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Topic: What are we reading this week? 1/11/09 - 1/17/09

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Date Posted: 1/12/2009 8:50 PM ET
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I have to say, that book by Jen does sound great.  Just the kind of book that I love.  I've added it to my wishlist :-)  I like the cover too.

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 9:26 PM ET
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well I'm ready for bed! tired. long story short, toyota dealer ticked me and my friend both offa nd she got up and said 'honda's across the street let's go'-they were better and managed to find the car I want at a price I can live with..had to give up the rear spoiler and sporty wheels but I'd rather have the sunroof, remote trunk/locks/windows..and liked the dashboard/console better. the toyota didn't grab me as much once I looked a 2nd time..seemed 'young' if thatmakes sense.

so hopefully my car will be transferred tomorrow and I can go get it yippee! and relax and read tonight and tomorrow night! :-)  might fall asleep now though! only slept about 3 hours after work then dealt with dealer hell from 1:30 til 5 or so..gues that's not long but it sure felt like it!

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 9:51 PM ET
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Well, I managed to pick up 2 "dogs" already this week (fortunately both from library though).  First one was Sea Witch (Children of the Sea, Bk 1) by Virginia Kantra - the plot was intriguing, female selkie comes to land and falls in love with human man but about 100 pages into it I gave up...just too stupid!     Next yawner was another supposed pararnormal romance Phantom's Touch by Julie Leto - I didn't even make it to 50 pages before deciding to give it up.   Too much good stuff on Mt. TBR to waste my time.  I finally hit "pay dirt" with Naughty Nights (Ellora's Cave) anthology - the Dawn Ryder and Charlene Teglia stories were good and I'm starting the last one by Tawny Taylor (new author to me)

ETA - glad to hear good things about stuff that's on my TBR (Tortoise Tango, Primal Heat) 



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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 12:48 AM ET
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Halfway through Baby Love by Catherine Anderson. She's a good writer, but after five books, I can't help but notice that she always writes pretty much the same story -- or at any rate, the same relationship between the main characters.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:10 AM ET
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I've moved onto Marrying The Captain (Harlequin Historical Series) by Carla Kelly for something completely different from my last read. So far I'm enjoying it.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:45 AM ET
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I'm still reading Witch Heart but I got my final Ellora's Cave shipment in!  Now I definitely want to start reading those!  But which one to start first?

Undercover Mistress by Amethyst Ames

Against the Wall by Rhyannon Byrd

Jane and the Sneaky Dom by Hannah Murray

Sins and Secrets by Denise Agnew

Impetuous by Denise Agnew

Red Light Specialists by Mandy M. Roth and Michelle M. Pillow

Just Desserts by Lyn Cash

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 8:41 AM ET
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I have 4 of those in my TBR Susan but haven't read any of them yet. They all look good, but I think Against the Wall is a pure sex-a-thon. The 2 by Denise Agnew I think have a lot of story to them. They look good. I also have the Red Light book which looks pretty good.

Finished Dragon Actually last night. I enjoyed both of the stories very much! Wierd title, though. I look forward to reading more of this series. Today I will concentrate on the 3 I have started, depending on my mood, I have a contemporary, a contemp erotica and a C'mas anthology which I think is historical (at least the 1st one was). Tomorrow I'll be at the dentist with my daughter for a couple hours so I'll work on the book in my purse, I think. I'd better not start Evermore until I have the time to read it straight through, I don't think I'll be able to put it down.

Anyone started Stay the Night yet?? (Lynn Viehl)

Oh and I found Jennifer Haymore's book on PBS (it wasn't there yesterday!) and put it on my WL but thinkin' I should buy it to support our new author. It's not out til the end of May.

Anne



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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 10:13 AM ET
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Susan, Against the Wall is exactly that...um, I think they got horizontal aobut halfway through..aobut 200 pages and non-stop f'ing...seems like some good oral on his part..kept the book in case a f uture bf needed some reference material..storyline blech..she could've easily added another 100 or so pages and made the story more 'there'.

jane and the sneaky dom was cute..the others not familiar iwth.

still reading Sarah McCarty's 'running wild'..the 3 stories apparently just keep going but introdue the new relationship...hope so 'cause the first couple didnt' 'finalize' everything! they had sex a couple of times but she hadn't really accepted him being a wolf and he kept that detail from her til he made her his mate. I liked her Promises series and Caine's Reckoning better but this one is still ok - reminds me  a bit of rhyannon byrd's blood r unners trilogy - 2 of these guys are Protectors and the third is s uppoed to take his father's place as alpha wolf of the pack..but if they marry humans they have to leave the pack or worry about the pack attacking their women...

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 10:16 AM ET
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I finished Lord of Ice by Gaelen Foley and it was just OK. I'm getting ready to start reading Snowbound by Larissa Ione.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I finished Second Sight by Amanda Quick.  I enjoyed it.  Not sure if I want to move on to the next in that series (I have them from the library) or if I want to read something different.

Michelle

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 12:32 PM ET
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I finished Untamed by Pamela Clare and it was good.  I enjoyed it.  I think the male lead - Morgan - was more interesting to me than the heroine was.   ;-)     Now I'm reading a short Silhouette called Alpha Wolf by Linda Johnston.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 3:01 PM ET
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I'm reading Hot Six by Janet Evanovich - halarious, as usual. I gave up on Heart Mate by Robin Owens for now, just can't seem to get into it. Her writing and story reminds me of Jill Barnett, just not as good. I might pick it up and try again, but I've got a lot of other good stuff to read right now.



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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 3:52 PM ET
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Gave up on Alpha Wolf.  Just wasn't holding my interest so I posted it FIFO (only had a couple wishers).  Now I'm going to start on Wiser Than Serpents by Susan May Warren.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 4:32 PM ET
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I'm reading McKettricks Luck by Linda Lael Miller.  It's pretty good so far.  I'm not far into it though. 

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:10 PM ET
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Started Sweet Release by Pamela Clare.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:38 PM ET
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Willa---I hope you like it, I loved that book, probably one of my favs. Also the first Pamela Clare book I read.

I'm still trying to make it thru Burning Tigress, strange book. And if I have to read her about Cinnabar cave or yin dew one more time I might just scream lol!



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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 8:51 PM ET
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Ashley, I read White Tigress (I think) and I felt the same way - like screaming or just shuddering maybe, LOL.  AND I thought it was super boring.  Def won't read any more of those books.  I may try a different series by Jade Lee, but I'm reluctant.

I read and finished The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, by Sally Smith O'Rourke, or something like that.  It was ok, just ok.  There was a thing that happened that I just totally wasn't expecting from the description of the book and to tell what it was I think would be a spoiler.  But for some reason it made me mad.  Anyway, the book is romantic, but I'm not sure if it qualifies as a romance.  The writing seemed choppy. And I think the book could have been way longer (which is odd that I would say that, cuz I was mildly bored reading it anyway).  The character's relationships, and the characters themselves, could have been developed much better with some length.  And to top it all off , let's discuss the 3rd sentence in Chapter 1:  The main character girl, who's name already escapes me (how sad), looked at herself in a mirror and was startled when she saw her reflection there.  In a mirror.   DUH.  It's mirror, you moron.  I'll see if I can find the exact sentence and edit it in later. 

I've started The Spy Wore Silk, by Andrea Pickens.  Haven't gotten far enough into it to develp an opinion yet though. 

ETA: Ok, I found the sentence with the mirror. " [She] peered into the silvery glass.  The sudden appearance of her own reflection startled her..."  Yeah.  I know.



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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 9:30 PM ET
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I finished Running Wild by Sarah McCarty - can't believe I read over half of this sitting in the waiting room at the car dealership..it got a bit,um,hotter! It was pretty good; not super great but ok. Had a few storylines and one was never resolved I don't think..not sure if she was gonna write more or just did this and stopped. It sorta read like a silhouette nocturne except with the sex.

not sure what I'll read next...was gonna read The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston but it's another werewolf/lion shifter story and not sure I can handle any more biting /marking with  my sex..though hers are really funny...so dunno. I know I'm still tired and have to work tomorrow night and I'll probably be tired then too since I have to do the car financing they told me wouldnt' take long but forgot to say 'by the way we're leaving early' so they were gone over an hour early so no one to do the paperwork and fax it over. sigh..oh well at least they let me drive the car home.

so think I'll take a night time nap and see what I feel like reading when I wake up..got cold here,like 47..I'm sure it's colder where ya'll are but that's cold for Houston!

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 9:59 PM ET
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I just finished off All U Can Eat by Emma Holly.  Pretty hot book!  Some great sex scenes, a murder mystery plot, good sense of humor, and did I mention some hot sex scenes?  Definitely worth the couple of bucks I paid for it.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 10:20 PM ET
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I finished up the Naughty Nights anthology - the last story by Tawny Taylor was bad, really bad!   I don't know if it was just a bad example of her writing or not but the plot (yeah, there was one) was really stupid!  Oh well, other 2 stories by C. Teglia & D. Ryder were good.    I decided to switch over to a paranormal next The Redeeming (Immortals, Bk 5) by Jennifer Ashley - I'm liking it so far.

 

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 11:21 PM ET
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Let's see...  Since the last time I posted  on this thread, I have read Tempted by Pamela Britton - which was pretty good, if not great.  I'm interested in trying out some more Pamela Britton, I think.  I read Enchanted by Your Kisses a while back, and it was much better, but this one was still decent.  I also read Almost a Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal.  This must be my month for Pams:P  It was pretty craptastic.  Got like an A- DIK review from AAR too, although I have no idea why.  Bleh.  Then I went after No Greater Love by Katherine Kingsley, a WL book that I've had TBR forever and a day, and I didn't like it either.  Insipid is probably the word I'd choose:P  I thought for some reason that I'd tried to get into something else and couldn't, but apparently it was so bad, I don't even remember what it was.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 3:21 AM ET
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Kim,

Have you read Teller Of Tales by Laurel Ames?  It is a Harlequin Historical from 1993.  I rarely read HH's  but I read a review of this one at Smart Bitches, I think it was.  They called it the book that Almost A Gentleman tried to be.  I didn't like AAG at all, but really enjoyed Teller of Tales.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 4:09 AM ET
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Finishing up Let the Night Begin (Brotherhood of Blood #4) and liked it.  As for my next book, I'm eyeing Real Men Do It Better, an anthology of short stories by Lora Leigh, Lori Wilde, Carrie Alexander and Susan Donovan.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 5:42 AM ET
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I finished up Marrying the Captain and really enjoyed it. A wonderfully told love story about two people who never thought something this good could happen to them.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 12:58 PM ET
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Bronwyn - I've never been big on the heroine masquerading as a man thing, and Almost A Gentleman was just overkill on that, IMO.  She's not just dressing up like one, she's living as one.  And she was so annoying about it.  I can relate to wanting the freedom, I can't relate to hiring a male prostitute to service her sexual needs, and then swearing him & his pimp to secrecy so that she could keep pretending to be a man.  Even to her servants.  Bleh.  And for what?  So she can waltz with women at balls, wear pants, whack off her hair, hang out in gentleman's clubs, drink & gamble every night, and generally exact some kind of petty revenge on men as a race by winning their money and gossipping about them?  That seemed to be the only objective for it, and it was so boring.  She never got to be a girl until she was having sex & it just went on & on, and it really wasn't doing much for her, and I couldn't relate to a hero being attracted to her as a shallow pretty boy either - even after he knew for a fact she was a woman.  I'm glad he figured it out quickly and decided that she was worth figuring out; it was the book's one saving grace, but the heroine never made any sense to me at all and the hero just wasn't enough to save the book.  I might try Teller of Tales, just to see if this plot could be done well, but if it's another one that goes on forever in that vein, I don't know that I'll be able to get into it:P

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