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Subject: What are we reading 4/21 - 4/27
Date Posted: 4/21/2013 4:10 PM ET
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New week.

Well, it's been an interesting few days for reading.  I read Eddie's Prize by Maddy Barone.  I'm not sure if "horrible" is even a strong enough word for it. Literally something out of the dark ages.  I also read Short Rides by Lorelei James and it was great. Loved it!  But perhaps most shocking - for myself - is giving up on the BDB.  I tried reading the new book - 50 pages in I'm so lost I have no friggin idea what's going on.  I'm calling it a day with fond memories.  broken heart



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Date Posted: 4/21/2013 4:23 PM ET
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I finally finished KA's Golden Trail.  It was probably my least favorite of the series, but that being said, I still loved it. I LOVED the epilogue. I want to read Mike's story SO bad but I must read my loaners from the ebook vb. If not I'll forget about them. LOL

So now I'm reading The Decisions We Make by RJ Scott. I'm about 45% into it I think. Pretty good so far.

Sherri that makes me sad. Although I feel a little bit better hearing that Short Rides is great, its very close to the top of my TBR. Probably right after my ebook loaners and Mike's story in The 'Burg series.

Date Posted: 4/21/2013 7:08 PM ET
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Melissa, Golden Trail was my least favorite, too.  The whole "problem" Rocky had was just a little too odd for me.

I started the Chicagoland Vampire series after supper yesterday and have now finished the first TWO and I'm about to start on the third.  I'm loving this series, but I can't decide if I love or hate Ethan or Morgan.  I want to love them, but ugh, they can be jerks.

Date Posted: 4/21/2013 7:53 PM ET
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I'm reading Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright. I want to read For You but we're in the middle of moving and I don't have the time to devote to it like I'd want to. I've also got Games of the heart lined up too. I know, I know, I've read this series all out if order but I did the same with the CO Mountain Men and I still enjoyed them. I LOVED At Peace, which is the one I started with.
Date Posted: 4/21/2013 8:05 PM ET
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Finished Sweet Temptation by Maya Banks. I found it to be very good and gave it 5 stars. Now I am reading The Courage to Love by Samantha Kane (historical MFM) and it's good, so far.

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 8:07 AM ET
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I finished The Decisions We Make and it was really good. Short, but good. I would also consider it more of a young adultish, coming of age story. I usually prefer my m/m a little more grown up, but I really liked this.

Now reading another m/m, Social Skills by Sara Alva.

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 11:50 AM ET
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I started the Chicagoland Vampire series after supper yesterday

Who is the author?

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 12:00 PM ET
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I've been hearing that Social Skills is really good.

Reading The Chocolate Thief, which I'm not liking quite as much as the first. I think a little goes a long way with Florand (much like with good chocolate) and the novella format may suit her better than the novel.  Still am liking it though.

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 12:45 PM ET
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Chloe Neill writes Chicagoland Vampires, which are urban fantasy, not romance. I've read the first 4, and they were good....but don't know if I'll read any more.

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 2:03 PM ET
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Thanks, Anne, yes, Chloe Neill writes the Chicagoland Vampire series.  I'm almost done with book 3, I don't have book 4, but I do have books 5,6 & 7.  I think I may have to buy #4 for my Nook tonight, I seem to be hooked!  Anne, why did you stop after #4?

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 2:56 PM ET
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I heart the Chicagoland Vampire series! I'm up to the most recent book (7?). Though Ethan does tend to drive me a little nutty. I still love him though! Book 4 is the one with all the crazy stuff at the end. Good thing you have the rest on hand! lol - it's 'one of those' endings! I recently started Kim Harrison's Hallows series, and I'm really liking those a lot too. I've only finished the first two.

I'm still reading Fish and Chips (Cut and Run#3) and almost done with Out of Focus by L.A. Witt - both m/m books. I just love me some Ty and Zane! devil

 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 5:30 PM ET
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not reading anything right now - have a fwe startd but not into them. my l ab isn't doing well - just got a new med today to try but isn't souding optimistic- said within 48 hrs I should notice an improvement or not - hoping I have more time with her and dont' hav to make 'the decision'. going on night shift tonight and been up since noon and have to say an hour or so late so not looking forward to tonight. hopefully I can find a book to escaspe into

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 10:40 PM ET
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well I see to have settledo n Truly Madly by Heather WEbber- library paperback - wanted ebook but they didnt have it and I was too cheap to spend 7 bucks for it on amazon. need to finish these library books and return them - have 3 in this series. new author for me.

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 11:08 PM ET
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Sorry to hear about your dog, Susanna.  Sending good vibes.

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 11:29 PM ET
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thanks Melissa -it's so hard.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 10:51 AM ET
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I'm reading Tessa Dare's A Night to Surrender.  It's holding my interest but I'm not thrilled with it.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 12:00 PM ET
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I'm picked one of Jennifer Crusie's earlier books off of my TBR - Charlie All Night.  I've only read a few books by Crusie but have liked all of them.  So far this one is pretty good too!  

 

ETA:  Susanna, I'm sorry to hear about your lab.   I'll add her to my prayers and hope that she gets better.    But just listen to your heart if you have to make that hard decision. 



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Date Posted: 4/23/2013 1:36 PM ET
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Susanna, so sorry about your dog.  I understand how hard it is...we had to have our dog put down 2 weeks ago.  He was 15, had kidney disease and was mostly blind.  I knew he was going downhill for months, and when the time came it was hard, but I knew in my heart we were doing the right thing, but it was (and still is) so, so hard.

I can't even remember where I left off...I think I was on Dahl's Too Hot to Handle, which I actually quite liked.  I did not much care for the book that came before it, so I'm glad this one was better.  I came down with a cold this past weekend and couldn't do anything but lay down and read, so I made a dent in myTBR, particularly on some older books, starting with Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson, and liked it.

Then read Just the Way You Are by Christina Dodd, and while I enjoyed the premise of this book, the execution fell flat for me.  First of all, how believable is it that in this day and age (or even in 2007 when the book was published) a successful executive like the hero would be completely computer-phobic to the point of using an old-fashioned answering service?  I think Dodd could have used the same concept/premise of meeting the heroine over the phone in using a more believable device.  Second, toward the end when the hero creates his own mafia-style "gang" to go up against a well-known Chicago crime lord, wel, that's where it veered off into the riduculous and I was unable to suspend my disbelief any longer.  I was disappointed to find that the stories of the other two sisters are in different books...after this one, I'm not so sure I want to invest that much more effort and time to find out what happened to them and get to the grand reunion.

Following that, I started and am nearly done with SEP's Match Me if You Can.  It's been ok, though I have felt that it is a bit longer than the plot can really support without feeling dragged out.  I mostly like the heroine and hero, and have enjoyed the subplot with the heroine's professional rival.  What I haven't liked is that the heroine, while portrayed as spunky, assertive, intelligent and strong in her job, she is completely spineless when it comes to her family.  I keep waiting for the big showdown scene where she finally tells her family to eff off and they suddenly find some respect for her, but here I am at the last few pages of the book and it hasn't come yet.  Like I said, dragged out just a bit too much for me.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 1:42 PM ET
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Been busy at work that even breathing has to be scheduled...ok...maybe not...but it feels like that sometimes. rereading NS Guild hunter series...don't know why I don't want to start anything...I am just in the mood for rereads. I have had KMM's Shadowfever in my hands 3 times to do a reread, but keep resisting...but I want some Barrons so bad!

 

Susanna, I hope you dog gets better, been there as well. We had to put our poor Casey (beautiful flashy fawn boxer) down. He was a victim of the dog food poisoning that swept the nation that year...*sigh*. Still miss his silly butt. Huggs to you.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 2:22 PM ET
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Keri, that is so sad about your dog- I'm so sorry about the poisoning.  My dog had kidney disease, and I do wonder if it was caused by the chicken jerky treats that we gave him (he was on a grain-free diet so unable to have most other dog treats.)  I read a lot about those jerky treats that were manufactured in China and the claims that they caused kidney and liver problems, but since he was an older dog anyway it's impossible to know for sure.  Difficult to lose a beloved pet, no matter the cause.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 3:41 PM ET
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Oh I love dogs...I have had to have a few put to sleep, and it is so terrible.

I quit reading Chicago Vampires because it wasn't really romance-y enough to suit me.  The romance between the two characters was more off than on. I prefer to have the romance settled, not to be up in the air book after book.

Will likely finish The Courage to Love by Samantha Kane today. That is SO good. I seriously want to have Jason for my man. The other guy can come too, of course! Started Wild Fire by Christine Feehan today. So far, so good.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 4:21 PM ET
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Anne - I really liked that book (The Courage to Love) too.  I need to get back to that series, actually.  LOL

I have had ZERO time to read lately.  My husband and I both coach our daughter's softball team and we had eight games over the last five days.... during which we hosted a tournament for a local boy who has cancer.  It was EXHAUSTING but we raised over $21,000! 

I am determined to start reading SOMETHING tonight!

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 4:31 PM ET
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well she had a little trouble getting up from squatting to do her bizness this mrning - went down-but whenI helped her up she did al ot of it herelf then a little whilel ater did ok on her own. she just keeps tring just w hen I think the decision is pretty clear cut and I hate to put a dog down when she's trying yet when they stop trying they'e gotten to a really bad place physically AND mentally. I hate that ya'll have lost beloved furbabies- that pet food stuff a few year ago - just ticks me off - I hate china and fear what's in our other stuff we get from there.

finished book 1 and almost finished book 2 in the Lucy Valentine series by heather webber - like them pretty well. library paperbacks. not sure I'd buy them for re-reads event hough I like them - may have to buy the others of hers thoughs ince library only has 3 of her paperbacks

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 5:24 PM ET
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I wound up utterly adoring The Chocolate Thief -- in fact, I submitted my review to AAR as a Desert Island Keeper review. Wish me luck!



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Date Posted: 4/23/2013 6:50 PM ET
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Finished Tessa Dare's A Night to Surrender.   Can't say it wowed me at all.  But I do want to read a couple of the other books in the series, especially Kate's.

Good luck Willa!

I have no idea what's up next but I hope it's good.  I really need something that will knock my socks off.

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