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Emotional Re-Reads: Jacqueline Carey & Jenny Crusie

For some strange reason I had the urge to do a quick re-read of the last two books of the Imriel Cycle of Kushiel’s Legacy and Bet Me this week.

My God! I’d forgotten how…powerful these books are (to me, at least). I didn’t count them as a true “re-read” because I am skipping whole sections and chapters…but I have been reading large sections of these books.

kushiels justiceOne of the strange things about this particular re-reading combination is…the wildly different emotions that these books evoke. Kushiel’s Justice and Kushiel’s Mercy (“Kushiel”) are…narrated by a emotionally damaged main character while Bet Me has a couple of different POV changes with the primary MC being a sarcastic person who isn’t completely self-aware.
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Faking It (Dempseys #2) by Jennifer Crusie

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Meet the Goodnights, a respectable family who have run a respectable art gallery for generations. There’s Gwen, the matriarch who sedates herself with double-crostics and double vodkas, Eve the oldest daughter who has a slight identity problem (she has two), and Nadine, the granddaughter who’s ready to follow in the family footsteps as soon as she can find a set that isn’t leading off a cliff. Holding everyone together is Matilda, the youngest daughter, who’s inherited the secret locked down in the basement of the Goodnight Gallery, the secret that she’s willing to do almost anything to keep, including break into a house in the dead of night to steal back her past.

Meet the Dempseys, or at least meet Davy, a reformed con man who’s just
been ripped off for a cool three million by his financial manager, who then gallantly turned it over to Clea Lewis, the most beautiful sociopath Davy ever slept with. Davy wants the money back, but more than that he’ll do anything to keep Clea from winning, including break into her house in the dead of night to steal back his future.
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Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys #1) by Jennifer Crusie

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Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble… and in love.

This is my third Jennifer Crusie book and I think I made a slight miscalculation. This book is fun and silly but it’s not quite as good as the first books I read. I think I cherry picked the best of the group first and it won’t get better from here until the next new release. The good part is that I felt this was a four star read…so I’m not really missing too much!

I really did enjoy this book. This book is set in a small town in the middle of Ohio – Temptation. The reader gets both the good and the bad parts of [this] small town life. A lot of romances that focus on small towns always try to make the small town the pinnacle of the American Way. What I loved about this book is that Crusie was able to show that small town life worked for some of her characters but was completely horrible for others. Crusie did not place small towns on a pedestal – she made them just as fallible as any location to live. I really enjoyed that.
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Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie


Kate Svenson may be a dynamite businesswoman—but after three failed engagements, she’s decided she’s hopeless at romance. What she needs is a Business Plan to help her find Mr. Right. The Cabins resort is ripe with eligible bachelors, all rich and ambitious—just her type. But they’re dropping like flies, and after fishing Kate’s latest reject out of the swimming pool Jake Templeton is convinced that Kate is nothing but trouble. Especially for him. A man who’s sworn off ambition and a woman hanging from the top of the corporate ladder don’t have much in common. But in that unpredictable territory known as the heart, anything can happen…

This book was so cute! The first chapter didn’t really grab me and I got a little worried. By the time the heroine pushed the first jerk in the pool…I knew this was a winner!

I haven’t had this much fun digging through an author’s backlist since I first discovered Mercedes Lackey.Oh, BTW – Authors. If you have the option…don’t use the color white for your hardback books. Us book aficionados sometimes get crazy about our dust jackets and we take them off the book while reading to protect them. So, now I have a dirty white book. *face palm*