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Subject: Happy Fall - It's October - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 10/1/2011 11:20 AM ET
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My October 2011 Reading List:

Finished -

  1. "ONLY YOURS" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #5) (A++) Montana Hendrix has found her calling - working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she's finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right...or maybe Dr. Right? Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can't have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool's Gold, or will he walk away taking her broken heart with him?
  2. "ONLY HIS" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #6) (A++) Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart. Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again...or will their past get in the way?
  3. "RIPTIDE" by Cherry Adair (Cutter Cay #2) (A+++) She's swept into treacherous waters. Princess Bria Visconti has no idea why her brother would lend money to a reckless scavenger like Nick Cutter. He's simply too arrogant, and too handsome, for his own good. But he can't charm his way out of this one. The money her brother invested in Nick's latest treasure hunt is the key to her country's future and Bria plans to make Nick pay up - even if it means climbing aboard his boat and making his life a living hell. He fights the relentless Pull. Nick thinks Bria must be deluded if she thinks he's going to put his treasure hunt on hold for her - princess or not. But when a series of attacks puts his entire crew in grave danger, Nick begins to see Bria in a new light. The princess may be out of her element, but her strength and courage run fathoms deep. Even when their darkest secrets rise to the surface - and their deadliest enemies come after them.
  4. "A FOSTERED LOVE" by Cameron Dane (A+) Christian Sanchez never thought he would see Jonah Roberts again. Foster brothers for a short time as teens, Christian developed a massive crush on Jonah, his tough, older roommate. That all ended when the cops came and arrested Jonah, stealing him from Christian's uncertain world. Jonah never forgot Christian, even though he cut off all contact. He knew the kid with the crush on him would be better off forgetting that Jonah ever existed. While he stayed in contact with his foster mother Marisol, he refused to hear stories about Christian and made her promise never to tell Christian anything about him. Upon her death fifteen years later, Marisol leaves a request that Jonah come home and help Christian renovate her house. Jonah can't refuse, even though he knows he will have to face Christian once again. Neither man will deny Marisol her final request...even if it means facing their past, working together and sharing the room they had as teens. And while they get to know one another now as men, they'll discover that their brief unforgettable friendship has grown into a consuming, abiding love.
  5. "NIGHT WATCH" by Suzanne Brockmann (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #11) (A+) When U.S. Navy SEAL chief Wes Skelly was sent to L.A. on assignment, he agreed to go on a blind date with beautiful single mother Brittany Evans, sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. After all, he had been secretly in love for years, albeit with a woman who belonged to another man. So what did he have to lose? Plenty, it turned out. Because suddenly the woman he'd thought he could never have was available. However, so was Brittany - and not only that, she was in danger. Because of him. He knew he could keep her safe. But why was he increasingly certain that he was the one in danger?
  6. "INSIDE OUT" by Lauren Dane (Brown Siblings #3) (A+++) Worth the wait. Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that nearly left her dead, she has spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she's needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard-won lessons. There hasn't been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it doesn't mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself. Security professional Andrew Copeland isn't quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He's known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she's been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to Ella is different from any attraction he's had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Cope does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self defense. While Ella's sure Cope is just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and he reignites something deep inside her. It isn't long before desire and love turn them both inside out.
  7. "NEVER ENOUGH" by Lauren Dane (Brown Siblings #4) (A+++) All the right notes...Gillian Forrester spent most of her life running from who and what she came from...until Miles came along. The moment she held the tiny newborn her older sister didn't want, Gillian stopped running and began to build a life for herself and her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, as Gillian's sister lies dying, she reveals the father's identity and makes Gillian promise to find him. Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. He's seen and done it all, with few regrets. It takes a lot to shock him - but the bombshell that he has a thirteen-year-old son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up, elegant woman who's raising Miles snags his erotic and romantic attention. The last thing Gillian expected was to find herself getting hot and heavy with a person like Adrian. But as much as she wants to open up and give herself fully to this amazing man, she's afraid the secrets of her past and Adrian's problems with trusting people may keep them apart for good. If love isn't enough, can they find the trust they need?
  8. "DEVLIN & GARRICK" by Cameron Dane (Seeking Redemption) (A++) Devlin Morgan and Gradyn Connell have one thing on their minds when they meet in a bar one Friday night in San Francisco. One explosive encounter in Devlin's motel room is the plan. Only, it turns out that isn't enough for either man. Dinner afterwards followed by a weekend together that stirs more emotions than either Devlin or Gradyn ever expected to feel. Fast forward five years. Devlin has never forgotten Gradyn but he has moved on with his life. That is, until he walks into his sister's workplace and comes face to face with the man from his wild weekend in San Francisco. Except, this man has a new name to go along with a new face and body. And the biggest kick in Devlin's gut? This Garrick Langley person pretends he doesn't know Devlin at all. No way! Devlin wants answers. He won't stop digging until he gets them.
  9. "WHEN YOU DARE" by Lori Foster (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1) (A+++) The tougher they are, the harder they fall...Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped - and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure. Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful estranged father? The ex-fiance who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all.
  10. "PHYSICAL THERAPY" by Z.A. Maxfield (St. Nacho's #2) (A++) When Jordan Jensen moves to St. Macho's he has one goal in mind: start over. He wants to reconnect with best friends Cooper and Shawn yet is uncertain of his welcome. He has the skills to get a job, but isn't sure any prospective employer can get past the time he spent in jail for alcohol-related vehicular homicide. He's past the worst part of his life but knows it will haunt him forever. So Jordan plans a life of quiet service. One thing he knows for sure: finding love is entirely too much to ask. On the first day of his new job, Jordan meets Ken Ashton. Ken has every reason to hate Jordan for his past and only one to seek him out: Ken's baseball career was shattered in a drunk-driving accident. But for some reason he can't explain, Ken needs Jordan's touch and finds healing within Jordan's warmth and strength. Jordan want to give Ken everything his new partner needs. Without entirely understanding it, Ken and Jordan develop a powerful emotional and erotic connection, but Ken must help Jordan find the faith to trust it. Unexpected helps comes from the people of Santo Ignacio - and the town itself - a place where physical therapy can be a path toward spiritual healing and powerful, passionate love.
  11. "DECEPTION" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #2) (A+) Always on the run...Playing the odds has always been Fin Borders' forte. She knows when to get out to keep from losing everything. But an innocent woman has been accused of murder, and to help, Fin will have to go back to the small southern town of her birth. It's a place she's been running from her entire life, a place of violence, where she got by with nothing more than her wits. Returning to Hallden, Georgia, means facing the ghosts of a brutal crime that Fin will never forget - and risking her own life. But Fin isn't the only one in Hallden hunting for a killer. FBI Special Agent Caleb Matthews is deep undercover, hiding his true identity and his own desperate history. Working alone is far too dangerous, so he and Fin must learn to trust each other. But as they grow closer, they are unprepared for the passion that takes hold...and the shocking deception that could destroy everything they hold dear.
  12. "LAID BARE" by Lauren Dane (Brown Siblings #1) (A+++) It's been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn't in the cards just yet. Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough in light of a painful event from Erin's past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd's best Friend, Ben, ends up in their bed - and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?
  13. "TRIAL BY FIRE" by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station Five #1) (A) Meet Lieutenant Howard "Six-Pack" Paxton - one of the handsome, hard-bodied firefighters of Station Five, four-alarm blazes have nothing on him. Howard may love being a fireman and riding his Harley, but there's nothing he values more than his bachelorhood - until a feisty, curvaceous teacher named Kat McKenna falls into his arms at the scene of a blaze and melts the six-foot-six tower of bronze muscle. But just as passion ignites between them and they begin to explore new heights of sexual ecstasy, a ruthless arsonist with a deadly secret and a thirst for vengeance becomes their worst nightmare.
  14. "SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #1) (A++) Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother - a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career - if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too. The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes - and mouth - are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
  15. "NEXT COMES LOVE" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island) (A++) One cop wants her heart, the other wants her dead. Street-smart city girl Erica Corelli spent the three best days of her childhood on Mirabelle Island. Now her sister has disappeared and Erica's on the run with her six-year-old nephew. The boy's father, an abusive Chicago cop, will stop at nothing to get his son back. Erica can only hope this unforgettable island paradise is a safe place to hide. Garrett Taylor, the island's chief of police, takes one look at Erica and thinks, Trouble. The mysterious, sexy kind that disturbs a man's peace and instantly complicates the simple life Garrett came to Mirabelle to find. But no matter how hard he tries, he can't keep his mind - or his hands - off Ms. Couldn't Be More Wrong for Him.
  16. "CAUSING HAVOC" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #1) (A) Sexy, sculpted extreme fighter Dean "Havoc" Conor has knee-melting good looks - and thick skin. But not from his brutal sport's enclosed rings. Orphaned and torn from his sisters as a boy, he has no family. That is, until he gets a letter revealing how much the once-little girls want him back in Harmony, Kentucky. To stop one of his sisters from marrying a man as sleazy as he is wealthy, Dean finds himself teaming up with her pretty-but-smart-mouthed friend Eve - who's heard of "Havoc's" reputation and doesn't need some hunk trampling on her heart. Now all Dean has to do is protect his sisters, win Eve over and expose a devious criminal. And he thought winning the heavyweight cage fighting belt was hard.
  17. "WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE" by Hope Ramsay (Last Chance #1) (A+) Welcome to Last Chance South Carolina, Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here. I've owned the Cut 'n' Curl beauty shop for years and I've seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane - that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she's running from something. She came with only five dollars in her pocket but she's worked real hard to make a fresh start. She's turned my son Clay's life upside down without even realizing it. And thank goodness for that! Ever since Clay left his country western band, he's played everything too safe. He needs to take a chance on Jane. Besides, the more he tries to keep his distance, the more he'll realize that he and Jane are singing the same tune. But I should quit ramblin' and go check on Millie's permanent wave. Next time you're in Last Chance, be sure to swing by. We've got hot rollers, free coffee and the best gossip in town. See you real soon, Ruby Rhodes.
  18. "REMEMBER ME" by Laura Moore (Redwood Trilogy #1) (A+++) A rising star in the modeling world, Margot Radcliffe hasn't forgotten the hurt that sent her running from Rosewood, the beautiful Virginia horse farm where she was raised. Travis Maher, a ruggedly handsome rebel and gifted horse trainer with a hard-knock past, had once captured Margot's heart - only to break it. But when tragedy strikes her family, Margot is forced to set aside her skyrocketing career and return to a place she never expected to see again, where the legs that everyone admires belong to Thoroughbreds, not supermodels. Now Rosewood Farm's success depends on Margot and the only person she can count on for help is the very man who so ruthlessly rejected her love all those years ago. As Margot and Travis enter an uneasy truce to save Rosewood from financial ruin, their wild natures clash and their unresolved passions for each other begin to surge. But can this hard-edged horseman find a way to express his desire for the one woman he's ever loved before she's lost to him forever?
  19. "THE HOMECOMING" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #1) (A+++) Your first love never really fades away. Former Navy SEAL Sax Douchett has returned home to the small coastal town of Shelter Bay, Oregon, determined to put war behind him and get on with his life - which is easier said than done when everyone is hailing the former bad boy as a local hero. Adjusting to a new beginning becomes even more difficult when he unearths a long-buried secret that, in turn, reunites him with a cherished part of his past that he's never forgotten. Drawn back into his life is Sheriff Kara Conway - a girl who always held a special place in Sax's heart. But as he cautiously reconnects with Kara and bonds with her young son, another long-held secret in Shelter Bay threatens their second chance at forever-after love.
  20. "HOMETOWN GIRL" by Mariah Stewart (Chesapeake Diaries #4) (A+) Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her supportive family and friends, she's determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She's equally determined never to fall in love again. For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he's spent years fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he's moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice and he's ready to find the right girl, get married and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke's resolve to go her way alone - despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?
  21. "HOME SWEET HOME" by Bella Riley (Emerald Lake #1) (A) Ten years and two hundred miles. That's what separates Andi Powell from quiet, secluded Emerald Lake - and that's exactly how she likes it. But now her job brings her back to the hometown she's tried so hard to forget and to Nate Duncan, the man she's never been able to Nate once looked at Andi with love in his eyes. But that was before she left him in the dust to pursue her big-city dreams. Now he's the town's ruggedly handsome mayor with the power to break Andi's career like she broke his heart. As the two clash over the future of Emerald Lake, the sparks that fly between them rekindle a passion neither of them can deny.
  22. "NAUTI DECEPTIONS" by Lora Leigh (Nauti Boys #5) (B) Caitlyn "Rogue" Walker left her comfortable life in Boston to become a teacher in the small Southern town of Somerset, Kentucky. But her dream was shattered when she was framed in a sex scandal that was splashed across the internet. Refusing to be run out of town Caitlyn went Rogue. Now years later, Rogue is still stirring up trouble. Sheriff Zeke Mayes knows there's more to her than meets the eye, though what meets the eye is pretty smoking. He's prepared for a long struggle to get Rogue to drop her defenses - and give in to desire. But soon Zeke will become embroiled in a deadly game that will sweep Rogue up in its wake. And when everything seems to be a matter of life and death, there is no reason to hold back.
  23. "THE BACKUP PLAN" by Sherryl Woods (Charleston Trilogy #1) (A+++) It's finally time for Dinah Davis to go home. The world-weary correspondent wants to settle down with the sweet guy she left behind in South Carolina's Low Country. Instead, she's confronted by his black-sheep brother and - despite her longing for serenity - sparks fly. How can she possibly trade her perfectly safe backup plan for a risk-taking guy like Cordell Beaufort after all the dangers she's already faced? But to Dinah's dismay - backup plan or not - her heart has its own ideas.
  24. "TRACE OF FEVER" by Lori Foster (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #2) (A+) Caught in the crossfire of vengeance and desire. Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme - until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge. With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent.
  25. "THE SPARKLING ONE" by Susan Mallery (Marcelli Family #1) (A+) A party planner extraordinaire, Katie Marcelli loves her big boisterous family - even when their chronic matchmaking drives her crazy! In the Marcelli household, fine wine and good food are as celebrated as true love, so when her eighteen-year-old sister announces her engagement, Katie promises her the perfect wedding. There's only one hitch: the father of the groom Zack Stryker, who is adamantly opposed to his son marrying so young. Now, despite her instant attraction to the handsome, arrogant attorney, Katie must approach with caution: Zach, who hired Katie for a major fund-raiser, holds the fate of her business in his hands - and how can she trust a man who is willing to break her sister's heart? It will take a passionate battle of wills to determine if wedding bills will ring for a Marcelli brides and to unlock the deepest desires - for family, love and home - inside a strong-willed man's heart.
  26. "CREED'S HONOR" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #6) (A+) Connor Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle's legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy's life isn't his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother's he's been estranged from for years reenters his life. Connor struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else's dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend.
  27. "THE CREED LEGACY" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #7) (A+) Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his long-estranged twin brother brings him "home" for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory - at thirty-three, he's a restless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other And a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future. Carolyn Simmons is looking for Mr. Right in Lonesome Bend, as the tick tock of her biological clock gets ever louder. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. Until lassoing his wild heart becomes everything both of them need.
  28. "TOUGH CUSTOMER" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD) (A++++) Colleagues, friends and lovers know Dodge Hanley as a private investigator who doesn't let rules get in his way - in his private life as well as his professional one. If he breaks a heart or bends the law in order to catch a criminal, he does so without hesitation or apology. That's why he's the first person Caroline King - who after a thirty-year separation continues to haunt his dreams - asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter...the daughter Dodge has never met. He has a whole haze of grudging excuses for wishing to ignore Caroline's call and one compelling reason to drop everything and fly down to Texas: guilt. Dodge's mind may be a haze of disturbing memories and bad decisions, but he arrives in Houston knowing with perfect clarity that his daughter, Berry, is in danger. She has become the object of desire of a coworker, a madman and genius with a penchant for puzzles and games who has spent the past year making Berry's life hell and who now has vowed to kill her. Dodge joins forces with local deputy sheriff Ski Nyland, but the alarming situation goes from bad to worse when the stalker begins to claim other victims and leaves an ominous trail of clues as he lethally works his way toward Berry. Sensing the killer drawing nearer, Dodge, who's survived vicious criminals and his own self-destructive impulses, realizes that this time he's in for the fight of his life.
  29. "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY'S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK" by Todd Burpo (A+) When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed - a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing his trip to heaven and back. Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during surgery and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in his life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read. With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how "really, really big" God is and how much God loves us.
  30. "SECOND CHANCE" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #5) (A++) Working for Last Chance Rescue, Cole Mathison has been to hell and back. But being responsible for the death of an innocent man is a hell like no other. Longing for redemption, Cole finds himself embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of Keeley Fairchild's young children. Rescuing the children is his mission - but falling in love with the widow of the man he inadvertently killed was never in the plans. When Keeley's life is threatened, Cole's demons must take a backseat to the most important mission of his life. He might never know the heaven of keeley's arms, but he'll never survive the hell of failing to save her.
  31. "LOVER'S BITE" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #2) (A) Once bitten, twice shy. Before she joined Reaper in hunting Gregor's gang of rogue bloodsuckers, privileged princess Topaz was gunning for just one vamp: Jack Heart. The gorgeous con man had charmed his way into her bed, her heart and her bank account, taking her for half a million dollars and vanishing without a word. Now she and Jack - maddeningly attractive as ever - are supposedly on the same side. As Reaper's ragtag outfit scatters, Topaz sets out to solve a mystery that's plagued her all her lives, mortal and immortal: what really happened to her movie-star mother, who died when Topaz was just a baby? With four men claiming to be her father, why has she always been alone? And what stake does Jack have in discovering the truth about her past? Topaz is sure he's up to something - but her suspicions are at war with her desires.
  32. "MEN OUT OF UNIFORM" - "Soul Possession" by Maya Banks (A+) Jessie spends a hot night with two sexy-as-sin detectives, only to be accused of murder the very next day. But when Jessie becomes the target of a serial killer, her two detectives will risk everything to have her back in their arms - and in their bed. "Wanted" by Karin Tabke (A) The bad-boy cop Colin Daniels and the soon-to-be ex-wife of a mob boss. He's been hired to guard her body, but it drives him to distraction instead, putting his career - and his life - on the line. "Taking the Heat" by Sylvia Day (A) It's time for protected witness Layla Creed to come out of hiding and take the stand. Layla has only three days to reconnect with federal marshal Brian Simmons - and to slake the white-hot lust that has simmered between them for years.
  33. "SOMETHING BLUE" by Emily Giffin (Something #2) (A++) Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma. But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the plain-Jane "good girl," steals her fiance, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life...with a baby on the way. Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to re-create her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no long apply. It is only then that she can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness and motherhood.
  34. "TREACHERY IN DEATH" by J.D. Robb (In Death #32) (A++++) Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation. Determined to start working out as hard as she grills suspects, she chooses to do it at the old, rarely used gym at Central. After a grueling workout, she squeezes into one of the narrow shower stalls, happy to have the place to herself. Just after she shuts the water off, the gym door clatters open and while she cringes inside the stall, trying not to make a sound, she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. References are made to delivering product, and a house in the islands and someone named Keener who's supposed to look like an OD. It doesn't take long for a naked and vulnerable Peabody to realize that both officers are crooked - guilty not just of corruption but of murder as well. Fortunately, the two clear out of the locker room without realizing there was a witness. Eve Dallas may have trained Peabody well but this is too dangerous for one person to take on alone. Now Peabody, Eve and her husband, Roarke, must try to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down - knowing all the while that the two have already killed to keep their secret and are no doubt willing to do it again.
  35. "VOICES CARRY" by Mariah Stewart (A) FBI agent Genna Snow's successful career cannot fully erase the heartache of a shattered childhood. After breaking the silence surrounding the abusive acts of a summer camp counselor, a young Genna was abandoned by her family even as justice was being served in the courtroom. Years later, Genna was forced to relive the pain of abandonment when the man she loved, special agent John Mancini, walked out of her life without explanation. Now, having returned from his own private hell, John is determined to win Genna back. Even as she struggles to keep their relationship strictly professional, Genna is selected for a special FBI team led by John, charged with tracking down the person behind a series of seemingly random abductions of young women across the country. But as a terrifying pattern begins to emerge, Genna faces the chilling realization that someone else from her past may be on the way back into her life and that she stands in danger of losing more than just her heart.
  36. "SAVOR THE DANGER" by Lori Foster (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #3) (A+) She may be aloof and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty - with no memory of what happened - he knows he's been drugged...even if Alani doesn't. After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts down a mysterious intruder, he swears he'll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible - or put Alani squarely in harm's way again?

Currently Reading -

  1. "Deadly Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #5)

Currently Listening To -

  1. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "On Thin Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #6)
  2. "Kiss of Midnight" by Lara Adrian
  3. "Two Little Miracles" by Caroline Anderson
  4. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  5. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  6. "Sun Kissed" by Catherine Anderson (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #7)
  7. "Never Too Hot" by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #3)
  8. "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews
  9. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  10. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  11. "No Place to Run" by Maya Banks (KGI #2)
  12. "Track of the Cat" by Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon #1)
  13. "A Place Called Home" by Janet Lee Barton (unabridged Audio CD)
  14. "Witch Fire" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1)
  15. "The Bridge" by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  16. "A Lion Called Christian:The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  17. "Then Comes Baby" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  18. "Breaking the Rules" by Suzanne Brockman (Troubleshooters #16)
  19. "Love's Encore" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  20. "April & Oliver" by Tess Callahan
  21. "Key West" by Stella Cameron (New Orleans PD #1)
  22. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  23. "Mind Tryst" by Robyn Carr
  24. "Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #1)
  25. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  26. "61 Hours" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #14)
  27. "Echo Burning" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #5)
  28. "One Shot" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #9)
  29. "The Affair" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher) (unabridged Audible*)
  30. "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #15)
  31. "Wyoming Winter" by Judy Christenberry (The Randalls)
  32. "Unlawful Contact" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #3)
  33. "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Cruise (Temptation #1)
  34. "Double Play: Ambushed!/High-Caliber Cowboy" by B.J. Daniels
  35. "Dark Deceptions" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #1)
  36. "Desperate Deeds" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #3)
  37. "Give Him the Slip" by Geralyn Dawson (Holy Terrors #1)
  38. "Scarlet Nights" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #3)
  39. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (unabridged Audible*)
  40. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan (San Francisco Dog-Walking Group #1)
  41. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  42. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  43. "The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box/Timepiece/The Letter" by Richard Paul Evans
  44. "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans (Walk #1)
  45. "Dark Celebration" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #11)
  46. "Dark Gold" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #3)
  47. "Murder Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #7)
  48. "Predatory Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #6)
  49. "Ruthless Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #9)
  50. "Street Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #8)
  51. "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" by Fannie Flagg
  52. "Line of Scrimmage" by Marie Force
  53. "Simon Says" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #2)
  54. "The Winston Brothers" by Lori Foster
  55. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible*)
  56. "Jacob" by Jacquelyn Frank (The Nightwalkers #1)
  57. "At Hidden Falls" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #4)
  58. "The Outsider" by Ann H. Gabhart (Harmony Hill #3)
  59. "With No Remorse" by Cindy Gerard
  60. "Hot Wheels and High Heels" by Jane Graves
  61. "Once in a Blue Moon" by Eileen Goudge
  62. "Sacred Evil" by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #3)
  63. "Ape House" by Sara Gruen
  64. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  65. "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
  66. "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah (unnabridged Audio CD)
  67. "One Child" by Torey L. Hayden
  68. "How to Knit a Love Song" by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)
  69. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  70. "Still Waters" by Tami Hoag (abridged Audio CD)
  71. "Magic" by Tami Hoag
  72. "Jubilee" by B.J. Hoff
  73. "Blood Ties" by Kay Hooper (unabridged Audio CD) (Bishop Special Crimes Unit #12) (Blood Trilogy #3)
  74. "A Game of Chance" by Linda Howard (Mackenzies #5)
  75. "Burn" by Linda Howard (unabridged Audio CD)
  76. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  77. "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter (Nantucket Love Story #1)
  78. "Sleep No More" by Greg Iles (Natchez) (unabridged Audio Cassette)
  79. "Tall Dark...Westmoreland" by Brenda Jackson (The Westmorelands #15)
  80. "Devious" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans/Rick Bentz/Reuben Montoya) (unabridged Audio CD)
  81. "Lost Souls" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans #6) (abridged Audio CD)
  82. "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs (Friday Night Knitting Club #2)
  83. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible*)
  84. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  85. "Lying in Wait" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  86. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  87. "Chasing the Night" by Irish Johansen (Eve Duncan)
  88. "Eight Days to Live" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #9)
  89. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek) (unabridged Audio CD)
  90. "At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon (Mitford #1)
  91. "Born to Be Bad: One Bad Night/Bad to the Bone/Captivated by You" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  92. "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury (9/11 #1)
  93. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  94. "Fired Up" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #7) (Dreamlight #1)
  95. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible*)
  96. "Going Cowboy Crazy" by Katie Lane (Deep in the Heart of Texas #1)
  97. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  98. "Mr. Strictly Business" by Day Leclaire (Man of the Month - Mr. February)
  99. "Mr. Paradise" by Elmore Leonard
  100. "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #5)
  101. "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music" by Steve Lopez
  102. "Stone Creek" by Victoria Lustbader
  103. "1105 Yakima Street" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove)
  104. "A Turn in the Road" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street)
  105. "Falling for Gracie" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #2)
  106. "Only Us" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #7) (Kindle)
  107. "Sweet Success" by Susan Mallery
  108. "Code of Honor" by Catherine Mann (Special Operations #1)
  109. "Defender" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #1)
  110. "Cover Me" by Catherine Mann (Elite Force #1)
  111. "Total Rush" by Deirdre Martin (Blades #8)
  112. "A Song for My Mother" by Kat Martin
  113. "Scent of Roses" by Kat Martin
  114. "The Summit" by Kat Martin (Paranormal #2)
  115. "Tall, Dark and Lethal" by Dana Marton
  116. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  117. "A Creed in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #5)
  118. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book #1)
  119. "Princess Annie" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3)
  120. "Ragged Rainbows: Ragged Rainbows/Miracle Baby" by Linda Lael Miller/Janice Kay Johnson
  121. "A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2)
  122. "Spell of the Highlander" by Karen Marie Moning (Highlander #7)
  123. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  124. "Believe in Me" by Laura Moore (Rosewood Trilogy #2)
  125. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  126. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #2)
  127. "The Whisper" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #4)
  128. "Inside" by Brenda Novak (Bulletproof #1)
  129. "Long, Lean and Lethal) by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #2)
  130. "Heart Search" by Robin D. Owens (Heart #10)
  131. "Nelson's Brand/Lonetree Ranchers Colt" by Diana Palmer/Kathie DeNosky
  132. "The 9th Judgment" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  133. "Serendipity" by Carly Phillips (Serendipity #1)
  134. "It Had to be You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  135. "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult
  136. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  137. "Becca's Baby" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1)
  138. "Until There Was You" by Francis Ray (Grayson Family #1)
  139. "Driftless" by David Rhodes
  140. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  141. "Chaos in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death) (unabridged Audible*)
  142. "New York to Dallas" by J.D. Robb (In Death #33) (abridged Audio CD)
  143. "Automatic Proposal" by Kelsey Roberts (Miami Confidential #2)
  144. "Chasing Fire" by Nora Roberts
  145. "Gastion Part 1: The Cost of the Dream" by Caddy Rowland (Gastion #1)
  146. "Lone Star Legacy" by Roxanne Rustand
  147. "Deep in the Heart" by Sharon Sala
  148. "Nine Lives" by Sharon Sala (Cat Dupree #1)
  149. "Superb and Sexy" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #3)
  150. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever
  151. "44 Scotland Street" by Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street #1)
  152. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible*)
  153. "44 Charles Street" by Danielle Steele (unabridged Audio CD)
  154. "Amazing Grace" by Danielle Steel
  155. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  156. "Dead Wrong" by Mariah Stewart (Dead #1)
  157. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  158. "Midnight Caller" by Leslie Tentler (Midnight #1)
  159. "The Hot Flash Club Chills Out" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #4)
  160. "Chasing the Sun" by Kaki Warner
  161. "Open Country" by Kaki Warner
  162. "Certain Girls" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #2)
  163. "Folly Beach" by Karen White
  164. "The Beach Trees" by Karen White
  165. "The River Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #2)
  166. "Addicted to Love" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #3)
  167. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  168. "There Goes the Bride" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #1)
  169. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  170. "Orchid Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  171. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  172. "Beach Lane" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #7)
  173. "Destiny Unleashed" by Sherryl Woods
  174. "Flirting with Disaster" by Sherryl Woods (Charleston Trilogy #2)
  175. "Honeysuckle Summer" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #7)
  176. "Sweet Tea at Sunrise" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #6)
  177. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski

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I'm enjoying a huge diversion by tackling the original Gidget by Frederick Kohner.  It's bitchen!  How'd she get that name?  Simple.  "It's derived by osmosis," Jeff explained.  "A small girl.  Sort of a midget.  A girl midget.  A gidget.  Get it?"

I do!  It's awesome!

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I'll be adding more books to this list as I get time...

Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart --- First in the "Mercy.." series and it was terrific.  Mallory Russo is a smart ex-cop whose been hired to find two missing kids. Charlie Wanamaker is the hunky cop who's helping her. It's going to be a really good series, can't wait to read the next one.

The Return by Dinah McCall --- A really good book. I enjoy all of Dinah McCall/Sharon Sala's  books.

Proof Positive by Phillip Margolin --- As usual, a terrific novel by Margolin.  Lawyers defending 2 different clients, one mentally ill, one a known criminal, both being framed for murder.  A tense plot, well developed... a real page-turner

Courting Trouble by Lisa Scottoline --- I really like Lisa Scottoline. Always a good mystery, well-written with a delightful sense of humor. This is from the Rosato & Associates series. Great book!

Death at Glamis Castle by Robin Paige --- Interesting blend of fact and fiction set in the Victorian era. A nice cozy mystery with lots of interesting facts about England's royal family, some true, some embelished.  

Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik --- I love Lorna Landvik.  Her writing style just flows, like a good conversation.  The characters are so believable...you want them as friends [well, maybe not some of them!!]. Every book I've read by Landvik has been a winner, highly recommend this author.

Taking Chances by Janelle Taylor --- A little bit dated and the writing is a little trite. I guess I have problems with couples who fall in love and into bed in a week's time. Not my favorite book this month.

The Whole Truth by Nancy Pickard ---I really enjoyed this book. It's written in the style of a true crime, but isn't, it's fiction. As The Philadelphia Inquirer writes "An intriguing story, fascinatingly told". Marie Lightfoot is an engaging character...I'll look forward to reading more of her series.

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman --- Another good book by Margaret Truman.  She knew all about the inner workings of Washington, DC and was able to bring her knowledge to her stories. I've read several and have the rest of hers to read.

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs ---  Reichs moves you fast and furious. This is a real page-turner, I can pretty much guarantee you won't want to put it down once you start.

Deadly Grace by Taylor Smith --- This is the second book I've read by Taylor Smith and I must say, they just keep getting better.  This one tells a lot about the French Resistance movement during the Nazi occupation of Paris, but in fictionalized form that I found very informative. That was just a side-bar to the story about a young woman coming to grips with her mother's murder. I highly recommend this book!!

Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney --- A sweet book about love between two people of very different backgrounds and how love can conquer all. Patricia Gaffney always writes a winner. 

Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner --- While I didn't read this book in one sitting [as per cover blurb], it was still an enjoyable read. Weiner has a way of writing that really brings her characters to life plus a quirky sense of humor that I like.

 New authors this month:  Nancy Pickard 


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Currently reading Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

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 Did you like the Susan Mallery series??  I only need the last one then I can start reading it.  I try to get all the books in a series before I start reading. ( my kids say that's dumb mom LOL)

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Currently reading:

  • Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward
  • The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (audio)
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I'm reading The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas and Consider it Done by Julie Subotky.  I hate reading two books at once, but I have a 'home' book and a 'work' book. that way I don't forget one at home/work. :)

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I am reading  have a little faith by Mitch Albom. It is a good book.

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Please Excuse My Daughter by Julie Klam - In the vein of a Jen Lancaster book but not as funny. The writing isnt quite as funny but she also has a lot of bad things happen so it's a more serious book than a JL. It was interesting though and I will look at her other books. 

Whatever Happened To Janie by Caroline Cooney - Now that I know it's a 4 book series I have to finish them all. Good thing they're quick reads. I probably wouldn't have oicked up the first one if I had known it was YA but I'm glad now that I did. Pretty simple plotting and characters but interesting story. 

The Voice On The Radio by Caroline Cooney

What Janie Found by Caroline Cooney

Childhood is Hell by Matt Groening - More old Life Is Hell cartoons, genius

School is Hell by Matt Groening - I wish these were bigger books. I miss Life in Hell. 

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda - Interesting childhood, he went to vaudville instead of school until jr high. He lived more as a child than most of do our whole lives. His adult life wasn't very interesting though, he gave very few details about it. He barely touched on MASH. Left out a while lot of details about his mom, she was a fine, normal mom then all of a sudden she was crackers. Kinda makes you wonder about that process.

Confessions Of A Nervous Shiksa - Eh. Not much happened. It would have been better half as long, too much padding. 

 I didn't get much reading in this month, not sure what the deal was. 


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  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan 
  • Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
  • The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott

Currently Reading

  • The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

Listening To

  • Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner


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Starting: The Dogs of Babel~Carolyn Parkhurst: Loving it!

Finished:Extra Indians~Eric Gansworth: Great story about a Native American soldier who served in Vietnam and the story after all of that. I loved how the story unwound from a quirky beginning premise about the movie "Fargo"  to deeply sad and serious issues of questioning parentage and conditions for returning veterans. *This My best of October choice in "what is your best book of the month" thread  (check it out in Hidden Gems)

still reading:Zuckerman Bound~ Philip Roth: This is Roth at his funniest, so dense but great stuff about writing and the perceived obligations that go with writing,or so he thinks.

Next: Run~Ann Patchett,

And I want to start on my civil war reading series with either Widow of the South or Cold Mountain, it's interesting that "The Help" inspired my reading toward this subject: I was struck at the wierdness of how one of the characters in there still seemed to think that slavery is still on!!!! I am sickened but really curious about that kind of mindset. 

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Currently reading The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg.

Listening to Dreams of Joy  in the car. I love Lisa See, but I don't know how much longer I can stand Joy. I want to smack her across the face. This will likely be a DNF for me.

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I've been reading the series by author Deborah Crombie.  found out about her when i went in a little bookshop in McKinney, TX and they had a flyer on the "local author".

She writes the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels, set in England.  she gets marvelous reviews, and is spot on with authenticity.  She lives here in North Texas, but travels to England to live and research part of every year.

She is a master of characterization and dialogue, and sets her characters in real-life places, often complete with maps.  She's wonderful. Try a book or two!


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Vivian - I just put Dreams of Joy on my iPod, sorry to hear that, I will give it a try but I have no problem moving on if I am not enjoying them these days.

Debra - on the slavery issue, you should read Same Kind of Different as Me; it touches on current day slavery like conditions that I saw growing up in rural NC.

I finished Ape House on audio over the weekend – blech – but I did finish it.  And I finished Grave Goods, which was great.  I plan to read Princess Academy for a discussion with my daughter, hope to start that today.  And I am working my way through Children Playing before a Statue of Hercules, which is a book of short stories collected by David Sedaris.

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Finished reading the very disappointing The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg.

Currently reading Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates.

Gave up on Dreams of Joy. May return to it at a later date. Way later.

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Just finished Land Girls by Angela Huth that I very much enjoyed. 

Also read Mrs Kimble (forget the author's name)... it was okay.

Cutting for Stone was excellent but hard to get into. Well worth the read, though, and one of the better books I've read in a while.

Up next is Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas... looks interesting.

Waiting in the wings is: My Name is Memory by the women who wrote the Traveling Pants Series. Comes recommended by daughter and I don't think it is a youth book but maybe.

Also looking forward to reading: The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.

And for book club I have to read: When a Heart Turns Rock Solid by Timothy Black

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Just finished

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward - Wow what a series!  I can't imagine finding another series so addicting anytime soon.
  • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (audio) - My second book by this author  (who happens to live in my town) - very enjoyable love story with a dash of the supernatural

Currently reading

  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (audio) - another solid book that lightly mixes romance and magic
  • Working Stiff by Annalise Ryan - I started this book a couple of months ago but then another series usurped it - back to it now and enjoying it very much - humorous cozy mystery.
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (audio) - read this a couple years ago, thought it was worth another go.  5 stars!
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris - skimming parts of this as I read other things

Up Next:

  • The Fallen Angels series by J.R. Ward.  I hope this will be even half as great as the BDB series.  Sadly I'm on my library's waiting list for at least 6 weeks.  I may break down and buy it.