Tuesday’s Jilleroo

Tuesday's Jilleroo coverTuesday’s Jillaroo
Allyne
1977

When I first saw the cover I thought it looked like the actress Adrienne Barbeu back in the day when she was on Maude. That was a late 1970s hairdo if there ever was one. But I digress…

Our romantic girl, Shannon always wanted to be a jilleroo.  (Yeah, I had to look it up. Thankfully, we recently posted the How to Speak Australian book a while back.)  Poor Shannon couldn’t make it happen since she had to take care of her dying father.  Well, now he is gone and she wants to give it a try. Shannon calls on an old friend to give her a recommendation, even though she is clearly out of her league.  She gets hired, and of course the tough, no nonsense Mark is our love interest.  Will Shannon learn enough to make it on the station? Will Mark realize he has feelings for Shannon? Stay tuned!

Mary

 

Tuesday's Jilleroo back cover

Tuesday's Jilleroo exerpt

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15 comments

  1. Ugh. Just. Ew. I don’t know who started the romance novel trope of the “punishing kisses” but it’s really vile. I mean, you want your characters to be into rough stuff, whatever, but the way these novels insist that degradation of women is “romantic” makes me vomit a little. Oh, and when a woman slaps man, she should expect to be either kissed or slapped in return”? The WTFery is off the charts on this one.

    1. You’re right, it’s super disturbing in this context. However, I think it’s made all our lives better for reading it.

      Because next time you’re watching a period piece, and some dude slaps another dude as a prelude to a duel? That frozen second that comes afterward is going to convey just a whole other level of tension with that quote in mind.

    2. I couldn’t agree more! See my review of a similar title: Witchwood. Honestly, I find this trope in almost every Harlequin romance from the late ’70s-early ’80s. It seems like the publishers were pushing for this stuff.

    3. I agree. I would like to see a romance novel where a guy tries the whole “punishment kisses” thing and gets an elbow to the face or stomach.

    4. My understanding from reading blogs like Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, is that women back then couldn’t be seen as actually liking and wanting sex. So instead they had the rapey “heroes” who’s use rape and Stockholm syndrome to get women to fall in love with them. Hence, punishing kisses.

      Now a days most romances are past that. Which is why Twilight and 50 Shades is such a huge step back. (Seriously, Twilight hits all 15 warning signs of domestic abuse! How is a future wife beater a romantic ideal?!)

      1. “Back then” — ? Please! Maybe the authors were old fogies, which might explain that approach, but the young women of 1977 surely felt empowered in sexual matters. And probably had for a decade, since the advent of The Pill.

    1. Crime of the century. Noone ever pitches NGs; my father has HIS father’s going back to the 20s or 30s.

      1. We are currently wondering what to do with our family’s stock of them. Nobody’s going to read them again, but we can’t imagine just putting them in the recycle bin. Ideas?

        1. Donate them to a school. They’re great for cutting up ad using in collages for art class. I know it might be sacrilegious to cut them up, but they’re not getting any other use, right?

  2. we have a ‘share shed’ at the city dump. anytime there are NG’s left there they go pretty quickly. try donating them to your nearest thrift store, people still collect them

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