I've been waiting for the release of "With No Remorse," the new Cindy Gerard trashy novel, the last (I think) in a pretty decent series. I didn't get to sleep til late last night, and I woke up an hour early this morning so I could buy it on my way to work. At the library. Go figure; they didn't order it. Kroger, WalMart, and CVS didn't have it, so I went again after work. WalMart - no. The woman stocking new books said she got 6 copies last week and they're gone, plus I'm the second person today who asked about it. "Must be a good book." (No, it had better be a good book!) CVS - nope. Kroger - YES!!! So I'm tired and I'm going to stay up late tonight anyway. I'm also behind on my blog reading.
Cindy Gerard is my favorite guilty pleasure; mostly I read non-fiction, and occasionally historical fiction. I don't know how technically accurate she really is with "things that go BOOM," but she makes an honest effort, and has a team of experts she consults. Her characters don't have a lot of depth and of course her plots are delightfully unlikely - a few days of non-stop adrenaline fueled action and adventure in exotic locales. This is, of course, a good backdrop for the kind of romantic relationships we all know last a lifetime. The pace is fast, the dialog is fairly realistic (judging by the new Nora Roberts, which I couldn't finish *ugh!* she's been reading Gerard too!) and the sex, certainly graphic, matches the rest of the stories in tone. There's an art to that; I generally am embarrassed by sex scenes in novels. Too many silly euphemisms appropriate only to historical bodice-rippers, or too clinical and cold. AWKWARD! Of course the women are too pretty and the men are too buff-n-handsome. And the men are all painfully honorable, even though they're a team of former military "Black Ops" mercenaries... The first book was pretty good, #'s 2 and 3 were non-stop roller coaster rides, # 4 was almost as good, but # 5 was a bit of a letdown - too much backstory, not enough immediate action.
I'll let you know how # 6 fares; the male lead is one of my favorite characters. I'll be back in a day or so!