Are there authors you cannot resist? An author whose new release you must buy, despite a string of less-than-stellar books? Or maybe a writer edging into an area that you generally avoid, like shifting from European historical romances to paranormal romance? Or even just a series of books edging into themes that you dislike?
Today I received a notice that two new releases have been shipped and should arrive tomorrow: Lover Mine by J.R. Ward and Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.
I’ve been a Nora fan for years, and she’s one of a few authors I will buy in hardback automatically. StM is a trade paperback, the third book in the series (one more to go). The first book was okay; the heroine in the second book (along with her friends) seriously irked me, to the point that I had purchased it in paper rather than e-format, I would’ve tossed the book. Aside from that, I have reservations about the wedding planning industry, the construct for the series. So I’d planned on giving up the series. Except. The book is on sale at 50% off. And this book is about the cake designer/decorator. As an avid fan of Ace of Cakes, I am hooked on the idea of a cake designer as heroine…although I doubt she’s going to be as eclectic as Duff and/or Mary Alice and the Charm City Cakes crew.
Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, well, I bought the first five or six books (all MMPBs) and enjoyed them to varying degrees. As the series progressed, the mythology was undermined, the heroines were dishrags, the heroes were shit-kicking caricatures. I managed to wean myself from the drug, breaking up with the series. And I ignored the BDB series guide and off-shoot angel series. But the low price and lure of John Matthew and Xhex were too much for me, and I pre-ordered a copy of Lover Mine. My name is JMC, and I’m a relapsed BDB addict. (TBH, I’ll probably be returning/reselling it right after reading.)
In some ways, both authors are Borg-like (ST: NG) — resistance is futile. Eventually they draw you (me) in. Maybe one of these books will break my romance reading slump. I can only hope.