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Subject: What are we reading this week? 11/20-11/26
Date Posted: 11/20/2011 1:47 PM ET
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I finished Bring Me Home for Christmas, and it was pretty much as expected.  Mushy, predictable.  Now I have started Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards.  I already don't l ike the hero (arrogant)...not a good sign.

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 2:35 PM ET
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I started Carr's Bring Me Home for Christmas and so far I am not really loving it....or liking it very much for that matter.

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 3:33 PM ET
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Well, heck, y'all are making Bring Me Home for Christmas move farther down the TBR mountain and I had been looking forward to it.

I read Hunger Games (yes, finally) last night and it was good.  Definitely won't be passing it on to my overly-sensitive son, but I enjoyed it.  Made me think, which doesn't happen very often.

I also read Kristan Higgins' Until There Was You this morning.  It was great.  The H was a bit of a jerk at times, but that seems to be my favorite kind of book.

 

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 3:43 PM ET
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Sorry Renee.  I guess in my advanced age (early 40s) I have lost my tolerance for whiny, immature, self-absorbed 20-something heroines.  She got better toward the end, but the wake-up call that not everyone in the world is as privilaged and entitled as she is came a bit late for me.  I'd still read it, and do it soon while it's still WLed.

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 5:33 PM ET
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Finished the Magical Christmas Cat, they weren't bad but could have done without Lora Leigh's story, I was over her a long time ago lol Now reading An Enchanted Season which comes before TMCC but whatever lol I only plan to read the McCarthy story (which I did, it was cute but I skimmed a lot) and the Singh story.

Next up is Chosen by Fate by Virna DePaul to review or a reread of Eldest by Christopher Paolini, not sure which I am in the mood for lol

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 5:34 PM ET
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Starting to get into Eternal Rider and be a little less confused. One of the hero's brothers will turn evil if he loses his virginity -- THAT's gonna be a fun book! ;-)

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 5:49 PM ET
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Renee - what Lesley said - I'm not sorry I read it and I still like the virgin river series but I'm crowding in on 45 and have zippo nada tolerance for whiny a$$ed women though this woman wasn't all that bad - just young. she expectd the hero to grab hold of her for his anchor in life when everything went to hell in handbasket in his life but he rejoined themilitary and she lost weight, yada yada yada - someone puh-lease tell me I was never this stupid over a guy(hell I GAINED weight over one)! the predictable mushy stuff but danged if I don't like predictable and mushy LOL! I still thought she was a tad young/immature even at the end but she can't help her age and she did dig in and help with stuff - the meatloaf and preacher made me laugh near the end!

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 5:53 PM ET
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You may very well like it Renee, but for me I am going to have to go with Leslie on this, being on the other side of 40, you do seem to kind of lose your tolerence of the 20ish I'm selfish and I know it  books. But the heroine, she isn't as bad as Vanni though, she does have that going for her. :-)

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 6:12 PM ET
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I must say, as a 20-something, I was fed up at times with the heroine in Bring Me Home for Christmas too! I like the VR series, and will keep reading them, but I get easily frustrated with poor-me heroines who's stories are beyond predictable...he re-upped with the military and his mom died, for goodness sake! Think about him instead! And the whole tagging along with them on their hunting trip? Who does that?!

That said, perhaps that is why I am having such huge trouble wanting to complete Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis. I CANNOT get into this book whatsoever....I know I will finish it, but it is a struggle. While her stories are predictible too, this heroine is just too self-pitying for me. Plus I am over the whole "I am leaving soon and so we can't possibly be together" storylines! Susan Mallery just used the years allotment in the latest Fool's Gold books, so I am done with that plot for a while!

I need to choose well for my next book, because these last couple have been duds. Too bad Kristan Higgins doesn't have another book out until spring - hers ALWAYS keep me happy!



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Date Posted: 11/20/2011 6:23 PM ET
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well double-hell! I was moving animal attraction up the tbr and looking forward to a light cute read dangit all. sigh...maybe I'll go with quicksilver by krentz and hope I havent already read it...

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 7:14 PM ET
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Sorry Susanna! Maybe it is just me, but I am over halfway and have started skimming/skipping most of it just to finish so I can move on to something else!

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 7:19 PM ET
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I'm reading Hidden Away by Maya Banks.  Teeny tiny print though so it's going slower than I'd like.  Plus, I've not had much reading time today.  Finished off my Hot For Teacher anthology last night.

I've been noticing I have a couple of print and quite a few ebooks revolving around Christmas so I may try reading those for December.  Of course, Allromanceebooks usually does a December giveaway so that means more freebies every day for a week or two.

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 9:32 PM ET
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"she isn't as bad as Vanni though, she does have that going for her. :-)"

Talk about damning with faint praise!

"Plus I am over the whole "I am leaving soon and so we can't possibly be together" storylines! Susan Mallery just used the years allotment in the latest Fool's Gold books, so I am done with that plot for a while!"

Oh, word. So tired of it.

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 10:38 PM ET
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I usually lurk on PBS but I came across this book this week and I had to share:
 
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard.
 
This is the best book I've read this year.  I'm not usually a romance reader so I am thrilled that on a whim (after reading a review of this book on goodreads) I decided to buy this book.  I had no idea that this book originated as Twilight fan fiction until after I had read it.  I never caught that connection while reading the book.  The characters seem completely original to me;  they are complex, multi-layered characters who grow and change as the book progresses.  The book is beautifully written - much more so than I am used to seeing with debut authors.  
 
I loved the literary references in this novel. I loved how Reynard was able to find the most perfect quotes from other works to attribute to people and situations.  He is an incredibly gifted author and I look forward to reading anything else he may write.
 
I recommend this book to anyone looking for an unconventional romance.  You will not be disappointed.
 
Possible spoiler below:
 
There is only one sex scene in this entire book, yet it is one of the most erotic books I have ever read.  I found it amazing how the author make seemingly ordinary things seem so sensual:  the tasting of a glass of wine, the look of a pair of high heel shoes, the act of feeding someone a slice of cake, the motion of pushing a lock of hair out of someone's eyes.  I was overwhelmed with feeling as I read this book.  It will be a book that I'll come back to again and again.


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Date Posted: 11/21/2011 7:18 AM ET
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;-) @ Willa.  I finished Bring Me Home for Christmas and the last half of the book was good. The romance wasn't as strong as the chic-lit feel was, but it was warm-hearted. Next up for me is Gaelen Foley's Lord of Fire.

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 9:18 AM ET
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I just finished Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. I don't know why I waited so long to read it - I loved it. Now I can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens next. I am on the library waiting list for the kindle.  In the meantime i am reading To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt. This is my first book by that author, and so far it is pretty good. 

Jaime - based on your recommendation, I checked out that book and put myself on the waitlist. Looks very interesting....

 



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Date Posted: 11/21/2011 10:05 AM ET
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LOL Vanni takes the cake but at least Vanni's just a bi*ch but gosh for a while Mel was on my last nerve with her crap! not in this book though thank goodness.

I have 2 books going - a love inspired christmas story about a kid found in a dumpster and The werewolf upstairs that's an interlibrary loan - figures it's book 2 guess book 1 will arrive next month! who knows!

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 12:47 PM ET
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I actually really liked Animal Attraction- yeah, it wore out the "we can't be together permantenly becuase I'm leaving" theme, but I actually thought it was pretty decenly done.  The heroine was so stoic at the beginning, and the cracking of her veneer was gradual enough that it didn't seem contrived, at least to me.  PTSD is complicated, and I thought it was pretty realistic the way she worked through it, first by becoming empowered by learning defense skills.

I will definitely agree that Susan Mallery needs to pull a different trick out of her bag for next year's books.  With the setting in a small town, and especially since she has established the lack of men there, she will have to find a better way to get them in there than just passing through.

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 6:02 PM ET
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I started reading a Regency that was requested from me but ditched it in chapter one. Trads used to be my #1 favorite book to read but my reading tastes have changed in the last few years and while I still love those old favorites I don't finish every one I start. It's gotta grab me pretty much at the gate these days.

Thankfully I had a couple of maverick paperbacks at work and I started Mariah Stewart's LAST LOOK and was hooked on page one. I have to check her website to see if it ties in with a previous book. I know it's the first in a trilogy, but there's a small back story about the hero's brother and I'm curious to know if it refers to a book in a previous series she did. Anyhow, I discovered a new-to-me author today - always something to brag on.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 6:05 PM ET
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I must admit, Lesley makes a great point in that the heroine in Animal Attraction did work through some of her issues by learning self defense. That was a plus for sure.

 

Date Posted: 11/22/2011 12:06 AM ET
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"

Thankfully I had a couple of maverick paperbacks at work and I started Mariah Stewart's LAST LOOK and was hooked on page one. I have to check her website to see if it ties in with a previous book. I know it's the first in a trilogy, but there's a small back story about the hero's brother and I'm curious to know if it refers to a book in a previous series she did. Anyhow, I discovered a new-to-me author today - always something to brag on."

 

How funny, I had exactly that same experience with Mariah Stewart, but I'm pretty sure with a different book! And it was indeed a spin-off. I stopped reading, it bugged me too much.

Date Posted: 11/22/2011 9:14 AM ET
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Lord of Fire has been pretty good...it has an Anne Stuart vibe going with the Grotto. There are some small issues with the book, but not enough to pull me out of it.

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 10:18 AM ET
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I just finished a short story called Surrender at Dawn by Laura Griffin.  It was a recent BN freebie.  Good but not great.  Too short really.

My surgery went well, but I'm pretty  much stuck on the couch or bed.  With all the restrictions I have about the only thing I CAN do is read.  ;-)

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 3:50 PM ET
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Sherri, glad to hear your surgery went well.

Just finished  Bunny And The Bear Author: Eve Langlais it was ok.

Now reading Hot Head by Damon Suede.

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 7:21 PM ET
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Good news, Sherri. Glad things went well. What a downer though that all you can do is rest, relax and read.

I'm certain you're up to the challenge. Happy recuperation!

Gail

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