oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen


I've enjoyed the various Julie Cohen contemporary romances I've read, but I really loved Girl From Mars. It's from Little Black Dress, who also currently publish Janet Mullany - the books are romantic and light in tone, and some readers would call them "chick lit," though they aren't, really, in my opinion. Generally, they're less explicit than most romance novels.

Girl From Mars starts off with the heroine, who's the artist for a comic called "Girl From Mars," in the midst of an X-Files marathon with her three best friends, all male. It's four a.m. on a Sunday, and they've taken a temporary break for waffles.

I could probably stop there. I was sucked in by that like the book was a Hoover.

The romance itself is fairly conventional, but though it was fun, that wasn't what I loved so much about the book. I loved the characterization; I loved the picture Cohen gave me of the friends who were all hiding in different ways, and how they found their way out into new lives. I loved that despite the heroine's worry that she had no real life because of her fandom, she never gave it up and in fact incorporated it even more into herself. I especially loved how the heroine's deep love for "Girl From Mars," both the comic and the character, was such a large and meaningful part of her life, and how she shared it as part of building her relationship.

The three male friends have their own character arcs, one of them less happy than the others, but still hopeful (I wouldn't mind reading a book about how he finds happiness). I ended up reading the last large hunk of the book in one evening, even though I hadn't really intended to do so.

Book Depository has free shipping worldwide, so I always get my Little Black Dress books from them.

And speaking of Janet Mullany, she has an erotic novella out from e-publisher LooseId called Reader, I Married Him, an alternate version of Jane Eyre. "Two con artists descend on the heroic Miss Jane Eyre, presenting themselves as her cousins Diana and St. John Rivers, and discover the dark secret of Thornfield Hall. Edward Rochester, whom Jane was to marry, is Diana's prisoner and sex slave, but he's tiring of the game.

"Diana frees him and herself, finally able to choose love and the life she wants. St. John, who fears he's lost his nerve as a con man, becomes Jane's lover with reenactments of her sadistic Lowood School memories, and love sets him off on a new adventure in pursuit of Jane."

Today in the pro blog, I talked a little about how I developed theme in The Moonlight Mistress.
Tags: contemporary, romance

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