Thursday, May 24, 2007

Two! in one night

Crap – I should be getting ready for the weekend. I have sleeping bags to air out, a house to clean – but having been tagged by Nath for the most recent meme going ‘round, I rather do it than the other stuff.

I can’t quite figure out how many little known books we are supposed to come up with so I’ll just go until I stop.

Since Ames enjoyed an oldie but goodie so much, I think I’ll go back into the vault and pick some older books that have stood the test of time

Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner.

Published 1993

I’ve mentioned this one before and I’m not going to say much about it at the moment because I’m rereading it right now and plan on doing a review – enough to say it’s so beyond good.

Letters From A Stranger by Connie Rinehold (aka Eve Byron)

Published 1993

This is a story of a beautiful former child beauty contest and a series of letters she exchanges with a Major in the US Army who is stationed in Germany. They fall in love through letters, but when they meet each other in real life, things aren’t quite the same. They both have major hurdles to overcome before they get their HEA. I loved the ‘realness’ of this story. The characters were far from perfect and their first love scene was uncharacteristically fraught with the normal problems many of us suffer in real life.

Love Alter’s Not by Patricia Veryan

Published 1989

This is the 4th book in a series. Although the whole series is wonderful, this one is just a little bit better than some of the others. First off, I adore the cover. Can’t say enough good things about it.

Anthony Farrar is about to be arrested for desertion during the battle of Culloden. He was seriously injured and doesn’t remember what exactly happened. Dimity Cranford is involved in a plot to return missing treasure and happens across Anthony’s estate. This book is wickedly funny in spots and heartbreakingly tragic in others. The author manages to combine the two into an extremely wonderful story. Anthony remains, even after all these years, one of the most noble heroe’s I’ve ever read. And Dimity Cranford one of my favourite heroines.

Absolute Trouble by Michelle Jerrot

Published 1998

This was her first book and it was gooooooddddddd. The hero of this one Julien Langlois is posing as a male stripper in order to track down to extract revenge on the criminal who was responsible for his younger brother’s death. He’s found by the police and put into protective custody with Dulcie Quinn, a former cop who was hurt so bad she was forced into retirement by the very same criminal. Julien is one VERY HOT hero.

I just recently heard that this book is or at least was available free in e-book form once the rights reverted back to the author – now writing as Michelle Albert

Notorious by Patricia Potter

Published 1993

I love Patricia Potters Westerns. Love them, love them, love them. I reread this one about a year ago and not only did it stand the test of time, I loved it even more.

Cat Hilliard owns a very successful, very upscale saloon. She will do just about anything to stay on top. Marsh Canton wins the saloon next door in a card game and had decided to give up his former occupation as a hired gun.

Cat is willing to pull out all the stops in order to stop Marsh from success and he is willing to try just about anything to stop her. Their game of one-upmanship is very funny but underneath it, Cat is a woman with secrets. She is a fabulously strong heroine and if you’re a lover of the Western, this is one you really should read! Heck, even if you’re not a Western lover, this is still a Very Good Book.

Tagging - anyone who wants to do this because we all love to share those hidden treasures!

'til later


Rowena said...

Wow those are hidden treasures because I haven't heard or read those books, but I want to now! =)

Jennie said...

LOL! You were only supposed to list three. But hey, more is always better. :)

I have a Patricia Potter western TBR that you recommended a few months ago. I'm gonna get to it one of these days. Really.

Kristie (J) said...

Rowena: I was like the energizer bunny - I could have kept going and going and going :) I have scads and scads of romance books going back to 1985!

Jennie: *g* Like I said to Rowena - I could have named probably 20 or more - and still most people wouldn't have heard of most of them. That's what happens when you are *ahem* slightly older.

Wendy said...

Out of these I've read Outlaw Hearts. No small feat since it's 500 pages of teeny, tiny print. Kudos to you for doing a reread! I liked it quite a bit, can't wait to read your review.

ReneeW said...

There goes my TBR again! I have only read Absolute Trouble and it was a keeper. Looking forward to your review too.

nath said...

LOL :D you're really the one to go if we want oldies :D I've never heard of any of them ^^; Do you ever wonder what happened to the authors?

Mailyn said...

Why are you airing out the matress? Just curious. LOL.

Karen W. said...

Kristie, I knew we had similar taste in books from reading your blog, and this post proves it. I've read all but one of the books you listed and loved them too! I also love westerns, and I actually discovered the romance genre by buying a Rosanne Bittner book when I was looking for good western. I still love her stuff!

Jane A. said...

Those are some great books! I love Patricia Potter's westerns, I keep thinking I need to order some from PBS for a re-read, but I've already got so many books TBR I haven't let myself do that yet.

Can I list three picks here since I don't have a blog? Well, I will anyway. :) They are:

Bride of the Lion, a fantastic medieval by Elizabeth Stuart.

Shimmering Splendor, a surprisingly poignent story about the love affair between Eros and Psyche, by Roberta Gellis.

Reckless Love a historical western by Elizabeth Lowell. I think this one is being reprinted, or just has been, but I include it because it's never mentioned when people
rave about EL's other westerns. I think this one is my favorite.

Kristie (J) said...

Wendy: This is about my fourth reread of OH! It is a large book compared to most today isn't it?

Renee: I can be a dangerous person if I list all my oldies but goodie *wicked grin*

Nath: Yes I am a good go too recommender for older books :). Actually I think most of the except for Patricia Veryan are still writing. And Eve Byron (Connie Rinehold - I do wonder what happened to her *sigh*

Mailyn: I wondered what you meant *chuckle* The sleeping bag hasn't been used for years, so I needed to refresh it. I ended up getting a new one after all - cause I never did get around to the housework

KarenW: I haven't read anything new by her for quite a while - one reason - they don't stock her here. But I do have quite a few of her older books. I adore quite a few of them but Outlaw Hearts is my fave. And which one haven't you read?

Jane A: Welcome! And thanks for sharing your books! Of the three you mentioned, I've read two of them - Bride of the Lion and Reckless Love. I loved BOTL. Such a shame that she isn't writing anymore. And once upon a time I heard Elizabeth Lowell was supposed to or was thinking of writing more Harelquin Westerns, but then changed her mind. Such a pity isn't it - cause Reckless Love was a grand book! I have a few Roberta Gellis in the TBR pile - I'm not sure if that is one of them or not - but if it is, I'll give it a try!

jmc said...

Oh, I had forgotten all about Patricia Veryan's Culloden/Jacobin series. I loved Love Alters Not. But I think I liked The Dedicated Villain and The Wagered Widow better with their rascally heroes.

Karen W. said...

Kristie, the only one I haven't read is the Patricia Veryan book because I don't normally read regencies. I think Rosanne Bittner has switched over to writing inspirational fiction the past few years, unfortunately. I miss her romantic westerns.

sybil said...

I have all of them prolly cuz of you ;). Well not Love Alter’s Not by Patricia Veryan but the others I do.

Chantal said...

I also liked Absolute Trouble. That accent was hot.