Why I Love Sandra Brown

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It is a universal fact that I have an obsessive personality. Once I find the object of my preoccupation, I tend to fixate on it until the next best thing comes along. I feel the same way about authors. Sometimes, it’s frustrating. Other times, it’s wholly fulfilling. For the last few days, I’ve been scratching a Sandra Brown itch. As of this writing, I read 24 of her books. “Preoccupied” seems too tame a word for it, to be honest. Instead of writing a review for each one of her books, I wanted to talk about what of her books that turns me into a shuddering, cold-sweating addict.

SOUTHERN CHARM

The arid heat of Texas, the water-logged Louisiana, and the Southern charm of Georgia are usually where her stories take place. The women of her books exude social propriety handed down from generations of Scarlet O’Haras. And while they show exemplary behavior in the public eye, they become different creatures in bed altogether.

SWAGGER

Cowboys. Men of the law. Ranch hands. Men who are used to their ways. Men whose opinion of gender equal rights is virtually non-existent. Until they meet their match, that is. Then they succumb to the Southern Belles who knows exactly how to drive them mad, drive them wild and tame them into lambs. These men sure know how to piss off the readers at first, though. I’ve been reading a lot of her decade-old books, and I’m not going to mince words. Most of the time, I want to stab them myself. Depending on how deep a South the story was set, the higher the chances that I would cringe at the names these people throw around. Words like, sluts, whores and the N-word, were used like they were going out of style.

SUSPENSE

She’s so proficient at this. Most of the time, I read her books with one-eye open. They’re not scary in the supernatural monsters and gory murder scenes kinda way, but she knows how to keep me furiously flipping the pages until I get to the secrets of her storyline. May it be her characters’ real identities, or birthrights; the real killers and their motives, she manages to stretch my sleuthing abilities like no other Romantic Suspense authors ever could.

SEX IN LIMITED QUANTITY

Believe it or not, Sandra doesn’t use sex gratuitously. She makes up for it in sexual tension, however. It takes a while for relationships to develop in her novels. Sometimes, characters don’t see the bedroom until more than halfway to the book. She spends a lot of time developing the mystery that surrounds her plot line, unless of course, the plot line is about crime of passion.

The most important characteristic of her novels is that I’m rarely ever bored. She may recycle certain aspects of a former character, but she still gives them their own personality and identity that you’ll never ever think you’ve heard them all before. That’s quite an achievement for someone who has written roughly 70 novels in her lifetime. Sandra Brown used to be a guilty pleasure. Not anymore.

 

 

  • I saw one of her books a while ago and wanted to buy it too because of this post! But like I said… I had to put it back and say no. I crey. It’s so awesome that you’ve got an author that you adore so much and always reaches or exceeds your expectations. 😀

  • It’s great to have that type of author that can always captivate you!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • I love authors that make you feel like this! I haven’t had it in quite a while, but… I guess with reviewing, I haven’t been finding time to focus on my old loves and books my my favourites. Since a lot of my favourites are publishing books I actually get to review, that’s absolutely awesome, but reading to review and reading for pleasure are so different. All of my reading at the moment has been lousy, I can’t get through anything. I feel like I need a break to just read the things I love and fall back into love with books, but I’m too behind to let myself consider it, right now. ):

  • I love this. Love that you are loving the books by this author 😀 She seems awesome. And you make her books seem great too. Not for me just yet, but one day I hope. I just love how much you love this author 🙂 Best of luck with reading more books by her. <3

  • bah i have a few of her books but i have yet to read them… love suspence so sounds like i am missing out

  • I used to read her a really long time ago. I probably have read maybe 10 of them? I think I even have some on a shelf still to read. I am glad you enjoy her books so much-I think she has always been a good read for me in the past, but I just don’t read as many suspense books as I used to:)

  • Okay, Joy … which Sandra Brown book should I read first?

  • Ksenia

    OMG, Joy! I was thinking about
    writing a post “Why I love Sandra Brown” myself. I think I’ve read more than 35
    of her books by now. I agree with you points, for me the most important aspects
    are suspense and romance.

  • Melliane

    It’s so great to have found an author like that. I’ve read a few of her books and really enjoyed them. I should try more

  • Ah yes, books are great ways to channel obsessive– except maybe on the purse

    • True enough! Luckily, I find most of her books at thrift stores. She’s got a huge backlist!

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s awesome someone can write so many books and still be unique enough to keep fans interested and reading! I really need to read something by her…

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • It is kind of amazing, considering how many books she’s written. She still manages to surprise me time and again.

  • I’ll have to pick her up!

  • kindlemom1

    I love all of these reasons which is why I have bought a few of her books because of your reviews Joy! I so just need to read them, soon, I promise!!

    • Oh the pressure. The pressure. I sure hope you’ll enjoy them, Ali!

  • RO

    Your obsessive personality is totally the reason I like you and your blog. (love the pic) Something about it just makes a person want to hang out and read and obsess over the latest cool thing. I’ve read a lot of Sandra Brown’s novels, but not that much lately. She’s good and quite talented, but I’m not 100% sure she’s have her own bookshelf like a few other authors, or like you. (lol) You give awesome reminders about how well she does what she does. Hugs…Ro

    • There’s quite a few authors in my personal library that has their own shelves. JR WARD, for one. And I’ve recently started a JD ROBB/Nora Roberts one. Lol.

  • Stop it! I have an obsessive personality too and you just put Sandra Brown on my radar!

    • Eeeep! Now I’m worried you won’t like her books. No pressure!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Sexual tension is honestly FAR better than a sex scene on every page and combined with suspense, it’s a killer combo. I definitely need to pick up some Sandra Brown novels soon! What are some recs for someone who has never read her work before?

    • I’d say, start with her latest novels. Truthfully, her old ones reek of too many unpleasant Southern idiosyncrasies (especially racial and gender prejudice). So you might hate them in an instant. 🙂

  • To be honest, this is my first time hearing about Sandra Brown, and she sounds like a good author to get into, given that you have read more than your fingers worth of books! I love that you mentioned that she doesn’t thrown in sex here and there. It actually turns me off when there are more sex scenes than the actual story.

    • Oh man. I’m obsessed. I even have books of hers from her early Loveswept days. You know the type? Heaving bosoms and flowing locks. Miles and miles of silken stocks. Lol.

  • Jazmen

    Swagger. Yes. Suspense. Double yes. And good sexual tension, count me all the way in. I am getting into her soon. Which one would you recommend I start with?

    • I loved Mean Streak. It’s so different. You’ll never know the name of the hero until the bitter end. I guess you kinda have to know why it was important to hold his identity secret. I also enjoyed her very latest, Friction. Slow Heat in Heaven is a very old one (which I’ve also read recently). Just a fair warning, the good old boys mentality is pervasive in her books.

      • Jazmen

        Cool. Thanks Joy!

  • *sighs*
    I need to read something by her soon, Joy! I love that her men all manage to change when they meet their match! 🙂 And the suspense well-written is always what a crave in a thriller book.

    • And you know what? She does romance well. If you enjoy antagonizing characters that fogs up your reading glasses, Sandra’s books are full of them.

  • I haven’t read any Sandra Brown books before but how fantastic that you’ve really found an author to resonate with you! This is what Rachel Caine is for me.

    • Oh she’s a fantastic author as well. Sadly, I’ve not read too many of her books. I need to change that.

  • 70 books is absolutely HUGE! She must be right up there for the most novels written by a modern day author surely. Are you setting yourself the challenge of reading them all? I’m yet to find that one author that I shall worship the same way… Yet. Who knows, maybe I’ll find my own Sandra Brown soon too <3

    • Right? 70 books is just mind blowing. The thing with her books, is that they’re a sure way to get me out of a funk. So anytime my regular TBR shelves look a little unappetizing, I turn to her and my reading mojo instantly comes back. It is a fantastic feeling to have such a reliable author on your shelves, and I sure hope you’ll find your own Sandra Brown as well, Kelly. </3

  • I used to read her books, I had some sort of thriller period 10 years ago, but then I just stopped :/

    • Oh boo. Well, I go through the same exercise as well. But for some reason, this woman is a constant author in my life.

  • Is it strange that I am so impressed that she has been able to write 24 books? And probably more from the sound of it. But I used to be the same… liking one thing like crazy until I moved on to others (when it comes to hobbies) but then I found a handful of them that I loved and they have stuck. I can’t read all the same author without mixing up without a bit of variety in between though. But from what reviews of Sandra Brown books I have seen you review, I do think her writing might be something I will like so I am going to have to try her books out for sure. And from the ones you mentioned here, I like the sound of the suspense in her books!

    • She’s got 70 books so far. I think I have about 40. It’s getting harder and harder to find her books at the thrift store and I refuse to buy them new or order them on line. The best part of an obsession is finding them virtually free. Lol.