October 24th, 2011

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Sunday's reading

I read Envy, the third in J.R. Ward's Fallen Angels series.  The Ho Yay in this one was, as she might say, off the chain.  Well, with the supporting characters, at least.  We're back in Caldwell, New York, home of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, though there are no actual Brother sightings in this one.  Some characters do cross over between the two series, though.  The angels are growing on me.  Aspects of the books are still all kinds of ridiculous, but I care what happens to the good characters.  I wish I knew how she did it.

I would classify the Fallen Angels books as urban fantasy with romantic elements.  In one online discussion I saw, LesleyW said that the Black Dagger Brotherhood books could be called urban paranormal saga.  I really liked that.  I think it's pretty apt, and particularly true for Lover Enshrined, where the romance, what little there was of it in the book, was a fail.  However, there was a lot of other paranormal saga going on in that book.  Then again, the romance in Lover Revealed was a fail for me as well, at least the Marissa part of it.  The Butch/V part, on the other hand, was just fine.

As for Envy, I'm not at all sorry I got it.  I was more interested in the parts with the angels than with the romance between Veck and Sophia Reilly.  Not that Veck wasn't a good character, though, because he was.  It was a decent book in the series.

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Monday so far

I went with Mom to the library where she works, as she was working 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. and likes for me to drive her.  On the way there, I read Lady Night, which was a prequel to Out of the Woods.  Once there, I read Love's Baggage, by T.A. Chase.  I had read Allergies, the first in the series, but the second, Nick of Time, sounded very dark.  I think a lot in Love's Baggage would have made much more sense if I'd read Nick of Time.

I expect to read a few more books while at the library.

Added: I read Laura Baumbach's The Lost Temple of Karttikeya, the ninth in the Collector series.  I wondered if I would have gotten more out of it if I'd read the first eight.  It got wackier and wackier towards the end, but I pretty much rolled with it.  Sometimes that happens with Laura's books.  I think I've read just about all of hers now.  She's had a couple books that have been works in progress for a few years, but I think she's just been busy with publishing.

I read Rough Ride, the fourth in the Cattle Valley series.  I had read the first three, though I don't think I read them in order.  I made sure to mention on the AE m/m romance forum thread that the novella has older protagonists, as Ulysses loves books with older characters.  I started the fifth in the series, Physical Therapy, and I'll probably pick up with that again soon enough.