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Subject: What are we reading? June 22 - 28
Date Posted: 6/23/2008 8:53 AM ET
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I didn't see a new one started yet. I'm currently reading All Night Long by Melissa MacNeal and I doubt I'll finish it. I'm only 30 pages in and I really dislike the heroine. I'm also annoyed with the author's overuse of italics.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 9:03 AM ET
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I am starting Julie Garwood's One Pink Rose.  I'm going to goodwill and a few other thrift stores today to look for some more.  I have Outlander by Diana Gabaldon coming but don't when I'll get it.

Jodi

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I just finished Your Scandalous ways by Loretta Chase this morning.  This was the first I've read of hers and liked it.  Next on the last is At her Service by Susan Johnson.  Another 'new' author for me.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 9:31 AM ET
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I'm a little more than halfway through TheCad by Edith Layton. Really like the hero- he's hiding something, don't know what yet. I like the heroine, but I'm leery because she shows signs of being in the martyr category. She hasn't booked yet, but I can see it happening.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 10:58 AM ET
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I'm reading 'After The Night' by Linda Howard. This is the best heroine I've found in a loong time: she's nice but not a martyr. She's brave but not TSTL and she has dignity. Everything she's done made complete sense to me even when I haven't agreed with her.

I tend to prefer Historical Romances but I didn't realize how much I missed modern men until I started reading this one, LOL! Although it has been weird reading about the early 90s. (You know, no cell phones or internet!)

After this one, I don't know what to read. I have three wishlisted books on my shelf - Tapestry, The Lover and The Code of Woosters- plus Naked in Death which I grabbed from the Library.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 11:05 AM ET
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I'm just starting If His Kiss Is Wicked by Jo Goodman (thanks to the Guess the Book Game for my interest in the book). It's the first I've read of this author. I've been trying to read new (to me) authors recently, broaden my horizons and all that.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 3:54 PM ET
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D.G., I keep putting off shelving After the Night because I keep wanting to pick it up and reread the good parts. :-)

Still working on the Proposition - seems like every Ivory book takes me weeks to read, I don't know why. I guess because her writing is so meaty. Haven't decided what to take to the gym today, maybe Move Heaven and Earth.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 5:17 PM ET
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I think I might start 'after the night' since I just got it from here the other day! I keep hearing good things about it. I haven't been online much lately.both computers were down so had one getting fixed and buying another laptop that does dvds and stuff. I'm over playing on the laptop while waiting for the desktop dinosaur to get fixed.

I go back on night shift for 2 weeks starting tonight and I"m tired already! didn't sleep well..ick..

hm..might have to finish 'charming the prince' by medeiros first thought since I was into that one a few nights ago! I almost forgot about it! It's a cute read and I'm not quite halfway through it. Been listening ot audio books i downloaded free from the library..my newest addiction LOL! so far 2 kids' books - tales of a fourth grade nothing and otherwise known as s heila the great..started nancy drew's 1st book..secret of the old clock or something like that today! I know, I'm  pathetic but I likekids' books from time to time though I'm waiting for my new mp3 thingy to arrive so I can download some romance I have checked out from the library though I have to wait for the 1st in the series to come available..waiting for some nora roberts and jd robb..found one library that has a lot of those audiodownloads available.

 

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:15 PM ET
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I ended up not finishing All Night Long by Melissa MacNeal. It was just too much nonsense for me. I've realized  that I have not liked anything that I've read from the Aphrodisa line. What makes it worse is that I have twelve of these books in my TBR pile. I'm not sure I want to read them though I know I shouldn't judge the writers based on the publisher. Maybe I'll make them my next reads, so that if I don't like them, I can put them aside.

I started reading Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh today and I like it so far.

 

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 7:06 PM ET
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I have After the Night in my TBR pile too....how funny!

I picked up and then put back down Forbidden by Helen Kirkman.....just couldn't seem to get into it.  So now I'm reading Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie.

Sherri

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 7:33 PM ET
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i think when i get home i'm going to try Bad Blood (Crimson Moon, Bk 1) by L. A. Banks.  i'd read the first one in her Vampire Huntress series and was collecting the rest of them, but they all went out in a recent TBR purge.  when i read the first part of this one it seemed interesting though, so i'll try it.

the last thing i finished was The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey.  a Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms - where Godmothers work to keep The Tradition from making people miserable and let them have an HEA.  or get what they deserve, in some cases.  :)

ETA: oh, and due mainly to the various weekly threads, i checked out The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter at the bookstore over the weekend.  wow.  that went on the list!  so will the others when i have some dang room on my WL.  ;)



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Date Posted: 6/23/2008 7:46 PM ET
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Ellen - I enjoyed the Bad Blood book by LA Banks - much better than the Vampire Huntress stuff for me.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 8:34 PM ET
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I started On Blue Falls Pond by Susan Crandall, but couldn't get into it, so I just skimmed to read the parts about autism. Not sure if that's why it wound up on my TBR pile or just coincidence.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I'm rereading, for some unknown to me reason, The Trouble With Harry, an older Katie MacAlister.  I have so many books I can't hardly wait to read, and here I am rereading something.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 10:59 PM ET
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Finished up a couple more of Heidi's Desires--When the Lights Go Down (about a retiring librarian and a hot club owner) and Seven-Year Seduction (about a woman and her brother's best friend).  Then since I was lending the series to my sister, I decided to finally read Julia Quinn's On the Way to the Wedding.  That was satisfying :)

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 11:25 PM ET
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I did the unthinkable, and now it's too late...

I got a Mary Jo Putney at the UBS that I've already read...  and then forgot I read.  And I didn't even remember it when I read the synopsis either:P  It's Silk & Shadows, and while it's ok, it wasn't exactly what I'd call a "do over".  Unfortunately I got in a few chapters before I was certain I'd read it already.  I kept thinking maybe, but by the time I was sure, I was all into the red-hot, smoldery hero, and of course now I have to at least skim the rest.  The good news is I've only got a couple of chapters to go, it was only a day of rereading something I didn't see fit to keep the first time around, and I didn't order the other two of this series - which I almost did:P

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:08 AM ET
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If you didn't think S&S was a keeper, I definitely wouldn't order the other two, Kim - it's the best of the series, IMO. It's actually one of my favorite Putneys. (Hey! We're not the same person after all! ;-) )

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:11 AM ET
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(Hey! We're not the same person after all! ;-) )

LOL!

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:23 AM ET
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LOL with Ellen!  You and Kim are both readers whose opinions I trust, but it's good to have confirmation that you're individuals after all, huh? ;)

Zipped through an old Superromance by Tara Taylor Quinn called McGillus V. Wright.  The story (about a lawyer and a young senator who end up on opposing sides of a victim-notification bill) was pretty good, but the cover is just awful!  Very old school, with the two of them in swimsuits for some reason...

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:56 AM ET
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Right now it's The Husband Test by Betina Krahn.  I'm about 2/3 of the way through it - considering it's about the 5th book I've started in the past week, I'm taking that as a good thing. :o)

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 2:09 AM ET
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Lol - Willa:P  It's really not bad at all.  I must like it or I wouldn't just have to go ahead and read it again.  The thing about it is, I remember now I had this one and one of the others - I think Silk & Secrets, but it might have been Veils of Silk:P  I didn't finish the series though, because I think somebody told me the same thing then, that this one was the best of the lot & the others were only so-so.  I didn't so much decide not to read all of it as I never got interested in doing it, and now that I think about it, I must have swapped this one and the other off here with my Fallen Angels set - which I really liked:P - when I first joined last summer.  Funny thing too, I just got to the part where Sara walks out on Mr. Red-Hot & Smoldery, and this time around, I was totally with her - would have broken my foot off in his lying ass on the way out the door:P  Last time I read it, I was yawning.  I dunno why one time produces one result, and the next one, something else.  Maybe it's because it was a couple of her good short stories that made me want to read some Putney this time, and last time, I was just wrapping up the Fallen Angels books.  Some big shoes to fill there.  Anyway, I like it better this time.  And I like the characters better too.  The first time I thought Mikhal was hot, but kinda emotionally unbalanced in maybe a delusional - but still seething -  Antonio Banderas kind of way.  Sara, I considered an overly starchy disaproving governess type.  Never really warmed to her at all, and you can imagine from that the sort of problems I had identifying with them as a couple.  This time is different.  and I'm enjoying it.  Still don't know that I'll keep it, but I might write a favorable review for it....  And I might even read the other two:P



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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 2:48 AM ET
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Tonya - I hate that! You might want to switch genres for awhile, that sometimes helps.

Kim, I also react differently to books on different reads, which makes trying to maintain my keeper shelf plus my sanity a real nightmare at times.  I change my mind so often, I want to give every author and every book multiple chances and I would need four or five extra lifetimes to do it all in.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 3:42 AM ET
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I just finished 'Charming the Prince' by Teresa Medeiros and enjoyed it! I've decided historicals aren't so bad after all! :-) It was nice to get back to reading romance after pretty much taking a break and reading the Chaim Potok book and listening to 3 children's books on audio..I enjoyed those but getting back to romance was needed! romance is like home base for me!

we've been busy off and on tonight at work but I read the last half of Charming the Prince between samples.it's a pretty quick and easy read. Not sure if I'll read any more tonight but I have other books here with me I'd like to read including 'don't look back' by amanda quick I need to finish though I hadn't gotten too far in it before I put it aside for the other stuff.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 6:40 AM ET
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I read Lucy Monroe's Tempt Me (Book 2 in a historical trilogy).  I had previously read the 3rd book Take Me and I liked that one a lot more.  Tempt Me - the heroine was borderline TSTL and too naive for my tastes.  It was a quick read but definitely not a keeper for me.  Now I need to read Book 1 to complete the set (and maybe reread book 3 again!)

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Willa - I figure that I feel like re-reading After the Night again, I can order it from here. But you're right, there are tons of good parts in there!

Kim - That happened to me with Duke of Sin and Miss Wonderful. I had them on my TBR pile for months and when I finally got them I realized that gasp! I've already read them!!! The funny thing was that I didn't remember much from the plot so I re-read them - I took MW on a trip so it wasn't as if I had dozens of books to read as I have now.

 

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