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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 12:32 PM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 12:34 PM ET
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I finished 'The Silver Needle Murder by Laura Childs(tea shop  mystery) and have several in my 'immediate TBR' pile so trying to decide if I want to start Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier or get back to a romance...guess it'll depend on my mood when I have time to pick something up to read.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Just finishing "Three to get Deadly" by Janet Evanovich and starting "Four to Score" tonight.       I need #5 and #6 because I read fast and don't have the next two yet.  Waaahhh!  LOL

:)

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 2:21 PM ET
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I finished Delicious and was so disappointed not to love it. I don't know why people are so divided on this book, but I fell into the wrong side, alas. It just didn't work for me.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 2:46 PM ET
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I just finished reading The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory. I loved loved loved the first half of the book, where the lady and the cowboy are thrown together in a situation where they have to rely on eachother for survival and rescue. They seem to form not just a romance, but a really sweet friendship as well. The second half of the book completely bombed for me, though. After their rescue the heroine went from totally charming to a total snob. Sam, the hero, who saved her life gets treated like pond scum for the rest of the book. She even makes up lies about a stupid drunken cowboy on the moor who wanders off to pee and gets lost, leaving her alone to fend for herself - this is to protect her reputation (so she wasn't alone with a man on the moor for a few days) but what a way to treat the guy who saved you! Also, apparently he was good enough to give her virginity to, but not good enough to let him court her after their rescue since he is below her class and all (he wears cowboy boots and a stetson so he is obviously working-class). She even pushes him to give up his very important job (interim U.S. Ambassador for god's sake) and go back to America. Of course, everyone's feelings about Sam change once her family finds out how rich he is - and for some reason he loves the biatch anyway. Ugh.

Now I think I'll read Walking After Midnight by Karen Robards. Hopefully there are no snotty aristocrats in this story :P



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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 3:05 PM ET
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I finally finished Kink. I have started Delicious. Not sure if I like it or not. I don't like the jumping back 10 years scenes. I do like the desciptions of food, though, yum!

Anne

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I just finished Marie Force's Line of Scrimmage--I really liked it!  It's a second-chance story, where the football superstar and his estranged wife are just days from finalizing their divorce.  He's come to his senses and intends to make the most of those few days to convince her that it isn't too late for them.  I really enjoyed seeing how their relationship matured, and it was interesting to me how some of those issues they faced are the same as couples in a new relationship, and how some of them are because they'd been together for a long time.  I'll definitely be looking for Marie's future books!

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 4:43 PM ET
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OK...last week I started two books that I could not get interested in.  That can be so frustrating.  This week I am reading The White Rose by Julie Garwood.  I have the other two books in the series on request from PBS.  I have not heard anything on my request.  I sure hope they respond quick.  I will finish this one tonight.  I don't want to start another book while my mind is on that series.  Is anyone else like that???

Have a great week.......

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 6:39 PM ET
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I started Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson and got bored pretty fast, so now I'm reading Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner. (Not a romance.) It's a follow-up to Good In Bed and kind of interesting to me since I'm also a mom of a special needs kid.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 6:46 PM ET
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Fedora - that book sounds really good!     Well I "finished" (ie skimmed) Montana Sky by Nora Roberts.  Sorry I'm just not a fan and this didn't help her in my view.   BUT, I did also finish Karen Ranney's The Devil Wears Tartan and I absolutely loved it!    Its a marriage of convenience story where the heroine is marrying the reclusive Earl because she has been "compromised".  The author throws you right into the wedding from page 1 and it only gets better and better.  What a tortured hero!!  And I loved the way she made the heroine - spunky but not bitchy, strong yet vulnerable and when she decides to fight for her man - look out! lol  There's a really good mystery element to it also.

I'm about to start a small one by Annette Broadrick called Married or Not.

 

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:08 PM ET
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Sarah, I agree with you about The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory. I've been reading it the last week, but I couldn't finish it once I got into the second half of the book because I didn't like the way the heroine treats the hero. Plus I don't understand how she could think that she could give her virginity to him and then go on to marry some other dude without anyone being the wiser. Didn't the women in that time period have to guard their virginities fiercely (as well as have other family members guard it), just so they could go to their future husbands "unsoiled", and keep their reputations? I thought she acted like a petulant, selfish child, thinking she could take what she wanted (she kind of used the hero, in that regard), then go on as if nothing had happened, just throwing him away with no regards to his feelings because he is considered below her class. So, I moved on to read Night in Eden by Candice Proctor. I'm almost finished with it, and am really enjoying it, except I got a little tired of all the descriptions of the hero's hard "man's body" and rippling muscles and the heroine's "ripe breasts" that are always being pushed against her bodice when she takes a breath. Perhaps she should wear looser clothing. Despite this, I think I really like this author and will read her other books. Some of them have very interesting premises, and it's nice to get out of England.



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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:19 PM ET
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Fedora, glad to hear a good report on Line Of Scrimmage as I just bought that. 

Just finished Dark Light by Jayne Castle.  Enjoyed it very much, but Jayne Ann Krentz, under all her names, has always been a favorite of mine.I have started Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead which is not holding my interest, so I think I will start The Devil Wears Tartan.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:35 PM ET
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Rosie, lol on the looser clothing thing. And I wish I had stopped reading The Indiscretion halfway through and just pretended they married and lived happily-ever-after because the heroine didn't redeem herself at all in my eyes, whereas poor Sam practically had to crawl through the mud to get her to marry him. Trust me, you didn't miss out on anything by skipping the last half of the book.

Oh, and when she makes up and spreads the story about the stupid drunken cowboy who wandered off and left her to fend for herself - I couldn't believe it! Here this man saves her life, and keeps her safe while she was acting like a frightened little ninny about the dark (she couldn't even go off and pee by herself she was so scared), builds her fires and keeps her fed - and then she claims she survived on her own wits and has eveyone laughing about the dumb cowboy and his ugly underwear! I wanted to burn the dang book at that point. I was thinking maybe Sam should've gone back to America - I would certainly have run fast and far in the other direction!



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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:48 PM ET
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I can't seem to catch a new book break lately. I skimmed ahead in Certain Girls and something really horrible and unacceptable to me (even in a non-romance... and I should just stick to romance and non-fiction, it seems) happens, and I don't want to read any more.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 8:03 PM ET
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Paula, I like to have all the books before I start or at least have them on the way but even then I often skip around in what I'm reading..just depends. I was hopping up and down when I finally started the Raintree trilogy from silhouette nocturne(btw did ya'll know they have all 3 together in one tradesize pb now? saw it at Borders)

speaking of Borders..I'm mad at those people! first off they don't discount anything unless you waste ink printing out their el cheapo coupon that makes you buy 10 bucks of stuff to get 20-30% off.but there are 2 books I wanted..one is due out Tuesday I think...Corpse Pose(yoga mystery) and No Escape (shannon k  butcher's new book) and I did the store search and Corpse Pose showed 'likely in store' WTH? they dont know if they have it or not? so I requested them to hold for p ickup then got an email saying they didn' thave any in the store. well went today to look for some other kinda stuff and of course had to browse and there were both friggin' books! even the one that' snot supposed to be on the shelf til Tuesday and when I called they say it's not released yet...geez...Corpse Pose was out of order but only about 10 books over...I've noticed a LOT of books out of order in that store...for what they charge they ought to have everything. And nothing at all of Kate Angell's (the baseball books) and were missing the first in several series (like who wants to start in the middle?)

ok..need to do a little sewing and take the girls out the shower and bed then Ican read! not sure what i'm in the mood for though..'sealed with a kiss' is sorta callling my name right now but who  knows!

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:05 PM ET
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This weekend I read Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer--I love the Twilight saga--and Don't Hex With Texas by Shanna Swendson--I also love the Katie Chandler books! I think next up is Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:10 PM ET
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I'm working my way thru Wild Card by Lora Leigh.  Couldn't believe I found it posted in the PBS system.  Guess everyone wants the paperback and not the hardcover.  I just know I've been waiting for Nathan's story but I'm ready to kick his ass for not telling his wife who he is.  Even though she's figured it out.  She won't tell him she knows either.  Can I just knock their heads together????

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:18 PM ET
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I decided to give up on new books for awhile and started The Gilded Cage by Edith Layton. I'm enjoying it, even though I'm on page 115 and the hero and heroine *just met*. :-)  The theatre stuff is fun, I love theatre stories.  This one is set in Old New York, which makes a change.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 1:10 AM ET
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last night i read Wild Card by Lora Leigh.  i won it in a swap game and didn't realize it was 'romantic suspense', or i probably wouldn't have gone for it.  the other two romantic suspense books i read i didn't like (or hated) even though they were by authors i had enjoyed other work by.  (i remember one was Cheyenne McCray, don't remember who the other one was.)  however, i didn't mind this one.  i didn't think it was great, and i won't go looking for the other similar ones, but it was ok.  like Sarah, i was seriously irritated at Nathan, though i haven't read the backstory that i guess is in her SEAL books.  i also wasn't thinking and flipped through some of the pages to see if i thought i was going to keep it, and accidently found out who the 'leak' in the local PD was about 150 pages early.  oops, that kind of spoiled some of the tension when i got to the big reveal later.  in general, i think still not my genre.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:28 AM ET
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Sarah, Ellen:  I had similar issues with WIld Card.  Nathan was lying to his wife Sabella.  Sabella hadn't revealed her true personality to Nathan while they were married.  I get that Lora Leigh was having them learn about each other but that initial setup just didn't sit right with me - especially watching Sabella TEAR HERSELF UP INSIDE over her guilt over wanting to have sex with "Noah" and "Noah" being such a jackass about it.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:48 AM ET
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I finished Dark Embrace by Brenda Joyce and I really, really liked it. Now I'm mad that I did not read the first two in the series first.   I hate going back to the beginning when I've already read the last one to date in the series.  Oh well, can't wait for her next installment. 

I also finished Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey Hill....it's listed as paranormal erotic..but I think it had a great story and although there was a lot of sex it wasn't page after page of the same sex...you actually had a really good story to follow. I really enjoyed this book as well and can't wait for the next in the series.

Today I have another paranormal to start for a swap than I'm high tailing it back to romance for a few days.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 9:00 AM ET
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Speaking of The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory, this is actually one of my favorite books:P  I can totally relate to why some of you didn't like it, but I saw it differently - obviously, lol.  When Sam and Lydia get stranded on the Dartmoor, it's like another world to her, and the normal rules, in her mind, just don't apply.  This is her one adventure.  Yes, she is a spoiled and coddled brat, but she's also been restricted & sheltered to excess, and often treated like she's sickly & helpless, and she's not very happy with her life.  Although she won't admit it, she knows what she's expected to do with her life, and she's not as content with that as she leads others to believe.  She feels as though she has no control.  Being stranded with Sam is her one chance to be free of all of the social strictures she has to live under, and to be free of the expectations of everyone else she knows, and she takes full advantage of it.  Her circumstances provide her with the justification & opportunity for lowering her inhibitions.  A lot.  When they're rescued, she realizes that time is over, and she has to be laced back into her tight corsets and do the "expected thing".  The alternative to her is to completely turn her back on her life as she knows it & her family & friends.  And, I think, it's not until she realizes that she's pregnant that it really comes home to her that she can't just go back and pretend that nothing has changed.  Finding out that her brother is gay and that he has determined that he wants to live his life in a way that makes him happy, rather than do what is expected of him, is also a big eye-opener for her.  For the first time, she realizes that  she has choices.  Her rebellion near the end during the marriage negotiations with Sam & his lawyer, I think, was very understandable too, and I sort of got a kick out of it, although I obviously wanted her to throw herself at his feet:P  She was sitting there listening to people still planning her life and deciding how things were going to be, and her newly awakened sense of power and freedom of choice prompted her to get up & walk out.  She just decided that she didn't have to do anything she didn't want to.  I can appreciate that.  It's frustrating, yes, but it was something from her that I could respect, and that moment was when I really could honestly say that I identified with her and liked her as a character.  That was when she finally took control; regardless of what sort of impact that would have on her life, she was going to be in control of her life.  Obviously Sam was an exceptionally perceptive man and had to love her a lot to understand her & what she needed from him, so it worked out to a happy ending.  He will always be one of my favorite heroes.  And while I really enjoyed the first half of the book, I personally don't think that Lydia's character was fully developed until very near the end of the book.

Anyway, that's just how I saw it:P

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 9:01 AM ET
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well are just moving Wildcard completely off my list LOL..I haven't gotten past the 3rd story in her Seal series if this is book 5..I've read the short story, Dangerous Games, then the other short story - Hidden Agendas is next I think..gosh maybe it's the 6th book 'cause seems like I have another book after Hidden Agendas...oh well. Wasn't interesting enough to push on with the series..think the drug/suspense were too much..plus that vibrating butt plug scene in Dangerous Games is still in my mind...totally took me by surprise - was my first lora leigh and was mass market paperback so really wasn't expecting something of that nature LOL!

anyhoo..I started a new book/new author for me last night and got a little over 100 pages before turning out the light since I needed some sleep! Sealed With a Kiss - Mary Daughtridge. It's pretty good so far but probably gonna be a big custoy dohickey and misunderstandings before it's all said and done but oh well. It's about a Seal who's ex took off with the kid and m oved in with her high society mother and got alimony/child support and full custody and wasn't flexible with his visitation so he seldom got to see his kid. If he got called out and it was his time to visit she wouldn't allow him to see him when he got back, etc made him wait til the next court appt time...so she's dead when the book starts and he's in the process of signing over custody to his ex mil when his commanding officer makes him go to his kid (4 yr old boy) and seriously think about it and come back with a plan proving his son is being taken care of properly. The woman of interest is a counselor/shrink or something like that and she can relate to the kid. so where I'm at now is he told his mother to evacuate for the category 1 hurricane and he stays with his son and they eventually end up staying with the woman of interest and now the power is off..makes me wish I could remember my hurricane history -elvira is the hurricane. probably  not too good to read this so soon after going through Ike but at least I can relate! anyways I'm guessing he's gonna decide he wants to raise his kid then ex mil with all the big time money will take him to court and make him choose between the kid and the Seals..just guessing though(acutally didnt' cheat on this one and read theending - yet!)

also have Ace is Wild by Penny McCall that I might read next if I'm still in action/suspense mode..not sure on that one though!

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 10:26 AM ET
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Over the weekend I read  Sundays at Tiffany's  by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet.  I thought it was a sweet fantasy romance novel.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 11:03 AM ET
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This morning I started A Little Less Talk & A Lot More Action by LuAnn McLane.

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