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Subject: What are we reading this week? 12/6 - 12/12, 2009
Date Posted: 12/6/2009 11:33 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 11:36 AM ET
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Crystal are you on a Jane Austen kick?!

Sherri, I start night shift tomorrow.

I started The Christmas Journey by Winnie Griggs, a Love Inspired historical. of course had a bunch of shooting and stuff..sigh..hate that..but only got maybe 1/3 through it...think it'll be good but I got too tired to stay awake. someone on romantic times' inspiration forum recommended this. and of course since I needed some retail therapy to deal with some stress I'm under I got some of her backlist which aren't love inspired but I think 'regular' historical. think she has one other love inspired so far.

ETA: forgot I finished Blessings of the Season by Annie Jones a nd Brenda Minton...a Love Inspired with 2 little Christmas stories. I liked Minton's better though both were barely 100 pages each. I would've liked to have seen both as longer stories, esp Minton's with the soldier.



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Date Posted: 12/6/2009 1:20 PM ET
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A few months ago I posted a Forum asking for recommendations on books with dogs in them.  I got a lot of great recommendations!  Yesterday I was waundering around B&N amd found another book to add to the list:  Ain't Too Proud To Beg by Susan Donovan. 

First, I want to point out that I paid FULL PRICE for this book...something I haven't done in so long and I couldn't tell you the last time I did that.  Anyway, the book is about a woman who owns a Labradoodle.  She waits up all night outside of a new pet store to win a year's worth of free grooming.  (If you have ever had a dog that needed constant grooming, you would know that the chance to get free grooming would cause you to do crazy things!)  While at the petstore, she meets the man of her dreams...only he has some serious baggage.  He is the CEO of the petstore and he's interested, but something is holding him back.

So far, so good, however I wish Donovan had written the character with a bit more intelligence.  She does some pretty stupid (childish) things which are supposed to be "cute" but are really distracting, and not in a good way.  I'm going to stick with it though.



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Date Posted: 12/6/2009 1:23 PM ET
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Now that I'm done reading all the Christmas swap books (and I STILL haven't revealed!) I have moved on to the Montana Creeds books, and just finished Logan.  Pretty good- I"m on to Dylan today.  I did not read the McKettrick series- is that any good?  Not that I NEED a bigger TBR, but if they are as good as the MC books I might want to RL them.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 2:17 PM ET
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sounds like a cute book Diana!Lesley, I liked the Creeds better but I also read them first. The Mckettricks are rich as all get-out like the Creeds and there are kids involved..I enjoyed them but one of them t he guy was a real jerk to the woman and the book was a little 'weird'..think it was the last of the McKettrick men. basically more of the same -rich as sin, animal lovers! and there are three 'men' books and 2 s ilhouette special edtions I think that start a nd end the series(about the women) but these characters show up in the other books. I think I liked the Creeds best though, at least the first couple. the first actually is my fave I think!

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Speaking of the McKettricks, I listened to McKettrick's Pride and liked that... she always has a rescued dog in her books, it seems. :) I love the animal characters in Miller's books. Anyway, I listened to that couple weeks ago and so I got the rest of the series in paper form to read. I'll start Sierra's Homecoming later today after I finish my Bigfoot book by Loren Coleman (which is not a romance, BTW!). I like Linda Lael Miller because she has nifty things in her books.. occasional ghostly things, an animal communicator, time travel, things like that. She does those really well, too, and they fit right in with the stories. There are her McKettricks of Texas coming up next year... a trilogy again - Tate, Garrett, and Austin (though not necessarily in that order). Those are contemporary again, I believe. The rest of the week I hope to finish the McKettricks and then read Jeaniene Frost's story in Unbound and finally from a new author for me, Kristan Higgins, Too Good to Be True, which I hope is good. I forget where I found a recommendation for that one, but it was probably here.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 3:51 PM ET
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Susanna, I did a Pride and Prejudice swap so I had to read one book to mail out and another player asked if they could have another book that I revealed, so I read them in a row.  Sort of a Jane Austen kick.  :-)

The Tawny Taylor book, Wicked Beast, is finally having a plot.  It just didn't start till halfway thru the book.  Up till then it was mostly just sex and the heroine cowering in fear from the hero (but being really turned on while she cowered *eye roll*). 

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 4:34 PM ET
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I'm reading "Chasing Stanley" by Deirdre Martin.  I'm really liking her NY Blades series.  Then again, I love hockey, so that's a natural. 

About the Montana Creeds, that was a great series.  Can't wait for her new series to come out. 

 

Betsy in Michigan

(Go Red Wings!!)

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 5:14 PM ET
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I'm almost finished "Only A Duke Will Do" by Sabrina Jeffries but it's thisclose to being a wall banger. I usually really enjoy her books but this one is just terrible. Back and forth with the "big misunderstanding", lying to each other, doing things behind each other's backs. Gah! Not a usual SB story line.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Susanna, we are just flopping schedules!  LOL

I started on Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake and so far I'm totally hooked.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 6:15 PM ET
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I just finished the  fourth (The Darkest Whisper) book in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. This is one of my favorite series - interesting and well-developed plots that haven't yet become formulaic, hunky tortured (literally) men, and women strong enough to take on their demons.  Pretty much every book that Gena Showalter writes has some hot hot sex scenes in it - and the LOTU books certainly keep up that tradition - and I appreciate that because Gena can write the heck out of a sex scene. But I find the overall plot fascinating. And just as fascinating to me are the women that become each LOTU's love interest. They not only learn to fall in love with the warrior / lord, but also have to come to terms with the demon within the warrior, because the two cannot be separated.

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I'm about halfway through The Christmas Journey..pretty good! lots of characters but surprisingly I'm not having trouble keeping them all straight!

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 7:19 PM ET
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I stayed up late last night reading The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. I finished it by 5 am, and loved it. I can't decide if The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough is a poor rip-off of this one as the Amazon reviewers said (I read Ladies first, and was not aware that both books have almost the exact same plot) because McCullough writes so well, and I felt like maybe her book had more of a satirical note, yet also paying homage to Montgomery's classic. I think I liked McCullough's protagonist Missy better compared to Valancy because even though both characters were immersed in feelings of despair and self-pity in the beginning, it felt like Missy's point of view was more of a humorous and self-deprecating one, whereas Valancy was too deeply immersed in self-pity. Even though I could understand why she was so trapped into timidity, I just wanted to yell at her to rebel in some small way. Valancy grew stronger and more courageous with her revelation however, and I was cheering her on as she started to fight back against her constraints. I think the love story might have been better-developed in Montgomery's original as well, but McCullough made certain members of Missy's family likeable, which I appreciated.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 9:01 PM ET
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Dropped the other gazillion books I was reading to start Living Dead in Dallas.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 9:24 PM ET
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I'm reading Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs.  I wasn't very enthusiastic going by the book description, but I've loved all of the books in this series so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I'm glad I did.  I'm about halfway through and it's great!

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 10:06 PM ET
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I liked it too, Michelle.  It's funny, I have really liked the Lakeshore Chronicles, but have been luke-warm about the other books of hers that I have read.  There were things about the end of this one that confused me a bit, but overall I really liked it.  I wonder if she's going to continue the series, or if this is it?

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 10:37 PM ET
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I'm way behind on the Lakeshore series..only read the first book!

finished the love inspired historical, The Christmas Journey by Winnie Griggs. It was pretty good! takes place right before thanksgiving through Christmas Day..ending not exactly going my way but t urned out ok. I don't usually read historicals but this takes place late 1800's in Texas. I recognized the town Tyler and assumed from the town's name in the book that it's in the piney w oods area close to where I grew up! In this one the heroine is 'stuck' in this area taking care of family members when her dream is to travel and see the world. the hero has pretty much done that and loves the family life she has. he's torn between settling down in the family ranch or going to philadelphia and take over his grandfather's law firm. anyways quite a bit going on and lots of characters but surprisinglly I kept up with them and even had kids in it that didn't bother me! hero wasn't a weakling  but he wasn't overbearingly alpha and was great with kids! heroine wasn't an idiot either.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:12 AM ET
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Still reading Unconquered by Bertrice Small - been soo busy with the family/holiday thing that I have had almost no time to read!  Hoping to settle things down a wee bit here and finally catch up with everything.  I've gotten to the point in the book where both the H/H are acting stupid because they are seperated by circumstances and are both jealous, etc. etc.  I'm hoping Small can clear this up without it getting too dumb. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 10:04 AM ET
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I finished Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake and it was great.  Its a Christian romance, 2nd in the "only in Gooding" series, very heavy on the religion, so be warned if you might be planning to read it.  It was fine with me and actually it fit because of the story and the character.    Great characters and a great HEA.

Decided to read The Soldier's Holiday Vow by Jillian Hart next.  ;-)



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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 12:09 PM ET
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I just finished Seduction by Amanda Quick and now I am midway through Surrender by Quick. Her romances are easy reads and I enjoy the bluestocking heroines.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 1:12 PM ET
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I loved loved loved Jill Shalvis' Strong and Sexy. A well-written imperfect heroine, a sweetheart of a hero, and an intriguing stalker storyline (albeit with a few holes). Really enjoyed that one, enough that I'm tempted to make it a keeper. Now I'm finishing out the Sky High trilogy with Superb and Sexy. This one is about two characters introduced in the previous two books, so Shalvis has already been building up the chemistry already and I'm liking it so far. This  was an interesting premise, to have this trilogy revolve around the workings of three pilots who own a private business. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 10:16 PM ET
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I'm reading Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts. AFter this I kinda need to read Boo Who and Boo Hiss by Rene Gutteridge since Boo Humbug(book 4) will be at the library on hold for me soon and they go in order.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Reading Wild Orchids by Karen Robards and really liking it so far. Started out with a bang and keeps moving at a pretty fast pace. A romance/adventure just like I like them...

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:10 AM ET
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I take back what I said about Unconquered - Small got over the whole jealousy thing that I didn't like and the book is seriously picking up now and has me totally hooked.  I ended up reading it about an hour and a half last night in the bath tub and only quit because the water got cold!  :P

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:17 AM ET
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I finished The Soldier's Holiday Vow by Jillian Hart and it was a terrific read.  Great HEA.     I also read a Harlequin mini (short ebook) called Wrapped and Ready by Julie Kenner - a Christmas themed story.  It was cute.  Only 52 pages.    Up next is Dancing in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne.

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