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AUTHOR: Linda writes romance in all categories, but what is her fave? Suspense, and not only suspense, but SUSPENSE SEALED WITH A KISS

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Whew! Let’s hope my post lives up to all the hype.

Someone just asked me a question about romance, and since my last post was about edgy, I figured this would fit here just fine.

Here you go, here’s my fave contemporary romance EVER!

And I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s in the to do chute.

THAT BEING SAID, I saw the movie, which I’m told holds true to the book. SUZANNE’S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS, by James Patterson. Yes, Patterson, and no woman was raped, tortured, or anything as equally disturbing. Just a wonderful, albeit, a bit out of the box, romance.

Christina Applegate, Johnathon Schaech, and Kathleen Rose Perkins bring to life a sweet, touching, never to forget story of lost love and love found again.

So, for anyone out there who wants to know what I like in a romance, it’s the boy meets girl with a lot of problems to fend off. Not just a small situation that thwarts the romance for a time, but something so big, it sends heads reeling until the love can find a way to “make it all better.”

In Diaries, you have a romance that you feel is doomed right from the start. And yet, you are unable to stop watching(reading) because you just know it has to have a good ending. Then…

WHAM, it socks you in the gut and you wonder “Whuhappened?”

Only then do the characters warm your heart again before the next, “Huh? Where did that come from?”

If you see only one movie this year, rent the 2005 TV movie based on James Patterson’s book. You will not be sorry. Oh, yeah, and to make it that much sweeter, the story is about a publishing editor. How great is that? Just bring a huge box of tissues and be prepared to watch it right to the end.

Ahh, love sweet love!


  1. I like romances where the protagonist's love is challenged by circumstances, social prejudices, the elements but NOT by a constant diet of misunderstandings, arguments, suspicion, and accusations. This formula for romance wears me out.

    I would love to find a romance that isn't predictible and the conflict between the couple isn't to the point of the ridiculous.

    The book you've recommended in this blog sounds like it might be a good read! I need good romances to study.

  2. You've sold me! I need to watch that movie:)

  3. I am not a fan of sappy romance. Give me real, nitty gritty stuff any day. I recently read Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson, which was a romance where there was a bit of internal conflict with the heroine, but "no constant diet of misunderstandings, arguments, suspicion, and accusations" as Linda Apple quoted above. And I enjoyed it a lot.

    Now I'm off to see if the movie you recommended is available on Netflix. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the suggestion. I love Christina Applegate, too. :-)

  4. Well I found the book in the library and have read half of it already today:) Cried twice and it is great!

  5. Linda,

    Thanks for the suggestion! I'll look for both the book and the movie. I like James Patterson, too, but had no idea he had "romance" in him. I agree with the comments by Linda and Lynda above--the misunderstandings and misplaced suspicions do get old after a while. Give me something I'm not expecting involving characters who aren't formulaic. Love that it's about a publishing editor, too! Great post.


  6. Oooooo...sounds good. I'm off the download a sample from Amazon.

  7. And the frosting on the cake is that the other female lead is a friend of ours. She did a wonderful job and we're so proud of her. Just for the record, my novella coming out in Dec for Cmas is...alas...predictable, but it's what they wanted and I wanted a contract. it anyway, hahaha. So self-serving.

  8. Looooved the book and looooved the movie! Now I want to watch it again!

  9. Oh, Rita. I've watched that movie so many times. Bought a copy for each of my kids since they went to school with Kathleen and I knew they'd love it. Yeah, a total fave or mine. Love it!

  10. Your book is NOT predictable. It was really cute and enjoyable. ;-) I've never heard of this book or movie but will keep an eye out. I love alot of external conflict and big internal problems. lol

  11. This one will wham you, Jess. It's so wonderful!

  12. If I like Nicholas Sparks, will I like this?
    Donna Winters

  13. Made the mistake of reading this years ago very pregnant and very hormonal. My poor husband.

  14. Finished this one in two days flat: couldn't put it down. Usually I'm not a "sappy romance" fan but occasionally need a fix. This one hit the spot- loved it.

    And yes, Great Lakes, it reminded me of Nicholas Sparks' work.