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Subject: It's April - What Are You Reading? Happy Easter
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 1:26 AM ET
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 My April 2011 reading list:

Finished -

  1. "LOVERS, DREAMERS AND ME" by Willa Okati (A+) Tolliver's buried himself in taking care of his sister and the independent bookstore his grandmother left him. That doesn't leave much time for romance or for fun. Sarah, his sister, thinks he's getting hidebound and decides to do a little matchmaking. Only the first problem with which is that her choice is another man and Tolliver's not gay! It turns out, Noble's not either. But he is attracted to Tolliver and as a seer, he knows they can be together, if they can just figure this out. He's not above using his psychic gifts to draw them together on a journey to self-discovery, but the road has more twists and turns than even he ever dreamed.
  2. "GLORY IN DEATH" by J.D. Robb (In Death #2) (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) In a time when technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there's only one place to hide a crime of passion - in the heart. The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects - including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve was compelled to trust the man who shared her bed. But as a cop, it was her job to follow every lead...to investigate every scandalous rumor...to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.
  3. "SECOND GLANCE" by Jodi Picoult (A++) A developer has slated an ancient Abenaki Indian ground for a strip mall and now strange happenings have the inhabitants of tiny Comtosook, Vermont, talking of supernatural forces at work. Ross Wakeman is a ghost hunter who's never seen a ghost - all he's searching for is something to end the pain of losing his fiancee, Aimee, in a car accident. He's tried suicide - any number of times. Now Ross lives only for a way to connect with Aimee from beyond. Searching the site for signs of the paranormal, Ross meets the mysterious Lia, who sparks him to life for the first time in years. But the discoveries that await Ross are beyond anything he could dream of in this world - or the next.
  4. "BETWEEN SISTERS" by Kristin Hannah (A++) No one knows you like your sister. She can make you laugh or break your heart with a single word. And no one writes novels like Kristin Hannah, an author who vividly explores the intricate bonds of family and as Tami Hoag said, "touches the deepest, most tender corners of our hearts." Now, in her rich, captivating book, she creates an indelible portrait of two woman, once lost to each other, about to come together in a time of exquisite joy and almost unbearable sadness. Sisters by blood, strangers by choice, each stand at a crossroads, ready to confront the betrayals of the past...Meghann Dontess is a woman haunted by heartbreak. Twenty-seven years ago she was forced to make a terrible choice, one that cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Now, Meghann is a hotshot divorce attorney who doesn't believe in intimacy - until she meets the one man who can change her mind. Clare Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her life. As her wedding approaches, she prepares to face her harsh, judgmental older sister. It is the first time they have been together in more than two decades. Over the course of a hot Pacific Northwest summer, these two women who believe that they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family. Tender, funny, bittersweet and wonderfully moving, Between Sisters celebrates the joys and heartaches that can be shared only by sisters, the mistakes made in the name of love and the healing power of new beginnings.
  5. "WITHOUT DUE PROCESS" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #10) (A) What kind of monster would break into a man's home at night, then slaughter him and his family? The fact that the dead man was a model cop who was loved and respected by all only intensifies the horror. But the killer missed someone: a five-year-old boy who was hiding in the closet. Now word is being leaked out that the victim was "dirty." But Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont isn't about to let anyone drag a murdered friend's reputation through the muck. And he'll put his own life on the firing line on the gang-ruled streets to save a terrified child who knows too much to live.
  6. "POSSESSION IN DEATH" by J.D. Robb (In Death #30-1/2) (unabridged Audio CD) (A++) "The devil killed my body. I cannot fight, I cannot find. I cannot free her. You must. You are the one. We speak to the dead." Immediately after hearing these words, uttered to her by an old Romanian woman bleeding to death in the street, detective Eve Dallas begins to notice that her latest case has come with a number of interesting side-effects: visions of the deceased, instant familiarity with rooms she's never seen before and fluency in Russian. Likewise, there appears to be a force inside of her, a spirit other than her own, that won't let her rest until she's found Beata, the old woman's great-granddaughter, whose disappearance two months prior remains a mystery. Desperate to be free of her new "gifts", Eve pursues the facts until she discovers a link between Beata's disappearance and the disappearance of eight other young women, all of whom attended the same dance classes, none of whom were ever heard from again.
  7. "BATTLE SCARS" by Meghan O'Brien (B) Returning Iraq war veteran Ray McKenna struggles with battle scars that can only be healed by love. Ray MeKenna returns from the war in Iraq to find that she has attained unwanted celebrity status back home. As the only surviving American soldier of a well-publicized hostage crisis, she is the center of attention at a time when all she wants is solitude. Struggling to overcome the fear and anxiety that plague her, she relies on her psychiatric therapy dog Jagger to help her through the vicious symptoms of PTSD. Veterinarian Dr. Carly Warner hasn't yet figured out how to open her heart to the possiblity of falling in love again after the death of her longtime partner. When Ray McKenna walks into the North Coast Veterinary Clinic with Jagger, she and Carly begin a friendship that takes them both by surprise. Brought together by their shared love of dogs, Ray and Carly discover that they are both capable of moving forward, if only they are brave enough to try.
  8. "COMING UNDONE" by Lauren Dane (Brown Siblings #2) (A+) Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents' death, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody runs his own business, has a nice house and makes a good living. And for the first time in years, he's on his own. Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. She spent years as a world-famous ballerina - and just as many years in a marriage gone bad - and now she's looking for neither love nor attention. To her surprise she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached. More than just being friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need - wild, physical passion without commitment. But it'll take a shadow from Elise's past to make them look beyond their basic needs - to what they truly desire.
  9. "BLUE SKIES" by Robyn Carr (A) Nikki Burgess has survived a terrible marriage and an even worse divorce. And she's just about give up hope of ever finding love and happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again and a chance to start over and do it right. Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis beacelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie and a tarnished reputation when all she ever wanted was true love, a partner and a family. Carlisle Bartlett is loyal, generous, kindhearted and the funniest guy slinging drinks in the back of an airplane. But he has an ugly little secret. The only kind of love he's used to comes with bruises. They are three people who could seriously use a break. A fresh start. A shot at success and a chance to shine. Maybe a little romance - the kind that sticks. And some adventure wouldn't hurt. So when they're presented with the challenge of joining a team starting a new airline in Las Vegas, they don't hesitate. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, these three friends are going in search of their own blue skies.
  10. "WHITE HEAT" by Jill Shalvis (Firefighting #1) (A++) Bush pilot Lyndie Anderson has gotten by on her own and she'd like to keep it that way. She lives only for her plane and the open sky. Then she's hired to fly a drop-dead-gorgeous fireman to a blaze in Copper Canyon and suddenly she's struggling to douse a burning desire inside. Griffin Moore hasn't been the same since an Idaho wildfire claimed his crew. And when he heads for another fire, he's prepared to endanger his life again. But when Lyndie and he set off sparks, he finds that his heart may be at risk as well. Now, as they fly toward the raging inferno, what was supposed to be strictly business becomes purely passionate.
  11. "THE HOT FLASH CLUB STRIKES AGAIN" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #2) (A) The fabulous women from the Hot Flash Club are back in top form, welcoming the stressed-out and pampering-deprived theough their discreet spa doors. The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again also introduces four new women, ready for massages and seaweed wraps, each struggling to reconcile her secret dreams, biggest fears and deepest feelings as topsy-turvy events shake of her life. After eighteen years of trying to make peace with her husband's cold-as-ice mother, Polly vows to be the perfect mother-in-law: loving, accepting and determined to keep her mouth shut. Then her son marries Amy, a Birkenstocked gal whose organic farm and family ooze a rather creepy serenity. Ever the optimist, Polly puts her best foot forward...so why does it end up in her mouth? A shy and brilliant professor-to-be, Beth has lived a sheltered life. Then she meets Sonny, a rugged, sexy carpenter who sweeps her off her feet. The problem? Beth may not survive his loud, affectionate, athletic family - especially when the very beautiful and earthy woman everybody wanted Sonny to marry is still hanging around the family dinner table. Heiress to one of New England's oldest paper companies, Carolyn is the driving force behind the brand. Now, at thirty-seven, the workaholic executive is finally pregnant with her first child and high blood pressure is forcing her to do somethikng totally alien: relax. But how can she let down her guard when her seventysomething father has eloped with a young bank clerk named Heather, whose rather plain looks and unassuming nature nevertheless manage to fill Carolyn with suspicion? A free-spirited photographer, Julia has married a man she loves, but he's come packed with baggage.Tim is a widower with a young daughter and Julia has bravely stepped up to the plate, doing her best to provide maternal support. But as if being pinned down by the child's slightly manipulative ways and (dare Julia say it) spoiled behavior wasn't enough, there's Tim's ex-mother-in-law, whose meddling is getting nastier by the week. For Polly, Beth, Carolyn and Julia, the time has come to stand up for what matters - for their passions, their hearts and themselves. As they maneuver through family drama and embrace unexpected change, they come to find that life is much easier (and a lot more fun) when you've got friends, wine and chocolate along for the ride.
  12. "ONE RECKLESS SUMMER" by Toni Blake (Destiny #1) (A+) The perfect daughter. The perfect prom queen. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver's been a good girl all her life and it's gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her cheating ex, she's decided it's time to regroup and rediscover herself. This summer she's headed back to her hometown of Destiny, Ohio, to the very lakeshore cottage where she grew up, to figure out what life holds in store for her next. She never dreamed the answer would be Mick Brody, Destiny's #1 hellraiser. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks (or in his case, the lake) and he's landed in hot water more times than he can count. He's exactly the kind of guy Jenny's always kept her distance from...but soon the good girl and the bad boy are caught in a raw heat that's out of control. Too bad Mick's got a secret that threatens to tear them apart and ruin Jenny's perfectly, passionately reckless summer.
  13. "FANTASY" by Lori Foster (A) Security consultant Sebastian Sinclair agrees to be sold at a bachelor auction. Being bought is one thing...now he's about to be given away as a gift for some lucky birthday girl. But one look at Brandi Sommers and Sebastian can't wait to be unwrapped. Brandi really means it when she says "Oh, you shouldn't have" to her sister's outrageous birthday gift - a five-day dream vacation to a lover's retreat. Lover included. What's she going to do in paradise with the sexy stranger Sebastian Sinclair? Brandi soon discovers she can do whatever she wants.
  14. "THE DARKEST HOUR" by Maya Banks (KGI #1) (A+) It's been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife, Rachel, alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone. His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he's built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond...until he receives an anonymous note claiming Rachel is alive. To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he'll have to force Rachel to recover memories she doesn't want to relive - the minute-by-minute terror of her darkest hour - for their love and their lives, may depend on it.
  15. "KNIGHTS & WHITE SATIN" by Cash Cole (A+) Mike is a swinging bachelor with a big empty house and plenty of time and money to spend as he likes. But the second he sees Lee in the bar, he knows something's about to change. He brings Lee home for some hot-tub fun and plunges headfirst into love. And Lee is right there with him. But Lee isn't flying solo. Years ago, he married his best friend Cate so they could please her parents, share a household and have a baby together. Their relationship is strictly platonic and Cate is thrilled that Lee has found someone. She doesn't want him to give up his love life to care for her, but she's living on borrowed time due to a terminal illness. As Mike discovers passion the likes of which he never knew before Lee, he realizes he needs to step up and think of others for a change. And Lee - and his family - are about to learn what it's like to have a real-life knight in shining armor.
  16. "DON'T LET GO" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEALs #5) (A) It's love that keeps teacher Jordan Bliss up at night: the lost love for a Venezuelan orphan named Miguel...and the memory of a Navy SEAL tearing him from her arms. Now in the U.S. and longing for her child, Jordan vows to somehow, some way, bring Miguel home. To Navy SEAL Solomon McGuire, orders are orders. But the fiere passion in Jordan's voice and the fire in her eyes when he separated her from her son haunt his dreams. Eager to make amends, Solomon promises to pull every string he can to find Miguel. Only time will tell if Jordan can trust him and forgive him. One thing is certain: His desire for her is relentless and irresistible. And soon their indestructible love will be tested by a terrifying trap of violence.
  17. "PERFECT FORMATION" by K.B. Alan (A) Friends for much longer than they've been lovers, Taryn and Richard enjoy each other's company while looking for "Mr. Right". When the darkly handsome Caleb walks into their lives, the sexual attraction is instant and mutual - for all three. Caleb wines and dines them then shows them how good it can be if they trust him to lead the way. One night is all it takes to prove that the three of them are a perfect match, at least in the bedroom. Taryn has to decide if explosive sex and the feelings quickly overtaking her are worth the risk of losing it all - again. Richard sees Caleb and Taryn as the perfect couple but isn't so sure there will always be room for him in their menage a trois. Sexual dominant Caleb has to suppress his urge to tie them to the bed until they understand that they both belong with him - forever. But if they don't come around soon, he'll be pulling those ropes out after all.
  18. "THE WELCOME HOME GARDEN CLUB" by Lori Wilde (Twilight Texas #4) (A++) Caitlyn Marsh stopped believing in happily-ever-after when high-school sweetheart, Gideon Garza, left for Iraq. Now she raises her small son while her matchmaking gardening club members drive her crazy. Then Caitlyn's world turns upside-down when Gideon swaggers back to Twilight. Gideon had left town in the middle of night with threats ringing in his ears. A lot of things have cfhanged since then. This bad boy-turned-Green Beret bears scars from the war, the timid girl he loved is an independent mother and the father who refused to recognize his son in life has, in death, left him a vast cattle ranch. He still aches for Caitlyn and now there's a dark haired boy who looks exactly like Gideon did at that age. Could the child be his? And can this war-weary soldier overcome the scars of the past to claim the family he so richly deserves?
  19. "HUMMINGBIRD LAKE" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #2) (A+++) Haunted by painful memories, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson gives up medicine and moves to Eternity Springs. There she finds a place to call home, but even her newfound success as a gifted artist isn't enough to keep her nightmares at bay. Colt Rafferty is about to change all that. Eternity Springs is a refuge for Cole, a place to ground himself when the stress of investigating tragedies takes its toll. He has come here for a little R & R, but instead of relaxing, he finds himself fascinated by the mysterious redhead whose secrets beg to be discovered - a beauty running from her past, a heartsick woman in desperate need of the sweet sanctuary of a devoted man's embrace. And he is just the man to show her the true path to peace - by offering her the hearing power of love.
  20. "THE ASSIGNMENT" by Evangeline Anderson (A) Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O'Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster and danger and saved each other's asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light, Valenti isn't really sure. He only knows that he wants O'Brian in a way that had nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with possession. It is a desire he will have to hide forever because O'Brian is undeniably straight. Just as Valenti is coming to grips with his new, unacceptable, feelings for his partner, their police Captain puts them on a new case that could blow Valenti's cover once and for all. He and O'Brian are going undercover at the country's largest and most infamous gay resort to bust a notorious drug lord and stop the shipments of poison cocaine that are flooding the gay bars all over the city. Now Valenti will have to make a choice between friendship and desire. He and O'Brian will play the roles of gay men that will push the limits of their relationship to the breaking point. Will their time at the RamJack forge a new bond between them or destroy their partnership forever?
  21. "RESCUE ME" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #1) (A+++) A covert operative of Last Chance Rescue Enterprises (LCR) Eden St. Claire has made secrets of her life's work. Seven years ago, an evening of emotional vulnerability and pure pleasure almost destroyed her. Now Eden wears her beauty like a mask, concealing any hint of vulnerability or the demons of her past. A daring rescue of an innocent girl on a Greek island leads Eden to a new partner. Jordan Montgomery, new to LCR, has been looking for Eden - though he knows her by another name, from another time. But his search for her is over-shadowed by a case that's gone international. A powerful, ruthless, organized network is stealing women and children around the world - as a lover, a traitor and a killer all wait for Eden's next move.
  22. "HEAT SEEKER" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #3) (A++) John Vincent has always led a life of danger and now he has every reason to want to remain as dead as the obituary in the Australian papers had proclaimed him to be. He'd left nothing behind in the life he had once led - except for one woman and one night of unforgettable passion. Now, both will return to haunt him. Bailey Serborne is still tormented by a past she can't change and a man she hasn't been able to forget. A man who was supposed to be dead. But now, a stroke of fate has revealed that sometimes, a woman is given a second chance to heal her heart - and exact the sweetest revenge.
  23. "SUGAR CREEK" by Toni Blake (Destiny Ohio #2) (A) Rachel Farris returned to her childhood home with one mission in mind: get Mike Romo out of her family's apple orchard business and out of their lives. But hard-nosed and totally hot Mike, who happens to be the law in Destiny, is convinced the Farris clan stole the land from his family fifty years ago and he's not baking down. Even when shapely trouble shows up in a pair of designer blue jeans. However, neither the hunky cop nor the sexy prodigal hometown girl can anticipate the electricity that heats things up whenever they're together - adding new sizzle to an ongoing feud that's raged for generations and soon putting both their hearts at risk.
  24. "SEALED FOREVER" by Mary Margret Daughtridge (SEALed #3) (A) He's got a living, breathing dilemma. In the midst of running an undercover CIA mission, Navy SEAL Lt. Garth Vale finds an abandoned baby and his superiors sure don't want to know about it. The only person who can help him is the beautiful new doctor, but she's got another surprise for him. She's got a solution at a price. Dr. Bronwyn Whitescarver has left the frantic pace of big city ER medicine for a small town medical practice. Her bags aren't even unpacked yet when gorgeous, intense Garth Vale shows up on her doorstep in the middle of the night with a sick baby. But his story somehow doesn't add up and Bronwyn isn't quite sure who she's saving - the baby, or the man.
  25. "RETURN TO ME" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #2) (A) Posing as an underage teenager, Samara Lyons is out to trap an online predator. Smart, fiery and fresh off a broken engagement, Samara is up for the challenge. But this challenge might not be so easy. Her boss, Noah McCall, head of a private international corporation called Last Chance Rescue, can't disguise his raw, physical desire for Samara - and she's going crazy battling her own feelings for him. The middle of a high-stakes op, with the fate of dozens of innocent lives on the line, is not the time to indulge in sensual delights. Then the sting explodes, forcing Noah to face his dark past and throwing Samara into the middle of an evil tug-of-war. Noah must confront an enemy he knows better than anyone else in the world, while Samara must find a way to stay alive. Now it's no longer a matter of desire - it's all about survival.

Currently Reading -

  1. "Battle Cry" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains Saga #4)
  2. "Dog on It" by Spencer Quinn (A Chet and Bernie mystery)
  3. "Shiver" by Lisa Jackson (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order 

  1. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  2. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  3. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  4. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  5. "A Lion Called Christian" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  6. "Body Work" by Fiona Brand
  7. "Next Comes Love" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  8. "Tempting Evil" by Allison Brennan (Prison Break #2)
  9. "Breaking the Rules" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #16)
  10. "Force of Nature" by Susanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #11)
  11. "Tough Customer" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD)
  12. "Where There's Smoke" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  13. "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo
  14. "Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot
  15. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  16. "The Good, the Bad and the Sexy" by Emily Carmichael
  17. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  18. "Running Blind" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #4)
  19. "Hard Evidence" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #2)
  20. "Shadows From the Past" by Ashley Dawn 
  21. "Days of Gold" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #2)
  22. "Mystic Horseman" by Kathleen Eagle
  23. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  24. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  25. "Full Speed" by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes (Max Holt #3)
  26. "Conspiracy Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #4)
  27. "Dark Desire" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #2)
  28. "Dark Peril" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #21)
  29. "The Winston Brothers" by Lori Foster
  30. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible)
  31. "Suddenly One Summer" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #1)
  32. "A Girl Named Summer" by Julie Garwood
  33. "Once in a Blue Moon" by Eileen Goudge
  34. "Ghost Night" by Heather Graham (Bone Island #2)
  35. "The Seance" by Heather Graham
  36. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  37. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  38. "My One and Only" by Kristin Higgins
  39. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  40. "Keeping Company" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #2)
  41. "Loving Frank" Nancy Horan
  42. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  43. "MacKenzie's Heroes: MacKenzie's Pleasure/MacKenzie's Magic by Linda Howard
  44. "24 Hours" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio Cassette)
  45. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible)
  46. "Failure to Appear" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  47. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  48. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  49. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek) (unabridged Audio CD)
  50. "Home to Holly Springs" by Jan Karon (Father Tim #1)
  51. "Too Hot to Handle" by Robin Kaye
  52. "A Thousand Tomorrows" by Karen Kingsbury
  53. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  54. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible)
  55. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  56. "XXX Marks the Spot" by Kathleen Lawless
  57. "Home on the Ranch" by Allison Leigh (Home on the Ranch - Men of the Double-C Ranch #6)
  58. "Where the Heart Is" by Billie Letts
  59. "The Prodigal" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #4)
  60. "Too Hot to Handle" by Elizabeth Lowell
  61. "You Slay Me" by Katie MacAlister
  62. "Already Home" by Susan Mallery
  63. "Accidentally Yours" by Susan Mallery
  64. "The Best of Friends" by Susan Mallery (unabridged Audio CD)
  65. "Someone Like You" by Susan Mallery
  66. "The Sparkling One" by Susan Mallery (Marcelli Family #1)
  67. "Heartache Falls" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #3)
  68. "Body Check" by Deirdre Martin
  69. "The Christmas Clock" by Kat Martin
  70. "Season of Strangers" by Kat Martin
  71. "Tin Angel" by Kat Martin
  72. "Flat-Out Sexy" by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #1)
  73. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  74. "Show No Fear" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEALs #7)
  75. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book#1)
  76. "At Home in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek)
  77. "Taming Charlotte" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #2)
  78. "The Man From Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #1)
  79. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  80. "Deception" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #2)
  81. "Remember Me" by Laura Moore (Redwood Trilogy #1)
  82. "365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy" by Charla Muller with Betsy Thorpe
  83. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  84. "Kiss the Moon" by Carla Neggers
  85. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers
  86. "Killer Heat" by Brenda Novak (Hired Guns #3)
  87. "This Heart of Mine" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  88. "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult
  89. "Midnight Cactus" by Bella Pollen
  90. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  91. "The Third Circle" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society) (unabridged Audio CD)
  92. "Becca's Baby" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1)
  93. "Welcome to Last Chance" by Hope Ramsay (Last Chance #1)
  94. "To Mother With Love" by Cheryl Reavis, Robyn Carr, Linda Howard
  95. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  96. "Indulgence in Death) by J.D. Robb (In Death #30)
  97. "Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death 31)
  98. "Mysterious: This Magic Moment/Search for Love/The Right Path" by Nora Roberts
  99. "Get a Clue" by Jill Shalvis
  100. "Lover's Bite" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #2)
  101. "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff
  102. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever
  103. "A Little Trouble With the Facts" by Nina Siegal
  104. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible)
  105. "Amazing Grace" by Danielle Steel
  106. "Family Ties" by Danielle Steel
  107. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  108. "Almost Home" Mariah Stewart (The Chesapeake Diaries #3)
  109. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  110. "Hot Flash Club Strikes Again" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #2)
  111. "Rewriting Monday" by Jodi Thomas
  112. "The Irish Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #1)
  113. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  114. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  115. "Orchid Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  116. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  117. "Driftwood Cottage" by Sherryl Woods
  118. "Honesuckle Summer" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #7)
  119. "A Slice of Heaven" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #2)
  120. "A Chesapeake Shores Christmas" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #4)

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I am just finishing up "Peyton Place" by Grace Metallius.  I started it a while back, read about half, and then set it aside for some reason.  I picked it back up yesterday, and holy cow I cannot stop reading it.  It is just a great soap opera that goes inside practically every household in a small town and intertwines all the petty, sefish, crazy and sordid hijinx.  A page turner!  Fortunately, I have "Return to Peyton Place" on my giant TBR shelf.  It might be next!

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Here's my TBR list for April---in no particular order, but as the mood hits.  I'll be adding more books to this list as I decide which ones I want to read.....so many books, so little time!!

Everything to Gain by Barbara Taylor Bradford --- reading, too

 Hidden Talents by Jayne Ann Krentz --- Krentz has a wonderful way of bringing her characters to life and making them likable. A fun read combining romance and a light mystery that keeps the reader turning the pages to the very end.

The Night Before by Lisa Jackson -- A real page-turner!! A tense psychological thriller...Lisa Jackson at her best. Highly recommended.

The Mercy Rule by John Lescroart

Seven Up by Janet Evanovich --- Typical Stephanie Plum, a little more outrageous than the others.

The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

A Time to Die by Beverly Barton --- waiting in the wings

While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky ---  A beautufully written, thought-provoking novel about how one family deals with the tragedy of a family member's untimely death. So compelling, have the tissues handy. Highly recommended.

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen --- reading now

Grand Jury by Philip Friedman --- This was a very intense mystery. It doesn't usually take me almost 2 weeks to finish a book, but that's how long I worked on this one. I learned more about Grand Juries, China and Hong Kong than I ever thought I'd need to know, but it was the 2 main plots interwoven in this novel that kept me reading. A good book, but I'm worn out!!

Such Devoted Sisters by Eileen Goudge --- after that

Watermelon by Marian Keyes --- While I enjoy Keyes writing style, it's witty and true to life, I can't really relate to her characters. I guess the foul language must be typical of certain people, but it's a turn-off for me. If it wasn't for that I'd rate this book much higher.

In the Frame by Dick Francis  -- Dick Francis continues to be one off my favorite mystery wrtiers. His books are always extremely well-written with a tense and complicated plot. They just don't get any better than Francis.

A Suitable Vengenance by Elizabeth George --- A continuation of the Thomas Lynley series, but this is a sort of flash-back in that it takes the reader back to what occured previous to earlier novels [if that makes sense!] For those familiar with Lynley, St. James, Lady Helen and Deborah it explains what happened and why. I'll leave it at that other than to say it's also a great mystery with several murders and how they are all connected and solved...by of course, Lynley, St. James, Lady Helen and Deborah.

Killjoy by Julie Garwood-  I really like Garwood's style of writing, interesting plot, well-developed characters. I enjoyed the interaction between the 2 main protagonists, seeing their relationship develop. Looking forward to reading more of her books.

Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark --- Mary Higgins Clark always writes a tense , well-plotted mystery without a lot of blood and gore or foul language. She's one of my favorite authors.

Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown

Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman --- up next

Dead Even by Mariah Stewart --- 3rd in the series of "Dead....." books by Stewart.  This one is just as good as the first 2, a real page-turner.

The Last White Knight by Tami Hoag --- This is one of Tami Hoag's earlier novels, a quick read, interesting premise. I like her later mysteries better.

New authors this month:     Philip Friedman

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I just stared reading The Blue Bistro by Elin Hiderbrand and so far so good.  It has a good story line.

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About halfway through The Finish Line (Room 59, Bk 5) by Cliff Ryder. I'd read a lot faster if I didn't have a full schedule of classes. I noticed each year I've been in college, my yearly read count has diminished, which stinks. :P

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Just finished reading 'Vanished' by Joseph Finder--this has been on the wish list for a long time and I finally ordered it from the PBS library--will want to keep up with this new character I found 'Nick Heller', compares close to 'Jack Reacher'--hard to put down, short chapters with a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter, very well written!

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Still reading The Woman in white on my Kindle. I can't turn the "pages" fast enough.

I started Zeitoun on audio based on all of the great reviews on one of the threads here.

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  • The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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Just finished : The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta and Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell.

Currently reading Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer.

On deck: Eye of the Wolf by Margaret Coel.

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  • Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Currently Reading

  • Swamplandia by Karen Russell
  • West of Here by Jonathan Evison

Listening to

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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April 2011--Finished so far:

  1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  2. Murder at Wrigley Field by Troy Soos (audio)
  3. The Weaver and the Factory Maid by Deborah Grabien

Currently reading:

  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
  • Tell Me, Pretty Maiden by Rhys Bowen
  • A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (audio)
  • A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic


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Listening to Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank.

About to start Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden on my Nook. I think I'll also pick up a paper book, but I'm not sure which one yet.

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I just started Honolulu by Alan Brennert, and so far it is as good as Moloka'i.

ETA - finished it and it was really good.  Hard to believe a man writes these books!

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Starting to read Black Widow (Room 59, Bk 6) by Cliff Ryder and the first book of the Love Hina manga. :)

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I just finshed "The Blue Bistro" by Elin Hiderbrand and it was a marvelous story.  I have another of her books on my shelf and will start to read it tonight.

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Margaret, I finished Honolulu a few weeks ago and it was snapped up immediately!  I won't spoil it for you, but I loved it!!

I am currently reading "Strange but True" by John Searle.

MaryF in KY

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Finished : Foriegner~Francie Lin: Fantastic! Couldn't put it down! She has only written this one book but hope she writes much more! fiction that gives a real insight into the differing Asian cultures and politics and a thriller to boot!

purse: rereading Zuckerman Bound~Philip Roth: I like Roth's writing style and getting more out of it since not only does he tell the truth about art and life, he convincingly elaborates on it,getting deeper all the time. At times Roth's characters can be like Woody Allen characters,ponderous beyond belief,but I still really enjoy how he makes his points through the dialogue, thought provoking, which is what I need now.

Bookbag: Still Alice~Lisa Genova: About a woman professor with what appears to be early onset Alzhiemers.  

Between commercials: Zeitoun~Dave Eggers: About the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from an so-called "immigrants perspective". I admittedly fell out of this when I got so into Foriegner,Stuff like this happens. I am returning to it again.This is My nonFiction pick for Feb (see what's the best book of the month discussion in Hidden Gems)

Bedside: The Madonna's of Leningrad~Debra Dean: 1/2 way through,very intriguing! / Black Cross~Greg Isles (sp? ) getting better once you get past the dry military details.

Digital Audio/Library: Just Kids~Patti Smith: Very interesting autobio about Patti Smith's (punk singer/artist) early friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe! Patti has alot to say about being a street vagabond and artist, really deep and surprising, although at times the book seems a laundrylist,still a good read!

Next: Lincoln Lawyer, The Stand, Rebecca,The Waterworks by E. L. Doctorow

more stuff from my TBA

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"Mildred Pierce" right now.........then on to Terry McMillion "Getting To Happy"!!


I have so many to choose from it is hard to decide!


Loved Mildred Pierce...........didn't care much for Getting To Happy!

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Maeve Binchey's Minding Frankie.  It doesn't seem as Irish as most of hers so I'm a little disappointed.  Still, I'm getting into the story and it is interesting. 

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I just finished GETTING TO HAPPY on audio and I enjoyed it. I will say IMO that it is no WAITING TO EXHALE, but very good on audio. 4 different readers, which makes it so real.


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I just finished The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand and it was a good book.

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just finishing "discovery of witches". was very excited, because it was touted as a new kind of book- actually catagorized as a "horror" but flat out is a romance : )

i'm just a little disappointed. it still is a good read however!

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Almost finished with Miss Mapp by E.F. Benson.  I love it!  I find the fictional village of Tilling very amusing and relaxing, but I wouldn't want to live there!  I'm also 2/3s of the way through with a re-read of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.  Such a good book and I love the way Steinbeck writes.  I've just requested Cannery Row and Travels with Charlie.  I hope they are just as good. 

Last week I tried to read A Confederacy of Dunces.  I liked the story line and many of the characters, but Ignatius was a pain.  I found I literally got a headache each time I read some of the book, lol!  I had to take it back to the library.  Not for me, at least not at this time!

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I finished Dark Lover by J.R. Ward and it was so good.  I have found another good author thanks to PBS. Will be starting Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz today.

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Finally finished listening to Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. It was terrific, and I highly recommend it.

I'm currently listening to The Chicago Way by Michael Stanley in the car. This is a new to me author, and so far, so good.

I'm reading Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower on my Kindle. I usually don't read books in this genre, but find that I am really enjoying it, and the author writes very well.