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Subject: What are we reading this week? - 11/29/09 - 12/5/09
Date Posted: 11/29/2009 5:37 AM ET
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With the approach of Christmas, we're getting ready for a yard sale. Here in Santa Ana, we're only allowed to hold yard sales once every 3 months, on the first weekend in March, June, September, and December. So we clear out stuff we haven't been using and earn a little extra money for gifts. We'll be doing more baking this year, so that will take time away from reading as well. *sigh*

This week, I'm working through some series... I never read Robyn Carr's Virgin River series when it first came out and read through the first 5 stories last week. I'm still waiting for Temptation Ridge and Paradise Valley, so while I wait for those to arrive, I'm reading Linda Lael Miller's Montana Creeds series, Logan, Dylan, and Tyler. I really enjoyed her McKettrick series (and there are more to come in 2010) and the Creed brothers are Montana cousins. This is a contemporary series set in the fictional town of Stillwater Springs, the location of an historical series by Miller.

Yesterday, sis and I did a quick browse through the books while we were at Target and walked out with 4 books, including Gena Showalter's Dark Whisper. Now that I have the first 4 titles in her Lords of the Underworld series, they're on top of the TBR stack also.

I also picked up Diana Palmer's The Maverick. Really looking forward to this Long, Tall Texan story! It's Harley Fowler (Cy Parks' foreman/merc wannabe) and Alice Jones (San Antonio Medical Examiner with a wicked sense of humor). We first met Alice in After Midnight, but she's appeared in several of DP's recent romantic suspense stories.

Gosh. I guess I'll sleep when I'm dead.

Colleen

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 7:09 AM ET
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me too Colleen..I'llstill have a huge tbr even at the end!

I finished Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren so now I'm caught up with that 'series' and I say 'series' cause she jumbled up all the stories out of order! couples married with kids then this last book was their story. I know my coworker isn't gonna be wild about this one - she likes a good storyline and she thought the woman was too weak and too m uch talk about 'spanking'..said it bothered her he'd treat her like a 2 yr old then claim she was his mate. I told her 'spanking' was the ' in' thing now LOL but warned her the next book was about 1/3 one big domination scene(walk on the wild side was the one she was reading about the lion shifters but one bite with a stranger was the erotic romance re-do) so she's skimming through and waiting for the new one to come out in March. these do change - the first ones have a romance and some sex but  a major fight scene at the end with more of a storyline IMO. However, some weak non-feminist part of me really enjoyed the tough alpha, Graham, and the pretty much helpless and defenseless Missy - yes even the making her his mate and not telling her. I usually bristle at that kind of treatment but sigh it did the trick (once I got past all the one word guttural sentences and sex scenes that made me both laugh and go ouch)

now i'm gonna do my last work day before 2 off and have a stack of books that are in the 'immediate' read pile..cannot decide. one library book..no 2..are calling to me...and I have janet c hapman's highlander christmas..and about 4 love inspired/harlequin american romances...sigh...

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 7:37 AM ET
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Last night I started The Reward by Beth Williamson. 3rd book in the series. I am enjoying it, read quite a bit of it before I finally had to go to sleep.  Don't know how much reading I'll do today, its my littlest girl's 4th birthday, and we have to go to a wake, and we have to feed lunch to some relatives who are coming for the wake.

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 9:00 AM ET
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yikes a b-day and a wake on the same day?

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 9:08 AM ET
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I've recently finished Devil Takes a Bride by Gaelen Foley and Strong, Silent Type by Lorelei James. They were just OK. I've decided to stop reading Foley's books. The last three I read started off great, but fizzled toward the end. I'm currently reading Unleashed by CJ Barry.

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 10:22 AM ET
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Today I'm going to start on Janet Chapman's A Highlander Christmas.

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 10:29 AM ET
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darn I could've started that one with you Sherri but I've already started On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts. think this is women's fiction..an online friend recommended this author so thought I'd give this one a try(library book)

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Finished The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.  I loved this book.  Book 1 in the Bridgerton Series.  Alot of people have recommended this series and I am looking forward to reading the entire series. 

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 3:22 PM ET
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I finished On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts. pretty good - plenty to think about though it's done pretty lightly. the women in a knitting group get fed up with doing it all for Christmas so go on strike and the hubbies have to do everything. I got a little tired of them being so demanding and honestly thought some of the 'traditions' were things they'd started and their husbands couldn't care less about but finally near the end they start seeing reason and the men sorta come around as well. overall a good read but I have problems with these kinda books because of the number of people to keep track of - really too much going on for a little over 300 pages - mainly about 2 couples but at least 3 or 4 more are mentioned enough to be part of the story then the kids and who belonged to who...felt like I needed to take notes though I got the hang of it about 1/3 -1/2 through it.

may start  A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman next since Sherri hasn't posted back that it sucks!:)

well I'm about halfwary through A Highlander Christmas and I like it! THis author has never been super duper wow great IMO but she's dependable and I've read I think everything she's written and liked it. she's dependable I guess! I get confused with the magic in her books though but oh well. Ithink the Loggers and that other 2 books series have been my favorites though.



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Date Posted: 11/29/2009 9:48 PM ET
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Almost finished with WEDDINGS CAN BE MURDER by Christie Craig. She is a new author for me and I'm enjoying her writing style.

THis author has never been super duper wow great IMO but she's dependable and I've read I think everything she's written and liked it.  Susanna that's how I feel about Janet Chapman too.

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 10:53 PM ET
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Spent all day in bed today trying to get over this cold!  I read When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber and really liked it.  I thought I saw it posted as a book to read for a discussion group, but now I cannot find the thread.  Oh well.  If I see it again I will be ready for it.  Next I'll read Santa, Baby by Lisa Renee Jones.  Back to work tomorrow after a week off! 

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:45 AM ET
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Very close, almost done with Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (also this is a wishlisted book, if anyone wants it after me - PM me, I should be done today, ready to post Tuesday/Wednesday).  And I also started Unconquered by Bertrice Small and I'm really liking that one - I'm glad I have a stack of Small books waiting for me.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:55 AM ET
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Jennifer, I enjoy Christie Craig also. Marianne Stillings is another author I've enjoyed for the humor.

well I stayed up to finish A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman. Another good story! It ties into the Highlander 'magic' series and of course had magic in it that I couldn't really follow LOL but was good and the secrets and misunderstandings didn't hang over the entire book - stuff was 'confessed' and dealt with and the story kept moving..also starts off with 4 dogs (3 of my favorite breeds and one not-so-favorite) that she was dogsitting and she ends up taking one of the top 2 faves and the not so favorite with her since their owners were out of town. this was Camry's story (the scientest) anyways pretty good romance but lots of magic.

not sure what I'll read next - maybe a Love Inspired or something short...

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 9:05 AM ET
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This author has never been super duper wow great IMO but she's dependable and I've read I think everything she's written and liked it.

That's exactly how I feel about her Susanna.  I'm about halfway done with the book.  And as you said, so far, so good! 

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 10:49 AM ET
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Between Thanksgiving, shopping and the fact that my lil' sis got me a new computer as an early Christmas present (eeee! she's the best!) I haven't had much time to read or post. I'm still getting the new PC set up, and don't  have Internet on it yet, so I'm saddled to only posting from work. ;-) I'm still reading Scandalous by Lori Foster. Once I got over my little fit about the characters in the first half  of the book, "Scandalized", I actually enjoyed the story, but I'm liking the second one, "Sex Appeal," a lot more. I just love a quirky heroine. :-)

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 6:51 AM ET
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Well I finished up the month with only 21 books read, a little short of my goal. Finished Blind Attraction by Myrna Mackenzie, a Family Secrets book, #9 I think. Not my favorite but well written. This morning I will be starting  The Veil of Night by Lydia Joyce.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 7:27 AM ET
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I read Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts.  It was good.  Parts of it were so cliche (their big misunderstanding was very predictable) and I could have used a different approach to the love scenes - either more explicit or nothing (closed door) - the oh-it's-so-beautiful-I'm-seeing-stars-and-the-world-is-filled-with-light-and-sensation kind of thing didn't really work for me.  I think either more detail (which I prefer...lol) or even a lot of sexual tension leading up to love scenes that you don't really read would have been better.

Anyway, I liked it, and for a chapter or two I was boo-hooing because Jack and Emma's pain really got to me.  I'm looking forward to Laurel's story, and I can totally see Nora Roberts setting up Parker's book after the initial meeting with Mal.  Right?

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:02 AM ET
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I am reading Stephanie Laurens 3 and 4 in the Cynster Series,  and The Wallflowers Christmas by Kleypas

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:10 AM ET
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I'm reading The Petrakos Bride by Lynne Graham. Some on romantic times were talking about how humorous her books were and several including this one were mentioned by title. I'm not sure 'bout this...I'm finding myself cringing with every feminist bone in my body - this guy is such an overbearing a$$ and this heroine is in L-U-V before the book starts from a teenage crush. I'm still holding out hope for her but I think I should've gotten some advice here on how to read and 'take' this harlequin presents..I honestly thought Diana Palmer was the only one writing this style any more LOL! ok, think big strong rich RICH rich RICH ok it's working a bit LOL! hunky hunk and ignore the fact that he's engaged toa  b*tch and screwing 2 mistresses he schedules in like a lunch break..sigh...I can do this! after all I used to read this stuff all the time and loved them..

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:13 AM ET
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Well I finished up the month with only 21 books read   
I looked back just out of curiousity - I read 16 books in November.  Really thought I had read more than that. 

Anyway, I finished A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman this morning.  As Susanna and I talked about - good but not great.  Dependable, yes.  Unless she comes out with something new, I don't think I'll read anymore about the MacKeage family.  The later books, to me, just aren't as good as the early books with Greylan and MacBain.  

Really not sure what I'm reading next.  I have a bunch of ebooks I've been collecting from "free" promotions here lately.  I may try to start one of those.  I don't know.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:39 AM ET
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Whoo Hoo - Finished the mammoth Forever Amber this morning and I am most of the way through Unconquered by Bertrice Small (Susanna - just the kind of book you were cringing about LOL).  And you all suck because I was only like three or four books for November.  I usually only have about one hour a day to read though - just at lunch time at work.  Then I get to go home and do my second job (cleaning up after the kids, the pets and the husband!) and then its TV time and early to bed! 

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 10:17 AM ET
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Yesterday, I finished Linda Lael Miller's Montana Creeds series and At Home in Stone Creek. I'm still waiting for the missing Virgin River books (Robyn Carr) and the DC tracking info says they're almost here...

I've got so many things to do, I'm gonna read Diana Palmer's The Maverick, then call it quits for the day. It's a Silhouette Desire (184 pages) so it's not a major time commitment.

The first 4 books of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series are sitting on top of my TBR pile next to my reading chair. I fear that Darkest Night will telekinetically fall in my lap, splayed open to page one (despite it's MMPB format). Don'tcha just hate it when that happens?

Colleen

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:03 AM ET
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All done with Lori Foster's Scandalous, which overall was a fun, light read. That should also describe my next undertaking, Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis. It'll be a first for me by this author, so fingers crossed!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 12:58 PM ET
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well Petrakos Bride is picking pu! she naively went to the dude's castle to screw him some more under the pretense of getting to know him better but after a bout of great sex he presented her with the usual present of a new wardrobe and she was insulted. heck yeah - you can always hock jewelry but clothes are worthless! so now she's still lusting after him but dumped his a$$ and he's definitely a jerk though he's been raised with that attitude of marry for business and screw around for fun. I'm a little over halfway through so figure she'll end up knocked up and married to the rich dudea nd of course change his atttude! HEA involving money!

I remember Unconqured! I loved it back in college..got all her books I could find..now I cringe! they had some hot sex though that's for sure! along with Johanna Lindsey..speaking of which one of hers was in reprint at walgreen's today..captive bride I think.

I'm sick..went to dr and came home to have message from work wanting me to come in because someone else is sick..cowroker said she'd take it though. guess I'll have to relax and read all day then maybe call in tomorrow as well. I don't feel too bad..jsut stuffy head and stopped up ears so I feel sniffly and dizzy.

I'll probably keep reading Chapman's highlanders.kinda got used to the family but I think she's out of people to marry off unless she lets the original ones get up to their 90's. I liked the first book and Robbie's story best I think. the 2nd book I'm still not sure why she included since those people seldom show up!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 1:52 PM ET
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"HEA involving money!"

I think you just summed up the entire modern Harlequin Presents experience. ;-)

I have that one, want to read it now! Which is another romance-related sickness I have -- descriptions of terrible books always make me want to read them.

Meanwhile, I'm reading Tempting Danger by Wilks. (Thanks Emily!) 

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