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Subject: What are we reading this week? 12/20 - 12/26, 2009
Date Posted: 12/20/2009 3:10 PM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 5:10 PM ET
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I'm reading Ill Wind (Weather Warden, Bk 1) :: Rachel Caine. It started out really slow and the flashbacks are a little annoying but it turned out to be a really interesting book.

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 5:17 PM ET
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I finished The Host by Stephanie Meyer this morning. Its a futuristic romance. I loved it! Started Starbound by Kassie Burns today, which is futuristic erotica.

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 5:53 PM ET
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I'm reading Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 6:09 PM ET
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I finished His Hometown Girl by Jillian Hart.  Great book!

Now I'm just starting Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke.

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 6:20 PM ET
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I'm glad you liked The Host, Anne!  I saw you gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.  I did too.  I thought Twilight was just ok, but I loved The Host!  My 11 year old brother wanted to read it so my mom made me read it for her (no one else in the family reads like I do) to make sure it was ok for him.  I did not want to read it at all and even had a little bit of trouble getting into it, but about 1/4 in I was suddenly just completely sucked in and couldn't put it down. 

Can't remember what I was reading last time I posted.  I've been busy reading a bunch of swap books. 

Highland Obsession by Dawn Halliday - I think last time I posted I had just started and wasn't sure who the hero of the book was.  Well, it became obvious shortly after I posted that.  It was the guy I preferred too. 

Moving Violations by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick - Meh.  Could have been much better.  There was creative use of a cucumber ('scuse me while I gag!), but I won't go into detail.  Use your imaginations!

The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy.  I liked it a lot, but cried a little at one point (hate crying!).   

Men to Die For by a few authors that I'm too lazy too look up. - 3 stories overall, 2 good, 1 just ok.  Nothing special.

Now I'm reading 2 books, What a Lady Wants by Victoria Alexander (about halfway done, good so far) and Wicked Burn by Beth Kery (not very far in, good so far, it has lots of good reviews on goodreads so I'm hoping for much more goodness. LOL).

Ok, all caught up for now. I should probably try posting more often so I don't have to have such long posts!

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 8:00 PM ET
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I haven't read any today - I started A Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny last night so I may go ahead and finish that one but I found my copy of Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy and am wanting to read that one as well. traveling back to Houston tomorrow morning and spending the night, doing my dad's treatment the next day then driving back here from there so plan on maybe listening to an audio book(had started Immortal in Death think that's the 3rd JD Robb book) but may see if I have something light and funny..I know I have this in paperback but figures I'd pulled it out and set it aside somewhere or other and can't find it now..suspense stuff I have to be able to read faster and see what's coming up! but I should be able to read while waiting out in the waiting room..can't read in the car since it makes me sick.

Crystal, glad you liked The Accidental Human..I'm bummed on that series. I liked the first one a lot and was looking forward to Wanda's story but that Nina cursed her way through all 3 and just about ruined this one for me. I mean, I can swear and have done so fairly fluently but gosh if I sounded like Nina then it's past time to stop! but parts of this one were funny..just wish they'd dumped Nina somewhere or other! isnt' there a 4th one coming out? not sure who's in it though.

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 10:50 PM ET
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Still having trouble getting into anything. I'm reading Tempting Danger by Wilks and not enjoying it nearly as much as the first one. I think maybe I should spend this slump cleaning out my keeper shelf, at least it will do me some good. :-\

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 11:26 PM ET
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I'm in a reading slump too Willa. I keep starting things but not getting into anything. I managed to finish Keegan's Lady by Catherine Anderson and it was okay, but now I can't figure out what to read next. I've just been kinda staring aimlessly at my shelves hoping something will pop out at me. No luck so far...

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 12:52 AM ET
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I've been having some luck with anthologies, at least if one story is blah I can move on to the next one.  Sometimes switching genres helps too. But I'm so tired of all these unfinished books.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 1:13 AM ET
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i set up a mini-TBR at the beginning of each month, and given how busy December is the pile was smaller than usual and there aren't many books left on it.  i keep looking at and then putting back down Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon, did that again, and instead picked up the anthology Man of My Dreams, which has been sitting here for over a year.  so i start reading - and the first story is from Kenyon about a child of the main characters of Born of Night.  d'oh!

at least the story was interesting, so i may get to Born of Night after all.  :)

i just finished reading the second story, by Maggie Shayne, and that wasn't bad either.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 2:42 AM ET
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Susanna, I remembered you saying that there was too much cussing in The Accidental Human.  I kinda brushed it off at the time, but I gotta agree with you here.  I was thinking ok, enough is enough.  The f-word doesn't need to be every other word you say.  I rolled my eyes a lot when Nina was talking. LOL, but I still liked the book.  ;-)

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 8:23 AM ET
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Finally getting into Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna -  not what I would usually read (reading it for the January virtual book club) but so far I am loving it.  Spies, family secrets, hidden identities, murder and it is really hot.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 9:06 AM ET
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Starbound was complete fluff. Will be starting Hunters by Jennifer Colgan, Lyssa Hart and Mandy Roth today. 2 paranormal & 1 futuristic story.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 9:54 AM ET
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Crystal, yeah I'm glad Wanda got her story but that Nina still remains unlikeable to me!

I read a bit more in A Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny..confusing but figure the book will just be that way! the hero is to pay a debt and marry a woman he doesnt' love on Christmas..someone' stealing horses and using another rustler's name - the heroine's long-gone dad, just a lot going on and I still ahven't figured out how he lost the ranch to begin with but apparently he did and has now set a trap for some bad guys to 'come get him'. don't know but I"ll keep reading I guess since I started it!

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 9:59 AM ET
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I finished Lord of Scoundrels.  I was slightly disappointed.  Don't get me wrong, I loved it.  I just didn't LOVE it, like so many people have said they did.  <sigh>  I can't even really say why.  The writing was excellent, I loved Dain and Jessica, their romance was hot.... there was just something lacking, or maybe my expectations were too high.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Just started "The Paris Vendetta" by Steve Berry.  LOVE his books. They are history, conspiracy, spy novels all rolled into one.

Betsy in Michigan

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 11:08 AM ET
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I finished The Bane Affair by Alison Kent and really liked it. I want to move onto the second and third stories in this series, but can't seem to find my copy of In Danger anywhere. I'll have to tear my room apart when I get home from work. So in the meantime, I'm finishing up the final story in the Manaconda anthology. I read Lora Leigh's story, "Knight Stalkers," last night and really liked it. It seems like this was supposed to be a series of some sort, but LL must have bailed on it. The story reminded me of The Host, actually.

Speaking of The Host, I'm glad to hear that you ladies loved it. I've tried to get into it twice now and it just wasn't grabbing my attention. I won't give up hope on it, though. :-)

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 11:31 AM ET
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Michelle, there's a whole thread on not loving LoS at AAR, so don't feel bad! I think it is wonderful but certainly flawed, so I'm always a little surprised at the vast lovin' on it. It is a ways down on my list of favorites by Chase.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 9:29 AM ET
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I'm tired today but waiting for my dad's appt to finish and sometimes that can last til the afternoon so I brought books with me. A Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny was getting kinda complicated so I switched to Divorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig..ok hers aren't necessarily easy peasy but I was more in the mood for contemporary/funny. I plan on finishing A Cowboy Christmas though as well as Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy..hopefully before Christmas!

wish I could take a nap though!

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 11:23 AM ET
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I've been a busy reader! Ages ago, I grabbed a copy of the School for Heiresses anthology because it contained a story by Liz Carlyle that was related to her unnamed series I'd been reading. It also contained a story by Sabrina Jeffries that I really liked. That led me to the rest of the School for Heiresses series...

Soooo, toward the end of last week, I read Never Seduce a Scoundrel. As I read the synopsis of Only a Duke Will Do (Book 2), I discovered that the story between the hero and heroine really began in Jeffries' preceding series, The Royal Brotherhood (which I had on hand because I borrowed all of the Jeffries books my sis had on her shelf). So before I delved into Only a Duke..., I had to read:

  • In the Prince's Bed
  • To Pleasure a Prince
  • One Night with a Prince

After reading those, I went back to the School series. Since Saturday, I've read the Royal Brotherhood series, plus Only a Duke Will Do and Beware a Scot's Revenge. I've sent out requests for the remaining books in the series, but will have to wait until they arrive. *sigh* I guess this is a good time to do some overdue grocery shopping and baking.

Colleen

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 11:41 AM ET
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or maybe my expectations were too high

I think that has been my problem with ALOT of books lately.  I'm becoming too picky. LOL.    One book I had no trouble with however is the one I just finished: Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke.  L-O-V-E-D  I-T       Very anxious to read the next book in the series now too.   

Not sure what I'm reading next.  I'm determined to get through some of the books that have been in my TBR pile for way too long.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 12:26 PM ET
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I'm about 100 pages or so to go with Divorced, Desperate and Deceived..fast-paced book - not even 1 day has passed and I'm nearly done with the book! the pace/humor reminds me of For the Love of Pete by..geez..Julia somebody - think it's Elizabeth Hoyt's contemporary pen-name..well that one went fast too. This one is cute though so I'll probably grab some lunch then finish it.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 12:45 PM ET
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I found In Danger, which has Alison Kent's stories "The Shaughnessey Accord" and "The Samms Agenda." So I'm continuing my tryst with the boys of SG-5. :-D

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 1:19 PM ET
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Bravo, GINA! I'm hanging out, waiting for With Extreme Pleasure (23 of 77 on WL), the most recent Files of SG-5 book. I have mixed feelings about the first 5 books. They suffered from lack of pages and therefore, story development. But Alison Kent does do a good job of writing tight, making the most of length limits. Bane Affair is definitely better than the next 4. It's not very often that a reveal moment makes me gasp, but when the cause of Christian Bane's scars was revealed...

You might enjoy the slide show of Kent's heroes on her website. These guys take HOT to a whole new level. ;-D

Colleen

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