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Lethal by Sandra Brown

Second to J.D. Robb, I love to read Sandra Brown. Her books always have unexpected twists and unusual story lines. Although my favorites tend to be her older books, her newer books are still pretty good. One interesting aspect of Sandra Brown’s books is how dark and unlikable her male protagonists start out to be. If you like dark, brooding men who are saved by a good woman, then Sandra Brown is your author.

Sometimes though, they are too unlikeable or the situation is so unrealistic (i.e. Play Dirty). Lethal starts off just like that. Coburn takes Honor and her daughter hostage for a night, he kills the cop who shows up to save them, and then Honor leaves with him…voluntarily. Of course, it was the right thing to do, since the cop was dirty. But I wonder if I’d have gone with him, especially with my four year old daughter in tow.

Despite that, the book was one of the better of Brown’s recent releases. Perhaps it’s the setting (I love books set in Louisiana) or watching how Honor’s daughter interacts with the hard, cold Coburn. Like all the books, the villain is a surprise, although it doesn’t leave you with the feeling of “Oh my God, I didn’t see that coming” that Sandra Brown is famous for. In fact, there is less and less of that with her new releases.

If I could change one thing about the book, it would be the ending. It stops one scene short. (Spoiler alert….) the romantic side of me would have liked to have experienced Coburn’s reaction to seeing Honor step off the plane.

Here are a few of my favorite Sandra Brown books:

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Digital Books…Too Easy To Buy

I got a Nook for Christmas and so far I really like it. I’ve been like many people who are resistant to making the change to e-readers, despite the fact that I’m a digital person. My music is digital. My calendar and to-do’s are digital. I spend much of my life on the web, so switching to ebooks seems like a no-brainer.

On the other hand, I love going to the bookstore and holding (and smelling) new books. Plus, you can’t take a Nook into the bath tub. But my biggest worry about having an ereader is that it’s way to easy to buy books. I’ve already ordered and paid for Celebrity In Death, J.D. Robb’s next release that isn’t due until February 21, 2012. I’m not the only one. The book is ranked 827 at Amazon.

Since Christmas I’ve clicked “Order Now” way more times than I think I would have had I driven to the store and found the books on the shelf. So while the books tend to be cheaper, I may end up spending more. With the publishing world worried about how they will survive in a digital world, I wonder if they’ve considered that.

I do have a few other pet peeves….

I am able to wrap my brain around the idea of spending money for digital items, afterall it’s the content of the book not the materials that make up the value of the book. But I feel like I’d rather buy a paperback than a digital book, if the prices are the same (most of the fiction paperbacks I’ve considered buying digitally are the same price at the store). Plus you can’t return or re-sell a digital book, so if it’s a dud, you’re stuck with it. I’m also not sure I like reading magazines on the Nook. Right now I subscribe to The Writer. The content and layout is the same, but reading the articles is cumbersome. Still, the digital version is cheaper, so I guess I’ll just get used to it.

Overall I really like my Nook, and while I’m not done wanting traditional books, I know that as time goes on, I’ll probably have fewer books overfilling my shelves.


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