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Subject: What Are We Reading This Week, 12/4 - 12/10 2011
Date Posted: 12/4/2011 1:22 PM ET
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New week!



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Date Posted: 12/4/2011 3:39 PM ET
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Started Ashley Gardner's A Death in Norfolk, her Captain Lacey series.

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 4:46 PM ET
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I read Lord of Scoundrels, I really liked it. I am not usually that into that kind of historical. I also finished The Secret by Julie Garwood today. I hadn't read her before. I have Ransom that I think I might read next.

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 4:49 PM ET
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I'm still working on Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake, but put it aside to start on Real Men Will.  I have tried to be open-minded about this one, since I was not left with a very positive impression of Eric in the last two books.  I won't say I am completely sympathetic, but he's been ok so far.  I'm only halfway through so am reserving judgement until I"m finished.

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 8:58 PM ET
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Finished Julia Quinn's How to Marry a Marquis and it was a cute, fun read. James our hero is Lady D's nephew so it was fun reading about her playing the poor, old lady part.

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 1:13 AM ET
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Melissa is admitted, so I have had lots of time to read.  Today I finished Only His by Susan Mallory.  I'm going to go back and read the "perfect" series which predate this one.  I pulled "The Bride wore Scarlet" by Liz Carlyle out of the bag of books I have with me.  I've only read a few chapters, so no opinion so far.

My son made fun of me when he saw all the books I was bringing but she was admitted for three weeks after her last surgery and we are two hours away from home so I wasn't willing to take any chances.  :-)

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 11:05 AM ET
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Yesterday I took a break from the book I'm reading - Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - and read a few ebook short stories.

Amythest  Heat by Laura Hunsaker  was a VERY short story.  I think it had potential but would have been better served to have been longer.  As it was, it read more like the back cover copy than an actual story.

Northern Lights by Barbara Westbrook was a free download from the publishers website.  Pretty good.  It had a mystical, otherworldy feel to it.  If you like paranormal set in long ago times you'd probably like this one.

Letters of a Woman  Homesteader by Elinore Stewart  I downloaded free from BN.com   It's actually a series of letters from a real woman homesteader in turn of the 20th century Wyoming.  The first few pages were a little hard to follow since the whole book was scanned in somehow but it gets better as it goes along.  I found it very funny in its own right and very enlightening as to what the author found herself doing in early 1900s Wyoming.

 

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 2:40 PM ET
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I hope the books will help keep your mind off things, Theresa. I remember _the Joy Luck Club_ was a godsend when my best friend was undergoing chemo.

I finished The Forbidden Rose, just adored the huge, quiet, competent hero. If you like The Masquerders by Georgette Heyer, pick this one up for sure.

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 2:43 PM ET
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Ooh I just finished A Taste of Midnight (Breeds 9.5)  by Lara Adrian.  OMGOMGOMG so good!  If you're a fan of this series, the heroine is Danika - wife of Conlan, who was killed in the first book.

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 6:38 PM ET
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I finished Gaelen Foley's Lord of Ice and I really liked it. Not sure what I will read next...I have so many choices.

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 8:51 PM ET
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still reading The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood - pretty good but not too far into it.

eta: ok I'm farther along now - just got to the funny scene where Lyon's old lover threatens to spread lies about her and ruin her and Christina's reaction - good!



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Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn was good but not as good as I had hoped Colin's book would be.  A bit of a disappointment there.  But I liked him with Penelope.

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 12:15 PM ET
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I had been waiting to pick up Kiss of Snow for when I knew I would have an uninterrupted weekend....it was so worth the wait! Someone mentioned in last week's thread that they're not sure how Singh will top that one, and I completely agree. There aren't any characters I cared more about than Hawke (although I am waiting patiently for Kit to grow up and get his story), so I feel that this series has reached its pinnacle for me. And I kinda wish Walker had gotten his own book. Just love those strong, silent types. 

I also finished Running with the Devil by Lorelei James, and it was OK. Started Jenny Penn's Deception, and though the plot has been a bit shallow so far, the dialogue is killer. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 4:57 PM ET
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Reading Back Roads by Susan Crandall...new author for me.  Picked it up awhile back at a UBS and so far (half-way through), I'm liking it enough to look for more of her books (just what I need...more books to read!!!) 

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 6:23 PM ET
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I finished Elizabeth Bailey's THE GILDED SHROUD, Georgian-set mystery, last night and enjoyed it a lot, once I was able to devote significent time to it.

Now I'm going back to a 1994 Desire I started last weekend and will probably finished tomorrow. I need to 'pad' my December reading with some category romances, somehow end the year with a bang-up month.

GAil

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 6:27 PM ET
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I'm still reading The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood - liking it but it's taking longer than I thought but today I had to go straight to bed and still woke up early but had guy from working coming over to see about doing some work in my attic -  hot water heater replaced, duct work he saw needed fixing, etc etc etc - and now I leave for work in about an hour. gonna be a long night with a short nap in the morning and a long day ending with a mammagram -sucks LOL!

not sure what book is next - started Cry No More by Linda Howard and it's gotten my attention though it's gonna be a tearjerker I think sad

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My first DNF on a Mary Connealy story goes to Deep Trouble.  A real disappointment for me from an author I usually love.

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Yep for sure Susanna that one is a tear jerker. Not reading romance right now, reading Brad Thor's The Athena Project, not too far into it.

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I had been waiting to pick up Kiss of Snow for when I knew I would have an uninterrupted weekend....it was so worth the wait! Someone mentioned in last week's thread that they're not sure how Singh will top that one, and I completely agree. There aren't any characters I cared more about than Hawke (although I am waiting patiently for Kit to grow up and get his story), so I feel that this series has reached its pinnacle for me. And I kinda wish Walker had gotten his own book. Just love those strong, silent types

I agree with you on Kit and Walker. Honestly I only wanted Hawke and Sienna so I was annoyed at the parts with Walker. I wasn't able to enjoy him like I had wanted to. I did see her say somewhere that the next book is also about where Hawke and Sienna's relationship is now and it's almost the 2nd half of their story. That will probably help, for me at least, because I was also wondering how her series can keep getting better after what I felt was the best couple lol

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 10:37 PM ET
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well I returned cry no more since I don't think I can handle a tearjerker..sigh...

still reading The Lion's Lady by Garwood and liking it - getting to the angsy part if there is an angsty part! thinking I may start a mystery afterwards- one I saw mentioned in a thread here about the episcapalian? woman priest and the cop..it wil probably be scary too but oh well I can at least try it!

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 11:17 PM ET
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Susanna, you mean Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clair Ferguson/Russ Van Alystine mysteries? She is a priest and he is the sheriff.  The series is very good and one I really enjoy. In the Bleak Mid Winter is the first one and I would absolutely read these in order, as there is an event that takes place in the middle of the series and it is a lead up to later books.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2011 1:48 AM ET
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that's the one Keri - must've been your post in that thread! it sounded intriguing and I found them at the library and cleared off the shelf just in case I got addicted LOL!

almost done with The Lion's Lady - work and life are too hectic LOL - enjoying it though.

Date Posted: 12/7/2011 2:21 AM ET
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Excellent series, though there's one book I utterly hated...

Finished Silk is For Seduction -- it really grew on me. Not Chase's best, but her best in a while, I think -- very strong, interesting heroine. Now going to finish The Unquiet -- I have one or two more stories.

Date Posted: 12/7/2011 6:06 AM ET
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That's why I still haven't read CRY NO MORE yet. Can't bring myself to start it. I'm not quite caught up on Howard's books (last 3 TBR) but CRY has been on the back burner since it came out.

GAil

Date Posted: 12/7/2011 7:34 AM ET
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which series Willa? I'm getting confused following the diffrent reads LOL! of course Im tired...

about 2/3 done with In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming - good but the hero's married and the heroine is a priest )or sleuth and partner)- hoo boy somebody's gonna have to die somewhre down the road  - or divorce or something! I'm enjoying the book - the characters seem real in their prejudices and it makes me think of my own judgmental attitude(though I don't see mine changing! sad but hey I can at least think about it!) lotsa moral stuff dealing with an abandoned baby, who gets custody and her congregation has some very white collar stuck up people. anyways will likely finish sometime today or tonight and may go on to book 2 and see how it goes.

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