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Subject: What are we reading? 10/26 - 11/01, 2008
Date Posted: 10/26/2008 7:27 AM ET
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Another week already!

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 7:31 AM ET
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I"m still reading 'The Stranger in Her Bed' by Janet Chapman..I know I should be ashamed to work night shift and not finish..I was just tired and by the time I got rid of that headache enough to read it was almost time to go then we were busy. I have a few more things to do before sleeping but I plan on finishing it before going to sleep unless I just completely crash. parents are coming down and i'm working day shift tomorrow so not sure how much readig I'll get done today/tonight..if boss doesn't show up tomorrow I'll sneak in some reading at work LOL..he leaves at 3 anyways.

I'm trying to decide what to read next..thinking more Janet Chapman but also leaning towards 'Trial by Fire' by Jo Davis but since that's probably got some 'scary' stuff with an arsonist and I'm burning candles now I might read 'undead and unemployed' by maryjanice davidson for a change of pace and see if this series is gonna do anything for me...the first one was ok but I wasn't expecting what it was so wasn't prepared.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 7:40 AM ET
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Trial By Fire was good, Susanna, and I don't remember it being that scary- but it was a little gruesome at times.

eta- I'm picking up A Wallflower Christmas next, then maybe Mine Til Midnight also by Kleypas.



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Date Posted: 10/26/2008 10:47 AM ET
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I'm reading TAKE NO PRISONERS by Cindy Gerard. WOW, this book is fantastic. She has 3 coming out in a row. Last month it was SHOW NO MERCY and the third WHISPER NO LIES will be coming out at the end of December. I have never read any books by Cindy until last month. She is now on my auto-buy list. I found all 6 of the Bodyguard series on eBay and snatched up those puppies but quick. Have a good Sunday everyone.
Date Posted: 10/26/2008 10:53 AM ET
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I finished up The Secret by Julie Garwood, which was really good. I think I liked The Wedding better, but this one was still really good. Only thing that bothers me about her books is that her heroines seem to be almost too-perfect (at least in the one's I have read). If she made them any sweeter I think my teeth would rot  :P

Now I've started Chill Factor by Sandra Brown. I was in the mood for something a little different. This one is a thriller - not sure how much romance is involved.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I am reading To Die For by Linda Howard.  It is a hilarious. 

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 11:14 AM ET
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I was cracking up the entire time reading To Die For. Howard has a sequel to that book, with the same characters, called Drop Dead Gorgeous - I haven't read it yet, but it is in my TBR.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 1:07 PM ET
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I found Drop Dead Gorgeous in the car yesterday..yep on the floorboard in the back..

I finished 'The Stranger in Her Bed' by Janet Chapman. It was pretty good but a tearjerker near the end though I sorta had an inkling that what happened would happen.

I'm still SO tired but went ahead and got outta bed when I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep..need to be able to sleep tonight though just because I stay awake the rest of the day today doesn't mean I can sleep tonight...

I may do some reading til my parents get here but still trying to wake up.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 1:15 PM ET
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Oh, I LOVED To Die For!  I didn't quite like the Drop Dead Gorgeous though. But then again, I am really not a fan of sequels. :)

Every time I grab a Diana Palmer book (3 so far), I am unable to finish it.  Not because of the abusive hero or the way the book is written,  I just can't stand the heroines in her romance novels.   I am actually one of those people who can tolerate super alpha, abusive cavemens in a romance, "if" they're well matched with a great heroine.  I actually have The Conquer by Brenda Joyce in my keeper shelf, that should tell you abusive heros don't bother me ( I hate cheating but for some reason I could tolerate it in this book).   When a jerk-face hero is matched up with a doormat, spineless, imbecile it turns into a tragedy not romance!   I was reading Amelia by Diana Palmer last night, I am 3/4 into the book and I won't finish it, because this book just frustrates the hell out of me.  This book had me SO angry for hours and hours, I've never come across a heroine this spineless, doormat'ish.... this book was like Harlequin Presents from the 80's on crack!   I grabbed it because it was suppose to be a "tear-jerker", it was listed on some thread for it,  I did want to tear up, but only because I was so friggin pissed....  What a God awful book. 

Not sure what I am going to grab next...  I need something with a STRONG woman....



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Date Posted: 10/26/2008 1:34 PM ET
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I finished Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner.  Not so much a romance, but I had read all her other books so wanted to read this one.  It was good- I wouldn't say great, and I'm not real happy about how some of the storyline went, but I managed to read it in 2 days.  I'm thinking I might go ahead and finish Tears of the Moon now, then figure out what to do next.  Susanna, I have Trial by Fire in my TBR too, so I might try that one- let me know how you like it if you start it.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 1:41 PM ET
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I agree with Tina about LH's Drop Dead Gorgeous - it just wasn't quite as good as To Die For, which is my #1 favorite romance novel of all time bar none! I loved Blair's voice in To Die For and laughed all the way through, but somehow it wasn't quite as funny or something in the sequel (and I do like sequels generally).

I finished Judith McNaught's Paradise last night and just cracked open the sequel, Perfect, this morning. I liked Paradise a lot - not quite keeper status, but close.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 1:54 PM ET
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*yawn* not sure staying up is gonna last!

I have too many books I'm wanting to start darn it! I have too many to pick from and it's overwhelming me! it'd help if I could decide what I'm in the mood for but can't decide that either.

Tina I can't handle abusive guys..some of it I can handle but the last Diana Palmer I attempted I was mad at myself for finishing because they hero was a total jerk and the woman tolerated his crap..you ought read Emma Holly's 'top of her game'..I started that one and  put it aside because the female is a dominatrix and I actually felt sorry for the guy LOL!

did anyone here like 'drop dead gorgeous?! I hate to read it if it's not good, esp when I already have a pile of books that look promising...

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 2:12 PM ET
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Count me as another not liking DDG. I didn't finish it.

This book had me SO angry for hours and hours, I've never come across a heroine this spineless, doormat'ish.... this book was like Harlequin Presents from the 80's on crack!

ROFLMAO! You are so right.  Amelia is sheer masochism.

I finally read Texas Glory, which of course was awesome. Now I feel like rereading Texas Splendor.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 2:30 PM ET
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Hmm...maybe I won't bother with DDG - I don't want it to ruin the characters from To Die For! Plus, I have quite a few other Linda Howard books in my TBR (Open Season, Mr. Perfect, Dream Man, and Son of Morning)

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 3:36 PM ET
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Sarah, Open Season is really good..sorta funny with some suspense..I didn't like the intro in it though but glad I got past that! Mr. Perfect was good once I got past the psycho storyline going on.

started an ebook 'shorty' - bound for the holidays - mackenzie mackade...sounded pretty hot!

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 3:45 PM ET
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I thought Open Season and  Mr Perfect were great, very funny both of them, along with suspense; also loved Dream Man, but it's not funny like those 2. I liked Son of the Morning too - I actually liked DDG but it pales next to To Die For. I've liked most of the LH I've read - exceptions to that are Angel Creek and A Lady of the West, which I really did not like.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 6:17 PM ET
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I haven't started anything new.....Just what's in my sig line.  I spent all day yesterday using the book journal feature, and discovered even more books TBR than I had thought.  I am embarassed to say I have over 1,000 books TBR. Not all are romance but most of them are. Oh, the pressure!!! How am I ever going to read all those books.... and there are more that I need, for series or whatever.....I am drowning in books, here.  Even if I read a book a day it would take years to read all these books. Is anyone else in this predicament?

 

Anne

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 6:21 PM ET
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I tried to read DDG and ended up tossing it aside.  I could not get into it at all.  I am currently reading Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.  I have never read anything by her before, so I thought I would give her a try.  This weekend at Borders they were offering a special "Buy 2, get 1 free!" on all romance, so guess who ended up getting 6 books???  I can never resist a sale, especially a book sale.  It ends tonight (Sunday) so if you haven't been to Border's, you may want to head over there.

I picked up a copy of Letters to a Secret Lover by Toni Blake while I was there.  Big Mistake!  In another forum there was a list of warning labels we would like to see on books.  This one should have had one!  The warning label would have been :Warning!  Nitwit heroine thinks she can get her way by using tears, cares only about shopping, and doesn't have the slightest clue what reality is like!  Needless to say, I am telling myself that I did not actually pay any money for this book because I have decided that it was one of my "free ones" from Border's this weekend.  By keeping that in mind, I feel better.  But darn it, I wish I had gotten a good book for free!!!



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Date Posted: 10/26/2008 6:47 PM ET
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Oh, the pressure!!! How am I ever going to read all those books.... and there are more that I need, for series or whatever.....I am drowning in books, here.  Even if I read a book a day it would take years to read all these books. Is anyone else in this predicament?

Word. It's totally insane, I keep thinking I need to find a way to deal with it, but I haven't so far.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 7:22 PM ET
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some of it I can handle but the last Diana Palmer I attempted I was mad at myself for finishing because they hero was a total jerk and the woman tolerated his crap.

  I bet you, if the heroines did NOT put up with that crap and actually came back to shut him up in some brilliant and intelligent way, we wouldn't care.  Who would hate seeing a well matched pair going at it, and still falling in love because they're so well match.  Instead, we're left seeing some brainless, spineless, wilted weakling of a heroine, taking all sorts of crap physically and mentally.... just hoping and praying the hero will fall in love with her weak self.  Then actually rejoicing and feeling lucky to be stuck with a hero who over powers her.... Ugh, books like that just pisses me off...OK, no more ranting haha...

Willa, I keep hearing about the Texas series, more books to add on to my Mt TBR I guess....

Sarah,  Son of the Morning was one of my least favorite from LH.  Not because it was God awful, but because it had the least amount of romance in it.  The H/H do not meet  until the last  80 pages of the book. And the book kinda dragged on in the beginning.. The other titles you've listed are wonderful though.  Especially the Dream Man, the  epilogue had me rolling, truly had the one of the most bazare, memorable , and hysterical scene I've ever come across in a romance novel... just thinking about it now makes me crack up.



Diana, I actually liked the Letters to a Secret Lover, although I do understand why some may not like it. I almost ditched it in the beginning because the heroine was such a brainless, materialistic, snob... but she does redeem herself, and realizes how wrong she was....  and the hero was such a lovable person that, well.... he -completely- won me over.  In fact, I shed some happy tears while reading this...



I am trying to read Andrea Kane's, Run For Your Life, I was hoping for a strong heroine in this romantic-suspenseful novel.... So far, I am mainly bored..... The heroine runs around discussing the same topic over and over with different people, word for word.... ZZzzzzz...



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Date Posted: 10/26/2008 7:23 PM ET
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I finished Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne late last night. I couldn't put it down...the heroine is so awesome. Some of the plot premise made me a little annoyed since it didn't quite all match up, and the hero did not quite match the heroine in awesomeness, but I think it is a keeper. I'm really glad I moved from England to the American frontier. It shows great promise so far. :D Since I am now on a Maggie Osborne kick, I think I will read The Wives of Bowie Stone next.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 8:06 PM ET
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I have the same problem my TBR is at around 950 lol and getting bigger!!! I did finish my Highland swap book and it was pretty good, then I started a Harlequin Romance called Wanted:Outback Wife by Ally Blake, finished it in around 4 hours, it was a really sweet story. Kinda helps when you can finish them pretty quick lol.

Now I'm gonna start another Romance book by Jessica Hart called Business Arrangement Bride and see how long it takes me :)

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 8:11 PM ET
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My TBR is at 500 and at the rate I read books I figure it will take me 3 or more years to read them all, and that's if I don't get any more books between now and then. Of course, I ordered 2 more today so I don't think that is gonna happen anytime soon. I don't have a clue as to what I am going to with all these books but I definitely know what is to blame. Before I joined PBS I had only 10 unread books or so at any given time. I have been making an effort to stay out of the book bazaar  :P

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 8:30 PM ET
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my TBR is too big to count. I'm tired but wanna read before bed and have a stack of library books and an even huger stack(s) of books and about 20 that are screaming to be read 'right now'! overwhelming! but I think I've narrowed it down!

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 9:12 PM ET
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Kathy - that's great to hear about the Cindy Gerard books - I've got them on my WL!   

I'm still reading Manhunt and I am loving it!  Its so cute and funny and the heroine is so spunky - my kind of gal.

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