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Subject: What are we reading? 10/5 - 10/11
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Brand new week!

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 9:24 AM ET
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Well I finished 'Ace is Wild' by Penny  McCall yesterday then started an ebook by Sarah McCarty - Promises Prevail. So far it's good like the other 2 I've read in this series. I'll probably get the newest one - Promises Reveal I *think* is the title. She published the newest with Berley I think but the other 2 have been Ellora's Cave so not sure how graphic it'll be..I asked on a thread on Romantic Times but haven't checked it today to see.

I doubt I'll try to read that one here at work since the other 2 had some pretty hot scenes and this one shows the same tendency! I'm trying to decide which book is good for relaxing and something I can pick up and put down without too much despair! leaning towards 'I Only Have Fangs For You by Kathy Love or The Key by Jennifer Sturman(chick lit mystery)..need to make sure it's the 1st in the series(library book) or maybe a Karen Kendall book I picked up at ubs the other day since I liked the last one I read and it was pretty simple and cute - perfect for work. hmm..also have 'The Duke and I' by Julia Quinn in case historical sounds better by the time I get ready to start something...really want to read Promises Prevail but sigh..erotic romance and workplace just don't mix very well :-(

ETA: well found out 'the Pact' is first in that series and luckily have it from the library too! reviews on here were sorta mixed but sounds like something easy to follow!



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This week I will be reading DANGEROUS BEAUTY by Anastasia Black. 

 

 



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Date Posted: 10/5/2008 12:41 PM ET
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I started Duke Most Wanted by Celeste Bradley but her writing style is just not working for me. So many chopped and disjointed sentences. (Its okay when I do it. ;-) )  I have a house too full of books, so I've been in a really picky mood lately.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 2:10 PM ET
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uh oh I have a bunch of Celeste Bradley in my TBR pile..Liar's Club and the first 2 in that series you mentioned seems like. Hope I can handle chopped and disjointed..oh well if there's sex and hopefully a little  humor and/or mystery I should be ok..esp if the sex is good...

I'm about 1/3 done with 'The Pact' by Jennifer Sturman..it's ok I guess. Good for picking up and putting down. There's a murder but the guy's an ass so no one really gives a crap and I dont either(as one of the reviewers said in her review too!) in fact the main character (female) doesn't do a whole lot for me either..like I can identify with a heavy-drinking investment banker..gag..usually the guys are that in jayne ann Krentz's books! but it's told from her point of view sorta and I'm kinda getting used to her. she describes the scene of the crime as like being in an agatha christie story minus miss marple and the vicar so all these people at the house and she's trying to find who was where and when and who did it. anyways plan to keep at it and hopefully can do a quick-clean on the house when I gethome and get back to reading my smut(Promises Prevail)! sigh that's where my heart is now but can't really read that stuff here even on my ereader(which I have charging!) makes it too warm in here!

I was looking at a list of 'classics' on romantic times and under historical romance they listed several 5 star books - roselynde by gellis was on and 'no greater love' by kingsley..I've never heard these mentioned on here...anyone know if they're any good?



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Date Posted: 10/5/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I'm finishing up the Duran Duran book, as well as having started Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts.  It was one I stuck in my purse for if I'm stuck waiting somewhere and need something to do, and I kind of got into it so now I want to finish it.  Next up- the first of the Grace Valley series.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 4:56 PM ET
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I just picked up Mr. Cavendish, I presume by Julia Quinn at the grocery store.  But I don't think I'm in the mood to read it.  I need a good smut recommendation - perhaps I'll visit Samhain or Ellora's Cave.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 5:22 PM ET
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Still reading Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 5:57 PM ET
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Well...I have found a writer I am really enjoying.  I started reading Song of the Nightingale by Constance O'Banyon.  It was one of those books you just pick up and say Why not?  Read the first few page and I was hooked.  Really good storyline.  Found out it is 1 in a series of three books.  Other two are now on their way to me.  Yeah.....

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 6:32 PM ET
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I am trying to finish up a WL book so I can re-post it, however, since its so badly written (IMHO), its taking me 4 weeks to finish it. In all honesty, I am not into erotic-romance novels.  Unless, they're  well written that is.  I can appreciate and enjoy some titles by Emma Holly, LOVED Passions by Lisa Valdez, been amazed by some of Robin Schone's books....

But OMG, this author I am reading now, Angela Knight's, Master of the Night, someone shoot me, please.  The intensity of the sexual attraction is out of this world, I mean literally, it makes my mouth go dry... but this book has nothing else going for it.  The writing is so disjointed, adults (30-something) talking like high school kids (this is such a turn off for me).  The dialog mostly childish and corny.  Maybe, I am expecting too much from a erotic-romance....

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Tina - I really don't love Angela Knight.  I've read one or two books by her that were good but more often than not, I'm horrendously disappointed  - hot sex but horrid stories.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 7:30 PM ET
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well I finished 'The Pact' a chicklit mystery by Jennifer Sturman. It turned out to be pretty good..a few places were sorta funny but not hilarious. It was easy to put down then pick back up and keep going and held my interest well enough. I have the other 3 in the series from the library but don't know if I'll finish the series or just return them and read another romance...hmm..I DO want to finish Sarah McCarty's 'Promises Prevail' if not tonight then tomorrow night maybe. I've enjoyed the other 2 of hers in this series. I have some other stuff from the library too that aren't romance that I may decide to read...hmm...trying to add some variety and use the library more but guess it's a bit late for that LOL! I have too many books to keep track of so really need to take some time next year to go through stuff and start reading...at least i read more thanks to night shift and weekends, esp when it's slow!

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 9:38 PM ET
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I've liked all of the Celeste Bradley books I've read. I finished The Queen Gene by Jennifer Coburn, which was apparently a sequel to Tales From the Crib which I couldn't get into. I liked TQG but it didn't really have a plot. It was more like 'a month in the life of...' which is okay but not my fave type of book anymore.

Now I'm reading The Seduction of Sara by Karen Hawkins, which so far is just okay. I wanted it to be more humorous and its not. Next I need to do some review reading so I'll probably read The Christmas Countess.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 10:00 PM ET
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I'm pooped but wanna read before bed (figure I'll speed clean tomorrow!) guess I'll go with Promises Prevail by Sarah McCarty and see how far I get. I ws gonna get some harlequin ebooks(I know not a bargain but they're instantaneous and no shipping or trips to walmart...) but then realized I have some still on my ereader I haven't read yet so figure since they're fast to download I can just wait and maybe they'll send an email offering a sale on them...I"ll wait until tomorrow at least LOL! I know they had a sale a while back but haven't gotten an email for 10 or 20 percent off in a while. some books are cheaper from the sony store but the individual ones are actually cheaper from eharlequin. still think they should be 2 bucks or so!

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 11:41 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through... Dark Torment? by Karen Robards, which is almost exactly the same book as another one by her I've read. WTF?

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 1:04 AM ET
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I'm reading Crossfire by JoAnn Ross. It's the second High Risk novel. So far it's good. The romance in this one takes a backseat to the rest of the story, at least so far I still have 90 pgs to go. There are alot of mentions of characters, events and places from previous books and not just Freefall the other High Risk novel. It's been kind of fun trying to place them and the book they're from.

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 2:39 AM ET
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i just finished Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler, Bk 1) by Shanna Swendson.  it was a lot of fun!  i had thought this was a romance, but there wasn't too much romance in this one, and the series continues with the same main character(s), so no HEA yet.  several blind dates, and a crush on a new guy who doesn't seem interested, and that's about it for the romance.  i found the main story was really interesting, and have moved the rest of the series up from my 'look for used' list to my 'maybe buy new' list, though they'll stay on my WL here until i actually have them, just in case.  i won this one in a swap game on the Games forum.  :)

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 8:47 AM ET
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I just started Into The Shadow by Christina Dodd. It is my last one to read in her 'Darkness Chosen' series. So far I have liked all of her books in this series. Nothing earth shattering but a well written paranormal series where I have enjoyed the hero/heroines and the plots. Hoping this one is as good as the other 3.
Date Posted: 10/6/2008 8:58 AM ET
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I recently finished Ready by Lucy Monroe, and to tell the truth, I wasn't really impressed by it. The love scenes were steamy, but this was supposed to be a romantic suspense and I didn't find it suspensful at all. A lot of the writing came across as cheesy. The mercenaries hardly seemed like mercenaries except for the author telling me a thousand times how they look intimidating. The closest I can compare this author to is Shannon McKenna, except I think McKenna is better.

I started Dark Torment by Karen Robards last night. She is a recently discovered author for me, and the second book I've read by her. I really like her. The first was a romantic suspense that I thought was really good. This is a historical but I am enjoying it as much so far, and liking this author enough enough to pick up more books by her. Willa - what's the other book you've read that's just like this one?

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 10:42 AM ET
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I'm just finishing up Giving Chase by Lauren Dane and then will be starting Decadent by Shayla Black.  Giving Chase is ok. I was expecting more I guess. The storyline is pretty good but some of the language is a little too "hip" for me I guess. If I read another sentence about "kicking someone in the junk" one more time, I'm going to scream. lol

Hopefully I will be meeting Lauren Dane this weekend at a book fair so I wanted to try one of her books. :)



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Date Posted: 10/6/2008 12:17 PM ET
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Well I stayed up last night and finished 'Promises Prevail' by Sarah McCarty. It was good(historical western erotic romance) but this one had a LOT of abuse/torture mentioned and at one poing I was ready myself to kick somebody's ass..whew...this woman went through the most and had a lot of bad stuff in it. I like this series a lot and will probabl be at  Border's buying the 4th since a different publisher is doing it MMP - Promises Reveal I think is the newest title. I couldn't get on romantictimes.com yesterday do check the threads but haven't tried yet today.

I may switch to something different..don't know yet!

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 12:40 PM ET
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The other Robards was Nobody's Angel. I'm not sure if I thought it better than DT or not - DT seems to have more of the hero's feelings towards the heroine, which is always a plus. But she's kind of annoying.

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 2:53 PM ET
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Get your fan out for Decadent Collette...at least I needed mine!



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Date Posted: 10/6/2008 3:13 PM ET
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I hesitated to say anything because I know some of you guys really liked it, but I figured y'all have probably learned to live with my peculiar tastes by now so...  Anyway, I finished Passion by Lisa Valdez over the weekend, and the long & short of it is, I didn't like it very much.  I didn't think it was absolutely terrible or anything, it just didn't do much for me, and I thought some of the sex was pretty gratuitous & downright ewwy.  There was a decent love story in there, but some of that came off kinda melodramatic, IMO.  Instead of finding it touching, all of the agonizing and boo-hooing near the end just had me rolling my eyes & snorting.  I'm glad I read it.  I was definitely curious about it and wouldn't have been satisfied until I did, but I passed it along right away.

 

Oh, and ETA:  I'm reading Catch A Mate by Gena Showalter right now.  Not very far into it yet, but it seems cute so far.



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Finished Trial By Fire: The Firefighters of Station Five by Jo Davis and really enjoyed it. The one drawback (to me) was I felt I was given so much information about Howard's tortured past before I knew him well enough to care like she wanted me to. But I did love the H/h alot and can't wait for the next one- yes, it's the first in a series!

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