Have you ever been to Smartbitchestrashybooks.com? If you haven’t, you are missing out. It’s one of my daily Must stops, along with the sister site Dearauthor.com. Bad news for you, the Smart Bitches site is down for maintenance for a day. Good news for me, Sarah is bored so she over came to play. Love it when that happens. Take it away, Sarah!
Why I really really really like Jill Shalvis’ books, and think you should read them.
And boy am I posting this in the wrong place because if you’re reading this blog, you probably already DO read them. Preaching to the wrong kettle or something, aren’t I? Tough – you’re stuck with me – though I am a nice houseguest and totally pick up after myself.
1. Dialogue: when characters say things that no human with even 1% social skills would ever, ever say, I’m done. It’s a book killer for me, and it makes me a cranky judge of contemporary romance. All sorts of stuff crap can come out of a historical character’s mouth and I’m fine with it. Hell, you can put your character in a Porsche and drive him to Almack’s in a Regency and I won’t even blink. (Although I’ll think he’s a bit of a poser for driving a Porsche). But stilted unrealistic dialogue in a contemporary? Put a fork in me. I’ll use it to catapult that book outta my hands right now.
So Jill’s dialogue is fab, particularly between men. The men talk like real men talking to other men who don’t think a woman is listening. SO Funny. And so real. And so charming. Love it.
2. Corollary to #1: FUNNY FUNNY HA HA. Some of her characters are funny and tender and sweet and can be SO irritating but still funny and tender. Her funny is way funny.
3. Settings: I mentioned this in my review of “Instant Attraction,” but the setting description was so realistic, I googled skiing lessons. No lie. Yes, I am that much of a complete dork. The place is as real as the people – which makes the reading supremely fun.
Reasons you should not read Shalvis’ books:
If it’s the last one in the bookstore, and you buy it while I’m looking for it, I’ll hunt you down.
Seriously – there’s a shortage of character-driven contemporary romance that doesn’t rely on extra-normal influences to get the couple together – hence our Save the Contemporary, Save the World campaign at SB and DA. I was so pleased to find Shalvis’ books.
Now I’m sure she kinda wishes I hadn’t, now that I’m squeeing like a rabid fangirl.
:thumbsup: And I didn’t even have to pay her to say that. Oh, and if you need a laugh, don’t forget to arrow down and check out my earlier post. In fact, if you looked at the pics on that post, especially the second one, and tell me you didn’t at least crack a smile, I won’t believe you. 😛