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Subject: What are we reading Feb 3 - Feb 9
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:00 PM ET
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What did you read this week?

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I'm still working on a book for a swap that's not been revealed yet.  Actually, I've got 3 to read for that swap since I pulled my play books off of my TBR pile.  The first one's looking good, a woman on the run and a sexy cop who, of course, wants to help her.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:02 PM ET
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I just finished up Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor and I loved it.  I think it was the best one of the McAllister series I've read.  Does Braden have a book?  Or Simon?

Next up I'm reading a WL book so I can post it.  Its a little different - its called Plain & Fancy by Wanda Brunstetter.  Its about a woman who falls in love with an Amish man (she's not).  I'm pretty sure its an inspirational romance but the storyline intrigued me so...


Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:00 PM ET
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I started PS I love you last night.  I cried so hard for the first 30 pages that I gave myself a headache.  Hubby asked if I was ok.  LOL  I finally put it down for about 20 minutes and then went back to it.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:11 PM ET
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Out of the "Drop-Dead Blondes" short story collection I'm reading Nancy Martin's story "Slay Belles". I also just started Scions: Resurrection by Patrice Michelle, which is great so far.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:15 PM ET
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I have read that whole series and Born in Sin was my absolute favorite.  Braden's book is Claiming the Highlander (book 2 in series) Simon's book is in an analogy called Where's My Hero?  This is the order:

Master of Desire (Draven of Ravenswood)

Claiming the Highlander (Braden MacAllister)

Born in Sin

Taming the Scotsman (Ewan MacGregor)

Where's My Hero? (Simon of Ravenswood)

A Dark Champion

Return of the Warrior

The Warrior

The last three books are related to this series.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:17 PM ET
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Thanks Sherron!


Date Posted: 2/3/2008 3:08 PM ET
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Well I started a bit of The Trouble With Paradise by Jill Shalvis last night.  But while I was waiting for my computer to do something I started perusing the Blaze Shameless by Tori Carrington. I think I'm going to finish that today instead. I'm kind of in the mood for an easy read Blaze.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 3:20 PM ET
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I read an April Presents by Julia James.  The Italian's Rags To Riches Wife.  Loved it.  She started out strong as a Presents writer for me and then the last few I ended up just skimming.  Was about to quit getting hers and then got this one.  She's baaaack!

Now I guess I'm going to give P.S. I Love You a try.  I've been eyeing it for a few days but just wasn't ready to get out the tissues.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 5:45 PM ET
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I just finished Tall, Dark, and Handsome by Lynsay Sands and I'm enjoying the series.  Thanks to the multiple games I'm playing I have 2 more on the way.

Now I'm reading An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James.  I have just started it but i already found the beggining a little confusing and of course I'm having a bit of trouble with the storyline so far where the heroine doesn't like SEX ??? hello?  but I have faith because I usually like her books, so we'll see.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:39 PM ET
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I finished Blue Flame/Jill Shalvis--I liked it but I think I like Seeing Red better--and am now reading Highlander in Her Dreams/Allie MacKay.

ETA: I forgot to mention that I just finished Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy and I'm also reading Tall, Dark and Dead by Tate Hallaway.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 7:15 PM ET
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I've been reading Mysteries:) The one I finished this morning was The Chocolate Jewel Case by... darn it I can't remember her name! I gave the book back to my MIL, too, so I can't even go look. This was the 7th in the series, and it's been a good series so far, featuring a chocolate shop, yum!

Noe I'm reading Too Many Cooks by Joanne Pence, an Angie Almafi mystery. Then I'm going back to romance!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 8:50 PM ET
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Hi everyone! I listened to evanovich's 'hot six' on the drive back home this afternoon and started 'hissy fit' by mary kay andrews..that one will probably last me a while! it's not abridged like the plum stories were!

Eileen I think Joanna Carl wrote the chocolate jewel case. Ihave some of hers in my TBR pile to read but can't decide which series to start next...caught up ont he 'cooking class ones' and victoria laurie's 2 series.read 2 of the flower shop mysteries and wasn't crazy about them but have at least the next 2 I could read and see..but was trying to decide between the candy shop, joanne fluke, and joanna carl chocolte ones...

start night shift tomorrow night and do 3 then off 1 then another 3..if it's slow Ic an read yeah! we were busy last few weeks though..sigh..

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 9:05 PM ET
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Finished Mother, Please!, an anthology with stories by Brenda Novak, Jill Shalvis, and Alison Kent.  Each story is about a daughter and her relationship with her mother as well as the man in her life.  I really enjoyed Brenda's story, but the other two felt a smidge rushed.  Overall it was a sweet collection.

Also read three books by a new-to-me author, Dara Girard.  Sparks was about a business consultant hired to restructure a medical-technology company and the company's sexy new CEO.  The Glass Slipper Project was very fairy-tale-esque, about one of four now impoverished sisters who are trying to hang onto their family home, and the gorgeous bachelor who now owns it.  Taming Mariella was probably my favorite, about another one of the four sisters.  This one is a bit inspired by Taming of the Shrew, and I liked her take on it.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Just finished "Hello Doggy" by Elaine Fox to send out in a buddy swap.  It was pretty good.  I have "Vampires are Forever" in my immediate TBR pile, but I'm planning a before work stop at Wally World Tuesday to get "MIne to Possess" (Nalini Singh) and "Dawn's Awakening" (Lora Leigh) and will likely read those two next. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 11:42 PM ET
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I just finished This is all I ask by Lynn Kurland.  Before I say anything about it, I just want to make sure everyone who said they loved it knows I totally respect their taste - lol.  No, seriously, I'm not kidding.  I am a total pain in the backside to please, trust me.

Anyhoo - it was good, maybe 4 stars/grade B- to B, in my opinion.  Good story line, and the hero absolutely tore my heart out.  That said, the heroine... yikes...  I've read my share of heroines that I wanted to shake until their teeth rattled, but she will stand out for some time to come.  And it's not that she's stubborn and *ick*  "fiesty" - which I generally hate to the nth degree; she's a titmouse, a rabbit, and no, I don't mean Bugs Bunny...  It's entirely understandable that any woman who has suffered the sort of abuse she's been through would be nervous and uncomfortable with people.  What's not really consistent with the story is a heroine who has a husband like hers there to support her and bolster her self esteem, to cower, cringe and cry every time a shadow crosses her path.  Her behavior had my eyes rolling more than once.  And it really doesn't make much sense, given what & who she initially thought the hero was, for her to figure him out so quickly, yet continue to be such a coward with everyone else.  It was just too convenient to the story line, & it seemed contrived.  The skimming over of any sexual contact between the hero & heroine set my teeth on edge at times too.  It's not that I think a story has to have explicit sex in it to be any good - it doesn't.  It was more the way the intimate moments were artfully danced around that aggravated me.  I think those portions could have been better detailed without being very descriptive.  There are ways to say these people are doing this & that without actually saying it - if you know what I mean.  And really, the skimming seemed to be applied to a lot of details in the story, mostly the characters themselves.  I never really got a good sense of them as 3 dimensional people; even though there were plenty of details about them, they seemed to be random tidbits and not full character development.

Anyway, just my two cents worth.  Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 12:11 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/4/2008 2:37 AM ET
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Sherri  - ooo I looove Kinley MacGregor books, talk about some hunky heroes!

I have been on a total reading rampage!!  In this past week I've read: A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole, Twilight Before Christmas - Christine Feehan, Highlander Unchained - Monica McCarty, Undead and Unemployed - MaryJanice Davidson.  Does anyone sense a paranormal romance theme going on here?  lol

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:18 AM ET
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Val, how was "Highlander Unchained"?  I have it in my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 8:14 AM ET
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Yes! Susanna, it was Joanna Carl... sheesh, I couldn't for the life of me remember her name, and I've read all 7 books in the series. I think it's because I read so many J names:) Joanna Carl, Joanne Fluke, Janet Evanovich, Joanne Pence, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood...see the trend??

I'm still reading Too Many Cooks by Joanne Pence, and I have to say it's pretty good, but I'd like to kick Paavo Smith in the rear end...what a stupid man! He broke up with Angie because everyone kept telling him either she was too good for him, or that's she's too flighty and she'd leave him...so he left her first. Dumb, dumb man!

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 8:40 AM ET
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I finished up Plain & Fancy and while it was interesting I wouldn't recommend it.  The storyline is basically an "English" woman falls in love with an Amish fellow and to be together she joins his faith.  Interesting but hardly something that would likely happen in real life.  Plus the girl was VERY, and I mean very, spoiled - so it didn't make sense she would give up all the modern conveniences the way she did.

Now I'm reading Forgive the Wind by Cindy Holby.  So far so good.


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I just started reading The Hunted by Jaid Black & JW McKenna. I've never read a "capture" themed book and I'm not sure how I'll like it.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:18 AM ET
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I'm reading The Renegade's Heart by Stobie Piel. Just started it so.


Sherri - Cindy Holby's wind series is very good! I've read the first two and have the rest in my TBR to read. good series.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:28 AM ET
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If anyone wants a hearwarming sob-jerker, check out The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I should have known that it would make me cry, b/c all his books do, but they're just such sweet love stories that I can't stay away from them! I was home alone and I was crying so much that our dog kept pacing around me and watching me trying to figure out what my deal was! It's his latest and still on the PBS WL but I borrowed it from a friend.

      I'm almost done with that one and I just started reading On Target by Catherine Mann. I'm weird like that, I sometimes like to start a new book as I'm finishing up another one just to keep the flow going. This book's starting out pretty good. If you're into Suzanne Brockmann and military type hero's this is right up your alley.


Just recently finished:

Servant: The Awakening by L.L. Foster ;

Kiss Me Deadly by Susan Kearney 

Tempting by Susan Mallery

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Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I finished up my first swap book last night, Restless Spirit by Cassie Miles (a Harlequin Intrigue) last night.  Good book!  Hero is a sheriff, heroine is on the run from an abusive husband.  Her roommate gets kidnapped and she ends up staying with the sheriff for protection while they unravel the mystery.

Now I'm on to a Desire called The Millionaire Cop & the Mom-to-be by Charlotte Hughes.  H&h grew up together (his parents took her in after she was orphaned).  Now she was left at the altar and has no place to go (she'd sold her house) so he takes her in.  From the title and the back cover, she's pregnant too and he marries her to give the baby a name.