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Subject: What are we reading? 8/17 - 8/23
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 9:18 AM ET
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A new thread for a new week :-)

I just started an older (1988) time-travel romance - Time-Kept Promises by Constance O'Day-Flannery.   It's got one of those incredibly cheesy cover pictures, and a plot line that's pretty common among time travel romances.   But I'm about 50 pages in and loving it so far.



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Date Posted: 8/17/2008 12:38 PM ET
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I just finished Turn Two by Nancy Warren--it's one of the NASCAR Harlequins, pretty good. I'm also reading The Kill by Allison Brennan--it's a romantic suspense with the FBI, police and a serial killer.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 1:58 PM ET
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Willa, Born in Shame is one of my faves by Roberts-- actually a fave period! I've read it several times!

I got a b unch of books lately..guess I slipped up and went on a buying spree..sigh...but I think I got a good one out of the bunch! I started 'Promises Linger' by Sarah McCarty last night and so far I'm liking it and I dont usually go for western romances...too much roughing it for my tastes but I wouldnt' mind roughing some stuff with Asa! :-) I thought the book was pretty high priced but gosh-a-mighty it's over 400 pages! that's pretty thick for erotic romance..I got about100 pages into it and as tired as I was you know I had to be enjoying it to stay awake! I'll have to see how it goes though before I can whole-heartedly recommend it. I was getting pretty desperate to find some erotic romance I'd like as well as Jory Strong, Lena Matthews, and LIsa Marie Rice and the handful of titles by Lora Leigh, charlene teglia, and  mackenzie mackade that I've liked. I was hoping rhyannon byrd would do the trick and hers are good but not as much of a story as I'd like.

btw, someone here posted they like rhyannon byrd's triple play...have there been any sequels to that? I really like the other character, jonah, and it hints at a romance for him at the end but not sure what t he title is or if it's available in paper form...

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 2:03 PM ET
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I just finished up Four to Score (loved it) and now I'm moving on to High Five because I just can't seem to get enough of Stephanie Plum.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 3:45 PM ET
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I just finished Highlander in Disguise by Julia London, which was MUCH better than Highlander Unbound, though I did skim some of it. I will start the third, Highlander in Love, later today.

 

Anne

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:05 PM ET
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Nora Roberts is good at those nummy Irish men, isn't she? I think the Highlanders have been replaced in my.. um... heart? ;-)

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:28 PM ET
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I started Duchess By Night by Eloisa James, my first by her. I'm enjoying it a lot so far, and I've ben interested in the historical romance plot of "secretly dressing like a man" but haven't read one yet. :) A hero by the name of Lord Strange is very appealing, too!

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:34 PM ET
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I'm still reading Acheron - I'm trying to draw it out - to savor the story.  I'm enjoying what I've read so far (although it is so sad reading about his history and the horrible treatment that shaped him).

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:38 PM ET
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I'm still reading Whispers of Heaven and its good.  Its during the Regency era but set in Tasmania (Australia) and I'm loving the "oh my God how will they overcome these incredible odds to be together" plot. LOL    It started out kind of slow but now its really grooving and I'm hooked.

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 5:22 PM ET
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Four to Score (loved it) and now I'm moving on to High Five because I just can't seem to get enough of Stephanie Plum

Sarah, you'll want to keep on going, too...they're addictive!

I haven't posted what I'm reading lately, 'cause I've been reading swap books and haven't revealed yet:)

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 5:33 PM ET
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I'm getting ready to start reading an ebook by Shayla Black called Dangerous Boys and Their Toy. I've heard nothing but good things about this book.

I'm going to pick up Acheron from the library tomorrow. I can't wait to read it.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 6:21 PM ET
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Thanks to a very nice member at PBS I was able to get all the Stephanie Plum books but the latest one for a very good deal so thankfully I have plenty of Plum reading to do. Oh, and I just bought the newest one (Fearless Fourteen) because I knew I'd blow through the others and I didn't want to wait on the WL. I love a good series and this one hits the spot!

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 7:18 PM ET
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Sherri - I am so envying you, reading Whispers of Heaven for the first time.  It's such a great book, by a terriffic author- Candice Proctor is one of my favorites.  She didn't write nearly enough books for me:P

I just finished Before the Scandal: The Notorious Gentlemen by Suzanne Enoch last night, and I had read After the Kiss: The Notorious Gentlemen just before that one.  I really liked them both & I'm glad I got them.  Before the Scandal got off to a little bit of a slow start, but it was a fun and very engrossing read after that.  The ending was a little too conveniently wrapped up, I thought, but overall it was a pretty good book.  Neither one was what I would call perfect, but based on comments I've seen here & there, I'm liking Suzanne Enoch quite a bit more than I thought I would; these aren't the first books of hers that I've had, but they are the first ones I've actually read:P

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 7:37 PM ET
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Kim - I just finished it and I LOVED IT!  I'm not a regency fan at all but this was a terrific book.  Lucas, the Irish convict hero, was to die for!  I didn't see the ending coming but I love the way she did that....really good HEA.  ;-)

Now I'm going to start The Cowboy and the Vampire

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 7:39 PM ET
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I am just back from vacation, and managed to finish two books and start one while gone- a record for me, I think!  I read Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods, which was ok- didn't blow me away or anything, and I don't think I need to rush to get the rest of the series.  Also read and finished Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs, which I liked.  I had not read anything by her previously, and I liked this one enough to want to check out more of her works.  I have also started Recipes for Easy Living by Curtiss Ann Matlock, and it's fine so far.  I did not receive the 2nd and 3rd books in the Virgin River series before leaving on vacation, but they were waiting when I got home, so will likely get into those next.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:16 PM ET
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Finished two blaze titles, the Loner and The Hell Raiser by Rhonda Nelson. Liked the Loner - I'm hunting down the first three of the original series (Men out of uniform). Didn't like the Hellraiser as much -- some of the scenes seemed almost the same as the loner ... Hopefully the other three won't do the same. Also reading 3 Brides for 3 Bad boys from Lucy Monroe and I'm liking it so far.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Working on Heir to the Shadows, the second "Black Jewels" book. And think Clandestine by Julia Ross will be my gym book today. I don't usually read a bunch by the same author in a row, but I feel like finishing up the trilogy.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:55 PM ET
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I just finished off Taylor's Temptation by Suzanne Brockmann, now I thought I'd try I'm Your Santa by Lori Foster, Karen Kelley, and Dianne Castle.  I like to read wintery books in the dead of summer when it's so freaking hot out, just like I like to read summer books in the dead of winter.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 9:36 PM ET
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That is such a good idea, Sarah. I'm down here in Texas and it's so hot I put off leaving the house until the evening! I could use a little wintery escape  :)



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Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:00 PM ET
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Just finished Susan Andersen's new one, Cutting Loose.  REALLY enjoyed it.   Next up is Rules of Gentility but I can't remember the author!

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I just finished An Assembly Such As This, the first book in Pamela Aidan's "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" trilogy - basically, it's recounting Pride & Prejudice from Darcy's perspective. The book got to a slow start - Gosh, I didn't realize that a gentlemen's daily life of shooting, riding, going to the clubs etc. is very booring when you don't have the female's perspective going around. But now that I got used to the writer and stopped trying to compare it to everything that happened in P&P, I actually got to enjoy it. I'm looking forward to the second book - which I cannot start right way  because I need to finish a book I'm using for a swap. Sigh...I also want to start on the Wickerly series (which I completed on a deal from Kim) but don't know when I'll get to them...I'll need to stop the swaps and read more, LOL!

Kim - Candice Proctor is now writing a mystery series set in the Regency under another name - C.S. Harris. I read the first book in the series and thought it was pretty good but I don't know if you're into mysteries.



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Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:25 PM ET
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That C.S. Harris series is really good DG!  I've read the first 2 books and need to get the next in the series.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:56 PM ET
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I just finished Charming the Prince by Teresa Meideros, my first one by her and it was very cute! I started Hard as Nails by HelenKay Dimon which I'm reading for review.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 11:50 PM ET
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Patricia I liked 'the specialist' the best of those 1st 3 men out of uniform books - he and a woman were competing to find General Robert E. Lee's pocketwatch. I ordered 'the loner' from eharlequin's sale (I think haven't heard back from them guess they got overwhelmed!) if not I'll get it from here or ubs. I liked the latest one ok but mainly because Iliked the type of work the woman did!

I think I have cutting loose in my tbr pile..seems like I just ordered it to get my free shipping!

Jillian I really enjoyed 'charming the prince'..I loved when she handed the baby back saying she'd already eaten! cute story. it was my 2nd by her...I read 'bride and beast' a few years ago. She and Jill Barnett were the first historicals for me to read since the bodice ripper days I think!

I'm still reading Sarah McCarty's 'Promises Linger' and enjoying it. I tookd a break and did a quick skim-through to find the 'spicy scenes' in 'the courage to love' by, um, dang the name escapes my mind! it's a regency I think(guess if I actually read the whole book I'll find out and Iliked it enough to do that!) just can't think of the author.it's the 1st in a series and is a 3-some - 2 men and 1 woman and the men get busy with each other in this one. I have to say I thought that would turn my tummy but Iliked the way it was written.

boy I'm seriously considering an ereader..I hate reading ebooks off the computer and jory strong has the 4th crime tells book out in ebook format..sigh..I love that series and have been waiting forever. just not sure of plopping down that kind of money..almost got the sony but the guy at the store bugged me with  his inattention..he could've sold 2 at one time but he made me mad and I think the other lady might've left too..not sure..only so much I can take. then I was checking out the Kindle and that's come down in price and uses the SD card too...hmm..just not sure but there are a lot of books available only by ebook and they dont take up as much space and are cheaper through ellora's cave than the paper books...

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 8:49 AM ET
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Diva - I've heard about the C.S. Harris books, but I'm not really into mysteries at all anymore so I've been hesitant to check them out.

My first book to hit the wall in a long time went flying last night.  Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney.  I'm still sort of shocked that I threw an MJ Putney book:P  It got tedious to me after the kidnapping - well actually sort of before.  It gets off to a slow start, IMO.  And what is the deal anyway with medievals and the captor/captive plot?  Not that it can't be interesting or good, but Jeez, it seems like everyone who's done a medieval has done this plot, and except for a few variations, it's always the same thing.  I think I was skimming by Chapter four, and then somewhere near the halfway point, the heroine decides the hero is a lunatic rapist and that she needs to throw herself on his dagger:P  Then he asks her to marry him and she goes ballistic, because she'll then be stuck with him for life and he can basically rape her whenever it strikes his fancy?  Not that he has actually raped her yet, mind you...  I did look up some reviews after I threw it, because it being Putney, I thought maybe I was just having PMS or something.  But then I find out that she throws herself out a window to get away from him, gets amnesia, marries him, and then remembers that he's a lunatic rapist, and ugh...  I think unless somebody who read this thing can give me a good reason to pick it back up & finish it, I'm pretty much done with it:P



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