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Subject: The view from Mount TBR...
Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:25 PM ET
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Thought I'd start a thread for posting what's on everyone's TBR mountain and post some of the highlights from mine - it's too big to put them all in there & some aren't on there anyway:P  These we can just copy and paste in though, so it should be much easier than the keeper list & not too much trouble.  If anybody has read any of these and really liked or hated them, I'm interested in knowing.

In alphabetical order by author:

The Smoke Thief
The Dream Thief
  and Intimate Enemies by Shana Abe

The Marriage Lesson, The Prince's Bride,  The Husband List (Effington Family, Bk 2)What a Lady Wants (Last Man Standing, #2) by Victoria Alexander

Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan, No 2)  by Catherine Anderson

Tangled, Simply LoveSimply Unforgettable, and Simply Magic 
by Mary Balogh

Brazen Angel by Elizabeth Boyle

His Lady Bride: Brothers in Arms, His Rebel Bride: Brothers in Arms (Brothers in Arms), His Stolen Bride: Brothers in Arms, One Wicked Night (Zebra Splendor Historical Romances) and Strictly Forbidden (Zebra Historical Romance) by Shelley Bradley

Forbidden, and Letters to Kelly by Suzanne Brockmann

Bewitching the Baron (Heartspell), The Changeling Bride, Come To Me, Dream Of Me, George & the Virgin, Of Midnight Born, The Wildest Shore by Lisa Cach

The Lord Next Door and The Viscount in Her Bedroom by Gayle Callen

Claiming the Courtesan and Untouched by Anna Campbell

Never Deceive a Duke, Never Lie to a Lady, and No True Gentleman (Sonnet Books)  by Liz Carlyle

Confessions at Midnight by Jacquie D'Alessandro

Move Heaven and Earth (Harper Monogram) by Christina Dodd

The Light in the Darkness by Ellen Fisher

The Pirate Prince by Gaelen Foley

To Have and to Hold (Topaz Historical Romances) and To Love to Cherish (Topaz Historical Romances) by Patricia Gaffney

Kilgannon  The Wild Rose of Kilgannon  and The Legend by Kathleen Givens

How to Treat a Lady (St. John Brothers),  To Catch a Highlander  by Karen Hawkins

My Devilish Scotsman (Macdonell Brides Trilogy), My Shadow Warrior, and My Wicked Highlander (The Macdonell Brides Trilogy) by Jen Holling

Beauty and the Beast by Hannah Howell

Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter

Blaze, Brazen, Forbidden, Pure Sin, Seduction In Mind, Sinful, Tempting, To Please a Lady, and Wicked by Susan Johnson

High Energy and High Intensity by Dara Joy

No Greater Love and The Sound of Snow by Katherine Kingsley

Autumn Lover, Enchanted, Winter Fire  by Elizabeth Lowell

Chase the Heart, Lady Reluctant, Rage to Love, Silver Lining
The Promise of Jenny Jones, A Stranger's Wife, I Do, I Do, I Do by Maggie Osborne

Lord of Seduction, Lord of Desire, Lord of Temptation, and Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn

The Wicked Lover by Julia Ross

Heart Of The Dragon (Atlantis Series, Bk 1) by Gena Showalter

Elusive Passion and A Game of Scandal by Kathryn Smith

Keeper of the Dream, Once in a Blue Moon, and  A Wild Yearning, by Penelope Williamson

And books 1-5 of the Outlander series

And just FYI - this only took me about 20 mins..:)



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Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:30 PM ET
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Kim -- IMHO, I'd start with Outlander, immediately.  I also love everything on your Maggie Osborne list except The Promise of Jenny Jones.  (I don't know, it just didn't grab me).

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:36 PM ET
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There are just too many to list....  I'm so overwhelmed by it that I can't even post a partial list without making myself crazy, lol!  I'm trying to read some of the WL ones first so I can get them reposted.

When I joined PBS in October I had 0 books in my TBR.  Now I easily have 200+, plus another 200+ on my reminder list that I need to get and read, plus my WL which is at 200.  It's really kind of intimidating.  I want to stop, but I just can't.  :-)

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:38 PM ET
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I love Gena Showalter!

 

and mine is way too big to list, even to list a few. i wouldn't know where to start lol

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:38 PM ET
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Wow! That is quite a highlight list. lol

I loved Heart of the Dragon by Showalter. I really like her books.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:39 PM ET
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*looks over list*

lots of good books there. I dont see anything I really hated altho the hero in WHAT A LADY WANTS is pretty shallow. . . even by VA's shallow standards

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 12:44 PM ET
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If you want some fun, sexy contemporary - go for the 2 Dara Joy books!!!!!

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 1:26 PM ET
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I second the Outlander nomination, especially books 1-3. I read the first 2 Kathleen Givens books on your list. I especially enjoyed Kilgannon.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 1:35 PM ET
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I would read Outlander by Gabaldon first.  You won't be sorry.  Kim, you know that I really really like Marsha Canham.  Now with that being said, “I love Diana Gabaldon"..  :)   I put off reading these books for almost a year.  When I finally picked up Outlander I was kicking myself for waiting so long to read it.  I read the first four books back to back and LOVED it.  I took a break for about 8 months before I went back and starting reading her again.  I just needed a break.  The Fiery Cross was slower but, I think I needed the break to appreciate this book.  I am waiting to read the last one because I wanted to space it out, because her next book in this series doesn't come out until next year.

 

Now, go read it.  :P

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 1:49 PM ET
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I recently read Phantom Waltz. I don't usually go for contemporary romance but my friend gave me the first in the series Baby Love and I really liked it. Anywho Phantom waltz  was up there on the Cheese factor for me.  Ryan was too nice and understanding for me. Though it was interesting to see a paraplegic in a romance. Just didn't do it for me.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 1:53 PM ET
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Well, the first thing I'm reading is Dance by Judy Cuevas - and not just because it's yours, Sherron.  I've wanted to read this one and Bliss forever:P  And OT - I missed buying a copy of Bliss on ebay the other night by like 10 seconds.  I forgot I wasn't logged in when I posted my bid... and it went for 10 bucks:(  I'm still putzing my way through the last part of The Pirate Lord right now too.  It's not bad, btw, but it's so predictable, I'm moving a little slow with finishing it.  I'll try to go to Outlander after that.  I need to just get it out of my head that I have to read them all in a row:P

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Kim,

I'd also start with book 1 of Outlander.  You'll get sucked into "outlander world" and probably want to devour the rest of the series in short order.  Despite the huge length, they're for the most part page-turners (at least for me). 

The only other one I've read is Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell.  It was OK., but some readers may take objection to some of the scenes in it.  Quite dark and disturbing in parts with a VERY tortured hero, and definitely bittersweet.  I'd rate it B or C overall, depending on your tolerance for Angst.  I liked it enough to want to read Untouched, which is also on my TBR. 

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 2:26 PM ET
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i have a question about Outlander.

i'd had this recommended to me from a book club member before i joined PBS, and i keep reading about it here.  i've looked at it, and from the back cover it didn't look at all like something i'd enjoy.  (and right now, i don't even remember what it was - just that it was awfully long for something that didn't look that interesting to me to start with.)

so my question for the people who liked it - did it already sound like the kind of thing you'd enjoy?  or has someone who didn't like the general idea of the story enjoyed it?

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 2:39 PM ET
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Ellen F

 

Normally, OUTLANDER is not a book I would enjoy. I dont like Scottish settings and I dont like time travel but I did enjoy OUTLANDER as well as book 2 and 3. I stopped after that because I hate never ending serials and I just felt it was getting sadder and sadder and i was already sad enough. I prefer to think of Jamie and Claire with a HEA in my mind.

Gabaldon is a pretty amazing storyteller (even if she is meandering).

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 4:11 PM ET
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Gaffney, Gaffney, Gaffney!

And The Smoke Thief is great. And I adore Dream of Me by Lisa Cach.

The Gayle Cullen books are really dull, IMO. And the Balogh's not her best, though still worth reading.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 4:35 PM ET
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Not to hijack, but is it Jamie and Claire's story  in the first book and then other characters stories in each of the next books?  Or is the whole series just about them?  I have these books in my TBR too...and I have to admit I've been apprehensive about reading them, even though I know I'm going to love them.  It's just that I'm rarely ever able to sit and read without interruptions and I feel like these books deserve every bit of my attention.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 4:49 PM ET
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Have to agree that Gayle Callan is bland. . . as are most of the midlist Avon authors but people seem to like that.

I think I am like one of two people in the whole world who loved the over the top melodrama of Balogh's TANGLED.

 

I think the best novel on the whole list is probably THE WICKED LOVER by Ross.

 

 

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 6:12 PM ET
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Ellen -- My girlfriend forced me to read Outlander.  I swore I was not interested in any time travel mumbo jumbo.  At first the book was slow and I threatened to throw it back at her, but she again forced me to keep turning the page.  Boy, was I glad I did :)

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 6:55 PM ET
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Your list if full of authors I've not read yet, so I would LOVE to see you review all those books -- how's that for adding stress to  the Mount!  Outlander, I think, is a book - series - like no other.  A zillion other great books and great series are out there -- but she did it the best.  I've not read the last two, ashamedly, because I'm afraid.  I just know bad things are going to happen, and I want to think of them happy together.  What a dork I am!



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Date Posted: 3/28/2008 7:04 PM ET
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Re some of the Outlander questions, Outlander is one of the most compelling stories I have ever read. I've read the book 3 times and I've listened to the audio book 3 or 4 times. I just never tire of the story.

It's a beautiful love story told very well. The author manages to pull off some difficult themes: adultry, for instance.

The entire series centers around Jamie and Claire. I imagine it will end with book #7, which is due out in 2009.

Meanwhile, Gabaldon is also developing the character of Lord John - seen from time to time in the Outlander series starting with Dragonfly in Amber. Lord John now has his own series. Personally, I think it gets better with each book. (Book #1 kinda stunk, but perhaps it was my high expectations knowing the author.)

 

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 8:00 PM ET
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Kim,

I really liked the Smoke Thief but thought the series fell flat after that book.

I am a huge fan of the Coulter/Kendrick/Harrigan books by Catherine Anderson.  Yes they can be a bit cheezy at times, but they are always my feel good books.

I don't think you can go wrong with anything by Dara Joy.  Even if she did win the prize for the worst romance title ever =P  The characters of Zanita and Tiber in the two books on your list are two of the most mismatched and perfect for each other people I have ever seen in  a romance book. LOL

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 8:23 PM ET
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I read half of the first Outlander series (yes half, meaning 400 pages of it ) then I got bored and got rid of it. I have no wish to finish it. The more I learn about the series the happier I am I didn't read it. That's just me though.... it was my kind of book...I love scottish men and anything with paranormal/time travel/sci fi. This one just didn't do it.

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Kim, let me know what you think of Dance by Cuevas?  Heart of the Dragon was just alright for me.  I probably won't read the next one in the series.  It was my first paranormal book and just not my thing.   I liked Kilgannon and The Wild Rose of Kilgannon and now have those as keepers.  I have read all four of the Paula Quinn's books and also like those.  I really really like that time period.  :)  Also read Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell.  I don't remember much about it except that I liked it at the time.  Keeper of the Dream was wonderful and is also a keeper for me.  I love those Highlanders.  :P

 

Claudia, I agree you do get sucked into the "Outlander World" and don't want to leave it.  The series is absolutely page turners for me also. 

Ellen, Outlander for me is not a book that I thought I would like.   I read the back and put in my TBR pile for a very long time.   One day I just decided to give it a try.  It was slow at first for me until she went back into time (page 50 in my book) and then watch out.   Don't let the size of the book scare you away like it did me for awhile.  When I finished Outlander I was soooo glad that I had the next one on hand.  :)

 

Amy, The whole series is about them but, many other additional characters (family and friends) and their lives.  Read it, read it!!!  LOL

 
 
Date Posted: 3/28/2008 10:08 PM ET
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Heather H - yeah for another lover of Zanita and Tiber in those Dara Joy books!  I keep hoping she writes a 3rd one about them but no luck so far.  I might just have to break out my copies and reread them.  Tiber is just so sexy!

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 10:12 PM ET
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Susan,

I agree that Tiber is verrrrrry sexy!  Who knew that a geek could look that good, and act that funny?  And don't forget his fellow "shipmate"  and .....the CAT!!! LOL

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