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Subject: What are we reading Jan 20 - Jan 26
Date Posted: 1/20/2008 10:05 AM ET
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What are you reading this week?

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 10:13 AM ET
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I'm reading a book called Man with a Past by Kay Stockham.  Its a Harlequin but kind of different from what you usually read in them.  The hero is Joe who was wrongfully imprisoned for 10 years for supposedly killing his own daughter by shaken baby syndrome.  He didn't do it and is desperate to find out what happened to his baby daughter.  He comes back to his hometown to stay and visit with his dad who is in a nursing home now and is basically almost run out of town.  No one will give him a job or treat him with common decency.  He ends up going to work as a handyman for the heroine who just moved into town.  She's a young Iraq war widow trying to renovate an old home and make it a B&B so she she can stay home with her infant son (whom her dead husband never met).  Joe is very apprehensive around the baby and is trying to lay low and just keep digging into what could have killed his baby girl.  Ashley (heroine) is trying to adjust to small town living and being looked upon as an outsider.  I'm 3/4 of the way done and I have to say its good.  Different but good.

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 10:55 AM ET
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I finished off Baby It's Cold Outside last night.  Good book!

I joined another swap too so I started in on the book for that.  I hate to send stuff away without reading it.  I've only read a couple of pages though.  Got too tired last night to read.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Sarah,  I read Baby It's Cold Outside and I really enjoyed that one.  I, too, am reading a swap book, so I can't reveal the title just yet, LOL.  Yesterday I finished Gaits of Heaven by Susan Conant.  I didn't like it.  It was boring and slow moving.  This is the second book in this series that I have read, and I really wanted to like them as I LOVE dogs, but it just isn't lighting my fire.  I think the rest of the books that I have on my shelf are going to be posted.  Too man books and too little time to read something I don't enjoy.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 12:48 PM ET
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Finally finished Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. I thought it was really good but I haven't had much time to read and when I did I'd fall asleep. Anyway.. this book is Derek Craven's romance with Sara Fielding. Derek was born and raised himself in the gutters, now he's one of the richest men in England and owns London's most exclusive gambling house. Sara has lived her whole life in the country. She is a writer and her research leads her to Derek's gambling house.

Also read a Silhouette Desire called Wife For Hire by Amy J. Fetzer, part of the Wife Inc. series. Hayley and Nash were in love 7 years ago when Nash suddenly married someone else without a word to Hayley. 7 years later Hayley, on break from her residency, has taken a temporary assignment with her friends company Wife, Inc.. The job is helping Nash with his ranch and 2 children while the housekeeper has a vacation. Hayley, of course, doesn't know the clients name until she arrives. I thought it was a good story, especially for being only 187pp long. It's going on my unpostable list because it has a clipped cover.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 1:19 PM ET
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I also enjoyed Dreaming of You Jennifer.  I finished Dark Protector by Alexis Morgan - the first in that series about the Paladins.  Interesting concept of them fighting, dying and being brought back to life (with their humanity slowing slipping away).   I liked it and put myself on the WL for book #2.  If anyone has it on their WL and wants the first one, please let me know.  I'm now tempted to start rereading Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank - I was at a chat with her last night and won an ARC of her next book Damien!  YEAH ME! 

I did start Duke of Sin by Adele Ashworth.  I'm traveling for work this week so I should get a lot of reading done (I always read in airports and on the planes).

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 1:23 PM ET
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Kathy, I tried one of Conant's books since I love dogs and didn't like it. First it was very disturbing about the puppy mills and frankly, i hated the main character! I felt like she was on a soap box or something..don't know. I thought I might try her again but so far I haven't. I read one by Leslie O'Kane a hile back and finally found the 'series' - it was 'give the dog a bone' adn I think there are 2 others after it but haven't read those yet.

I'm still reading 'behind closed doors' if you can call it reading when I've only done 1 chapter in 2 nights! I did buy a floor lamp with reading light at walmart today so I can read better in that bedroom! and got new sheets for the bed in the other bedroom 'cause I'm so tired of the set i have (don't use that other room much except when partetns visit they use my king bed and I switch roomsa nd I also sleep in there during the summer when it's hot or my neighbors are too noisy out back). wish walmart had those dark blue sheets in king size and i'd have gotten 2 sets! 1 for each bed. washing them now cause I hate sleeping on sheets fresh out of the package..they're less wrinkled but afraid I'll get dye on me or something!

Sherri that sounds like a disturbing book! I"m not sure I could handle that one!

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 1:55 PM ET
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Jen, Amy J. Fetzer is one of my favorite authors.  She's an automatic buy for me.

Susanna - I hesitated at first but it ended really well and I cried at the ending.  Its definitely not a beach read but it was good nonetheless.

Not sure what I'm reading next.  My TBR pile is huge. LOL   Decided to read Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Sherri



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Date Posted: 1/20/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I finished A Case Of Nerves.  I thought it was a time travel book, but it wasn't.  It was more like reincarnation, where before he was killed at Culloden and she also came to a sad end but this time they get to be happy.  I enjoyed this book but wasn't totally happy with it because of the reincarnation theme.  I'm one of those people who are still all bent out of shape over the ending to Jude Devereaux"s Knight In Shining Armor, LOL.  (Only I wasn't laughing back then, I was throwing the book at the wall).

Not sure what I'm going to read next but definitely intend to get five more off the TBR pile this week.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 4:55 PM ET
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I finished The Seductive One/Susan Mallery and liked it so much I've ordered The Marcelli Bride which is the 4th book. I also finished ILL Wind/Rachel Caine--a sci-fi/fantasy series about Wardens who control the weather, fire, and earth. Really good--I can't wait to get the next one! Not sure what's up next.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 5:02 PM ET
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I'm still on "The Wedding Ring" by Emilie Richards, i've been busy with work and the house lately to get  much reading done.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 5:28 PM ET
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I'm finishing up Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer.  I'm sort of dragging it out though since it'll be a long time before the next one comes out. 

I'm also reading A Handmaid's Tale and Tall, Dark and Hungry.  I'll get them all finished by tomorrow I'm thinking.

How's that for an ecclectic reading list?  Do you suppose it's a sign of insanity?  ;)

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 7:36 PM ET
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I gave up on Ain't She Sweet.  It was more Chick Lit than Romance plus there was a  "revenge" factor going on that was pretty hard to swallow.   <sigh>  I don't have time for lousy books!

So now I'm reading Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh - part of her SEAL series.  So far so GOOOODDDDD! LOL

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 7:48 PM ET
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Sherri - be ready for a cold shower while reading Hidden Agendas! lol

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 8:30 PM ET
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I ended up starting the Blaze Indecent Suggestion.   I was taking a road trip today and I wanted something I could stick in my purse.  I'll probably finish that tonight since it's a short one. 

Last night I started We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry. I got this from the library. It's WL on here and  not out on paperback yet.  I didn't want to shell out $15 for the hardback.  It's not a romance but the last of her WWI series.   Not sure what I"ll read next.  Either the 2nd Shannon McKenna, Mcloud bros.  book or another contemporary.  Maybe The Naked Truth.  We'll see.  I have about 50 books calling to me so who knows what I'll decide to read.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 8:49 PM ET
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Shari, I think The Seductive One and The Marcelli Bride were my 2 favorite books in that series.

My swap book is going good, I'm like 3/4 of the way thru it and it's almost 400 pages.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 10:20 PM ET
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Susan I'm only on Ch 7, they haven't done anything but heavy petting and I'm already toast.  A hard, sexy CAJUN Alpha male SEAL who rides a Harley? Yeah...there will be cold showers in my future no doubt. LOL

Sherri



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Date Posted: 1/20/2008 10:24 PM ET
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I am reading The Scotsman by Juliana Garnett.  It is pretty good so far.  I love those Highlanders.

Sherron

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 12:04 AM ET
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Oh, Sherri, I'm so sorry--I loved Ain't She Sweet!  Glad you found something else to read though--life is too short if you're aren't enjoying the book!  Is Hidden Agendas a different Lora Leigh series than Dangerous Games?

I read Samantha Hunter's About Last Night, a Blaze, which was pretty good.  It's about a couple friends--actually a group of four friends, who end up pairing off--which upped the "only in a book" factor, but it was pretty cute and I liked all the characters, so that really helped :)

Also read Playing James, by Sarah Mason, which I'd picked up on whim.  Wasn't sure I was going to like it (it's more chick-lit, which I find more hit-or-miss) but her writing hooked me--it's a British import, and I'm a bit of a sucker for their slang and I found the characters pretty likeable even though some of them are on the flaky side (which I usually hate).  They were all reasonably intelligent, which is points for the book ;)

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 3:01 AM ET
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Well I picked out what I think I'm going to use for my Historical Swap. I haven't read it yet though. So I guess I should before I have to send it off to someone. Actually I have 2 in mind so I'm not sure which I'll use.  One has less than 5 copies in the system the other has none.  They were both WL when I got them it just took me too long to get around to them. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 7:21 AM ET
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I'm reading In Darkness Reborn by Alexis Morgan--it's book 3 in her Paladin series--I have really liked this series and if my keeper shelf wasn't so big, I would keep them!

Sarah--I can understand why you say that--I have The Sparkling One (book 1) but now that I've read the 3rd one, I don't really want to go back and read that one! I just want to move on to the hunky SEAL brother's book! LOL ;)

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:32 AM ET
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Fedora - Hidden Agendas is part of the same series as Dangerous Games.  It follows Dangerous Games - it's about another member of that team and the continuing threat of the Diego cartel.  Killer Secrets is the next one in the series that we are all anxiously awaiting - Ian's story is going to be sooooooo good and I'm anticipating lots of naughtiness. :)

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:50 AM ET
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Hey Fedora - I gave Ain't She Sweet several chapters, but I just wasn't feeling it.  The whole revenge factor with the next door neighbor and half sister was just too weird for me.  That's okay though - I have lots of books! LOL  (Although I did enjoy the banter)  And Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh is in the same series as the one you got from me.  I'm about 2/3rds done with that and OMG....that's all I can say.

Sherri

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 9:15 AM ET
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I just finished a Harlequin Historical that I LOVED so much I had to share!  In fact, I got very little done yesterday except reading this book (I so envy those of you who can read a 300 page book in several hours).

It's The Warrior's Touch by Michelle WIllingham.    The Amazon review pretty much says it all.   There is great character development in this book and I was totally sucked in.

And I found out that it's part of a series!  WooHoo!

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:03 PM ET
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I think the 1st and 3rd story in Leigh's Seal series are in anthologies but I get the mixed up: real men do it better and honk i fyou love real men are the 2 books. the story about Raven and Reno? I think is first then dangerous games then the other anthology story then hidden agendas then I guess the new book that's come out or is coming out.

maybe I'll go home and read dangerous games and actually, um, read it cover to cover this time! that was one hot book!

boss just left so might try to get in some reading here but we usually get b usier in the afternoons and it's already gotten busier than it was this morning.

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