Discussion Forums - Love & Romance Love & Romance

Topic: What Are We Reading This Week, 1/29 - 2/4/2012

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: What Are We Reading This Week, 1/29 - 2/4/2012
Date Posted: 1/29/2012 3:24 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2008
Posts: 1,770
Back To Top

New week!

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 3:26 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2008
Posts: 1,770
Back To Top

I'm reading the fourth Black Ops book by Cindy Gerard (Feel the Heat).  I didn't really want to read this one because Raphael wasn't a very intriguing hero for me, and I don't really go for the whole ice queen/tough as nails heroine.  However, I have decided that these books are like Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters... I don't really care who the main story is about, because even if theirs isn't great, I just love her writing, the setting, the interaction between all of the team, etc.  I'm about 1/3 of the way in and it's good.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 3:34 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

still reading 10 Days in Paradise- hot but the hero's a moody one and I'd have walked after his brother and sister's attitudes..blech...but hey I got it for the nookie right?! so I can deal with it hee hee!

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 4:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2005
Posts: 3,730
Back To Top

from the old post lol

I am reading The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter, catching up on this series now. I hadn't wanted to read this one at first, never thought much of Amun and I hated the begining but it is getting better. I am looking forward to the next one.

btw, I read The Darkest Lie before it and I had put it off for so long cause I heard a lot of bad reviews and how it was hard to read. I had no trouble following Gideon speak and I liked it their story. I need to stop putting books off lol

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

Finished Heather Blake's It Takes a Witch, a cute cozy set in a Salem Ma setting, about a town that is full of witches.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 6:29 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2008
Posts: 12,776
Back To Top

I finished The Emperor's Wolf by J.C. Owen m/m fantasy romance, really good. I also read Beneath a Neon Moon by Theda Black. It was ok. paranormal mm. Today I read The Wicked House of Rohan by Anne Stuart (the free prequel) it was pretty good. For the remainder of the month I may try to finish some of the books I have open.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 9:12 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2006
Posts: 2,463
Back To Top

Finished Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis, Bk 1) by Gena Showalter and really liked it. Also finished Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce and really liked that one also, it started out slow but it picked up.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 9:47 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

Started Jo Davis's Line of Fire and so far it has been pretty good.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 12:15 AM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
Posts: 2,728
Back To Top

Finished Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey- loved it!  Am now onto the next one, Undeniably Yours, and it is shaping up to be at least as good as the first. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 6:12 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2008
Posts: 2,207
Back To Top

Just because book 3 in the Smoky Barrett series is GREAT, it's a large print HC and weighs a lot and I'm not dragging it to work with me.

I started one of the February Blazes (the anthology) so I'll bring that one to work, then jump back on the McFadyen when I get home.

GAil

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 7:53 AM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2008
Posts: 1,770
Back To Top

I finished Feel the Heat by Cindy Gerard. 

I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  I went into it not even really wanting to read it, mostly because I had no real grasp of Raphael's character, and B.J. is the type of heroine who really turns me off of a story:  cold, unemotional, closed-off, tough.  In the book she practically makes fun of Stephanie because she is the type of woman that men want to play white knight for... and that's usually MY kind of heroine.  I did warm up to B.J., though, simply because she was so vulnerable and so competent.  She fit in with the BOI guys so well, did well with the team on the op and was such mush when it came to Rafe.  I had a little more trouble with Rafe.... I just couldn't see him as alpha hero material.  I don't know if he seemed younger than the others, or if I just didn't "click" with his character, but I didn't fall in love with him the way I like to do in a really good book.  All that being said, Cindy Gerard excels at writing romantic suspense.  The storyline was great and her writing is superb... the timing and the dialogue and just the write amount of detail - everything made it a great book!

 

 

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 9:15 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

still reading 10 Days in Paradise - unbelievable how rude his family is ot her and how  he friggin' tolerates it and how she tolerates it - I've have b*tchslapped that mother and brother into next week already. making me not want to visit Hawaii that's for sure! (not even for all the hot-ness of the hero!)

not sure what's after this - have another ebook that's book #2 in a series - liked the first one wel enough so may start the sequel next - christian romance/inspirational. or may pick up one of hte Blaze titles I have lined up...

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 9:15 AM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2006
Posts: 2,463
Back To Top

I'm going to start Mac's Law (Unchained, Bk 1) by Sarah McCarty next.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 11:06 AM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
Posts: 4,586
Back To Top

Last week I finished Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, Bk 1) by Karen Marie Moning, on the recommendation of hundreds of PBSers, lol. It was very slow-going at first for me, but I ended up really liking it.

Also finished The Scarletti Curse (Scarletti, Bk 1), a very dark, gothic romance by Christine Feehan (not nearly as good as her Lair of the Lion) and am reaching the halfway point on Marsha Canham's Straight for the Heart.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 1:56 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2008
Posts: 1,770
Back To Top

Gina - have you read any of the other Highlander books by KMM?  If not, definitely continue with the series.  They get better & better as it goes along.  The first few were just meh for me.

So I was a huge slacker this morning & stayed in bed to read Risk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard.  There were things I really liked about it and things I really hated, but overall a good read.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 2:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2005
Posts: 3,730
Back To Top

Finished The Darkest Secret last night and am on to The Darkest Surrender. I like Kaia, I think so far she is one of my fav LOTU heroines.

It also turns out I will have time to get some of my tbr pile done. I bruised a bone in my arm and am out of work for a week. Of course I managed to turn a banged elbow into something more lol

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 3:00 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

finished 10 Days in Paradise - wow what an abrupt everything's hunky dory ending LOL - they topped Barbara Cartland I think! lotsa sex though.

barely started Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker-s he's sorta become hit and miss for me -s ome have been good enjoyable reads and others meh- I vaguely remember the first book - a baker is diabetic and can never really sample her creations(not sure how she managed to make it not being able to taste what she's making and know what's missing...)

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
Posts: 4,586
Back To Top

Gina - have you read any of the other Highlander books by KMM?

No, but I have the first five and will definitely continue reading! :) I'm kinda anxious to see Adam return to stir up more trouble. He was a fantastic villain. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 7:32 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2006
Posts: 2,463
Back To Top

Finished Mac's Law (Unchained, Bk 1) by Sarah McCarty, the story was silly in places but it was HOT. blush

Not sure what I'm going to read next.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 8:27 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2006
Posts: 5,498
Back To Top

Cyndi I loved Heart of the Dragon.  It's on my keeper shelf.

Susanna - the sex was good tho, right?  I agree that his family needed to take a hike.

Lets see.  I haven't posted in a few days..... I read Bonded by Nicky Charles.  It was a BN freebie.  I've read the others and enjoyed them but this one was not good.        I also attempted to read Sugar Creek by Toni Blake and DNF'd right away.  What a horrible, self centered heroine.  No thank you.       Then today I read A Knight in Cowboy Boots by Suzie Quint and really enjoyed that one.   One hunky Texas cowboy in that one!

Not sure what I'm reading next.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 11:04 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

Sherri the sex kept me coming back LOL - the family sucked big-time though and they sure wrapped things up hunky dory! I should have just skimmed through for the sex LOL even some of the foods made me wanna throw up -t he raw eggs and greasy beef LOL!

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 11:21 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
Posts: 6,436
Back To Top

"a baker is diabetic and can never really sample her creations(not sure how she managed to make it not being able to taste what she's making and know what's missing...)"

It's easier with baking with specific recipes than general cooking. I have to have my husband taste my cooking to make sure the spices are right.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 2:37 AM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
Posts: 6,436
Back To Top

Reading Charlain Harris' Home Improvement anthology. Really good story by Patricia Briggs, the rest is meh so far.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 10:24 AM ET
Member Since: 6/10/2009
Posts: 1,485
Back To Top

i'm still reading off the AAR top 100 list. Just finished Judith McNaught's Something Wonderful. That's only the second book I've read by her and I think she's incredibly wonderful herself! I haven't read any of her contemporaries, but I picked one up at a thrift shop. I'm willing to branch out and try new things - as long as it's her!

Next on my list is Maya Banks Seduction of a Highland Lass (#2 in that trilogy). I loved the first one, hopefully this one can follow up.

Susanna - you crack me up!!

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 12:12 PM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
Posts: 4,586
Back To Top

All done with Straight for the Heart. It was moving slowly for me at first, but there were lots of twists and turns which made it pretty interesting. There was one aspect of the story that was not tied up in a neat little bow, though, which is bothering me incessantly. For anyone who has read this book (semi-spoiler alert): Why was Michael on the showboat at the end of the book, when he was supposed to be off searching for Ned? Amanda asks him, but he never gives her an answer. 

Now I've started Donna Kauffman's The Legend MacKinnon.

Page: