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Subject: OMG -- I just read a great book!
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 3:40 PM ET
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what do you think about having this as a kind of an ongoing thread where we post books we have just finished and absolutely love and highly recommend.  I haven't felt like this over a book in a long, long time.  It's Kiss an Angel by SEP.  It was adorable and just perfect.  I would have done nothing differently!

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 3:54 PM ET
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I just read Honey Moon by SEP and enjoyed it. 

My ultimate favorite of hers is Ain't She Sweet.  I think I have read that book THREE times this year.  The characters are so vivid and apealing, even though flawed.

I haven't read Kiss and Angel yet, but I am prompted now to do so :  )



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Date Posted: 1/29/2009 3:58 PM ET
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Oh, Lita -- do it.  I promise you'll love it!

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 4:13 PM ET
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TO KISS AN ANGEL is probably my most favorite SEP, well maybe a toss-up between it and HEAVEN, TEXAS but they're so different you can't compare. But ANGEL is one fantastic book; like you, Monica, I don't think I'd change anything about it. Man, now I'm getting the urge to reread it again. I love, love, love that book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(and I think this being an ongoing thread is a great idea)

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 4:21 PM ET
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Interesting!!!!   I like Kiss an Angel and First Lady ( because I thought the kids were really funny)  but my favorite SEP book is Match Me If You Can.  I just loved the secondary characters and the Hero.

 

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 4:46 PM ET
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SEP was my favorite author six or seven years ago when I really got into romance again.  I can hardly remember all of those books now, but I still have all of them.  I guess I should read some of them again.

I just remember thinking that Nobody's Baby But Mine was my favorite because I remember laughing my butt off through the whole thing.  I know I also loaned that book to several other people to read. 

 

ETA:  I'm also not sure what constitutes a great book anymore.  I read Blue Eyed Devil and remember being extremely emotionally affected by it.  I couldn't quit thinking about it for a week or two after reading it.  Does that make a book really great? 



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Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:17 PM ET
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That's an interesting comment, Kimberly - what constitutes a great book anymore. Sometimes it's just a chapter or a paragraph or a scene that will make or break a book for me, have put books on my keeper shelf for some very simple reasons. Some books don't stand the test of time, if I reread a particular book I'll wonder why I ever kept it. Other books DO age well and I enjoy them as much the 4th or 5th time as I did the first. I've read LORD OF SCOUNDRELS twelve times so far and love it every single time; same with Howard's DUNCAN'S BRIDE. It isn't easy to explain why some books affect us as much as they do and others, that we may have enjoyed a lot, don't become favorites or keepers.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:23 PM ET
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FIRST LADY was a big surprise to me. I had it on a bookshelf for a long time before I finally read it. SEP has been an auto-buy author for me for years so I bought FL by habit but I didn't think it would be as good as it was. The kids were great, but then I like books with kids in them. All this talk about Phillips has me wanting to start doing some rereading. BTW, I requested her new book from the library and it's in but we've had such nasty weather here that I won't be able to get there til Saturday - I'll definitely be starting that one on the weekend.

 

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:25 PM ET
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Kiss An Angel is one of my favorites. I have all the SEP books on audio now except Glitter Baby (just got the book last week) - Anna Fields was such a great narrator that I'm afraid I'm spoiled, and I'm not enjoying her new book What I Did For Love as much. The narrator just doesn't hold a candle to Anna Fields... I might have to get the book and read it because it seems like it's pretty good, except the narrator is reading it so seriously and not at all with humor and tongue in cheek like Anna Fields did the others. I'm actually in the middle of a Chicago Stars relisten marathon (I've listened to them all at least 3 times).

Last time I felt like "OMG What a great book!" was Linda Howard's To Die For - I think I laughed out loud the entire time. I have that in book form, not audio.

So, back to Kiss An Angel - sometimes I see people post that they feel Alex was so mean to Daisy, yet I felt his actions were completely justified the whole time, given what he knew about her. And their circus act - the first time - man, what a great scene!! Yep, loved it!

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 6:55 PM ET
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I can't believe you mentioned Lord of Scoundrels, Gail.  That is one of my very very very favorites!  I reread it 5 times before I could post it because I couldn't keep it to myself.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 7:26 PM ET
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The only author I have never really grown tired of reading is Jane Austen, but then she only wrote a few books :-)   These days, authors are cranking out the books to the point that they become repetitive.



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Date Posted: 1/29/2009 8:26 PM ET
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I just finished Get A Clue by Jill Shalvis and it went right to my keeper shelf.  I thought the mystery aspect was kind of weak, but the book was really funny (and more than a little steamy). 

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:38 PM ET
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So, back to Kiss An Angel - sometimes I see people post that they feel Alex was so mean to Daisy, yet I felt his actions were completely justified the whole time, given what he knew about her.

I agree Melinda.  He was mean to her but that was his character and he stayed true to it the whole time (and makes up for it, I might add as he grows to love her).   That's one thing I hate when a character suddenly changes mid book.  This guy was mean and mysterious and tall dark & handsome, etc, etc.  He was the best hero I've read in a long, long time.

And I just looked up Jill Shalvis who I never heard of.   Get a Clue sounds great!

Angie -
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 10:42 PM ET
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I love love LOVE Kiss an Angel. That and This Heart of Mine are my absolute favorites by her. I liked her newest one, too, but it just couldn't top either of those.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 10:52 PM ET
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Match Me if You Can and Kiss an Angel are my two favs. Love, love them!

I love SEP, but I can't read her books back to back, because some of the C.Stars books get repetitive to me.

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 9:59 AM ET
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gosh don't know if I have Kiss an Angel or not...sounds familiar but I glommed a bunch of hers way back when then burned out on her..the only one of hers I remember actually liking was  Nobody's Baby But Mine or something like that w here she messed with the guy's cereal..the one after that about the televangelist's widow was sad(at the time at least) with the guy treating her like crappola

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 11:24 AM ET
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I just read What a Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty - and i looooooved it!

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 12:42 PM ET
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ok, I found Kiss an Angel! it was one of my older purchases at ubs so it was upstairs on another shelf. found a couple others by her as well.

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 2:26 PM ET
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I've had Kiss an Angel on my TBR forever.  I guess its time to dust it off.  My favourites by her are First Lady and Breathing Room.

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 2:08 AM ET
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Out of all SEP books, Kiss An Angel was one I definitely went out and bought after reading it from the library!  That is the only one I really felt changed by after reading it.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 11:22 PM ET
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Match Me if You Can and This Heart of Mine are my 2 favorites by SEP. Honestly though, there are only a couple I didn't care for. Kiss an Angel is a great one though. What makes SEP so great to me is that love them or hate them, by the time your done your emotionally involved with the characters.

I was also really suprised I liked First Lady. I got it at a yard sale for a quarter and it was in the TBR pile for months!

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 11:43 PM ET
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Nobody's Baby But Mine or something like that w here she messed with the guy's cereal

LOL, it makes me laugh just thinking about that scene.  She's a 'cereal killer'  :-D

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 12:30 AM ET
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I just read What a Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty - and i looooooved it!

I have to second Julia's sentiment.  This book was great.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 10:27 AM ET
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Just finished First Lady by SEP....... What a great book!    She is really a great writer--and the story had children in it but they were soooo cute.  You couldn't not love them.



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Date Posted: 2/9/2009 11:02 AM ET
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Well Monica wrecked my sleep last night.  I checked out SEP's "To Kiss and Angel" from the library and made the mistake of taking it to bed to read for "a little while" before I went to sleep.  MISTAKE!

I absolutely loved it and stayed up to 2:30am to finish it.  I am definitely going to get a copy for my shelf. 

Even though I might fall asleep today at my desk, thanks so much for the recommendation.

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