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Subject: What are we reading?? June 8-14
Date Posted: 6/8/2008 11:59 AM ET
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What are we reading??

I didn't see a new post for this week...

I'm currently reading Adventures of a Scottish Heiress by Cathy Maxwell, but I just started it, so have no clue how good it's going to be:)



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:32 PM ET
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I am reading Mary Balogh Gift of Daisies.  I am loving all of these old Balogh's that I have never found before.  I'm wondering if her newer stuff is going to be as good as these old ones I've come across.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:33 PM ET
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I finished The Dark One (Wulfs of London Bk.1) by Ronda Thompson and enjoyed it enough to go and order the second one.  Not keeper material but definitely good.  She did a good job with the sexual tension even though they really didn't consumate the relationship until over midway through the book.  Now I've started reading The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter.  EEEEEEE!!!   Thanks to everyone who made positive comments on this series cause I'm hooked!

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:42 PM ET
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I'm 3 chapters into Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase, and it's really good so far.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:47 PM ET
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I'm really liking From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris. Kind of sad that it's the last one, at least for now anyway.  I hope she puts another Sookie book out soon.  I didn't see anything on her website about one coming up. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:55 PM ET
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I finished 'Shadowheart' by Laura Kinsale. I've never read anything by her before and i really liked it. A high drama romance set in medieval italy. Loved her language which was reminisence of the time and well written. I have to see if i can find another book by her.

Now i need to decide if i should read 'How to marry a Millionaire Vampire' by Kerrelyn Sparks or 'The Corset Diaries' by Katie MacAlister. I think they're both funny and light. Just what i need after all the tension of 'Shadowheart'.



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I'm just about to finish The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter. I like it so far. It is that type of cursed brotherhood, lifemate bonding, supernaturals vs humans storyline that is getting popular and overused (IMO) in the same vein as Sizemore, Feehan, Ward, Adrian, and the like but I like the demon-twist this author has going. Each guy is possessed by a demon with a negative trait. The hero of this book is possessed by Violence. Others are Pain, Death, Disease, Promiscuity, Doubt...you get the idea.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 2:04 PM ET
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I loved Shadowheart, it is definitely the most intense of all the novels she's written.  They're good, you just never get the same story twice with her.

I just finished Master: An Erotic Tale of the Count of Monte Cristo by Colette Gale.  I don't know if anyone else in this forum has read it, but WOW!  It is told completely in the voice of the times without any of those annoying cliches that can come up.  I mean I enjoyed the movie and all, but if you've read Alexandre Dumas, the last thing you're thinking is, sexy.  You end up knowing how much an ale is, but not if someone's sexy.  Mercedes, the heroine, is such a real person.  She has suffered, she's strong and she's overcome so much, and then Edmond shows up and wants to punish her.  I like that both characters have made mistakes.  Not romance novel mistakes where it's mostly the hero making them and then he gets to grovel about it later or the kind of mistakes that the heroine never has to apologize for.  These are REAL mistakes.  Both in the action and preceding the action.

If you're interested, keep in mind that it's erotica.  There are some actions in this love/war between hero and heroine that aren't so nice.  The writing makes it believable, but not very nice.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 5:05 PM ET
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I just finished The Hunter by Gennita Low and loved it.  I just ordered the next book in that series.  I am now on to Julie Garwood's book Murder List.  Has anyone read this one?  I have seen some bad reviews for this one. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 5:20 PM ET
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Ok, i just finished 'The Corset Diaries' and i have to say - i don't like it. As much as i want to and the plot is a great one! - i hate, HATE the characters. Practically all of them. H/h and the secondary characters. Most of the time i just wanted to slap everybodys face because they were so ridiculous. Bah, i'm a real sad panda because this is the first book by Katie MacAlister that i didn't like. D:

Now off reading 'How to marry a Millionaire Vampire'.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 5:29 PM ET
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I finished off The Man Next Door by Gina Wilkins (a Silhouette Special Edition) last night.  It was okay, not my favorite work of hers.  I'm sure the shorter book length didn't help either.  I havne't cared for the last few of her books too much, I think she'll be off my must-read list.

I picked up Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered by Maggie Shayne, which contains 3 short stories.  I'm thru the first one and halfway thru the second one.  All have a paranormal/witch theme.  I noticed it went back on WL so I figured that'd be a good place to start.  I'm trying to get the TBR pile down, it's growing much too fast!

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 6:21 PM ET
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About to start TEARS OF GOLD by Laurie McBain. Has anyone read this?  The book I have was published in 1979 and the page edges are red.  I love books with colored edges.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 6:27 PM ET
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Eileen, I think I've read that book and to me it was just OK.

Yesterday I skimmed When a Hero Comes Along by Teresa Southwick and it was just OK also.  Nothing to write home about...

Sherri

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 6:55 PM ET
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About to start TEARS OF GOLD by Laurie McBain. Has anyone read this?  The book I have was published in 1979 and the page edges are red.  I love books with colored edges.

Brenda - -that book is on my reminder list.  I've been thinking about ordering it.  I love books with red pages, too!  And green!

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 7:04 PM ET
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Sherron--I liked Murder List as well as Slow Burn and Shadow Dance, but then I'm partial to the romantic suspense genre. I still have Heartbreaker, Killjoy, and Mercy in my TBR--all these books have connecting characters.

I'm reading Fool Moon, book 2 of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series--not a romance, but still a good series if you like paranormal.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 7:24 PM ET
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Are you a newbie to Dresden?  Or are you just re-reading?

Cause I'm tellin' ya boy have you got some excitement coming your way.  I finished Small Favor last week and Mab gives me shivers down my spine.

Brrr

If you are a newbie, I'm so excited for you!

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I haven't had any time for reading, so I haven't finished much. I have about 100 pags left in "Moon Called', and I'm about halfway through "An Offer From A Gentleman" (sad, I know) I'm enjoying both but I just haven't had time to sit down with them. I'm not sure what I want to read next, there are a lot I'm dying to get to. Right now there's the latest Nora Roberts "The Hollows", the third Harper Connelly book from Charlaine Harris and I really want to start on the Rachel VIncent paranormal series... too much good stuff, not enough time!

I just got into the Dresden FIles series myself, awesome stuff! Dang, now those are looking great in my TBR... it never ends!!



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:05 PM ET
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Monica, Tears of Gold is one of my favorites by this author.  Its not just a wonderful love story but a over all fantastic read that'll touch all your emotions.    However, since its written in the 70s, some may say her writing is too wordy compared to how books are written these days... But still, this book is a keeper, IMHO.

 

That erotica  book I started in the other thread, Asking for Troble, I couldn't even finish... So now,  I am reading one of Jennifer Crusie's book, Manhunting.... Gosh, I love this author to death... my face usually hurts from laughing/smiling too much. 

 

I added The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter to my WL  due to all your comments, I can't wait!

 

 That Loretta Chase book, I can hardly wait to get myself a copy....



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:18 PM ET
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Shari, I have read Heartbreaker, Mercy and Killjoy and liked all three.  Heartbreaker was probably my favorite.  But, Killjoy was sooo good too. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:31 PM ET
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Sherron, I read all of Garwood's  books about those FBI Buchanan brothers and their sister.  I liked em all.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:51 PM ET
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Well, I haven't read this weekend (busy sewing and now cooking but plan on reading more tonight before bed). I started 'the Chosen' by Chaim Potok (non-romance book I"m trying to read for my 'deeper reading' challenge LOL!) it's pretty good though not the same 'grab' that his Asher Lev books had for me. I'll probably read more of that tonight unless a romance title happens to grab me like a Blaze or something.

I FINALLY came up on the wishlist for Fool Moon the 2nd dresden files book! I saw someone here is reading it -Shari? I liked the 1st and came *this* close to ordering this one online but decided to wait and sure enough it was offered today! I'm trying to 'wait it out' for the whole series instead of buying stuff new all the time and then have it sit on the shelf or ride around in the car making me feel guilty for buying it then not being able to read it yet! I have way too many like that already :-(

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 9:04 PM ET
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I just finished The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter and WOW!  WOW!  I seriously do not know how I will wait until July for the next book.  Paris, Aeron, Reyes - I need to know what happens next!  I enjoyed Anya and Lucien in this book.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 12:46 AM ET
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Just finished the Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn, as someone said earlier, nothing to write home about.  I'm more interested in the sequel though (Mr. Cavendish, I presume) just the title is enough to tickle me pink.

I'm reading Master of Desire by MacGregor half way through, big, bad, yet kindhearted hero and a Titanic-sized misunderstanding...  so predictable but I'm still enjoying it.

I'm also trying to read Prince of Time by Glenna McReynolds, about to give up.  Not even 20 pages in, her narrative has already given me a headache.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 2:53 AM ET
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Lilly - Shadowheart is sort of a sequel to For My Lady's Heart, which is also amazing. My favorite of hers is The Shadow and the Star.

Monica - you so lucky to have old Balogh! No, her newer books really aren't as good as the older ones. :-(

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 8:22 AM ET
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I just started the new J.R. Ward book, Lover Enshrined.  It's great so far!!  I am about 115 pages into it and just like all the others, I don't want it to end.

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