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Beanbag Love

I read. I write. I talk about reading and writing. That is when I'm not driving kids somewhere or teaching them. Married, educated, domesticated. I really enjoy the friends I've met through a variety of different message boards and venues regarding reading and authors. I try to take a positive view when I write reviews but sometimes I can't. Those times are few and far between, but they do exist. I'm mostly an old softy, though. I think so anyway.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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Blue-Eyed Devil - Lisa Kleypas Four and a half but rounded up for making me cry.

This definitely has a better, more organic through line and ending than Sugar Daddy. It didn't start out as wonderfully (I really loved Liberty's coming-of-age in SD), but the story was engaging throughout.

I loved Hardy and Haven as a couple. I thought their chemistry was great. I was plagued slightly with doubts by the way SD made Hardy so smarmy at the end, but he redeems himself well here. I wasn't sure I was going to like Haven as a romantic lead after being introduced to her in Sugar Daddy, but her story is very poignant and absorbing.

Yes, it was a bit didactic, which seems to be a theme for these contemporaries. I'm not a fan of that particular trend, which is why it loses a half star, but she's a little better at it than most. While it's "in your face" it's at least more of a throw pillow effect than a sledge hammer, so it's forgivable.

I've seen mixed reviews of Kleypas's contemporaries which is probably why I put off reading them for so long (that and the HC/Kindle ripoff price tag). But I bought these at the UBS and I'm so glad I dove in. As always, Kleypas delivers a romance that's satisfying and lovely and leaves me with a smile.