Dy's Take

December 8, 2009

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Filed under: audiobook,ChickLit,Historical Fiction — Dy @ 15:27

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I grabbed this on audio since I had to do a lot of driving round the great state of Texas for family the week after Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed the main story, that of the flower named spies in Napoleonic France and England of the early 19th century.

The modern framework hung around it annoyed the crap out of me. It was weak and the parallels to the historical story were just a little too blatant for me. And the obvious lead-in for a sequel (of which there are, in fact, two) at the end was irksome.

The thoroughly unnecessary sex scenes in the main story just about made me give up on this book. It was a good story, and a good romance. WHY throw this crap in there? Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with erotica. I do have issue with throwing sex into a story for no reason other than to be throwing in sex. They were hot for each other, we get it—do I really need the pages and pages (or 30+ minutes in this case) of throbbing, stroking, nubs, sheaths, and other graphic euphemisms? No.

Sex for sex’s sake in any story annoys me as a general rule, unless it is supposed to be there, as in erotic lit. Having said that I am willing to grant that it may have annoyed me more because I listened to this book rather than reading it. One’s discomfort level is ratcheted up a few notches when you have to roll up the window at stoplights so the cars around you won’t hear your read-aloud soft porn…

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1 Comment »

  1. Yeah, but the narrator is so awesome… 🙂 Seriously, she’s my favorite reader. I enjoyed the whole series, but I’m pretty easy to please most of the time. Okay, some of the time.

    Comment by Candy Beauchamp — December 12, 2009 @ 19:43 | Reply


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