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Shadows of Asphodel
Karen Kincy
1,000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations
Dawn DeVries Sokol
Writers and Their Notebooks
Diana M. Raab, Phillip Lopate
Writer for Hire, 101 Secrets to Freelance Sucess
Kelly James-Enger
Progress: 123/224 pages
Shadows of Asphodel
Karen Kincy
Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success
Kelly James Enger
A Secret Affair - Mary Balogh I'm so disappointed. I've been waiting for Con's book since reading the four previous novels last year, but find myself completely bored with both the set up - filthy rich, (ostensibly) jaded, widowed duchess seeking her first lover since the end of her year-long mourning period, chooses illegitimate but still wealthy ton rogue, Constantine Huxtable - and the heroine. Of course they are the only ones who can penetrate the other's intimidating, world-weary exterior to find the soft-hearted, gooey marshmallow center. All of this would be fine if Balogh were bringing a fresh twist to the old trope, or writing with a fresh, engaging flare. She does neither. Forty-seven (tedious) pages in left painted Con - a character I couldn't get enough of in the preceding stories - as flat and uninteresting. ARGH!!!