Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Reading Update

I'm reading If His Kiss is Wicked and I'm loving it.

I have come to a point in the book where the story goes a lot deeper than an ordinary romance does. There is angst between the hero and heroine, and it is not of the contrived nature. I feel for both characters and I'm hoping that they will be able to work through their problems and come out of it stronger. I do not remember the last time that I felt this strongly for both characters in a romance.

This is my first Jo Goodman book, and I'm literally scratching my head trying to figure out why I haven't read more of her work?


  1. Isn't it fabulous, Brie? I so loved that book. It kept twisting and turning and I truly felt for the characters. As you said, not at all contrived.

    I think we may need to start a crusade. I can't believe we're only just now reading her (If His Kiss was my first of hers, also, and Casee recently discovered her, too). She's a fabulous author (I've read several of her other novels now, and they're all just as great) and others need to know, don't you think?

    Happy Reading!

  2. Yeaaaa!!! I am so glad you are enjoying the book. This too is the first book I have read by Goodman. Somehow she has gotten lost in the shuffle. I definitely think we need to spread the word. Count me in!

  3. Yes, Holly, fabulous is a great way of describing it. What other books of hers would you suggest? I'm itching to read more of her work and wondering where I should start.

    Thanks Jill, it was your recommendation that made me go ahead and purchase the book. ;)

    Oh, and about a crusade, count me in too! Goodman has me pulled me in with this book, and I'm all for spreading the word.

  4. I've been reading her for years and I never could understand why she wasn't more widely known and recognized. I'm absolutely delighted that she's finally being read and loved. For some real reading enjoyment, you must read The Compass Club series!!

    And speaking of Crusades - I see you like Pride and Prejudice. I have this BBC series........

    And this is my first visit by the way. Lovely to 'meet' you!!

  5. hi Brie :) I want to tell you first that I love the look of your blog and I'm happy to have discovered another book blog :)

    I'm glad you enjoy this book. I usually have difficulty reading Jo Goodman, her writing doesn't suit me... however, I liked If His Kiss is Wicked :)

  6. Hi Kristie and Nath, thanks for stopping by.

    Kristie, what is this BBC crusade you are speaking of? I'm intrigued.

    Nath, this is still my first Goodman book, so I'm going to hold my complete praise until I read more of her work. Just going of of If His Kiss, though, I've become fan of hers.

  7. ROTFL - Brie: Well - I'm glad you asked - have you got time to read my long answer?
    I visit the All About Romance boards and there had been quite a bit of talk about this British mini-series. Well - for the longest time I thought it was a British do-over of the old one with Patrick Swayze etc. Finally I clued it that it wasn't and it kept getting all kinds of raves so I decided to bite the bullet and get a copy.
    And I fell totally and completely and insanely in love with the whole thing. So much so that another blogger, Sula and my partner Kate, who had both seen it and felt the same way, and I came up with a Crusade to get as many romance readers/lovers watching it as we could as all felt it was like the best romance novel come alive on screen.
    It's the story of a young woman, the daughter of a country vicar, from the South of England who moves to an industrial town in the North of England. Culture shock doesn't begin to describe what she goes through. Her father has left the ministry and become a teacher. One of his students is a mill owner, one John Thornton. It's a romance, but it's also SO much more. Margaret Hale, the heroine is played to perfection by Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Thornton is played by Richard Armitage - a VERY, VERY handsome and sexy actor.
    Although I haven't seen the Colin Firth version of P&P (yet) many people compare the two and N&S gets Very Good Marks.
    In our endeavors to get people interested, we had an interview with Lisa Kleypas - famous author and also with Sabrina Jeffries.
    We started our Crusade back in November of 2007 and I've listed everyone who has seen it on the sidebar of the blog and what they had to say about it.
    If you start at the beginning, there are all kinds of link to YouTube for clips, pictures etc.

  8. Thanks Jill!

    I went ahead and looked it up on amazon and saw the great reviews. It's now in my cart waiting on my next purchase day. I can't wait for it to get here. I'll be sure to let you know what I think about it.

  9. *clapping hands in delight!!* And I will be watching - you are now on the Maybe Crusader list :)

  10. LOL @ Kristie. I swear, the girl is like a dog with a bone. But a tasty bone,nonetheless. LOL I just watched it myself and truly enjoyed it. :)

    As for Goodman,
    I just read her Compass Club series (four books based on four friends, nicknamed North, South, East and West) and really liked them.

    Let Me Be The One
    All I Ever Needed
    Everything I Ever Wanted
    Beyond A Wicked Kiss

    Normally I'm not a stickler for reading in order, but I think these need to be.

  11. I agree with Holly re reading the Compass Club books in order. It's a fascinating thing Ms. Goodman has done as three of them all take place at roughly the same time so you get characters overlapping and appearing in the same scene - only from different points of view. Then the last one takes place just a very short time after. So while normally I have no problems reading out of sequence, in this case it would be better if possible to read in order.

  12. Hey, I just finished this last night and am collecting my thoughts for a review. Have to say, I haven't loved Goodman's most recent outings as much as I used to. I can't work out if I've just read too many of her stories (I've been reading her for years, like Kristie j) and reached a saturation point, or if some of the problem is with Goodman (there seems to be a lot of repetition recently, both in plotting and characterisation... is it just me?)

    Either way, mulling it over.

  13. Thank you, Holly and Kristie for the recs.

    Meriam, since this is my first Goodman book, I don't have too much to offer on the subject of not caring for her books. I will say that as far as the characters and plot of If His Kiss goes, I enjoyed both.

    I have read reviews from Goodman readers who feel the same as you. Maybe after reading an author for so long their style becomes repetitious? I know an author or two that I once loved, but no longer buy for that very reason.

    I'm looking forward to reading your review. It will be good to see your take on the book, and how it might very from my own.