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Angels all full of attitude

I’m generally a fast reader… tho it really depends on the book. Some books, I am just not that impressed with, so I read fairly quickly to find out how it ends and be out of that author’s world. Others, and my favourite kind, are the ones where the author has basically picked me up by the collar, yanked me into her book and held me captive for as long as I live there. And much though I’d like to stay and settle in and get comfy, I find it hard to linger, and speed to the end because I. Must. Know. What. Happens. These are usually the books that hang out on my bookshelf until I’ve forgotten enough that I can revisit the world and settle in again. 🙂

Michelle Rowen’s Angel with Attitude was definitely the second kind of book. I’d show you a pretty picture of the cover, but I can’t figure out how to post pictures in here, so go to Michelle’s website and look at it there…

Michelle sent me a sneak preview of the book, and within hours, I had it read from cover to cover….er, well, pretend there were covers, since it was an electronic version. *grin* And then I got the inevitable disappointment that I couldn’t stay and live with Valerie and Nathaniel a while longer… and Lloyd. I loved Lloyd.

I don’t want to give too much away, but think fallen angels, tempter demons, talking rats and vengeful witches… and Niagara Falls… the Canadian side. 🙂  What I liked most is Michelle does something that I’m finding very few paranormal writers can do well… write funny at the same time. Because there’s always lots of funny in blood-sucking vampires and descents into Hell. No, really. 🙂  (Tho, is it odd that the ones who are good at that all seem to be from Southern Ontario? Must be something in our water.)

And, I’m happy to say that all of the Toyota Echos made it safely home this time.  I’m glad. Cuz my Toyota Echo was a little worried.

Really, tho, if you’re looking for this summer’s hot read, go pick up Angel with Attitude. I mean it. Go now. 

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Just… odd.

I picked up a Blaze at the store the other day. I haven't really read a lot of Blazes lately, but this book caught my eye. (and apparently the eye of the cashier, who made me wait in line after I'd paid, while she read the back cover copy (!!!) ) The tag line was chick lit, blaze style! So I thought "cool! combining chick-lit with hot and sexy, exactly the kind of book I want to write. Let's see how this "big name author" handled it.

I read the book last night… and there were just so many things that I found odd about it. First, there were two heroines and two heroes… kind of like the author didn't have enough story for the main h/h and had to fill in another couple to make her word count. Here's a hint… if your subplot characters have more "page time" than your main plot characters, they're not a subplot anymore. Then, there was the fact that for most of the book, the hero of the main plot was obsessed with settling down with the heroine of the subplot.

 And that's the other odd thing.. main hero? a little psycho. First, he takes the subplot heroine house hunting for the home they're going to settle down in on the third date. The third date? Um. rushing things a bit much? Man, I wasn't sure I wanted Mr. Pink to see me naked on the third date (he didn't 🙂 ), let alone know that he was going to be the guy I'd spend the rest of my life with. (And considering we've passed the four and a half year mark, and he STILL hasn't asked, I guess I'm still not sure *grin*) Then, when main heroine comes back into his life, the big test for her is how she reacts to the house he picked out that subplot heroine loved. Uhhh-huh.

 And, I know Mrs. Giggles has already talked about this, and I was never sure I really bought her whole "Blaze authors think sex is eeeevvill", until I read this book. Main heroine wrote a book that's supposed to empower women. Cool! What a great idea. Changing one's self for a man, just to impress said man, is always a bad idea. Only all the book did was empower her to dress all slutty and ask for sex when she wanted it. And when she should have worn something slightly conservative for a business dinner, she was all everything's going wrong! my man wants to change me and I'm letting him. Have I learned nothing? waaaaah. Seriously, if the question is "what have I done for me lately?" It's not forcing myself into six-inch heels and super tight clothes just because men think it's sexy. (and that completely goes against the whole doing for me, don't it? duh.)

And I know I've blogged about Blazes' light-grey moments (as opposed to the black moment) before, but this book? Forget light-grey…All I could think was, man, you guys are such idiots you deserve each other.

*sigh* 

 Apparently chick-lit, blaze style! is taking the worst of both genres and making a book out of it.