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The worst romance EVER (cont'd)
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graceC



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrsFairfax wrote:
graceC wrote:
Wuthering Heights. To this day I don't dare pick up another Bronte.


Emily only wrote the one. Her sisters' works are very different.


I actually watched the BBC production of Jane Eyre, with Timothy Dalton as Mr. Rochester. It was definitely better than Wuthering Heights, but I still wouldn't pick up another Bronte, regardless of which sister wrote it. They're way too over the top melodramatic for my taste.
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Eliza



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PWNN wrote:
SEP's THIS HEART OF MINE. Man forced to marry his pregnant rapist after being punched in the face and having his career threatened by her family. Rapist plays the woe is me victim to her family, the public and to herself. Rape victim then has to coddle her to make her feel better then bizarrely not only falls in love with this bunny writing sad sack nut job (who should be in jail) but insult to numerous injury has to apologize for not loving her sooner and then woo her and prove he's good enough for her by sacrificing his NFL career.


Too funny! Not to mention too accurate!
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Eliza



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My worst EVER is a book everyone else seemed to really like: Born in Sin by Kinley Macgregor. I didn't like the way she wrote, and more than that was all the mistaken Scottish stuff stuffed in the book. One of my few wallbangers.
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erhea13



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrsFairfax wrote:


That's sort of like saying you won't read any Wilkie Collins because you disliked Great Expectations. Like Jami, I disliked WH but Jane Eyre is a lifelong favorite.


I wasn't saying that I dislike the Brontes becuase I prefer Austen. I have read WH and Jane Eyre and hated both of them. I mentioned Austen as a comparative reference of my reading preferences. I love Austen's dry and understated style which contrasts greatly with the Bronte melodrama that I dislike so much.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamiSings wrote:
I wish I could forget bad books easily. I can forget their titles and the names of their characters, but I can never forget their plots! ARG!


I very much understand that feeling.
The book you described sounds like something written by Bertrice Small, Virginia Henley, or Jane Feather. I wont read anything by any of those three any more . . . I have read several things by them, but came across one by each that put me off with an ICK factor. Because of my memory for books, I just can't get past those moments and read other books by those authors.
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KayWebbHarrison



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

erhea13 wrote:
MrsFairfax wrote:
graceC wrote:
Wuthering Heights. To this day I don't dare pick up another Bronte.


Emily only wrote the one. Her sisters' works are very different.


But they still have the same melodramatic feel. I re-read Jane Austen once a year (I am a nerd and she is my favortite) but I will never revisit any Bronte novel.


I agree about Wuthering Heights, but I thought that Jane Eyre was OK. Compared to WH, JE is wonderful.
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Charlotte McClain



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: The worst romance EVER Reply with quote

maggie b. wrote:


LOL, I always have trouble thinking of books I really hated. I think my brain performs some sort of protective amnesia so that my mind is cleared of the awful experience Twisted Evil One book that I can't forget, unfortunately, is Hungry for Your Love a so called anthology of zombie romance. This collection of porno/horror stories with the occasional romance thrown in left me with some memories that still make me feel slightly nauseous.

maggie b.


Oh lord, I read one of those. The one I read wasn't even scary. There was a zombie ex-boyfriend roaming around outside the house and the cute neighbor from down the road came to see if the heroine was alright. Heroine was hanging out with her best friend who happened to live in the other side of her duplex and could conveniently leave so H/h could have sex just 'cuz. And that was the entire story. I kept trying to find more pages thinking there had to be more, but alas, or maybe fortunately, there wasn't
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jaime



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SEP's THIS HEART OF MINE. Man forced to marry his pregnant rapist after being punched in the face and having his career threatened by her family. Rapist plays the woe is me victim to her family, the public and to herself. Rape victim then has to coddle her to make her feel better then bizarrely not only falls in love with this bunny writing sad sack nut job (who should be in jail) but insult to numerous injury has to apologize for not loving her sooner and then woo her and prove he's good enough for her by sacrificing his NFL career.


Your description is great - I want to read this one now to check out the badness....

I can't think of a worst one - too hard to choose amongst the suckage - but one that made me really roll my eyes lately was Barbara Delinsky's 'The Stud': The heroine was one of those baby crazed women who decides she has to to have a baby at all cost and chooses a male friend as the sperm donor. The "hero" thinks he is ideally suited as the sperm donor because he is not "one of those gays and perverts". I loathe when people lump gay people in with perverts, and I loathe it especially when authors do it in their book. That was the first book I read by Delinsky and it will be my last.
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anastacyann



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins. Absolutely hated it. The her and heroine didn't spend much time together at all, they basically cheated with each other, her parents had issues, etc. The last three pages - which were great - couldn't make up for the rest of the book.

I've tried others of hers, but didn't like them either. Sad, too, because they always sound like they'd be great reads.
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JyLnC



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The worst book I ever read was from several year's ago. The book was so horrible .... I have blocked both the title and the author from my memory. It was a western where both the heroine and the hero were too stupid to live. The heroine made so many ridiculous choices and endangered their lives so often that I wanted them both dead just to end my misery. I would have gladly given up the HEA. Twisted Evil

It is the only book, I have thrown against the wall and for the life of me, I don't know why I didn't shred it. I gave it away to Good Will and hopefully someone enjoyed it. I do feel a little guilty about donating it to some poor unsuspecting romance reader. C'est la vie! Wink

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tuga



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the worst books I've read was Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce. Several things in the story didn't work for me.
Then I decided to give the author another try and I've picked Firestorm. Yack!
No more Joyce for me, that's for sure.
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shelf



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Warlord by Elizabeth Elliot - read it recently and it made me so frustrated. It was a rip off of Julia Garwoods work (I don't even like Garwood so this was a negative for multiple reasons) and the heroine the typical pathetic, dim-witted, dependant type. I'm so frustrated with romances at the moment, everything just seems terrible
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dick



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@shelf: I have to disagree. Elliott has some of the best characterization by "showing" rather than "telling" I've read. Nothing I read in the book reminded me of Garwood at all. The historicity was better than usual in romance fiction of the period, with the exception of the hero's paternity, perhaps. The paranormal elements were so minimal as to be easily ignored and even so, they contributed to the story.
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shelf



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I very much disagree that she showed rather than told (and I'm talking about just this book, not Elliott's work in general like you suggested). That was one of my main gripes with the book. Her characters in this were so like Garwood's Scottish lairds and ladies that it was glaringly obvious to me. The paranormal aspect wasn't a minimal part to me, it was consistent throughout and I didn't care for it one bit (and it clearly wasn't easily ignored if I noticed it and found it displeasing). I also do not see what was so historically sound about the book so as to differ to the other hundred or so historical romances out there of this period. Indeed, if this was historically sound, most of this book wouldn't have even happened given the traits, actions and characteristics of the people of the time compared with this book. The heroine was one of the most fanciful and martyred characters I've yet to read, it was incredibly grating. I suppose I just prefer less sweet and perfect heroines than her. Her decision making processes were also baffling and irritating and incredibly frustrating
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kris



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:18 pm    Post subject: worst book Reply with quote

The Innocent by Bertrice Small. The heroine was very young(14 if I remember correctly) and the hero was in his late 20'/early 30's. Creepy. It was one of my very few DNF's. .
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