7/23/2012

Joined the VF Hangout

Visited the VF Hangout on Goodreads.  And for the most part, it's pretty incredible (despite the name Vaginal Fantasy).  After watching all the Hangouts, to catch up to this month's Hangout reading list, I'm pumped because... they're reading historical romances!

To Be Read - by July 30th 8pm PST:  Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

This is what VF means by a cover with "creamy boobs"?














Never read an Eloisa James romance (definitely heard of her and seen her works)... and I was only a tiny bit miffed (this is just my first-impression) when VF carried this tone along the lines of "Ms. James is such a great romance writer, and even though she writes historical romances, she actually has an Ivy League education, and she also went to Oxford, and she's like super brilliant" - and basically extolling her for what sounded like her educational/class/social status - almost as if this excuses us from reading THESE historical romances (with "creamy boobs" on the covers) - because this romance author has such fine credentials...  (NOTE:  When I pick up my historical romances, I don't consider where the author went to get a doctorate...)

I picked up the paperbacks anyway (easier for note-taking than with the NOOK, although I admit that I need to look into this nook-feature way more) and started reading only the first chapter of Duchesses... and after only SIX pages, I have to say:

VF was right.  After those six pages, I put the book down in shock, telling myself not finish another page, because if I didn't stop right at that exact page, I would be sucked in, and thus sleep-deprived, and a huge mess for work.

Eloisa James is frickin' amazing.

She is on a whole other level.  And she even acknowledges her assistants for all the thorough research that gets put into this book.  (Not to mention she's just so darn classy in her acknowledgments and dedications!)  I'm a little too stunned to fully wordify what my reaction was - but I'm getting the feeling she's going to be like the Downton Abbey of romances...

My emotional reaction was something like this:


In terms of MacLean - I've never read any of her books before, but I checked out her site (looks good) I'm looking forward to reading Nine Rules, so I'll post about that too...

Update:  Eloisa was awesome.  The VF chat... was... too cluttered, I guess?  I don't know how to explain it - I guess it was better just listening to the discussion between the VF crew instead of trying to actually follow along with the questions/comments in the chat log.  Meh.  And no one seemed really pumped for historical romances.  As the VF crew would say in their own lolchat geek-speak, "I am disappoint."

Update 2:  I now realize that Sarah MacLean is a big deal.  She is massively updated in my Goodreads to-read list and I've used a birthday gift card to get a few of her books.

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