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Subject: What are we reading Mar 1 - 7th
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 10:05 AM ET
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New Month!

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 10:06 AM ET
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I finished Highland Wolf by Hannah Howell and it was bad.  By the last 1/3rd of the book I was skimming just to get it over with.  Her last few books haven't been ANYTHING to write home about.  Seems like they are all basically the same.

Going to start on Marrying the Captain by Carla Kelly today.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 10:32 AM ET
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I finished listening to Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie last night then went to bed! It was good..couldnt' find my copy of the book I thought I had so had to be patient but since I wasn't working today (listen in the car)and still had about an hour to go on the audio I brought it inside withme and listened during my bath then crawled in bed and listened to the rest. It's a good one..cute..and about 7 hours or maybe 8 hours on audio(which meant I could've read it in about 3 horus at least!) and the narrator did a good job with the voices. Not sure what to l isten to next or  what to read..

the Harlequin Blaze I chose to read yesterday at work wasn't a good choice. I'm over halfway so might finish skimming it..it's just weird or something. I picked it for the shorter length and uncomplicated storyline..figured one couple and a couple side characters but this one has the main couple, the woman is mistaken for her super duper cia undercover secret identity sister who's in a hit and run in paris...well, her gay assistant turns out ot be a japanese ex-crime synidcatemember hired by the sister to protect the interior decorator sister who's clueles...now one of the freelance assassisins(aka hero) compadres is sorta after the japanese guy..and there are a couple more ot keep track of then I think the fbi brother shows up..oh and everyone hasmore than one freaking name..did i pick a goody for short attention span or what?!

But I have a bunch of books I"m wanting to get to - Nora Roberts' Tribute from the library..couple of Sarah McCarty's erotic romance..Linda Lael Miller's Mckettricks, KresleyCole's immortals...just a lot! gotta decide later which to start/finish!

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Starting off March with a WL Harlequin Presents which is starting out pretty good - it's by an author I've enjoyed in the past so I'm sure the book will continue to be good.

I'm not even thinking of what I'm going to read next - my reading calendar is totally clear for the month. Hehehe, every choice will be a magnificent read, I'm sure. Read 10 books in January, 12 books in February, so while I have no specific books in mind, I *am* hoping to read more than 12 this month.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 11:32 AM ET
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I'm halfway through My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale, and having a hard time putting it down. I can always count on her books to be a good read. I don't think I've read one yet that hasn't been a keeper for me.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 11:35 AM ET
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Finished BRIDE OF A WICKED SCOTSMAN by Samntha James this morn and I have to say that there is something to reading a book and expecting it to be cr@p.I am not saying that I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't. But I was able to read it quickly and it held my attention enough for me to finish. I do have to admit that I have been able to finish every SJ book I've read which is more than I can say for lots of other Avon authors. Grade: C+

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 1:39 PM ET
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Jess, that about sums up how I feel about Samantha James, she's a quick read that is "finishable."  Not the greatest in the world,but certainly more interesting than other authors out there who are more popular (or at least they keep writing).  There are some seemingly popular authors that I can't even finish what's considered their good book.  *coughStephanieLaurenscough*  But of the 3 James' books I've read, I finished all three easily and without being bored stiff.

I started Black Ice by Anne Stuart last night.  Stayed up too late reading and finally put the book down when I realized I didn't remember anything I just read. Usually this means I'm tired and it's time to turn out the light.  LOL

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 1:50 PM ET
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There's a number of Avon authors I kind of group together in the "not bad, not good" cateogry. Finishable but not memorable.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 4:02 PM ET
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There's a number of Avon authors I kind of group together in the "not bad, not good" cateogry. Finishable but not memorable.

Yeah, I'm always surprised that there are people who really love those authors. To me, they write filler--which can be very useful when you're a voracious reader, so I understand why they get published, just not why they're scoring rave reviews and wish lists. Different strokes...

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 4:16 PM ET
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I finished Edge of Midnight by Shannon McKenna.  LOVED IT!  Her books about those McCloud boys are just awesome.  Now I'm trying to come down from the high of reading a great book & having to figure out what to read next.  lol

Michelle

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 4:36 PM ET
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I started McKettrick's Lucky by Linda Lael Miller..so far it's holding my interest but I'm taking a nap now so who knows by the time I wake up!

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 4:56 PM ET
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I don't think any of Shannon McKenna's books have ever disappointed:)

Just finished a few over the past few days:

Never Been Witched by Annette Blair--a little emotional stuff but overall fast and cute--as expected but not a keeper.

Natural Born Charmer by SEP--better than I had expected--not all of her books appeal to me and that is a terrible thing to discover after starting a new book:lol:  If I like one of her books I can expect to cry at some point and I did cry while reading this one:)  Liked the whole cast of characters--every single one.

Night Pleasure by Amanda Ashley--didn't love this one.  Her books are hit and miss with me as well and the heroine was ridiculous so I sort of left the story at one point to talk out loud to myself about how stupid she was during a particular scene.  I don't think I'm giving anything away as on the back of the book it states "A Vampire hunter by birth, Savanah has been entrusted with a legacy that puts everyone she cares for in danger---including the seductive, sensual Vampire who unleashed her most primal desires..."

POSSIBLE SPOILER BELOW--not much of one really

 

 

 

She has pretty much already fallen for him (slept with him too) before she even finds out about the Vampire hunter thing and immediately after decides to kill him--really Buffy?!   No training, no clue but I guess since he's the only vampire she knows he might as well be her first kill.  Made me doubt any feelings she may have had for him.  Really ridiculous story point in that.   As to this being a spoiler--didn't give much of anything away just irritated at the lightspeed flip in her and she is a waffler.

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I just finished Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong.  My friends kept telling me I "had" to read it, but I so don't do romantic suspense.  I have to get a lot of recommendations to give one a try.  So finally picked it up at the library.  Wow, was it good.  It's longer than your average book, pushing 500 pages, but kept me engrossed all the way.  The hero, heroine, and secondary characters are hitmen and hitwomen.  I never thought I could like characters in that profession so much.  And without even a kiss taking place between the main characters the chemistry is hot, hot.  The second book, Made To Be Broken, just came out.  I put it on my WL but was 165.  I can't wait that long and the library doesn't have it so I added it to a book order.  I definitely recommend this book. Especially liked the fact that there was no torture or rape or long scenes spent in the head of a sicko.  I hate that kind of stuff. 

I guess I'm going to try The Spy Who Wants Me by Lucy Monroe next.  Picked it up at the library too.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 7:38 PM ET
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Sherri, I enjoyed Marrying the Captain. Her heros are different.

I'm in the middle of a Mary Spencer series that started with Dark Wager ( I think- it's the first one I read anyway) and I just finished The Lady's Wager and I think the next is Devil's Wager. They're pretty good.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:00 PM ET
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Rose, the Wager Trilogy is one of my all-time favorites. I havent loved any of her other series nearly as much but I still wish she isnt writing paranormal historicals now.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:08 PM ET
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I am working on REIGNING IN THE RANCHER by Karen Templeton

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:05 PM ET
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bronwyn, good idea! I just found exit strategy and lucy monroe's book at my library and put them on hold/request! I keep forgetting to c heck there for everything..they surprise me in what they do/don't have.

I have way too many books here :-( I love books and love being surrounded by books but I'm frustrated as heck 'cause I can't read all I'm wanting to read! I have a t least 6 library books I 'need' to read before they're d ue and these other 2 are available..sigh..and a huge stack I'm toting around with me to read 'soon'. I go on night shift tomorrow night but as busy as we've been I'll be lucky to get any reading done..I've been spoiled!

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:29 PM ET
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Susanna,

My using the library is a fairly recent thing in my life.  I started keeping a record of what I was spending on books - buying new, used book sales, PBS postage, FOL memberships, everything.  I was shocked.  So I put myself on an annual budget.  Got the library card so that I could read hardcovers when they come out and wait to get the paperback if it was a keeper.  Also, to read books I was going to "try" and only buy if they proved to be keepers.  It's helped me stay on budget and to reduce the stacks of books around here that aren't keepers.  It's also helped me wait for  books on the WL instead of just having to buy all of them now.  But with money being tight I have noticed that the library doesn't have as many of the new books that are coming out as they used to.  Have to see how that goes.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 5:59 AM ET
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I just finished Marrying the Captain by Carla Kelly.  It was very good.  I'd say PG13 as far as the sex goes.  But it was a very sweet romance and well written.

Starting on The Warlord's Bride by Margaret moore next.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:24 AM ET
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Jess, it's disappointing to hear that her other series aren't as good. I like her writing in these. I also just got a Pamela Morsi on your recommendation. It's called Garters.

eta- I have to say thanks to you ladies who have exposed me to so many new romance authors that I'm enjoying. If not for you I never would of read Gayle Wilson, Carla Kelly, Mary Spencer, Julie Anne Long, Carolyn Jewel and Anne Gracie, to name some.



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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 9:12 AM ET
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well I fnished 'Up Close and Dangerously Sexy' by Karen Anders(new Blaze  title) it wasn't what I expected and I ended up sorta fast reading to get through it. It's obviously a set-up for a series with about 5 other couples being 'hinted at' to fill in the already short space. this one has a cutesy/ditz who hates that her family all think her weak and clueless so the brother and sister are cloak and dagger/ black ops..sister is hurt so the twin takes her place but totally sucks at it though the others on the 'team' think she's doing just great..I probably wasn't in the mood for this but forced myself t hrough it anyways

I have 3 started right now and about the same number of pages in each - Tribute by Nora Roberts, The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs, and McKettrick's Luck by Linda Lael Miller. also have a cat mystery from the library I might read....just hope it's slow at work tongiht and tomorrow night 'cause my reading time has seriously been whacked!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:10 AM ET
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"Got the library card so that I could read hardcovers when they come out and wait to get the paperback if it was a keeper."

Even better - my library tends to pre-order some of the bigger hardcover releases.  Many times they are then available for checkout before the book is even released.  I think I checked out the new SEP book about a week and a half before it was released.

 

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 12:15 PM ET
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Just finished In Destiny's Shadow by Ingrid Weaver. Great, fast paced paranormal romance. Will go back to Blood Bound today.

Oh and last night I started another of those free Harlequin ebooks, Slow Hands, its a Blaze and its pretty good! I will probably finish it tonight.



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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 1:11 PM ET
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Just started on Laura Kinsale's For My Lady's Heart.  Only 65+ pages in and I am starting to really dislike the heroine...What a b*tch!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 1:15 PM ET
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I just got through reading Her Best Friend's Lover by Shiloh Walker.  I've read a couple of her other books that were fine, but this one - not so much.  It was a combination of the "big misunderstanding" and extreme lack of communication meets the secret baby scenario - ugh.  I just wish there had been some mention *somewhere* about the baby issue. I would have avoided this book like the plague. 

Here's the review I just left: "A tangled and emotionally charged book involving a writer hero who can be a bit dense and a vulnerable, artistic heroine with the communication skills of a salad fork. Warning: if you're not into "secret baby" issues, avoid this book!"



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