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Subject: What are we reading this week? 10/17 - 10/23, 2010
Date Posted: 10/17/2010 5:43 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 5:45 AM ET
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I finished A Family for Christmas by Kate Welsh, a Love Inspired from about 10 yrs ago. It was a pretty good read for such a short book. Now since I'm still tired and need something easy I think I'll try reading The Sy Bride by Lucy Monroe, a Harlequin Present someone recommended a while back on another forum.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 10:25 AM ET
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I'm getting ready to start reading Innocent in Death by JD Robb. I'm a bit put-off by the description though. Eve doesn't seem like a jealous person and I hope it doesn't get too crazy.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 11:32 AM ET
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I picked up and started Stephen Hunter's The Day Before Midnight and put it down. I picked up and started Jayne Castle's Midnight Crystal and put it down. I was growing frustrated and picked up Liz Carlyle's My False Heart and that worked, but it is my last LC...NOOOOOOOOOO!

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 12:07 PM ET
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Well, I've started # 4 of the Boscastle series by Jillian Hunter...so far #3 has been the best one...5 more to go.  I did have to break it up and read a Blaze serial, Heated Rush by Leslie Kelly. Though it was sweet..and Hot too.  :)

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 2:11 PM ET
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I finished Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper and it was okay. It was a little confusing though, apparently I needed to read 2 or 3 trilogies before this to completely understand what is going on. Now I'm on Blood SIns and so far it's okay.



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Date Posted: 10/17/2010 4:21 PM ET
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I finished Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz and all I can say is WOW.  What a fabulous book!  I truly lucked into that read.  I had previously read The Frontiersman's Daughter by her and happened to see this one at the library when I was returning an audiobook and thought "what the heck".    If you read the first book, its set almost concurrently with it, actually a little before it and the Click's make a brief appearance, but this one was soooo much better.  I can sum it up in three words:  made me cry.  ;-)

Now I'm reading Styx's Storm by Lora Leigh.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 4:52 PM ET
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Im about half way through Caressed by Ice. Im really enjoying this Psy-Changeling series that I put off for so long, lol.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 6:33 PM ET
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I just finished the 3rd book in Celeste Bradley's Runaway Bride series Scoundrel In My Dreams,  I love this series and it is going on my keeper shelf.  Loved the way she wrote Melody's story, the precocious 3/4 year old just made me laugh.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 7:31 PM ET
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Im about half way through Caressed by Ice. Im really enjoying this Psy-Changeling series that I put off for so long, lol.

yes

I just re-read that....one of my favs of the series

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 8:36 PM ET
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I recently finished No Mercy by Sherrily Kenyon (her latest Darkhunter) and it was surprisingly enjoyable.  I had been in a Darkhunter funk since Acheron came out and her books weren't really must read for me anymore.  Maybe that break did me well - since I had minimal expectations with this (someone loaned it to me). 

I also finished Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole.  I liked it but didn't love it.  And I can't really pinpoint why.  It had all the great elements, it just didn't make me go WOW.  But I do love her universe and it was nice to see familiar faces.  I might have to go back and re-read this series from the beginning (although A Hunger Like No Other is not my fav)

I also finished Styx's Storm by Lora Leigh - her latest Breed story.  It was ok.  Definitely a letdown after reading Jonas' story and I wasn't enamored of her writing for the Scottish Styx -("wee p****y being written several times got on my nerves toward the end).  She also teased some history on Styx but didn't really deliver about it in this story.

Now I need to find something awesome to read next.  But nothing is grabbing my attention.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 10:45 PM ET
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I'm nearly done with The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe, HP. It's pretty good! I WL'd the 2nd book in large print - #2 of 2 so we'll see how long that takes! (not like I read this one right away anyways!) but book 2 is about the hero's friend and I wanna read his story.

might get back to Dream a Little Dream by SEP next..not sure..these harlequins and love inspired's seemt o be my focus limit lately.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 11:26 PM ET
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Finished Liz Carlyle's My False Heart and I really enjoyed it. I hope she continues to write really great stories like that.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 10:33 AM ET
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I was away visiting my sister for the weekend, so got very little reading done. But just a few chapters left in Finding Strength by Annmarie McKenna. This book is actually moving tooooo slow for me. I'm bored.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 10:37 AM ET
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I started Alpha by Rachel Vincent......crying already because I don't want it to end.....the last book in the series....I love this series SO much!

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 10:59 AM ET
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Just finished The Best of Friends by Susan Mallery.  She says it's not a romance, it's women's fiction, and I guess I can kind of see that, but there was a romantic element.  It was ok- I was not blown away by it.  Maybe because it's not a romance and we didn't get the HEA (well sort of, but not really.)  It just didn't seem "done" to me at the end.

I'm starting Venus in Blue Jeans by Meg Benjamin next.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 11:24 AM ET
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I've been reaching in my TBR pile for books that have been there awhile. Last week I read Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone. Very different (the hero is an opium addict) - both the hero and heroine have some serious flaws. It's considered erotica but definitely had more depth (and pages! over 400 pages) than your typical erotica. Definitely more story, less sex than your typical erotica which has something happening every few pages. I liked it - not a keeper but very good.

Keeping with the reading different type books, I'm now reading For All the Right Reasons by Elaine Coffmann. A historical set in the 1850s here in the US (Texas and California). Liking it so far. It's another book with a lot of depth - it'll be tough going back to light romances after this book.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I finished Fragile by Shiloh Walker.  It was really great, and I think I would have had even more appreciation for Quinn's story (Broken, which I also loved) if I had read this one first.  I wish I had a Rafferty brother.  lol

Not sure what's up next.  Maybe Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 1:30 PM ET
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I finished Finding Strength. Very meh. Especially the second story, for which I had absolutely no connection with the characters. 

Now I'll start a swap book, Brotherhood of Blood by Bianca D'Arc.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 2:17 PM ET
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"I picked up and started Jayne Castle's Midnight Crystal and put it down."

I had to laugh when I read that! I love her writing (under all her pseudonyms) but her recent work has been so "...seriously? That's all the romance you're gonna put in your ROMANCE novels, Jayne? Seriously? I want my money back." It was one thing when her stuff was predictable but still at least distinguishable from her other stuff. I paid full price for Midnight Crystal and ended up skimming the whole thing so I'm just gonna wait until Burning Lamp comes my way on the Wishlist.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 2:27 PM ET
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 It just didn't seem "done" to me at the end.  Lesley I read it last week and felt the same way.

Lastnight I finished Veil of Night by Linda Howard.  It was ok but not great. My main complaint is that LH kept filling pages describing  weddings that really had nothing to do with the main plot other than the heroine is the wedding planner. It got to the point that I was skimming these parts. I wish she'd used those pages to develop more of a relationship for the H&h because I wasn't really feeling the love.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 2:55 PM ET
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Amanda, I am still struggling to get through MC...it is just not working for me anymore. It is all extremely boring.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 5:11 PM ET
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Susan, LOL at your comment on Styx's Storm :)

Gina, I'm reading Finding Strength, too, and mostly liked the first story.  The heroine of the second story hasn't clicked for me yet; sounds like she might not ...

Finished Fortunate Harbor over the weekend, and really enjoyed it; it had a similar feel for me to the Blossom Street stories by Debbie Macomber, getting involved in and caught up with a group of women friends.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Glad it's not just me Jennifer.  After I wrote my review on Goodreads, I went and read a few of the others, and saw the same setiments there.  One review had a comment on it that Susan Mallery had been asked if she planned to do a book about Rebecca where we would get to find out what happened between her and Jayne, and her answer was no.  Just makes no sense to me that that part of the story would be left unresolved.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 6:11 PM ET
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hmmI was ok with Midnight Crystal..dont' remember much of the story now though but I liked the dust bunny! I remember being a bit bummed because I figured the motorcycle would be ridden more but it wasn't enough IMO. so far The Perfect Poison and Burning Lamp have been my 2 favorites and that's odd because they're both historical and I'm usually a contemporary gal! but I really enjoyed how the heroes thought they would go insane with the curse yet fell i love with strong enough women and how Perfect Poison's couple showed up Burning Lamp. I could read those 2 over again I think!

I'm reading a Love Inspired Suspense - Dangerous Allies by Renee Ryan,. Think someone on romantic times recommended it in the inspiration forum a while back. It's different though I'm not too far into it..set during the Nazi times.

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