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Subject: what are we reading? 8/31-9/6, 2008
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:14 AM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:20 AM ET
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I started a Love Inspired last night that so far is pretty good(haven't gotten too far into it though). It's called 'At His Command' by Brenda Coulter I believe is the author. A new author for me and as some of you know I usually steer clear of the Love Inspired, esp if they get too preachy..the last attempt was 'secret agent minister' and I tossed it aside..think I even traded it in at ubs it was so stupid(My opinion of course!)but some I've read and really liked so thought I'd give this one a shot during harleqin's bogo sale a few weeks ago. the man in this one has come back from being badly injured while flying attack helicopters in the army(his dream) and apparently blames himself for his friend's death. while recuperating his unhappy-in-the-marriage wife drowns ina  ski accident. the man has become a lawyer, dealth with his dad's death, and is steering clear of his friend's little sister since he has feelings for her and I guess he blames her brotehr's death on himself...anyways, she's acting all perky and happy like she always was b ut inside she's shattered because she was an army nurse and found out she wasn't cut out ofr the trauma nursing and everything she saw chipped away another piece of herself. so far she's started quoting Bible verses to the guy but it didnt' bug me as usual I guess because that's her character and how she's dealing with the tragedy..and I guess wit the light humor so far the characters seem 'real' to me. Anyways, hopefully I'll stick with this one and finish it instead of doing my usual start then take forever to finish! I think it'll be a good one - definitely a break from all the erotica I've been reading!

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:49 AM ET
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I finished The Edge of Desire last night by Stephanie Laurens - her latest Bastion Club book.  It was as expected - decent read and I learned a bit more about the mysterious Dalziel (who's no longer nameless...you find out his title at the end but I have to wait until FALL 2009 to read his story!  Ugh).  Now I've got to check out Walmart and see if I can find Lora Leigh's new book Wild Card.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:30 AM ET
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I read Lessons to Love by Erin Gordon last night.  It was pretty good.  I guess it's the first of a trilogy about a couple into BDSM.  They meet in this book and there's a lot of spanking. But no hardcore BDSM stuff. Maybe that's in the next one. 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:57 AM ET
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Morning!   I finished the latest (and last?) book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series on Friday - Breaking Dawn.   When I first started reading the series I thought it was just OK.  Had an interesting storyline, but there was too much teen angst in it for me.   However, I had already added the 2nd and 3rd books to my library wishlist, so when they came in I decided to continue on with the series.

By the end of the 3rd book I was totally and completely HOOKED on the story.   The storyline reminds me a lot of a modern YA paranormal Romeo and Juliet story.  It was going to be at least a month before the 4th book came through at the library, so I caved and went and bought it.   It was sooooo good.    I've seen a lot of criticism of the book, and some of it was valid.  But I frankly don't care.    I thought the 4th book was great.

So now I have that problem that I always have after "falling" into a story and so relating to the characters that I feel like part of their world.    I need another book that can pull me out of the Twilight world and into a totally different world (but hopefully not quite as deep since I still have to live in the real world too LOL).    I finally decided to start on Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, since everyone raves about it.   I'm now about 60 pages into The Duke and I.  Pretty good so far!

As I posted on the "Is this on your shelf?" thread, I need the 2nd and 3rd books in the Bridgerton series. If anyone has them please let me know as I would prefer to order from a friend!   To refresh your memory, they are:

 2nd (The Viscount Who Loved Me)

3rd (An Offer From a Gentleman) 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 12:04 PM ET
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Ohhh I loved The Duke and I...The Viscount Who Loved Me was as good. :)

I'm getting Twilight and Nicholas:Lord of Satyr for the Buddy WL swap and I'm so excited! I can't wait to read either.

Last night I just finished a very good mystery that I'm using for a swap - not only was the mystery good but it was the funniest book I've read in a long time.

Now I started on another book for a swap - this one is the first book in a very popular paranormal series. I liked the premise but I'm not liking that there seems to be too much emphasis on the other characters. I'm not even 200 pages in the book and we already met one of the heroines of the next books in the series, there's sexual tension blah, blah, blah.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 1:06 PM ET
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I read a couple of short romances --- Seducing a SEAL by Jamie Sobrato -- liked it the heroine was 8 years older the the hero and she was his commanding officer -- It actually was kind of sweet - - he was a great character - she had some angst to work through but liked it for what it was.

Also read the new Diana Palmer -- Heart of Stone - continutation of her Long Tall Texan series - fairly typical hero/heroine but some of the secondary characters were quite unsavory - alot of times the girl is orphaned/all alone but this had her relatives around which made it interesting -- A lot more story and introduction of new characters for subsequent books - Don't know whether I'll keep yet but interesting.

Now reading Wild Card by Lora Leigh which I've been looking forward to - so far so good - bummer that we have plans this afternoon and I can't keep on reading....



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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I'm about midway though Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens. It's good, but I'm not really connecting with the hero. They make a big ordeal about his name and reputation (the entire ton supposedly knows him as "Devil") but he hasn't really acted devilish at any point in the book, nor have any of the Cynsters acted as the disreputable hellions of the ton the author tells me they are. I dunno, I was hoping for more of a bad boy, I guess.

I went to the UBS on Friday and picked up Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh that I'll probably start next. Maybe.



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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I'm still reading 'at his command' the love inspired book. it's kinda slowed down a bit..he's avoiding her still and I'm about halfway through but I guess since they leave out the sex in these they gotta fill the space with something! I think this is part of a series by different authors..hoping it's good because i have the Dropped Sttiches series and some of the Dry Creek books from this series...

halfprice books has an extra 20% off this weekend so I um had to stop in 'real quick'..lucky me found the next 2 kathy love vampire books - tradesize but still a pretty good deal. also found a sarah mccarty 'sam's creed' I think..was hoping to find the other Promises books but oh well.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:25 PM ET
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I just got back from B&N where I picked up WIld Card by Lora Leigh, Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler and The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman.  So I'm good for the rest of the weekend. :)  I'm going to start Wild Card first! 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 4:28 PM ET
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I finished Savage Tempest and I wasn't impressed at all.  Probably will not be reading any more of her books.

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I'm about midway though Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens. It's good, but I'm not really connecting with the hero. They make a big ordeal about his name and reputation (the entire ton supposedly knows him as "Devil")

All the Cynsters have those names and people make a stink about them and at the end, they're all kind of harmless.

I have Devil's Bride on my TBR because supposedly is the best of the 900 books in the series - I read the series out of order and found it very formulaic: rake who never wants to get married, finds fiesty virgin who wants to have sex behind the flower pots so he suddenly changes his mind about matrimony and tries to convince her to get married while they have sex in all sorts of places.



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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 4:56 PM ET
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The Cynsters are a formulaic series but one I still enjoy greatly.  Some books I love more than others but still a keeper series for me that I do reread every year.  I like the family aspects of the books and the love scenes are quite good.  But you're right in on the names - they sound wicked but you don't really see them acting wicked in the Ton.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I finally started read The Darkest Night by G. Showalter since SOOOO many people recommend the series to me and I hope I like it.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:33 PM ET
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Started If You Desire by Kresley Cole (my "at work" read) and Don't Let Go by Marliss Melton.

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 8:59 PM ET
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I finished How to Knit a Wild Bikini--it was pretty good, funny at times. The next one in the series (Malibu and Ewe) is Unravel Me and I think it comes out in December.  Today I read Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart--one of my favorite romantic suspense writers. It looks like the first book in a new series for her. I'm now reading Bad Blood by L.A. Banks--never read her books before but so far it's good.

 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:02 PM ET
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I'm still trying to read 'Nightwalkers' by Jocelynn Drake. I haven't stopped reading it yet because I keep hoping it gets better. The only thing it's making better are my naps.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 6:37 AM ET
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I finished 'At His Command' by Brenda Coulter. It's a Love Inspired and  yes it got pretty religious. Not that that was bad but I'd have liked this to be a larger book with more development. It sorta ended with the guy (who was pretty funny in places) getting right with God and realizing he loved the h(little miss sunshine even though she had problems of her own) so BAM! he made right with God and got the girl and just realizing he  needed professional help with the nightmares and PTSD was enough for a HEA...overall a good romantic story though I'd sure like to have read a longer story with more stuff worked out ya know?

have to work today and tomorrow but at least no boss today :-) happy about that for sure! probably try to do some reading at work if we're not too busy but of course not sure what I'm in the mood for so packed up a bunch of books and even more in the car LOL!

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 7:39 AM ET
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I am almost done with Surf's Up by Nina Bangs, MaryJanice Davidson and Janelle Denison.  The first story by Janelle Denison was ok but forgetable.  The second story by MJD was good, but weird.  I loved the last story by Nina Bangs.  It was one of her Sparkle Stardust stories.  It was really good and the longest story in the anthology. 

The next book I will be reading is The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy.  It looks like a cute funny story. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 8:39 AM ET
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I started 'Late for the Wedding' by Amanda Quick - thought I'd finish up this series. Not really 'into' it though...tired. 1st day shift but so far it's not too busy.hopefully it'll stay like this so I can read! boss is back tomorrow so won't be able to read :-(

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:31 AM ET
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Shari - I read Bad Blood a few months ago and enjoyed it.  It is a new series for her - she had also done her Vampire Huntress series that I could never get into.

I read Wild Card by Lora Leigh and I have to admit it - I struggled with it.  Not that it's a different formula than the other Seal books - but I just new what was going to happen with the sex and I knew that there would be an obligatory anal scene in the end that would TRULY prove the love and connection between the H/H and that made me roll my eyes a bit.  Clearly, this is the setup for more books as there is a new team (with some interesting characters - British, Israeli, Australian) and I'll definitely continue reading.

 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 3:45 PM ET
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I'm still reading 'Late for the Wedding'(Amanda Quick) so I guess it's holding my interest enough! Just tired..at least it's quiet here at work though I'm not sure if I'll finish this one today or not :-( I should be able to but being sleepy my mind keeps wandering! I"m in the mood for contemporary I think so I'm afraid if I stop I'll get sidetracked with something else!

took a break for Sonic and wen tby the halfprice books just up the street a bit and found the 2 previous love inspired that's part of that same series I jus tfinished - different authors but one was on the clearance rack so figured I'd see how they are..seems like from reading the backs that some of the storylines continue over to another book so I'll have tosee. they're pretty quick reads at least. also found a couple other things I 'had' to have...

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I finished Bad Blood and liked it well enough to read the next one in the series--just to see what happens next! I also finished Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy--pretty funny and so far my favorite in the Vegas vampires series.

Next up is Illegal Possession by Kay Hooper.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I've been hearing a lot about Cheryl St. John so I started The Mistaken Widow. Decent read, so far.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 5:23 PM ET
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gosh ya'll are reading stuff that's in my TBR pile! Illegal Possession, Marliss Melton..oh well I"m reading a TBR now then start on another one.

hey 2 of the books I found at halfprice were by robin schone..I've heard her mentioned on here..I know they're hot but how's the storyline? is it pretty dramatic?

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