Amnesia already setting in.

Title: In Love with John Doe
In Love with John DoeAuthor: Cindy Kirk

Mills & Boon Cherish
Timestamp: Nov 12

Things I might actually remember about this one:

Frankly, not a lot. I found it all sort of low-key; cosy, but forgettable. Possibly this might be because I’m still coming down off the giddy high of that last thing I read.

Also it’s one of those romances where the heroine is sensible because she has a child to raise on her own, which I’m sure is realistic, but isn’t particularly thrilling to read about.

There was a snowstorm in the beginning, which I usually go for, but no one got dramatically snowed in or anything, so meh.

The hero had amnesia, but even that is treated so sensibly that I couldn’t get enthused. I like my improbable soap opera elements to be semi-hysterical and improbable and dramatic, damn it.

Because the heroine is the social worker that the hospital assigns to him, the beginning is vaguely medical, but that amounts to nothing more than “they keep running into friends of hers who are nurses or doctors.”

I bought this for the cover, which is pink and gorgeous, and then I ended up in a frothing rage for a moment when I hit the line that made it painfully clear that the cover photo had nothing to do with the story. Look at that photo. Now read this: 

Her dark hair hung loose to her shoulders in a sleek bob, and her amber-colored eyes were focused on the chart in her hand.

Now look at the cover again. Is that not irritating?

Anyway. When my husband saw the title he remarked that it put him in mind of unclaimed corpses. To be honest that would have been a more interesting read.

Active Ingredients:

Heroine’s Adorable Child
Planning Someone Else’s Wedding
Vaguely Medical


Poor Girls and Princesses

Title: Unlocking Her Innocence
Author: Lynne Graham

Harlequin Presents
Timestamp: Nov12unlocking her innocence
Things I might actually remember about this one: Actually, I might keep this one, at least for a while. Aside from the sex scenes (which I guess were forbidden back in the day, and are apparently mandatory now), this one felt very much like the ones I remember my grandmother reading: it had a virginal heroine, wrongfully accused and condemned; a rich, aloof hero, who she’d had a crush on since she was too young for him  look at; and absolutely Cinderella-level pathos and aloneness. Delicious.Why are downtrodden heroines, mistreated and misunderstood by everyone, so much fun to read about?

Active Ingredients:
Desperately Poor Heroine
Youthful Passion for Hero (Secretly Requited)
Heroine Accused of a Crime
Neglectful Family/Stepfamily
Dog as Metaphor
Kindly Servants
Hero Rescues Heroine’s Family Member/Pet (adopts dog, in this case)
Hounded/Lauded by the Press
Justice at Last


Title: The Girl Nobody Wanted
Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Harlequin Presents
Timestamp: Nov12

Things I might actually remember about this one: In spite of the title, this had less of a “friendless and alone in the world” vibe than the last one. What this heroine mainly needed was a good shake, since her problems amount to being jilted by a man she didn’t love anyway, and attracting tabloid attention for being jilted and rich. On the other hand, her rigid, self-controlled, secretly insecure personality was quite appealing.
Warning: Pregnancy. I don’t mean the book causes pregnancy; I mean it turns into a story of accidental pregnancy. So if that isn’t your cup of tea, skip it.
Active Ingredients: 
Imaginary Country/Kingdom
Jilted Heroine
Accidental Pregnancy
Stranded in the Wilderness
Rich People’s Problems
Hounded/Lauded by the Press