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Subject: What are we reading? 9/21 - 9/27
Date Posted: 9/21/2008 6:33 AM ET
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Brand new week!



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Date Posted: 9/21/2008 6:39 AM ET
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Well we were really slow here at work last night since the plant had just gotten started back up after the shutdown from the hurricane so I was able to do some reading!

After finishing Destiny Unleashed by Sherryl Woods I picked up where I'd left off in Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith and finished that one. That's a really good story! Actually both books were good. I finaly quickly skimmed through 'Undercover Wife' by Merline Lovelace...I usually like her books but every so often she does an odd ball one that I just dont' like much and this was definitely one of those. I didn't like this one much at all..didn't even like the c haracters and she pulled the 'bring the kids' back to the US like in one of the original ones...maybe it'll appeal to others but I really didn't care a whole lot for it overall.

not sure what to start reading now..wanna try leaving at 6 if the relief doesn't care. wish the breakfast taco place were open...sigh...

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:00 AM ET
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Colorado  Courtship by Carolyn Davidson

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Just finished The Gripping Beast by Charlene Teglia. It was pretty good but not a keeper for me.

Reading My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway. So far I am really enjoying it. Quite a few places had me laughing out loud. The interactions between the two main characters are just halarious. And the houseful pregnant maids. 

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Started Kitty Takes A Holiday by Carrie Vaughn.  Its book 3 and I didn't read 1 or 2, which is not how I usually do things. But I have to get some of these WL books read and back into the system. Yesterday I read Protecting the Princess by Carla Cassidy, it was pretty good! Finished in one day (soccer games....read and watch). I hope to have several WL books read and posted by the end of the week.

 

Anne

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Morning fellow romance lovers!   I am not reading any romance right now.   I did just finish a book that really wrung out my emotions, though - A Night to Remember by Walter Lord.  It's a non-fiction book that tells the story of the night the Titanic sank - minute-by-minute based on survivors' stories.   It still breaks my heart to think of all the couples separated by the "women and children first" policy as the husbands put their wives into the lifeboats, promising to get their own lifeboat later (which in almost all cases didn't happen and the husband went down with the ship), and all of the third class/steerage passengers who didn't even get a chance to get on a lifeboat because all of the boats were gone by the time they were finally let up onto the deck of the ship.

Now I'm reading Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah.  Just started it so I don't know yet if it's going to be a good one.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 11:06 AM ET
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I got into Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson yesterday and read until last night when I got really disgusted with it.  There's some pretty heavy-handed use of the big misunderstanding in it, and the hero goes to some pretty absurd extremes to punish the heroine due to that.  Not *quite* having sex with someone else, but put it this way, I consider foreplay close enough to be disgusting.  And as big misunderstandings go, it was pretty flimsy for all that he put the heroine through because of it.  He had all evidence to the contrary in his personal experience with her, and really should have known better.  I think he should have at least listened to her - which he totally refused to do.  Stupid.  I don't know if I can finish it or not.  Maybe he redeems himself in the heroine's eyes, but he disgusts me and I'm not inclined to give him another chance:P

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 11:44 AM ET
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I'm listening to the audiobook podcast of Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (free!), and reading Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer. This is my first Heyer, and I'm reading it in my quest to read all the All About Romance Top 100 for 2007. Right now - about 2/3 way through - I'm not impressed with Devils Cub. Oh, the writing is good, but the characters are so unlikeable. I'm not at all convinced the hero has any redeeming values at all, and his mother - ick - what a stage mother she is! Her baby boy can do no wrong - not charming on her part at all. The female cousin is a twit. And the heroine - in love? I don't see it even though she thinks it, once. I'm trying to keep from hating it before it ends - sometimes the ending can change my mind about a story.

Kim wrote: He had all evidence to the contrary in his personal experience with her, and really should have known better.  I think he should have at least listened to her - which he totally refused to do.

I have read a couple of stories with a similar obnoxious twist - LH's A Lady of the West, for one, where the heroine was pregnant with the hero's child but he decided it was her previous husband's child  (whom he killed) and that she was lying to him - finally a whore tells him it was indeed  his baby, and he believes the whore, but not the heroine. Yeah, and would I forgive him for the way he treated her because of that? NO WAY JOSE. Can we convince authors to stop asking us to believe this scenario?? It sure makes both protagonists to be very very unlikeable people IMO.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2008 1:14 PM ET
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Well, I did go back and finish it, and I can't recommend it.  AAR gave it an A - Desert Isle Keeper, and in my opinion, it flat-out sucks:P  Not the worst I've ever read, but pretty icky.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 2:02 PM ET
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i'd read The Dawn Star (Misted Cliffs, Bk 3) by Catherine Asaro a few days ago.  this is a direct followup to The Misted Cliffs, and i liked both.  there's still some romance in this both with the main characters and some side characters.

last night i read Broken Wings by Lora Leigh.  looking at her book list on her website, this is the one non-erotic print book by this author.  it's a fantasy novel that takes place mostly during a war.  the first chapter is an attack on a family, including brutally killing the children, gang-raping the mother while her mate watches, then killing him and leaving her to bleed to death.  so i really wasn't sure if i was going to enjoy this at all, but i'd found it for $1 at a thrift store last month, so i figured i'd at least try it.  fortunately, after the first chapter the atrocities that continue get mentioned, but don't take place "on screen".  in the end, it was a good enough story that i did like it, and there is some romance in it, but it's definitely dark.  the Winged Clans were interesting, but i don't see there were ever any more books in this world.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 3:11 PM ET
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This week I will be reading DEATH ANGEL by Linda Howard.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 5:21 PM ET
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I started Some Like It Wicked by Theresa Medeiros today. I'm hooked.  I can see myself getting little done tonight. 

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 5:53 PM ET
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I finished up Leopard Prince and Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt, and am now nearly done with Bad Boys in Kilts by Donna Kaufmann.  It's a nice, light read.  I have The Great Scot, but am debating starting it right after this.  I finally got all 3 of the Grace Valley books and want to start on those soon.  Too many books, too little time!

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 6:15 PM ET
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Sarah F--I really liked My Dearest Enemy, it's one of the funniest historicals I've read.

I finished Summer Knight and put the next one on my reserve list at the library. My library rocks! I got a notice that I have a bunch of reserves that have arrived, including Eclipse and The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Marked by PC and Kristin Cast, and Don't Hex With Texas by Shanna Swendson.

I'm reading Phantom in the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon with Dianna Love. It's one of her BAD series--which is Bureau of American Defense for those who have never read them. I didn't want to start a funny book because I begin jury duty tomorrow--I don't think they'd appreciate me LOLing while I'm sitting there waiting. :)

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I could not get into My Dearest Enemy - now I'm kind of regretting geting rid of it, because I'd like to give it a second chance.  I didn't like any Brockway I tried at first, for some odd reason! Now I love her.

I finally finished Darkling I Listen and feel like I just ran a marathon. <pant pant> I need something super light and easy now.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 6:54 PM ET
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Kim, maybe you'd like it better if you were stuck on a desert isle for a while...Iknow what you mean though..sometimes I wonder who in the world rates these books 'cause I've read 2 or 3 star ones from romantic times and loved them and didn't like the 4 star one at all and others are right on the money.

I think it's just my mood a lot of the time...I usually love Merline  Lovelace's books but this last one irritated me to no end and I think it's because I disliked the female a lot and the male didnt' do much for me eithe rthough I did have to admire his s hooting skills  having done target shooting myself in the past(though nowhere near HIS level just for fun) but the female in this one is the daughter of 2 other agents and I didn't like their story either (the 4th in the original 4)! that whole family is  plain weird! I've also missed a couple here and there in the series I need to go back and read..seems like all new people now and I miss my favorites!

I've piddled with a couple of other books but none totally grabbed me though I think I'll keep with 'cop on loan' a harlequin superromance by jeannie watt I started this morninga nd got a couple of pages into..it mgiht be pretty good but I was too tired to keep at it and see. I've never heard of this author and don't read the superromances very often though I've gotten a few good ones from these. also have a bunch of other books I wanna get read. I'm with Lesley..too many books and too little time!

ya'll cross your fingers we're still slow at work so Ic an do some more reading tonight!

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 7:06 PM ET
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I finished up The Bodyguard and it was good until the very end.  You had the usual "major misunderstanding" and the hero was a flat out bastard to the heroine, saying some things that almost made ME cry.   Then when they finally come back together, it all wraps up in less than a  page.  It ruined what was for me a really good book.

Now I'm reading Tamera Alexander's From a Distance.  Its a historical western with a religious theme.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2008 7:23 PM ET
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I read and finished up this morning, Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie, which was actually pretty cute for it being her first book.

and now I'm reading: Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich, which I'm not really impressed with yet, but it's a quick read.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:03 PM ET
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Which Bodyguard Sherri? not suzanne brockmann's is it? Eileen , best I can remember about  Naughty Neighbor is it was sorta cute and quick..nothing else seems to stand out in my mind.

still can't decide what to read...

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:34 PM ET
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I read "A Quick Bite" by Lynsay Sands - not too bad -- just a light vampire book - Liked the family dynamics though - good for a couple of laughs. Supposedly the first of the series but written out of order.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:08 PM ET
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I ended up starting a Laura Childs Tea Shop mystery - Dragonwell Dead. bad mistake..so far I've had a cup of  celestial seasonings and rice krispie treat and I'm not even on page 30 yet...anyone who's read these books know they discuss the different teas and their baker/cook describes every scone and chicken salad and all you can even imagine in great detail...sigh...I haven't read one of thes ein a while and am probably a bit out of order but I read them mostly to read about the teas!

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:59 PM ET
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In my mad rush to get through my huge TBR shelf, I ended up ditching 2 books after reading only couple of chapters today.

Tempting Juliana by Lauren Royal.  This book was just too cheesy, almost childishly frivolous.   I enjoy lite reads as the next person, but heroine's cutesy'ness just got on my nerves.  

Dangerous Temptation by Anne Mather.  I usually like this authors books, that is, when I feel like reading those Harlequin Present books with Neanderthal hero's.  This particular novel wasnt a HP so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but after reading only couple of chapters, I ended up putting it aside because the heroine just sounded like a spineless doormat.  The heroine was married to some douchebag who married her only for her money, cheated on her from the get-go, kept a mistress... and for 3 years she put up with it.  OK, she will have some sort of a HEA but I still have no respect for someone like this.  Usually, if I dont like the H/H, I wont like the book, so... this went on my shelf. 

 

Now, I am reading, The Silaver Rose from Jane Feather

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Susanna - no this Bodyguard is by Joan Johnston

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 11:17 PM ET
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Hi, everyone!  I've been lurking for a while since I haven't had much time to do fun reading!  Just finished the Spice anthology What Happens in Vegas--the stories were definitely hot.  A couple of them were friends-to-lovers stories, which I love.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 11:19 PM ET
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Tempting Juliana by Lauren Royal.  This book was just too cheesy, almost childishly frivolous.   I enjoy lite reads as the next person, but heroine's cutesy'ness just got on my nerves.

I started that one and found it annoying too, maybe I should just toss it.

I'm about halfway through Penelope and Prince Charming by Jennifer Ashley. It's a bit too focused on the couple lusting after each other constantly, I find that dull, but I'm curious enough about what happens to keep reading.

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