Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat – Valentine’s Day Every Day!

Posted February 16, 2014 by Shari in Let's Chat / 4 Comments

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Yakkety Yak...Let's Chat

Welcome to another week of Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat

Yakkety Yak … Let’s Chat is Delighted Reader feature where we discuss anything and everything about books, reading, rants, raves and everything in between. We won’t be caged in what we discuss…so let’s open it up!

Valentine’s Day is past us, but after almost 18 years of marriage to my husband and 21 years together, I am glancing back in time to when we were young and what our first Valentine’s Day was like. It isn’t a pretty picture really. My then boyfriend of six months had to bring me supper in bed. No, not naughty supper guys. I was so sick with a cold that was called the CRUD and it was cruddy! He brought me a stuffed animal, chocolates and supper after work to make me feel better. This man is so sweet to me even when I am not at my best.

But I was also looking back to what I was reading at the time. Romances of course and I worked at a library so I was bringing them home left and right. What books was I bringing home to read….let’s look back….way back…

Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood was my ultimate secret thrill. She wrote sweet romances I couldn’t put down. Dashing heros and innocent maidens. Now I would probably snort at them, but when I was 21, these were the romances I turned to all the time! Until recently, Julie Garwood was on my auto-buy list. With her turn to contemporary suspense, I just haven’t been able to get into them as much.

The Gift by Julie GarwoodThe Prize by Julie Garwood

Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Lindsey was one of my first authors when I started reading romance. I re-read one of her early ones recently and can’t figure out why I thought it was so sexy and wonderful to be raped by a pirate. Oh, well. I bought each and everyone of her books on release day until last year. The stories started to feel recycled and unimaginative.

Once a Princess by Johanna LindseyPrisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey

 Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux and her Montgomery/Taggart series! I swooned as each book came out and scratched my head at a few of them too. Some are set in the past and some current times. I lost touch with Jude Deveraux’s books a few years ago and regret not keeping up. She had a wonderful writing style that kept me engaged.

The Duchess by Jude Deveraux

Janelle Taylor

I found Janelle Taylor when she was writing an American Indian love story. It was brutal at times, but I kept coming back to find out what happens to these lovers. It wasn’t easy and the story moved on to their children as well. As I was looking up her books, I never realized just how many books came out in the Gray Eagle series. Unfortunately, I didn’t continue to keep up to date on Janelle Taylor’s writing through the years.

Forever Ecstasy by Janelle Taylor Promise Me Forever by Janelle Taylor

What books were you reading 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago?

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Braine TS
6 years ago

Congrats on your marriage!

I was a historical romance junkie back in my teens, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood with Anne Rice here and there. I remember The Prize, is that the one with the reincarnation theme?

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

We are of an age Shari! I’ve been married 20 years and together for 23 years. Oh wow…what was I reading 20 years ago? Hmmm, I wasn’t as big of a romance fan though I read historical mysteries and detective stories with romance in them like Anne Perry, Margaret Frazer and sweet romances. In my high school years, I read Dana Fuller Ross States series, Donald Clayton Porter’s White Indian series, Phyllis A. Whitney, Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart John Grisham, Tom Clancy and tons of classics with my favorite being Jane Austen. But see what’s missing? It wasn’t until a… Read more »

Sharonda Lowman
6 years ago

back then…geez, I was stuck on Harlequins historical romances. Loved them to death 🙂