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Subject: What are we reading this week, 10-10 to 10-15?
Date Posted: 10/10/2010 11:47 AM ET
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New week.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 11:49 AM ET
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This is the review of Madeline Hunter's Lessons of Desire that I put on GRs:

 

3 1/2 stars.
MH is a NTM author and this being my first book, I wasn't sure what to expect. In reading the back of the book I expected a regular regency type historical romance. But it was really alot more than that. MH's writing was a bit uneven to me, in that at times her writing was very lush and descriptive and at other times she left me wanting to have a better description of what was taking place. (the love scenes could have used a bit more of this and sometimes the wording used was odd.) The kissing scenes were usually hot.

Phaedra was raised as a modern thinking woman, who supported free love and that she was equal to any man. Now being that this book takes place around the 1830s, that kind of idealism doesn't go well with ton thinking. So Phaedra is of course an outcast to society. She handles this distinction by keeping one girl-friend and the rest are male friends w/benefits if you know what I mean. After all what is the use of being a believer in free love if you aren't going to practice it.

Elliot is not a free thinker, in fact he is in fact one of those neanderthal men who think they own a woman and are completely responsible for her happiness. At least that is what Phaedra thinks. He is the brother of the man that Phaedra's friend just married. Phaedra has some memoirs that could make their dead dad look very bad. Elliot and his family wants her to remove the passage.

So Elliot sets of to do just that. Approach the little free thinker and offer a big chunk o change and all will be well. When he finds her in Italy she has been arrested and Elliot has to save her. That becomes the theme throughout the book. Phaedra never tries to hide her light under a bushel sort to speak and it gets her into trouble. After all if the ton is bad, countries outside of England were worse.

Because of this trouble, Elliot and Phaedra ending up married. Now since it was outside the country and they never signed the document, they didn't think it was legal and proceeded to make mad love to one another. Elliot soon though wanted to be more than a "friend" and it took Phaedra the rest of the book to catch up.

That was one of the points that go on my nerves she held on to the belief that her mom's way was the only way and anything else would just tie her down. Even though by this time, they had admitted to one another that their love was real. You felt there love and the library scene was emotional.

I will stop here because I don't want to give anything else away. It was a great book and had the writing been a bit more even I would have happily given it 4 1/2 stars. I do look forward to going back and picking up the other brother's stories. (less)

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 1:01 PM ET
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I'm reading Back in Black by Lori Foster. It's okay, but I don't care for the heroine or the secondary storyline. Also, whatever patron had this before me (it's a library book) has nicely used a black felt tipped pen to mark out all the offensive language (inlcuding the word bimbo). If you've read this book before then you know the main character has a potty mouth. There's a lot of words marked out. I think it's pretty funny though when they miss one.

This series has seemed so weird to me. My favorite has been Simon Says and I think it may be my all time favorite Lori Foster.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 1:42 PM ET
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I just finished the last book in Janet Chapman's Highlander series.  I am really sad to see it end.  The entire series was enchanting and there wasn't a book that I didn't love (which is unusual for a series).  What's not to love about a book that has highlander heroes, time travel and magic?

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 1:44 PM ET
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Rebecca... I'm sorry, I know it's not funny but I had to laugh when I read that.  Why would you even read a romance novel if language offends you?  I really liked Back in Black.

I'm stuck skimming through my second mediocre book in a row.  After several GREAT reads, I guess I had to come back to reality sooner or later.  I'm almost finished with Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux.  I really liked the first two books in this Edilean series, but this one almost seems like someone else wrote it.  The characters are shallow, the dialogue is juvenile and the mystery/suspense, which is the whole set-up for the romance between the H/h, doesn't seem very important.  There is a character who is supposedly the villain, and yet he's tucked away in jail so he's not even IN the book yet (and like I said, I'm almost finished).  Very disappointing.

After this it'll be Nauti and Wild by Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 2:58 PM ET
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I am reading Montana Born and Bred
Author: Alexis Harrington

I am really liking her books.  She and Jenna Kernan are two authors I don't think get enough press.  The both are great writers and the stories are not the same 'ole, same 'ole.  No EWWWWWWW sex either.  Just good 'ole romance.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 3:11 PM ET
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marked out the words.....that is sick but funny....there is an episode of Rob & Big where Rob has gone out and gotten some boxes of romance novels for his mother who is coming to visit. From the covers they looked like 80's bodice rippers. So he was looking through them and started going nuts marking out all the words he didn't want his mother to see.  It was pretty funny!

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 4:24 PM ET
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I finished Back in Black and it turned out better than I thought it would. It was so funny though to see words the offended person with the felt tipped pen missed. Apparently "pissed" is not offensive but "bimbo" is.

I have a couple of Susan Mallery books that I've started but just can't get into. I'm going to try again though.



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Date Posted: 10/10/2010 4:45 PM ET
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Why would you even read a romance novel if language offends you?  I really liked Back in Black.   That is too funny!  I liked it too.

I'm only a little ways into Waking the Dead by Kylie Brant but I'm really liking it, especially the heroine.  We were busy at work today so didn't get much reading slipped in.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 6:15 PM ET
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Read Be My Baby by Meg Benjamin, Book 3 in her Koningsburg, Texas series.  I loved the first two books, Venus in Blue Jeans and Wedding Bell Blues, but this one just didn't do it for me.  I finally figured out why, she dropped most of the secondary characters in this novel.  Granted the heroine was supposed to be cut off from almost everyone, but still.  Some of the fantasitc secondary characters either did not appear in this novel, or were barely in it.  Still, I'm glad I read it and I am looking forward to the fourth novel coming out soon, but this one was at most 3 stars compared to the 5 stars I gave the other novels.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 8:05 PM ET
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wow people who do that to librar books should have their cards revoked IMO and fined. return the book if you're offended geez!

I'm still reading Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elizabeth Ludwig.haven't gotten too far but I think it has a suspense storyline so not wild about that but I'll have to see..have others with me for back up if needed..

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 9:55 PM ET
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I started Flirting with Disaster, a YA book I won. It's okay... awfully white bread. I guess I expect my paranormal stories to be a bit more edgy. I really snorted at the idea of a high school cupid getting a bonus for a "lasting love match" - they've been together (gasp!) almost a full month!

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 10:01 AM ET
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I'm still reading Cops and Cowboys by Walker & Leigh. The Walker story was good.....though with a lot of sex! The Leigh story is a little far-fetched, but I still have a ways to go on it.

I'm gonna have to pick up something non-erotica after this, even though I have some swap books I need to read. I'm sexed out fictionally, at the moment. 

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 11:31 AM ET
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Think I will start Canham's The Pride of Lions today.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 1:13 PM ET
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Started Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. Not a romance, I don't know who recommended it to me. But it's interesting.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 1:21 PM ET
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I finished Ain't Too Proud to Beg by Susan Donovan last week, and it was ok.  Not my favorite by her, but it was entertaining enough.  The busybody friends/coworkers were kind of annoying, and the hero seemed a bit too good to be true.

Now I've jumped right into the next in the series, The Night She Got Lucky.  I'm not very far in, but it's ok.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 1:21 PM ET
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Reading the Cold Minds by Kristin Landon. This is book 2 in an awesome scifi romance series!

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 2:52 PM ET
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I haven't gotten into anything..the love finds you story seemed to heavy for work last night and even the harlequin duets book I couldt' get motivated enough to get past 1 page - and It hink it'll be a cute book(2 stories) but I just surfed the net, printed recipes, and worked..bummer..and this morning was breakfast, take doggies out to pee, shower and bed with no reading..still don't feel like reading! maybe tonight I'll feel more like reading...weird!

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 3:14 PM ET
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Zipping through Hometown Heartbreakers, an anthology of reprints by Susan Mallery.  The heroine in the first story, The Best Bride, was driving me bonkers.  Had to skim the end and move on...

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 3:33 PM ET
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I just finished reading the only Adele Ashworth book I've ever read, "The Duke's Indiscretion"...and am kind of at a loss as to why so many people say they love her. The book had some promise but I ultmately didn't much like either the heroine or the hero. Maybe I just got the wrong book by this author but I'm now extremely disinclined to spend any more credits on this author's books.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 3:42 PM ET
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I read Larissa Ione's "Sin Undone" yesterday.  I wasn't sure about it before I started, but I really enjoyed the story.  Sin & Con worked out to be a lot better couple than I expected.

 

I'm trying to start on Nicholas Sparks' "Safe Haven" and I just can't get into it.  Maybe because I know before it's over I'll be bawling my eyes out.  I picked up 3 new ones today, so I may move on to something else.

 

Renee

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 3:45 PM ET
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Amanda, I seem to have missed the Adele Ashworth gene, myself. Don't even try her anymore. Sometimes there's just something about a particular author that works or doesn't work.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 3:51 PM ET
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I read Lora Leigh's story in Nauti and Wild and am a few chapters into Jaci Burton's story.  So far it's pretty good - better than I expected.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 9:24 PM ET
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I picked up and read Judity Ivory's Black Silk. Wow what a book. It was a book at times I hated, but I couldn't put down. I gave it 4 stars, but man...what  a book. My reviews is up on GRs.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 10:24 PM ET
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*sigh* I completely and totally heart Judith Ivory. You're making me want to dust off and read one of my keepers, Keri!

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