On Lavender Lane

On Lavender Lane

Book - 2012
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Former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee and celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand return to Shelter Bay to help others and to heal themselves, not expecting to confront their ten-year-old heartbreak or their continuing feelings for each other
Publisher: New York : New American Library, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780451235435
Branch Call Number: ROM Ross, J 400.3 2012
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 18 cm


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May 06, 2016

Previously I've been disappointed and complained about the truncated and infrequent sex scenes, but this time I expected it and have come to accept that I'm not going to come away from reading a Shelter Bay novel thinking "Wow, that's hot!". There's sexual tension, banter and humour between the hero (an actual hero back from the Iraq/Afghanistan war in this series) and heroine throughout the book. The sex-lite scenes don't usually start to appear till over half way through the book, before that there's banter and innuendo and some propositions that the woman will turn down, but pretty much no contact. When the contact does finally appear it starts out pretty slow, eventually progressing to the consumation scene which is usually told in full, but not with much detail. From then on the sex scenes will go like this: Kiss, kiss, kiss, grope on top of clothes, kiss, fall onto bed/couch and then a paragraph break or end of chapter followed by this opening sentence, or something similar "Many minutes later, both panting with exertion Jane and John (not their real names) smiled at each other..." and that'll be the extent of most of the sex scenes.

So yes, I'm enjoying this light-hearted romance that's light in the romance department because I know not to expect any fireworks. I've always enjoyed the characters and the setting, but my disappointment in the sex scenes always held me back from really getting into the books because I was always waiting for the good romance to begin. Now that I'm not waiting I can really fall in love with the setting and the characters. To be continued...

16/11 - I may have been too generous in my estimation that the sex scenes don't start till after halfway through the book. Maybe I should have said they don't start till the end of the book as I'm currently I'm on page 277 of 378 and the closest to sex Maddie and Lucas have gotten are some kisses that keep getting interrupted by work and general bad timing. The sex scene that I accidentally saw ending on the last page (as I flicked through to find the the page number of the last page) looks like it might be the only one in the whole book (but not complaining, as I said before I've come to accept these books for what they are, sexless romances). I am enjoying the beginning of Phoebe and Ethan's romance, I'm hoping that it's the prelude to their own book later in the series. To be continued...

17/11 - Page 317 of 378?! That's a very long way into a romance book for it's first sex scene to occur. It was a pretty good, but not great scene, considering how long I'd been waiting for it. All the anticipation (from me and the characters) I would have thought it would be exploding off the page, but it didn't feel any more urgent than if it had happened 200 pages earlier. JoAnn Ross no longer qualifies as a romance writer for me, I've read four of her Lavender Lane books and I don't think any of them can truthfully be called 'romances', at least not by me anymore (but I'm not complaining, really I'm not). Other aspects of the story that I enjoyed without exemption were the cooking talk and the small-town-everyone-knows-everyone feeling I get from the whole series. I also like the way everyone is pairing up, it reminds me of when I play The Sims. My Sims are always happy, accomplished, beautiful people who I pair with other happy, accomplished, beautiful people. I never create Sims with bad qualities and I never let them be stupid people who can't cook or fix a toilet. That's how I feel about Shelter Bay - no one is stupid, ignorant, ugly or (in the end) unhappy (and if they are at the beginning of their story they morph into the happy people that Shelter Bay expects them to be by the end). I like that, despite how illogical it is, because it's like a wonderful fantasy town I can escape to whenever I read one of Ross' books.

Jan 24, 2012

An enjoyable story. Being the third book in the Shelter Bay series, I am looking forward to the fourth "MOONSHELL BEACH" (Coming July 2012)


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