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Subject: What are we reading? July 13 - July 19
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 8:21 AM ET
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What's everybody reading?

I just finished Blaze by Susan Johnson. It was the first book I ordered from PBS and for some reason, couldn't finish it. I'm using it for a swap, though, so I had to finish it up.

I didn't particularly cared about the heroine and thought that misunderstanding was the stupidest I've read in a long time. However, I really liked all the details about the Absarokee people and felt for the hero (I even cried a bit) when he would muse about the future of his culture and how they would never be allow to have the life they lived for hundreds of years. So that (and not the romance) pulled it to 3 stars for me.

Another book I read recently was Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson. The book was clearly 4 stars for me until the last 5th of the book. Everything was wrapped up too prettily for my taste - the hero was very opposed to something (don't want to give any spoilers so I won't go into details) but at the end, he was OK with it all of a sudden. He acted like a jerk and then it was "sorry!" and everything was fine...there was no soul searching, no suffering for him. And I hated the last chapter the most. Since when is it OK to get everything you want when you do a lot horrible things? Why would a really bad person get rewarded when she kept trying her hardest to keep hurting people she had hurt in the past? C'mon! I don't have any problem with redemption - I would have wanted her to keep moving slowly for years, years and years (with the idea that it would take her a long time to mend her ways) instead of getting everything she wanted in the end.

Now I think I'll continue with Woosters which was going very funny.



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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 9:34 AM ET
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hm...might pass on 'not another bad date' and get rid of it...no time to read something that's gonna tick me off! I thought it was supposed to be a funny story...

anyways, still listening to 'susannah's garden'..fell asleep the last 25 min or so of part 4 so had to go back and catch what I missed :-( can't believe I did that but I knew I was sleepy/tired and sure enough I fell asleep the woke up and listened another 20 min or so then went back to sleep.

also still reading 'raven on the wing' by kay hooper, the next book in the Hagen series...depends on how easy it stays to read! I'm still tired so need somethng easy to follow so I'll either read this or listen to more of Susannah's Garden probably..or goof off online again...

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 11:24 AM ET
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Susanna, I believe D. G. is referring to a character other than the heroine in Not Another Bad Date.  Also, the hero did cheat on his first wife but he did not love her and cheating turns some people off regardless.  It does not sit well with me but I got past it.  It has its good parts tho and I thought it was worth reading.  Sex, Lies and Online Dating is also in the series and I thought was the better of the 4.  Even an OK book by Rachel Gibson is better than a sorry best effort by others.  IMO.

I started and nearly finished Kill and Tell by Adair last night.  I really like this writer.  Anybody recommend a book you think is her best?  I'd like to get more of her books. 



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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 11:48 AM ET
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hmm...well I liked 'sex lies and online dating' from a year or two ago..

I read Kill and Tell as well as Kiss and Tell.I think Adair's is 'kiss and tell'..I tried another of her books but it was too much torture for my tastes.though I might give it another try when I'm not overly sensitive! aren't the other books about her brothers? I think the one I tried next was about her brother the doctor but can't think of the name..had a brown cover though. Ithin k 'the mercenary' came first and they redid that one and made it longer..don't have the  new edition of it though. I'm curious to see what others think is her best too since I did like 'kiss and tell'.

I'm about halfway through 'raven on the wing'..it's pretty good..think I'll like the series but just an older series romance from the 80's but this one is kinda humerous in places.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 3:17 PM ET
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gosh everyone must be on vacation or something! quiet here today!

Just fnishied 'Raven on the Wind' by Kay  Hooper...sleepy/tired but still have just under 5 hours left in the shift..not sure if I'l lflip through these books I have on aprons(have a swap to do!), start another short book, or listen to more of 'susannah's garden'...or piddle on the internet though there's really nothing I'm wanting to surf for..

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 3:44 PM ET
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I read The Duke's Indiscretion by Adele Ashworth.  It made me smile.  It seems to be part of a trilogy (not that I had issues keeping up) and I'm curious about the other 2 stories.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 3:47 PM ET
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Duke of Sin is my favorite by Ashworth.  Wasnt  as impressed by the second book... Duke of... Scandal?

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 4:19 PM ET
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I finished up The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig this morning and I thought it was really good, even if was a little different from my norm.

I Loved Not Another Bad Date, and I see what D. G. was saying about the ending, but it was far better than her previous one (In no Mood For Love or something like that) IMO.:)

"Even an OK book by Rachel Gibson is better than a sorry best effort by others.  IMO" I have to agree with that!

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I just finished When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland.  It was very good and the first book I've read by Lynn Kurland.  I am going to read the rest of the series. 

I am starting Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon so I can catch up with the Dark Hunter books before Acheron comes out next month.



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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 5:18 PM ET
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Recently finished Dawn's Awakening by Lora Leigh and while it was good, I like the breed books that feature the men better than the women.

Not sure what I'll start next. Maybe Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson or The Smoke Thief by Shanna Abe

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 5:52 PM ET
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Finished Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands (Loved it), Forbidden Pleasures by Lora Leigh (Liked it better than I thought I would - about a menage a trois) , now reading a Silhouette - Secrets of Tycoon's Bride - Emilie Rose part of a multi author series on a South Beach family ' The Garrison's (a nice quick read I can finish before starting the work week). :) Had read the last title in the series -- The Executive's Surprise Baby by Catherine Mann which I liked and made me go back and order other's in the series.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 7:53 PM ET
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I just finished The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh. I really enjoyed it. Now I'm halfway through Gift of the Goddess by Denise Rosetti and I'm loving this book! It is fantasy/erotica and the author knows how to write a wonderful, caring alpha male. It's yummy- and menage!

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 8:06 PM ET
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I am reading Comanche Heart by Catherine Anderson.  Enjoying it so far.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 8:14 PM ET
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okey dokey..gonna have to get that 'gift of the goddess' book! :-) still listening to susannah's garden...1 1/2 parts left..sigh..seems to take forever but it's pretty good!

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Eileen - I actually didn't like The Secret History of the Pink Carnation much...I found the spying was horrible! I can't believe the hero got away with all the stuff, he was so dumb. I mean, the dialogue was cute and all but the spying was supposed to be central to the story and it was so obvious!

Which is bad because I have the second book in the series (The Masque of the Black Tulip)...hopefully this one gets better.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 9:43 PM ET
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I'm still reading Sweet Prairie Passion by Roseann Bittner.  So far I'm really liking it.

Sherri

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 10:27 PM ET
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Finished Larger Than Life by:  Alison Kent.  It was good, but a little steamier in spots than I am use to but seemed to fit the characters. 

I am planning to read Head Over Heels by: Susan Andersen next.  First sentence: "The wail of country music and the smoky, beery smell hit Veronica Davis like a smack upside the head the moment she pushed through the Baker Street Honky Tonk's door."  I hate it when that happens.  LOL!

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 10:36 PM ET
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well, I came in from work tired but decided to load up the g irls and head to the dog park and of course had to listen to Susannah's Garden on the way there, while there, and on the way home..finished right before t urning in the driveway! It was pretty good..some suspense to it and a jerky guy who made me mad but that's life...the main character did things I wouldn't have done but then I'm not in her shoes either!

not sure what to listen to next..I have a bunch of stuff downloaded but right now I'm leaning towards 'agnes and the hitman' by jennifer crusie and somebody..can't remember the name. anyone know if this one is funny like her usual stuff?? or I might start another JD Robb story..those are pretty entertaining...

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 10:50 PM ET
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I finished Nicholas today and my, was it good! I really, really liked it. It was so different and very interesting to say the least. I'm currently reading Crime Seen by Victoria Laurie.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 1:01 AM ET
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Finished Alluring Tales last night, and some of the stories were ones I might not have picked up as stand-alones (paranormals, for instance), but I enjoyed them all.

I've had Mr. Impossible sitting on top of my TBR for a while, and it's due back at the library so I picked it up today--loved it!  I might have to put it on my WL here...

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:40 AM ET
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Just finished reading Karen Hawkins' An Affair to Remember.  I was entertained even though it was the typical hero becomes guardian to unruly kids and governess comes to turn it all around story.  But I liked the heroine and how she stood up to the hero.  They were cute.  This is part of the series on the St. John brothers and the ring they have that's supposed to help them find their true loves.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:42 AM ET
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D.G. - I read those Pink Carnation books (All but the last) and I really wasn't overwhelmed.  I didn't really like the flipping back and forth between the present and the past and the spies just didn't have the same...je ne sais quo...maybe coolness of The Scarlet Pimpernel (a book I quite enjoy and it is an awesome miniseries with Jane Seymour and Antony Andrews).  I may find the last one in the library because I do want to see who the Pink Carnation ends up with.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 10:47 AM ET
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Susanna,

I actually just finished Agnes and the Hitman last night and it was really good.  I very much enjoyed the story and the romance.  If I were you I'd start with that one :)

Started Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts last night but I'm only a few pages into this so I'm not sure how it will be.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 12:27 PM ET
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thanks Emily! I think I'll listen to that one when I start cleaning house this afternoon! I also just finished 'dance upon the air' and 'heaven and earth' last week LOL! I still need to read 'face the fire'...the 2nd one was a bit more intense but they were good. the first time I tried reading that one I wasn't into paranormal and the wtich stuff was too much for me..in the 2nd one it almost got to be too much again I have to say :-( there are 3 women who are descendants of 3 witches who formed the island and each of those original witches screwed up so to s peak and now these 3 modern women will be faced with  something s imilar and have to make the right decision when their time c omes to unscrew up the mess nad save the island's existence...in 'dance upont the air' it involves the witch wtih the abusive husband, heaven and earth deals with the witch who was angry over how her sisters were treated and this one the witch knows she has powers but denies them which you'll see in the 1st book..the one int he 1st book doesnt' know she has the powers...goshmakes me want to read 'face the fire' and see what happens..so thatmght be the book I start reading next along with the next loveswept in the kay hooper series, and listen to 'agnes and the hitman' for the audio! yep, good plan! a 'serious' book, a 'lighter easier shorter book' and something funny to listen to!

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Susanna,

I'll have to let you know what I think of the Nora Roberts one.  It is so hard to make a decision about what to read when I have so many books calling out my name and going "read me next. read me" lol

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