Duodecimal: 12 Anne Stuart Must-Haves from CindySWednesday, December 19, 2007 10:00
CindyS, fellow denizen of the Blogosphere, shares with TGTBTU 12 Anne Stuart books that Cindy thinks we just can’t miss…
12 ‘Don’t Miss’ Anne Stuart Books
1. Lord of Danger (Jul ’97, Zebra).Â A medieval romance with Simon of Navarre running a con to keep himself near the seat of power. Forced to choose one of his â€˜markâ€™sâ€™ sisters as a bride he picks the plain, clever one and discovers he has a softer side. There is scene near the end where no words are spoken that always takes my breath away. Perfect.Â (KISS Award Winner, 1997 Romantic Times)
Â 2. Now You See Him… (Apr ’92, Silhouette #429).Â An assassin hero and a heroine under suspicion for aiding terrorists. Again, there are scenes that are breath taking. An overseas phone call that shouldnâ€™t have been made tells the reader just how much the heroine means to the hero.
Â 3. Moonrise (Jul ’96, Signet).Â Very much like Now You See Him only the hero is much harder and shows very few signs of cracking under the pressure of love. Dark and moody, the hero constantly pushes the heroine and is surprised when she pushes back.
Â 4. Shadow Dance (Sep ’93, Avon RT).Â An historical with a lighter side and nobody is who they seem.
5. Glass Houses (Aug ’89, HA #311 & Oct ’98, HA Men at Work).Â Another one that has a lighter feel although there is a part of the hero that wonâ€™t budge until almost all is lost.
6. Blue Sage (Aug ’87, HA #150 & Sep ’95, HA Western Lovers #10).Â AÂ woman tied to a town and a nightmare that happened years ago and a drifter who needs to take a deeper look at his past. I loved the small town feel even though it was plain the townsfolk were smothering the heroine and I fell in love with a hero that saw the problem and worked to fix it.
7. Ritual Sins (Oct ’97, Onyx).Â AÂ con man hero with next to no good in him meets his match in a woman needing to do the right thing.
Â 8. Falling Angel (Dec ’93 & Dec ’95, HA #513).Â A man who dies has to go back and make up for the wrongs he committed and falls in love with a woman who he knew in his past life but never really saw. (RITA Award Winner: Best Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, 1994 RWA)
9. Cold As Ice (Nov ’06, MIRA).Â I have to put this on here because the heroine kicked ass. She has this unflappable spirit and isnâ€™t Stuartâ€™s usual kind of â€˜pain filledâ€™ woman. Sure, she needed a break and didnâ€™t care for the path her life had taken but she was at least always trying to escape the hero. The hero in this was really â€˜Cold As Iceâ€™ and but you have to love seeing Stuartâ€™s heroes crack.
Â 10. “Dark Journey” from Strangers in The Night (Anthology, Sep ’95, Silhouette). The very first Anne Stuart I ever read and the hero was Death. Really, do I need to say more?
11. One More Valentine (Jan ’93 & Feb ’05, HA #473).Â Another short story that worked magic. The hero was killed in the St. Valentineâ€™s Day Massacre but he and those who died get to come back each year on the anniversary of their death. None of them know why they come back and donâ€™t know where they go when the day is over. In the end, the hero falls in love and discovers itâ€™s that that saves him. (Best Harlequin American, 1994 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award)
Â 12. The Soldier and The Baby (Feb ’95 HA #573).Â I had a thing for romances in the â€˜jungleâ€™ and this one was outright crazy. Did I mention the heroine is a nun?
Read more from CindyS (a.k.a. CindyL)Â over at Nocturnal Wonderings.