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Subject: What are we reading this week? 1/25/09 - 1/31/09
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:42 AM ET
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I was up early today so I thought I'd get us started this week. 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:43 AM ET
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The last couple books I've read have taken me a long time to finish, so I decided to read a quick book this time.  :)

I just started reading Fish Out of Water (Fred the Mermaid, Book 3) by MaryJanice Davidson last night.  It's pretty good so far and definitly a quick read! 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:55 AM ET
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I'm at work..still reading Jinxed by Beth Ciotta..says it's the first in a series and I have the other 2 but don't know if the characters overlap or not..so far it's just cutesy..her business manager wiped out her fortune and she's penniless but wanting to make it on her own..she gets a job with a PI but of course doesn't know her godfather paid him to give her a job and her friend/ex-chauffer knows about it too..so sh*t's probably gonna hit the fan at the end I'm guessing!

I have the next 2 with  me as well as Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr..that one's supposed to be an emotional ringer so might pass on it unless I feel like an excuse to sob at work...just hope it's slow enough here today to focus on reading..IF I can stay off these boards long enough!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 11:44 AM ET
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Susanna, the characters from Jinxed are in the next 2 books too, including Rudy and John-Pierre. Charmed, book 2, was my favorite from that series.

This morning I finished Star Bright by Catherine Anderson.The newest in her Coulter/Harrigan series. I liked this one better than I have the last 2. 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 11:49 AM ET
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thanks Jennifer! I wasn't sure if they carried over book to book or not. this is a pretty good story though! cute couple and I like Rudy!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 12:11 PM ET
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Started Virgin River last night:)

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 2:50 PM ET
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I finished Jinxed and thinking about starting the 2nd book, Charmed...have others lined up to read too so can't decide but thinking since Jinxed was easy to pick up and put down and light enough for work that I should stick with this series...

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 3:40 PM ET
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After a number of good reads in a row, I've gotten into a restless mood again... reading Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown, Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale and Miss Drayonton's Downfall by Patricia Oliver. :-\

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 4:56 PM ET
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Uh-oh, Willa. I know what you're going through. One of my '09 Reading Resolutions was to read ONE book at a time and I've already broken it. It's mainly because I broke down and broke another of my rezzes (staying away from the library) and need to read the library book(s) on a timely basis. I'm about 100 pages from the end of the Eloisa James (DESPERATE DUCHESSES) as well as reading a Medieval hist/rom (my own). I still have the 2nd & 3rd James books from the library so i'll be reading two books at a time for the next couple of weeks, since I'm pretty sure I'll have to renew them.  Oh, and I've never read that Sandra Brown series yet, and how long have they been out?????

 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 5:03 PM ET
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I've been trying to stick with one at a time but I read too many places! I'm reading Charmed by Beth Ciotta at work and for 'fun', Colter's Woman is an 'at home' read only and it's going pretty slowly!, and listening to The Dark Highlander by KMM but might hav eto pull out the paperback and finish that way! and might start a mystery..but gotta make myself stick to something til I decided IF I'm ever gonna finish it. also have Wolf Tales started by Kate Douglas and can't decide if I 'm gonna finish that one or not..it's a bit, um, out there...

Gail, that Sandra Brown series has been out a pretty good while..not sure when but I remember seeing that at ubs a long time ago..before I joined PBS...they're somewhere in mt tbr I think.. or some of them are!



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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 5:37 PM ET
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I'm almost done with The Highland Wife by Lyn Stone.  Its not bad just not holding MY interest, so I'm skimming.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 6:17 PM ET
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Finished The New Frontier by Jackie Casto, an older futuristic romance.  It was good but a little longer than necessary. Tonight I will be reading some more of Untamed by Pamela Clare, and will try to finish When Night Falls by Kaitlyn O'Connor, on my ereader. It is not one of her best.

Anne

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 6:50 PM ET
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The Sandra Browns are from the early 90's, I think. Kind of dated but then, what isn't? :-) Pretty good reads, but this one is going all business-y, which bores me.

Midsummer Moon is quite good, will maybe just concentrate on that for awhile.

I'm going to listen to David Sedaris at the gym today, because I've completely given up on the idea of listening to romance audiobooks. It's just too icky.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:12 PM ET
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I like the older Sandra Browns when it was a good story and romance and not so much of the romantic suspense stuff she does now.

I finished off Suite Fantasy by Jancie Maynard today.  Received it yesterday in the mail so that was a good, quick read.  I'm now just starting Red Hot Reunion by Bella Andre.  I really enjoyed Take Me, the other book by her I read so when I saw this one posted on PBS, I snatched it up.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:32 PM ET
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I'm still reading Sam's Creed. I'm gonna try finish it tonight, so far I think it's pretty good.

Tomorrow I don't know what I'm gonna read I guess that depends on what comes in the mail in the morning!! I am hoping for the 3 books I am missing in the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon!!

Angie -
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I read Wild Ride by LuAnn McLane (I think?) this week and I was not at all impressed. The first story was okay and it pretty much went downhill from there.

I read "To The Edge"  by Cindy Gerard this weekend and really liked it. I'm always excited when I discover a new to me author with a decent sized backlist.

SEP's What I Did For Love is being released this week and I'm really looking forward to it, even if I'm really bummed it isn't a Stars book.

 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 9:37 PM ET
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Finished up The Highland Wife (just barely an OK book, I skimmed most of it) and now I'm starting Dark Defender by Alexis Morgan.  Its book 2 in her Paladins series.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 9:51 PM ET
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I finished Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs, and liked it fine.  Finally picked back up and finished Morgan (Buckhorn Brothers) by Lori Foster.  It was..ok.  Something bothers me about this series.  I really, really liked the Visitation series by her, and  have read a couple of her others, so really thought this series would be great.  But I'm bothered. I know there will be a HEA, so that's good, the heroines are likeable enough....I think it's the heros who bother me.  They're just too perfect.  There's this entire house full of tall, gorgeous, sexy, intelligent, straight, sensitive yet strong, responsible, employed men, all single, and one by one they meet the woman of their dreams.  They're all just too good to be true- they're every woman's wildest dream.  I guess I feel like I'm being pandered to.

I also started River Devil by Diane Whiteside, and am confused...does this book come before Southern Devil, or after?  I've read Irish Devil and Northern Devil, and am kind of a stickler for reading books in the correct order, so have put a hold on this one until I figure out if I'm out of order or not.  Til then, I am going to start on a non-romance.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 12:12 AM ET
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I finished What Angels Fear.  It got better towards the end, and I can't decided whether or not to read the sequels.  Certainly won't buy them or get them here on PBS.  That will strictly be a library series. 

Gave up on Wolfsbane and Mistletoe.  Not because it was boring or anything, but I just don't like short stories.  I read Many Bloody Returns a couple of weeks ago and struggled through it. Should have learned my lesson there I guess.  :)  I need the detail, character interaction, etc you get with books.  I think I probably need to get invested in characters or something? I dunno.  I do like the stories by authors I have read a lot of, like Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher.

I started Out of Time by Samantha Graves. Haven't read much yet.



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:00 AM ET
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I'm really liking Virgin River so far.  About a third of the way in, & it's good.  A lot of lol moments.  It's making me wonder why I don't read more contemporaries:P



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:39 AM ET
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Kim, I just ordered Virgin River on Amazon.  It sounds like a good series!

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Finished Snow flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.  This is a book that I feel every woman should read. It is about best friends for life and takes place in China in the 19th century.  The everyday life of these woman absolutely blew me away, talk about differences in cultures.  It is not a romance book but one that will touch your heart, spirit and mind and a book you will not forget.  I hope you read it and pass it along to all of your friends.

Jane

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:15 AM ET
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let's see...

 

ran across nicola cornick at a forum i frequent. had read her deceived yrs ago and was not impressed. i asked her flat out what do you consider ur best book. she said - lord of scandal. could not even finish this one. implausible situation after implausible situation. also the way she handled the hero's title/name made me think she doesnt understand the logistics of the title thingee. nothing wrong with no understanding at first, even balogh was shaky on that at the start of her career. But cornick aint no newbie

then i read victoria dahl's rake guide to pleasure and this was very good. characters really seemed fresh and the writing had flair. voice and dialogue might come across too modern at times but that's a common problem these days

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:26 AM ET
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Last night finished Untamed by Pamela Clare.  I thought it was just ok. This morning I grabbed Christmas Spirit by Rebecca York to read in the car. Ended up skipped a huge chunk of the middle and read the end.  It was ok. I'm not really into ghosts.  I am not even counting this book in the paranormal challenge. Now I need to read something GOOD dang it. With over 1200 books sitting around I should be able to LOL Just have to decide. I guess I can start the 3rd story in On The Prowl.  I am not enthusiastic about it though.

Anne

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:40 AM ET
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I'm almost done with Charmed by Beth Ciotta - 2nd in her Friends & Lovers series(think there's just 3 books) and it's pretty good. I've been stressed/distracted lately and this one seems to have the right blend of lightness/humor/sex..easy to follow but not too boring storyline..if that makes any sense at all! I may start the 3rd when I finish -Seduced -so I won't have a series left hanging like a lot of others I've started. I also have the new Virgin River book, Second Chance Pass, but want to be able to focus on that one when I read it...and a Love Inspired that ubs owner swore was funny. I don't usually go for these christian romances though I've found some really good ones..no sex so they have to be funny or just a good storyline! I was loving the Homecoming Heroes series til the last book when the author used so many sappy adjectives for the kid and the kid literally owned the book instead of the couple working out their differences...anyhoo..this one is about a sleep walker and has a cute cover with girl and boy slipper next to each other on the cover..so it looks promising...Sleeping Beauty by Judy Baer.Anyways, have a fairly long day at the hospital while my dad goes through his routine scans and such and they do one thing then wait a few hours to prep for another then this afternoon they finally start the scans and all that..so lots of reading time!

I have that Wolfsbane and Mistletoe book from the library but haven't read it yet...I'm so-so with short stories..really depends on the story. I got a silhouette nocturne at Christmas - Holiday with a vampire II-and Merline Lovelace's story was just too short but Devoti's was really good for just a few pages more...so it just depends I guess.

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