Dress Rehearsal by Jennifer O'Connell
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
The Ordinary Princess by M M Kaye
The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
Stepping on Roses (Hadashi de Bara wo Fume) v5
Dengeki Daisy v4
I bought Pink Carnation randomly at BAM months ago and never read it, then found two more in the series on the bargain table a few weeks ago, so I bought them (only $2.50 each!) even not knowing anything--I figured if I didn't like them, I could post them to PBS. So I took the first one to Florida to read at the pool.
Fortunately I do really like them except for one thing. I can't bring myself to care about Eloise. When the narrative switches back to her, I feel like the book comes to a screeching halt. I told D (who was reading The Princess Bride at the pool), "You know when you watch the movie and you have the main story of Westley and Buttercup, but then you have the framing story of the boy and his grandfather? Now imagine that every time the movie cuts back to the boy and grandpa, you just don't give a shit and want to get back to Cary Elwes being hot and awesome. That's what these chapters are like."
I only finished Black Tulip last night because I skimmed the last Eloise chapter. Thanks for putting important plot info in there! It's like you knew I wouldn't care and only did that to make me back up and read it properly.
I did like the vicar, though. Pity we'll probably never see him again.
Oh, and the second book made me hate Richard, too. F'ing hypocrite. It's not surprising, but it's disappointing. Boo, Richard. I hope that gets fixed in the next one.