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Subject: What are we reading? July 27 - August 2
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 6:41 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 6:45 AM ET
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I"m bored and another hour to go on night shift so thought I'd start the new thread!

I went out for a brain-clearing walk for abour 45 min and finished part 7/12 of Agnes and the Hitman...5 more parts to go..about 5 hours or so I guess. There seems to be no rhyme or reason how they divide up these audio downloads...seems like some are 1 hour and some are 45 min - 1 hour. This is a funny book though! And it's getting easier to keep the characters straight I think.

I also tried reading more of Face the Fire but that book is a bit too complicated for night shift and having ot pick it up just to put it back down again..I've gotten a few more chapters read though and am 'almost' halfway through it. I'm not liking the woman in this one..she's been in all but I'm finding her arrogant and the whole book has a lot of anger in it..I thought Ripley's story in 'heaven and earth' had anger but this one has a lot of it and all directed at this one poor guy who didn't stick around for her when they were 19...that just sorta bugs me but I wanna finish up this trilogy and trying to keep track of all the evil stuff is complicated!

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 3:10 PM ET
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Still mooching off the inlaws.  I started No Control by Shannon Butcher yesterday. Pretty good so far but I'm only about 60pages into it yet.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 3:21 PM ET
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I needed a break from romance, so I'm currently reading Whiskey Sour by JA Konrath.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 3:59 PM ET
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I just picked up Wicked as Sin by Jillian Hunter at Target along with After The Kiss by Suzanne Enoch.  Hopefully one of them will be interesting enough to entertain me this afternoon.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 4:26 PM ET
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Yesterday  I finished Into The Fire the newest book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. There's a lot going on in this book, sometimes maybe too much. There's the main storyline involving Murphy, who's been living in an alcohol/drug haze since his wife Angelina was murdered (Hot Target), and Hannah, Angelina and Murphy's  best friend. Then there's an Izzy Zanella storyline, including Gillman, Lopez, Jenks & Lindsay. This was the storyline I liked the least. I wanted to smack Izzy a few times. Tess& Nash also have a story in this book which I believe will also play a part in the next book. SB's website says that the next book is coming out sooner because it picks up right where Into The Fire leaves off. And last but not least there are Sophia, Decker and Dave. It wasn't my favorite Troubleshooters book but it was good and I'm interested to see what happens in the next one.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Last night at work I tried to read Certified Male by Kristin Hardy and I just couldn't get into it.

Now I've started reading The Colonel's Daughter by Merline Lovelace.  So far its good.  Its a western romance set in the Dakota's.

Sherri

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 5:48 PM ET
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I tried reading more of 'triple play' by rhyannon byrd but guess it's just not interesting tome rightnow.must be low hormones LOL! I'm about halfway and they're still teasing around and I've read a couple erotica with 2 dudes and the woman and it was, well, hot but this one is boringme :-( maybe just tired 'cause I fell asleep as soon as I turned out the light.

I'm still tryingto finish 'Face the Fire'..someone else here was reading this same trilogy a week or two ago..I'm curious how far along you are! I've recently gotten more into paranormal but these last 2 books in this series sure have a lot of anger! I find myself feeling tense and angry just reading it...and I really don't care much for Mia - too arrogant and I can't believe she and her friends have the nerve to hate Sam because he left her when they were 19 to go to the mainland and  never came back til now- 11 yrs later! Is it really his fault a 19 yr old wasmadly in love with  him and destroyed when he friggin' left?? I just dont' get it..it's like the world revolves around Mia the allPowerful! oh well..just a book Susanna chill out! :-) It' sjust so hard settling down and getting into it at work where I usually do a lot of my reading 'cause while we're not swamped kinda busy we have stuff coming in every so often.usually right when I've sorted it out and gotten into the story again. This one has witch spells and a lot more stuff in it like dogs appearing with pentagrams and stuff from centuries ago being manifested and faced again by the 3 current witches...deep stuff for me LOL!

not sure what I'll try reading tonight if 'face the fire' is still to much to focus on. want to try walking again and listening tomore of Agnes and the Hitman..that's a good funny one to listen to!

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I finished Body Heat by Carly Phillips- meh.  It was just ok.  I find her to be awfully wordy- she just seems to take paragraphs what could be said in a couple of sentences.  I find myself skipping over whole paragraphs just to get back to what's actually happening in the storyline, because she goes on and on and on with superfluous background info.  Now I am 3/4 of the way through Virgin River and LOVING it.  I hope Kendra finishes the next two books soon so she can send them to me!  After that, I don't know- maybe will finally start on Leopard Prince, before too much time passes since I read Raven Prince.



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Date Posted: 7/27/2008 6:00 PM ET
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I have almost  finished reading Kiss of the Highlander. Thank you Sherri and everyone else who said I should read this series.  Who knows, one day I may be reading about shape shifters, werewolves, and whatever else you guys can't get enough of. .......Maybe.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 6:54 PM ET
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I just finished Fairyville by Emma Holly,  I didn't realize it was an erotic novel.  I looked at the cover several different times just to convience myself it.  It didn't have any bad rpg art like most erotics and was not published by Black Lace or Elora's Cave. I was expecting a mainstream romance.  It is not.  It was really hot though if you don't mind m/m sex. 

I am now reading Sucker Bet, Erin McCarthy.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 7:28 PM ET
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I'm reading Darkness Everlasting by Alexandra Ivy and Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy, which I have to say is my favorite of the series so far. Very funny!

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 8:06 PM ET
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Brenda....lol!  I'll bet you will.  I used to NEVER be a fan of paranormal but there are some really great romances out there with werewolves (my favorite genre), dragons, vampires and nymphs!

Sherri

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 8:28 PM ET
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Right now, I think I'll just stick to a little time travel and of course those Black Dagger boys I haven't finished with yet. Lol!    Did you say "dragons"?

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 9:05 PM ET
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I'm reading a Silhouette Romantic Suspense called Her Best Friend's Husband by Justine Davis.  Latest in her Redstone, Inc series.  I keep reading them as they come out because I'm convinced she's eventually going to get to Josh and Tess.  I should look up her website and make sure she's thinking in that direction.

I have to recommend a great mystery book (no romance in it) called The Likeness by Tana French.  Okay, I'm a bit biased since I know the author but it is FABULOUS.  Definitely give it a try if you like a good first-person mystery book.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 12:24 AM ET
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I listened to more of 'agnes and the hitman' on the way to work and thinking of putting on the headphones and listening to some more of it if we dont get busy...don't feel like tackling 'face the fire' just yet..too much going on with that one LOL!

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:32 AM ET
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I've recently read The Angelini: Syndelle's Possession by Jory Strong, which was good, I like almost all of Jory strong that I've read so far. Also, UberGothic by Morgan Hawke, and while this wasn't quite as good, IMHO, as Victorious Star, I have to say that Hawke is very good at writing m/m/f menage scenes.Very good. LOL I'm halfway through A Bit of Rough, a book I just got in my favorite monthly swap (Unconventional Erotica) by Laura Baumbach. She writes m/m and I'm enjoying it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:46 AM ET
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I just finished Wicked as Sin by Jillian Hunter.  It's another Boscastle story - this time Gabriel's story (the bad seed cousin).  It was enjoyable if predictable.  And I must admit - I kept thinking of Stephanie Laurens'  A Secret Love because the characters were named Gabriel and Althea (or Alethea) as well.  And of course we get teased with Gabriel's brothers - so expect 3 more Boscastle books as we learn about that side of  the family.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:54 AM ET
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I listened to more of Agnes and the Hitman - it's good! I'm on part 12 of 12 so hopefully I can finish it tonight or tomorrow morning - even if Ic an't listen to it here at work I can listen going home this morning, then the trip to and from work tonight and that oughta do it! It's a good book on audio. Then I'll have to decide what to listen to next..maybe go back to JD Robb and that series...or pick another funny one..I have 'anyone but you' on audio as well. I read it a while back but it might be nice to listen to it..hmm...have to cross that bridge when I come to it I guess!

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:55 AM ET
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Awwww  Susannaaaa - Triple Play was one of my favs...lol..I couldn't put it down.  Maybe you will give it a second try!

Just finished Darkest Pleasure - Gena Showalter on Saturday and started Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh last night so I should be through with that in a day or two.  I haven't decided what next.

 



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Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:47 AM ET
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Dawn I think I'll end up liking Triple Play...I made a mistake starting it after night shift when my 'mood' was low LOL!

now I'm listening to Agnes and the Hitman - have less than 30 minutes left on it and want to finish before going to sleep! pretty tired though but if I don't finish it now I'll be able to finish it on the way to work! pretty good story and lots of funny stuff and some mystery going on.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 9:01 AM ET
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Susanna - you have inspired me.  I started walking around my neighborhood this weekend and I put in an audiobook of Naked in Death on my iPod and that really is a great idea!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 9:43 AM ET
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I started Twilight last night and didn't want to put it down. I finally made myself go to bed. lol  I'm really enjoying though.

I also started Outlander on cd in the car this morning. The narrator has such a great voice!

I thought Triple Play was ok. It wasn't a keeper for me but it was a fun and quick read.

Angela....I love Emma Holly's books but anything by here will have open-minded erotica. I'm slowly making my way down the wl on Fairyville. Glad to hear it was good. :)

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 10:03 AM ET
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Sarah K. - I just added the Tana French books to my WL. I love mysteries so always like to find new authors.

I just finished reading 'In Lucia's Eyes', a novel that recounts the story of Casanova's first love. It's not a romance in the happy sense of the word (HEA and all that) but it's beautifully written, poignant and sometimes beautiful, even with all the ugliness that surrounds her. From the first page, I felt compelled to read on, although I knew it would hurt:

"Others carry a sorrow in their hearts. Unseen, it hollows them out from within. My salvation was that I wear my sorrow on the outside, where no one can miss it."

I felt like crying then and there.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 2:18 PM ET
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Jen, I'm so curious about what happens to Tess and Nash - there was gossip that they were in trouble in one of the books (Into the Storm, IIRC) and it was never followed up and that just made me crazy! I don't like romance writers to mess with my head that way!

Though if the hero and heroine of my current book broke up, it would be no more than I expected. Reading Out of Control by Shannon McKenna. First book by her I haven't liked. They are both so obnoxious, and all they do is fight and then have sex and then start fighting again immediately. At one point, the hero tells her she's a pain in the *** and walks away and I was cheering! Unfortunately, the book kept going. ;-)

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