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Subject: What are we reading this week? 10/24 - 10/30, 2010
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 4:43 PM ET
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New week!

I'm not reading anything at the moment. I'm in funk. I DNF'd another EC book, Annabelle Lee by NJ Walters.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 4:54 PM ET
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I finished The Hawk by Monica McCarty.  Wow, and not in a good way.  I'm truly shocked at how absurd parts of this book was.  Off to write my scathing review on GR......

 

ETA  starting on Deborah Cooke's newest: Whisper Kiss.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 7:59 PM ET
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Currently reading Madeline Hunter's Ravishing in Red, my only gripe is I wish she would give the detail in her love scenes that she does with the rest of her book. They would be perfect if she would do that...IMO. :-)

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 9:10 PM ET
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I started and finished Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips..man I got SO mad at people in that book! I even hated Cal (the hero from the previous book) though I didn't like him much in his own book!

not sure what's up next..but have tons of library books including the next in this Chicago Stars series somewhre..think it's in the car's stack!



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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:41 PM ET
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Susanna, I'm curious to see when you get to This Little Heart of Mine; that's the SEP I haven't been able to finish.

I started Slave to Sensation (was relieved to actually find it in my TBR--I've got books stashed way too many places ;))

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:46 PM ET
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I may have attempted that one Fedora..I remember bits and pieces from some of thes 4 I've read recently but can't remember aboutt his particular one. I really get worked up - I know I'm too sensitive- with these esp the last 2 with the men being so darned mean but all have had some element like that to them. isn't this lttle heart of mine the sister of phoebe in book 1 where she gets knockedup and the guy has to marry her? oh well I may take a break and get back to them!  have too many good sounding ones from the library I want to get to!

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 2:23 AM ET
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Reading The Rescue by new to me author Suzanne Robinson, up next is Sabrina Jefferies A Hellion In Her Bed.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 7:10 AM ET
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ok Fedora I started This Heart of Mine! I didn't get too far into it but it's ok. I think Molly has a good heart but she's stupid IMO. I mean to give away a 15 million dollar inheritance? at her age? Ok, if I wanted to gvie it away I'd have just put aside a few million then formed my own charity and paid myself a salary to run it so I'd have SOME kinda of security. and her 'urges to be bad' are ridiculous and what she did to Kevin I wouldnt' blame him for being pissed at her. I do feel bad for her though so I'll have to keep reading to see how it all ends up...sure she'll end up with rich Kevin but sure hope he fixes his money so she can't give it all away!

man working day shift today and tired..not much sleep so I don't know if I'll get a second wind tonight afterwork to finish this one..I'll try to read some at work during lunch and breaks but sometimes that's hard to do esp on day shift with people in and out.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 8:39 AM ET
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I finished If You Dare by Kresley Cole and loved it!!!!!!!!!!  Have moved onto the next in the series...If You Desire.

Sherri - read your posts in the Compliant Thread....yea I agree that one was way out there in the "believeable realm".  I do recall skimming through a few scenes and wondering just how super-human the hero was - especially all the sea-faring stunts he pulled.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 8:52 AM ET
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Started Maya Banks The Darkest Hour and so far it has been pretty good.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 8:53 AM ET
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Pauline, I love the "If You" series.  That's what turned me on to Kresley Cole in the first place.  She does sexy Scottish guys so well.  lol

I decided to switch it up & read Surrender by Pamela Clare.  After two Psy-Changeling books and now this one, I think I'm going to have to pick up something light after this.  lol

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 10:39 AM ET
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I've been busy....my nose has been buried in swap books. My addiction has me a little overwhelmed in terms of my immediate TBR. In the last week, I finished:

Brotherhood of Blood by Bianca D'Arc -- This wasn't very well written, IMO. I was surprised. Maybe because it's an anthology of sorts, but I just didn't feel satisfied when I finished it. And it took me a long time to finish because I just wasn't into it. Some of the dialogue was extremely heavy too, which didn't help. A disappointment, but I'll eventually read the rest of this series.

Dangerous Boys and Their Toy by Shayla Black -- I really liked this one! For menage erotica, I found it actually had a heart to it. The premise was, of course, completely unbelievable, but not enough so that I couldn't enjoy the book.

Alcandian Quest by Mary Wine -- Awful. Jumped around from different POVs, which was totally confusing, it had absolutely no story other than the indecision of the heroine. I have the next in the series, and I'll eventually give it a try, but if it's the same, I'm DNFing the series.

Behind the Mask by Joey W. Hill, Lacey Alexander, Elizabeth Lapthorne -- One of the best anthologies I've had the pleasure of reading. Especially the Hill and Alexander stories. Fleshed out stories that had some depth....now this is how you write a short story!

Now I've started Devil's Pact by Samantha Cruise. This is a 481-page bruiser of a book, and so far it's like Sarah McCarty on crack. I'll be working on this one all week, I'm afraid. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 11:22 AM ET
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I read Butterfly Swords yesterday.  Really good little HR.  Very different from the usual scenes.  I would like to see more Asian themed HR. 

Also, reading Bartered Bride by Anne Avery.  I usually don't care for Medievals. Except Madeline Hunters, of course.  There is something about the Heroine in this one I really like.  She is obedient without being passive.  The Hero is complex enough and of the Merchant class, so that part is more interesting to me.  I am not into the Knights and Royalty thing at all of that era.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 9:47 PM ET
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Im reading 1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber.  I love this series!  I will be sorry for it to end.

Have a Great Week everyone!

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 9:53 PM ET
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I finished Unbridled by Ciana Stone. It was ok.

Now back to the psy series. Book number 4 I think. I'll have to double check, lol.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 10:56 PM ET
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I just finished The Mad, Bad Duke and quite enjoyed it. Jennifer Ashley's older stuff can be hit or miss for me but I think this one hit. I'm trying to summon up the emotional fortitude to read The Hidden Heart or Uncertain Magic by Kinsale....haven't read either of them yet and I'm somewhat dreading the emotional wringer I'm sure she'll put me though. Maybe I'll look for something more chipper.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 9:34 AM ET
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Yes, I thought the MBD was pretty good as well. I am trying to work on getting the first one in that series. I finished Maya Banks The Darkest Hour and I gave it 3 stars on GR's. It was just a good read to me. Nothing about it blew me out of the water or anything. My review is there, if you want to take a look.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 11:17 AM ET
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I just finished Judith Ivory's "The Indescretion".  I really loved this book.  She is such an intelligent writer.  And her dialogs sound like someone would really speak (even in 18th century England).  I am sad that she has written so few books and hasn't written anything since the early 2000's.

If anyone knows of a historical fiction author who writes in the style of Ivory, please let me know.  I was about ready to give up on historicals because they all started sounding like the same novel rewritten.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 11:33 AM ET
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Question about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series.

OK, I have all six books on my TBR shelf.  But, I'm kind of scared to start reading them.  I'm an obsessive reader and I'm worried that if I start the series I won't be able to stop until I am done.  Can you read one book and then wait to read the next or am I going to disappear for a week while I read the whole series?

Right now I'm waiting until I have read all the books I have checked out of the library.  I don't want to start until all of them are safely back in the library.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 11:39 AM ET
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Lol, I have the same reservations about the Outlander books, Kate. They're all such beasts! 

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 12:15 PM ET
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Kate,  from what you posted, we'll see you in a week or so.  I was very much pulled into them and read (all but the last one) obsessively.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 2:40 PM ET
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Kate - I'd recommend Madeline Hunter to anyone who likes Judith Ivory. She's not as brilliant a writer IMO but a lot of what's so great about Ivory books (fully fleshed characters, unique and memorable plots and scenes) Madeline Hunter also has in her better books.

What is GR? I've noticed a bunch of people talking about it and the acronym is unfamilar to me.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 2:50 PM ET
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Amanda, GR = Goodreads. It's another way to keep track of books, has lots of forums and books clubs and such. 

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 6:42 PM ET
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Finally finished Last Dragon Standing, which was not the best of her work. The first review here on PBS sums it up well.  Finished the 3rd story in the Nocturnal anthology, it was very good and leaves me interested in reading full length novels by the author, Jess Haines. Read a few more chapters of Alpha by Rachel Vincent, its good, but I need a quiet (kid-free) room to read it in....I am still worried about bad stuff happening to the characters....I think tonight in bed I'll get back to reading the ebook Frozen by Morgan O'Reilly, which I had set aside to read Last Dragon Standing.  I had only read 10% so hopefully I won't have forgotten too much....

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 7:03 PM ET
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Kate, I think everyone handles the Outlander series differently.  (And by the way, there are currently 7 books available in the series- the most recent is An Echo in the Bone, which came out last year.)  I have a very busy life and not a lot of time to read, so it takes me awhile to read long books like those.  Even so, once I started reading them, I got through the first 5 books in the space of about 2 months- and considering how long they all are, that was a huge accomplishment for me!  I started in on the 6th, got a couple chapters in, and then kind of hit the wall.  Part of it was burnout, and part of it was that at that time, book 7 was nowhere in sight yet, and I didn't want to be finished and left hanging and waiting for the next book.  So I waited until publication of AEITB was announced, then finished reading ABOSAA.  When AEITB came out, I read it in about 3 weeks.  I would probably recommend pacing yourself with this series.  If you read a lot, then you might get through them quickly, but you might really get burned out after awhile.

I got started on Dawn in Eclipse Bay by Jayne Anne Krentz, and it's ok so far.  Not sure I like the hero just yet- he doesn't seem to have much personality, but I'm only 4 chapters in.

Edited to add, here is the Outlander series, in order, just in case you are missing one:

Outlander
Dragonfly in Amber
Voyager
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone



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