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Subject: What are we reading? 10/12 - 10/18
Date Posted: 10/12/2008 9:18 AM ET
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Brand new week!

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 9:19 AM ET
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I read some of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig before bed..got a little over 1/4 through it. It's pretty good..enough that it kept my interest but not so good I couldn't put it down..not sure what to expect with this series  and think I've already figured out who the 'pink carnation' is/was but the characters are pretty interesting I think so oh well I may stick with it and see how it goes.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 2:01 PM ET
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Reading Lawless by Diana Palmer, which is considerably less annoying than usual.

Subject: reposting because I was in last week's thread!
Date Posted: 10/12/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Susanna,

I didn't see any one answer your questions about the Willig books. As someone who doesn't like suspense, her books are not very suspenseful at all. The 'mystery' plot really just provides a backdrop - its all about the romance. Also, the narrative is "set" in contemporary times in that the narrator finds letters from the historical times and then we all get swept into the historical part of the story. Honestly, for the first 2 books or so, I didn't care much what happened in the contemporary part of the story, and always wanted the author to get back to the historical plot. It's usually like 4-5 chapters historical, then 1 chapter modern, then back to 4-5 chapters historical. The first book is more heavily modern though since she has to set up so much of the backbone of the series. I'm not one for series books but I've really enjoyed this series. Hopefully you'll make it past the hump of the first book!

I finished Lost Duke of Wyndham and really liked it. I just got Mr. Cavendish but I think I want to hold off on reading it for a bit. So I started Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him - supposedly it's chick lit but I don't think so. That's not to say it's not interesting, kinda, but it's not what I was expecting. So I picked up a YA book this morning and should be done with it by the end of the day (if I read and don't do any of the work I need to do, that is!).

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 3:08 PM ET
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Hard Eight and To The Nines by, Janet Evanovich

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Someone new must be buying books at my library -- Checked out Red Hot and Royal by Suzanne Carr -- Adequate - not one I would run out a read... also

Also at the library -- Just for Her by Katherine O'Neal -- Interesting story w. a twist. Starts out with a decent sex scene however the rest of the book was all story and innuendo -- Not a torrid story -- So though I was excited that both were in the new book section -- the stories themselves were not too great -- Defnitely liked the second one more than the first. Both new authors for me.

Also have a trade size book I just started that I got at Borders for 2.99 -- Enticed by Kathleen Dante - never read her before -- just read the first few pages but seems pretty interesting -- a typical black ops kind of hero with a blind artist heroine who has second sight.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Patricia = I read the first in that series - Entangled by Kathleen Dante  = very hot!  I have Enticed as well in Mt. TBR.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Susan J,

I don't see Entangled in the system. Maybe I splelled it wrogn.  LOL

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 5:11 PM ET
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Dawn - here's the link http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780425212752-Entangled

It's WLed.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 5:21 PM ET
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I am halfway through the third Grace Valley book- these are really fast reads!  I just started the first one early last week, and I'm hoping to finish the series today.  I like them a lot- I still like VR a bit more, but have really enjoyed these.

Next I think I will start Highland Knight by Cindy Miles, as it is WLed so I want to get it read and out the door.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 5:37 PM ET
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I having been doing too much reading and just finished my 2nd book for the month, Portrait in Death by JD Robb. It was very, very good and very emotionally driven,  IMO. I'm getting ready to start reading Alien Overnight by Robin L. Rotham.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:11 PM ET
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Thank you Susan J,  I put it on my W/L  

:)  Dawn da nut

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:12 PM ET
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I'm reading Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:35 PM ET
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I'm slogging through Jude Deveraux's Twin of Fire - finished the companion, Twin of Ice a couple of days ago. Deveraux is truly a hit or miss author for me - love some, hate some. This one is really annoying me so I am not sure why I feel compelled to finish it... It's like Lost Duke/Cavendish, 2 stories happening simultaneously. (I liked Cavendish, found Lost Duke just ok.)

Also listening to Dead Until Dark on ipod - it's my first foray into Sookie Stackhouse territory, so far so good.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:43 PM ET
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I'm In No Mood For Love by Rachel Gibson was more chic-lit then romance, IMHO.  I dont know if its just me, but I've found her books to always start off with a bang, then kinda fizzle off where when you're done, you're pretty much left feeling unsatisfied.  Same case here with this book.  What a fantastic start though, I especially loved the scenes of her finding her fiance's being ridden by the repairman (another man) in their closet.  Can you just imagine this scenario?  ROFL.....  Romance part of the story didn't kick off until pg 200, and it was kinda lukewarm at that, then it all kinda wrapped up too fast and too easily.  Not a bad book, it was actually cute, but again, as a romance novel fan, this book, although kept me laughing most of the time, it didn't leave me feeling, well... glowy/smily..whatever that feeling is called when you've just finished a great romance book.  This didnt have it.

I am grabbing Brave Heart by Lindsay McKenna next, a new author for me.



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Date Posted: 10/12/2008 7:08 PM ET
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I finished Private SWAT Takeover and it wasn't as cheesy as it sounded. LOL  It wasn't bad, except that they fell madly in love in just 4 days - a little too quick for me, although I realize this is a Harlequin.

Willa - I've got Lawless in my TBR pile....let me know how you like it.

Next up I'm reading a book called Two Alone by Sandra Brown.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 8:13 PM ET
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thanks Jillian! I made it far enough til it zipped back to the present then back again..they just arrived at her brother's house and found a wounded man in one of the rooms. I'll give it a bit  more time and see though it seems pretty good so far.

Sherri good to know that SWAT book isn't so cheesey.>I think it's on my wishlist and I've been debating taking it off ..just can't seem to decide LOL!

guess I'll read more of 'the secret history of the pink carnation' when I get ready for bed..wanted to try staying up late tonight since I need to sleep durin the day tomorrow but I'm tired already.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 10:04 PM ET
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Yeah Tina, I wish Rachel Gibson would take out a loan and buy a new book ending already! :-P

Lawless was pretty good as Diana Palmer goes... I have a real love/hate relationship with her books. I wouldn't say it was a favorite, but it didn't make me want to kill her, either. ;-)

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 12:18 AM ET
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Started reading Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and it has me cracking up and I'm only about 40 pages in. So far we have this professor pretending to be a hooker for this football player. She has no clue how to act like a hooker, and the football player isn't really interested in having a hooker (his friends set it up). He tells her to get started on the foreplay, show him her stuff so she asks him to put music on. What does he put in? Flight of the Bumblebee! I about died laughing.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 12:30 AM ET
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LOL--Sarah, thanks for reminding me about that!  I really love SEP, and sometimes I forget how funny her books really are!

Just finished Shiloh Walker's Her Wildest Dreams--it was a pretty good story (a cop falls for his best friend's mousy younger sister--I tend to like that set-up), and they spend a ton of time in bed (or sometimes, not in bed...)

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 7:39 AM ET
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that's the first book of hers I read Sarah! There are funny scenes throughout, esp with the cereal later on! I *think* it 's this same book...I got burned out on her though..I had only read nora roberts and I think maybe one other author up til then and someone at ubs recommended I read one of her books and that's the one she recommended.

I read more of 'The secret history of the pink carnation'..it's good but a lot of characters to keep straight and hard to figure out who's on which side (england/ france) and I'm lousy with history!

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 9:50 AM ET
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I started Charming the Highlander by Janet Chapman and can't believe that I wait so long to read it.  I am really liking it.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 2:14 PM ET
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This is my first time reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips too. I am enjoying it very much, probably too much. The heroine just picked all the marshmallows out of the hero's beloved boxes of Lucky Charms and he was so furious he compared her to the Boston Strangler and the Son of Sam...a cereal killer! lol!

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 4:13 PM ET
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Susanna - The cereal scene is from that book, and it is one of my favorite scenes from SEP!   

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 6:22 PM ET
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I too love SEP! I finished Before the Scandal by Enoch and I liked it, can't wait to read the next one! Now, I'm reading Natural Born Charmer by SEP.

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