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Subject: What are we reading this week? 12/13 - 12/19, 2009
Date Posted: 12/13/2009 8:16 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 8:19 AM ET
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I'm nearly done with Boo Who by Rene Gutteridge..pretty good but have been tired and distracted and had to re-remember some of the c haracters since there are quite a few! The next is Boo HIss then Boo Humbug and I'll probably try to continue then so I'm not lost again! they're light funny christian romance and pretty good though the main woman, Ainsley, comes across as I d unno..she's hung up on being Martha Stewart and in this one she gets carried away with maybe being a star/domestic diva and ignores her own wedding plans w hich isn't like her in the first book.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 8:22 AM ET
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I'm reading Jessie's Outlaw by Cheryl Ann Porter and am suprised to be liking it so much. It's a western historical with lots of adventure. Never read this author before, so it was just kinda a random pick for me. Almost finished with it and I'm not sure what I'll pick up next.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 8:50 AM ET
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Currently reading These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan--the third in the Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman trilogy.  I have really enjoyed this trilogy (a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view) and even though I know the ending, I'm enjoying getting to it :)

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:48 PM ET
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Reading The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries.  It's taken a while to get going, but is starting to heat up.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I finished Bobbi Smith's Runaway and was disappointed with it.  Writing was juvenile and choppy.  Now I'm reading Lora Leigh's Elizabeth's Wolf.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 5:27 PM ET
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I finished Boo Who and it was cute..started Boo HIss but only got a chapter or so into it before turning out the light and snoozing. It should be cute/funny as well. then it's Boo Humbug and it's a much shorter story. I'm thinking about putting aside Boo Hiss and reading Redneck Cinderella and another library book that are due right after Christmas so I can turn them in before I go out of town and not have to worry about rushing to the library when I get back...don't know though. I'm still working on a quilt I want to finish and have some presents to drop off.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 9:59 PM ET
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Not really a romance, but maybe it is.  I started Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte last night.  I haven't read it since high school but I loved it then and I have discovered that I still love it 16 years later. 

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 11:12 PM ET
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I finished all the Montana Creeds, and now am not sure what to start next.  Maybe the Carly Phillips Lucky series...I probably need a break from cowboys for awhile, lol.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 6:33 AM ET
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I read AIn't Too Proud to Beg by Susan Donovan over the weekend.  This was a reformed bad boy who's past comes back to haunt him and the good girl he has fallen in love with.  Nice story, not as much humor as previous books by this author, but the characters were deeper and I cared about them more than in her previous books.  I'm not a big fan of animals in my romances, but this one seriously made me want to go buy a labradoodle.    The ending sets us up for a sequel involving one of the minor characters, so I'll be looking forward to that.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 8:22 AM ET
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Finished Unconquered by Bertrice Small over the weekend - no literary prizes from this one but it was entertaining.  Hot sex scenes and plenty of craziness (brothers switching places, spies, sold into slavery, etc).  My only complaint with it is every time a supporting character might become an issue they just died/were murdered/committed suicide, etc.  Seemed like Small just killed them off instead of taking the trouble to logically continue their story lines.


Now I'm finishing up a Harlequin Historical - The Raven and the Swan by Laurie Grant. 



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Date Posted: 12/14/2009 10:31 AM ET
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I finished the anthology Jingle Bell Rock over the weekend, and I gotta say, it was one of the best anthologies I've read. Every story was well put-together, and the sex was blazin'! Some of the stories are part of a series and others are standalone, but I enjoyed each one of them. Highly recommend this is you're looking for some hot holiday reading. ;-)

I've moved on to What She Craves by Lacy Danes for a swap. It's pretty meh so far. Lots of sex with shallow story. 

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 11:05 AM ET
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Started Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy. Seems good so far. Have an old Linda Howard for my gym book.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 11:13 AM ET
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I am determined to read some of the books that have been in my TBR pile for years. I just finished Flirting with Danger by Suzanne Enoch and really enjoyed it (there are more books in the series (same h/h) so I'll get those from the library one of these days).

Right now I'm reading Hot Night by Shannon McKenna. I don't know if I've read too many of her books or what, but I'm getting rather tired of the same type of story (over-the-top bad guy, rather interchangeable hero/heroine - ie the conversation style/tone/words seem the same with every book). I'm about 1/3 of the way through and really just want to finish the book so I can get it over with.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:15 PM ET
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I read a couple of short e-stories today I have had on my computer forever.  Nothing to brag about.  Still reading the Lora Leigh book too.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 5:00 PM ET
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I read Northern Lights by Nora Roberts.  It took me several days as I have been so busy.  It was the best Nora I have read in a long time and I usually enjoy her books.  Definitely one I would reread at some point in the future.  Loved the portrayal of life in Alaska and the characters that live there.  It felt authentic.

 

And before that I read another of my stack of vintage Mary Burchell Harlequin Romance books.  This one was The Marshall Family. Again, you never know what the author is going to tackle, no formula for her.  The heroine of this one was actually a woman in her 40s with two children approx. 18 and 20.  Her comfortable life suddenly collapses when her husband loses his company and goes bankrupt and then slides into depression.  He becomes wheelchair bound although probably from mental reasons rather than physical ones after a car accident.  Her two children, in differnt ways,  have problems with their change in status.  She has to find work to support the family, keep it together, and try to reach her husband.  It sounds like a lot for a little Harlequin Romance  but the author accomplished a lot in the book.  And it was upbeat without being totally unrealistic.  I enjoyed it very much.  I think Mary Burchell is really a Buried Treasure author.



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Date Posted: 12/15/2009 7:18 PM ET
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I'm still reading Boo Hiss by Rene Gutteridge, book #3 in the series..have book 4 up next. I'm a glutton for punishment..a tbr of probably over 1000 books and I think I have about 40 checked out of the library! gotta be prepared! on vacation til dec 30..

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 10:32 PM ET
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I've started Their One and Only by Trista Ann Michaels and boy is it hot so far. Whew...

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I just finished Bodyguard under the Mistletoe by Cassie Miles.  This is the second installment in the Christmas at the Carlisles.  It is a Harlequin Intrigue.  This was a good book as was the first one.  Now I'm reading the last one Secluded with the Cowboy.

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 10:11 AM ET
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Yesterday, I finished The Darkest Whisper (Book 4 in Lords of the Underworld series) by Gena Showalter. Very interesting pairing of the Demon of Doubt with a woman who had serious self esteem issues thanks to a verbally abusive family. Better than others I've read so far, but right now, I think I'm burned out on paranormal. Soooo...

I also read Nobody Does It Better (HQN Blaze) by Jennifer LaBrecque. Some of her earlier books are on my keeper shelf, but later books were rather ho-hum. Well, she seems to have gotten thru the swamp. This book is almost as good as Daring in the Dark (one of my JL keepers), although Simon is still a better Brit than Gage. Something that is classic LaBrecque: a memorable, over-the-top love scene. In Barely Mistaken (my all-time favorite book), it was the bedmaking scene (where there is no disrobing or sex but is the most sensual scene ever written). In Daring, it was the bathtub. In Nobody, the restaurant scene is HOT!

I can count on one hand (well, almost) the Blaze authors who are worth keeping. If you want to test drive this steamier Harlequin series, track down:

  • Acting on Impulse by Vicki Lewis Thompson (funny, funny, funny - beware of giggling in public)
  • The Sweetest Taboo by Alison Kent (best hero description ever written)
  • Daring in the Dark by Jennifer LaBrecque (also highly recommend Barely Mistaken, a Harlequin Temptation by this author)
  • Truth or Dare by Jo Leigh (handicapped heroine and athletic hero who sees beyond her disability - great story!)
  • Whisper by Nancy Warren (BFF's, he's also her lover in disguise - great story!)
  • Take Me by Cherry Adair (before she morphed into the merc maven, she wrote a really, really, really great story - the Christmas tree scene makes me cry every time!)

Up next? Think I'm gonna dig into my TBR box and read a regency: Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries.

Colleen



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Date Posted: 12/16/2009 10:13 AM ET
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I'm reading Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas. Very good so far, I really like the H/h in this book.

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 11:03 AM ET
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I finished Boo Hiss and it was the funniest of the 3 I've read so far ..at least I think it was. a 2 headed snake on the loose in the town. Now I'm reading the really short 4th book, Boo Humbug. wish she'd done a full length book like the last 3 but this is a dinky little hardback not even 200 pages. guess that's it for this series after this one.

I tinik Acting on Impulse is the one I really liked..is that the one where the woman moves from small town to NY and buys that huge bed and acts out all these fantasies? she's one of my favorite authors though I haven't read anything by her in a few years.

I think I read a Cassie Miles intrigue a few years ago but cant' remember the title.it was set at Christmas though.eta: I think Christmas Cover-Up was the one I read though I don't remember much about it now.



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Date Posted: 12/16/2009 11:34 AM ET
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Susanna - Yep. Acting on Impulse is the book you remember. I giggle just thinking about the french maid fantasy! Since then, I've read a few other books by Thompson (incl. some Nerds), but none compare to this early Blaze title.

Colleen

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 2:45 PM ET
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I just started Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase, she's my favorite historical romance author and so far this is great. I also just started Sucker for Love by Kimberly Raye, the latest in the "Dead End Dating series".

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Colleen, I remember later in that book when they're back in her hometown how he wants to make out in the car and she's thinking' that's the plain ordinary cheap way she grew up with how could anyone fantasize about that but he'd never had the car sex experience! that was definitely a great Blaze!

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