you think they sweep? I haven't been watching the games, but I thought for sure the Angels would make more of a stand.

I've never read Laurens, although I do have the first Cynster book in Ye Olde TBR. Everyone says it's a "classic" and it was in the Librarian Goodie room at RWA one year - so I grabbed it.

erika said...

I couldn't finish MBL. Laurens has become rather boring since The Lady Chosen. That's the last Laurens book I bought new until MBL.

Tara Marie said...

Wendy--Well, it's not a sweep is it? We would be closer if Gardner hadn't been thrown out. I'm not thrilled with him, he may be fast, but he takes too many chances.

As to Lauren's... At the time the first Cynster book was considered an instant classic, but I'm not sure it would hold up over time. There are an awful lot of books in the same style these days and those nicknames will probably just aggravate you.

Erika--I found it worth reading, but not good enough to keep.