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Subject: What are we reading this week? 2/15 - 2/21
Date Posted: 2/15/2009 8:45 AM ET
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I just started The Polyamorous Princess by Melodee Aaron and the writing style leaves a lot to be desired so far.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 8:57 AM ET
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Melissa, I couldnt even finish that book.

 

read WHEN ANGELS FALL by Meagan McKinney. very disappointing. it was not a dark as I asked.  it had a weepy heroine, posturing hero, and maybe one of the worst cut-off ending ever. She actually ends on a quote. How f*cking lazy is that?

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I'm reading Lynn Kurland's A Garden in the Rain.  I'm about 1/3 of the way in & so far so good.

Susanna - It seems like we have very similar tastes in reading.  lol  I read Tribute about a month ago (loved it, my fave Nora Roberts book in a LONG time - you should definitely read it) and I just received Montana Creeds:  Logan the other day.  ha!  I think, with Linda Lael Miller, that she's very pro-animal.  I seem to remember at the end (or beginning?) of each book she writes about adopting animals, etc, and she has something about it on her web site.

Can someone give me the lowdown on the Lakeside books by Susan Wiggs?  I know I've read one or two of them, but I didn't realize how many there were, or what order they're in.  I know I could stop being lazy and do a search and read up on them, but if someone can just give me the reading order & who the characters are at least, I'd be grateful.  LOL

Michelle



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Date Posted: 2/15/2009 9:37 AM ET
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Michelle, I love Lynn Kurland's books!  They take me forever to read though.  :)

I am reading the second Paladins of Darkness book, Dark Defender (Paladins of Darkness, Book 2) by Alexis Morgan.  I started it last week but I had to put it aside so I could finish a swap book.  It's really good so far. 



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Date Posted: 2/15/2009 9:39 AM ET
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Michelle the Lakeshore Chronicles are very good.  I've read the first three.  The latest one just came out a few weeks ago. 

Lakeshore Chronicles
1. Summer At Willow Lake (2006)
2. The Winter Lodge (2007)
3. Dockside (2007)
4. Snowfall at Willow Lake (2008)
5. Fireside (2009)

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 9:41 AM ET
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I read Gabriel's Woman by Robin Schone. I really liked it, though I'd suggest to anyone wanting to read it to read The Lover first, the two storylines go together and you might be a bit lost with the second if you didn't read The Lover first. I read it in one day, which I usually never have time to do, but I found the time (meaning no housework at all got done and my poor kid got neglected lol).

Now I'm finishing up Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold which is also really good. It's has a sci-fi war/romance storyline and I really like the H/h and her other characters.

I'm not sure what I'll read next. I've got way too many choices in my TBR, I don't even know where to start :P

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 10:06 AM ET
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Finished To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt.  A most enjoyable book, will put more of her books on my reminder list. 

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 10:22 AM ET
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I'm just starting Cindy Gerard's Whisper No Lies.  I fell asleep last night before I could really get started on it good.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 11:19 AM ET
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I am finishing up the Donovan series by Elizabeth Lowell.  Half way through Pearl Cove.   I have enjoyed the series very fast reading.  Are there any other Lowell books that are must reads?

 

Kelley

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 11:47 AM ET
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I read So Enchanting by Connie Brockway & just loved it.  The thing with the animals mating all over the place whenever the h&h are together is some of the most hilarious stuff I've read in a while.  Especially the cats squalling outside.  I about peed:P

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I just finished The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig and loved it!  I thought it was one of the best books in the Pink Carnation series so far.  Had a very atypical heroine.  Following is the review I posted for PBS:

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The Seduction of the Crimson Rose is the 4th book in the Pink Carnation series - a series that is a fun blend of contemporary chick lit, historic romantic suspense and historic fiction featuring a group of English and French spies during the Napoleonic era. I'm not a huge fan of pure chick lit - or of contemporary romantic suspense but this series hits just the right spot for me.

This fourth book in the series showcases two characters introduced in previous books - so be sure to read this series in order. It's not your typical historic romance, as both characters have rather Machiavelian (i.e. selfish and devious) personalities. Heck, in the previous book in the series, the heroine from this book contrived to create a compromising situation with an eligible lord of the realm in order to force him into marraige :-) But that is what makes this book so delightful, as like meets like and discovers that maybe love is a real emotion after all. I think it was one of the best books in the series so far. And when it comes to history, the author (Lauren Willig) knows her stuff. She has a graduate degree in history. She does play around a bit with the order of events in the books, but she always explains the proper order in a post-script to the book - which I greatly appreciate.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Well, I was going to start "The Top of Her Game" by Emma Holly, but a trip to Half-Price Books yesterday deterred that plan. I had picked up Lora Leigh's "Dangerous Games" and "Wild Card" months ago and loved them both, then realized that it's a series that I had been reading out of order. I finally found one of the installments, included in "Honk If You Love Real Men," yesterday at HPB, at a price I was actually willing to pay. So now, I'm started back on that series, now that I have all of the books. Almost finished with "For Maggie's Sake," in "Real Men Do It Better." It's good, but by the amount of backstory that's written, Joe & Maggie deserved their own full-length novel!

On Lora Leigh's website, "For Maggie's Sake" is actually listed as the first in the series, but it takes place after the events in "Dangerous Games." Doesn't make sense to me.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 2:31 PM ET
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Kelley S--Lowell's Rarities Unlimited series and St. Kilda series are both good. Rarities Unlimited has Moving Target, Running Scared, Die in Plain Sight, and The Color of Death. St. Kilda books are Always Time to Die, The Wrong Hostage, Innocent as Sin, and Blue Smoke and Murder.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 2:51 PM ET
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Kristen - Thanks for the info on the Lakeshore Chronicles.  Looks like I've read two of them, so now I'm off to find the rest.  :)

Michelle

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 4:11 PM ET
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I finished skimmed The Polyamorous Princess by Melodee Aaron. It was pretty bad. I'm getting ready to start reading All U Can Eat by Emma Holly.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 4:38 PM ET
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I'm almost done "Destiny Kills" by Keri Arthur and it was good, not excellent, but good. I'm still trying to get into "Slave to Sensation" by Nalini Singh

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 5:20 PM ET
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I finished Through A Dark Mist yesterday.  I liked it. At least enough to read other Marsha Canham books.  Some of the violence kinda grossed me out.  It's that overactive imagination. :)  There was one part involved eyes shooting out of someones head.  It had me saying out loud "Eeeww! That's nasty!"  My dog didn't know what to make of that.  LOL

Started Immortals: The Calling (I think) by Jennifer Ashley.  I'm pretty sure it's the first in the series.  I've read about 3 chapters so far.  It's interesting enough to keep reading, but probably not going to be a keeper.  My only problem is apparently the hero has waist length hair and ladies, if there's anything you must know about my taste in men, it's that their hair can't be longer than mine(1/3 of the way down my back).  And actually, my hair is too long.  I think I can tolerate shoulder length.  But waist length, no.  Not cool to me. :)  No offense to anyone.   Also mustaches.  Ick.  I must imagine them away except in rare circumstances (Captain Jack anyone?)  Haha!  Sorry to get off topic. 

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 5:24 PM ET
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Kelley, I liked Tell Me No Lies by lowell...I also like some of her older alpha dude silhouettes - warrior and gosh can't think of the title.it's a series of 4 or 5 and I like tennesee's and nevada's stories.outlaw that's the other one. but Tell Me No Lies deals with chinese artifacts and a bit of evil..I enjoyed the story though. I want to read that series you mentioned..I've read a couple and skimmed a few..she just wrote the 4 didnt' she? I remmber reading jade island then realized amber beach was first but never got back to that one then I skimmed the other 2 bu tplan on going back and reading them all.

I'm still reading the Linda Lael Miller book..and she does put something in the b ook about animals..can't remember what it was but at the back she says she has scholarships for women wanting ot improve themselves..I've only read one other book by here..the mojo one..deadly gamble? dont' recall that but I usually skip all but the story when I'mr eading unless I'm bored..I hate the teasers for future books!

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 5:36 PM ET
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TELL ME NO LIES is my fav Elizabeth Lowell. It deals with antique Chinese bronzes which is a subject I know and she did a damn good job on her research. Not a false step.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 6:05 PM ET
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Jess, I had no idea that stuff was really going on with the artifacts until I read that ..later I read other books talking about the same kind of stuff..I liked the whole story and was surprised since I don't know anything at all about chinese a nything LOL! but she was basically stuck - no matter what the truth was someone she cared about was gonna end up on the wrong side. really kept my attention!

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 6:56 PM ET
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Kim, I can't wait to read that Brockway, hope it's in my mailbox tomorrow. 

Have to do some work tonight, so I'm finishing up short stories in ONe Candlenight Christmas anthology.  Finisehd and loved Cry Wolf by Briggs, hope I can come across that first Mercy Thomas book so I can catch up with that connected series now.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 7:01 PM ET
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Pam, there is no mail service on Monday.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 7:17 PM ET
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Pam, I think you'll like it.  It reminds me a lot of The Bridal Season, but as that one is one of my very favorite Brockway's, I have to admit it's not quite as perfect as TBS:P  It gets just a tad laggy toward the middle, but picks up pretty well after a few chapters.  The ending is not quite as good as Brockway can do either, but as a total package, it's very deserving of at least a B+.  The thing with the animals is just so hysterical and would make up for a lot of mediocrity, IMO:P  It's Brockway's very subtle humor at its best.  She remind me a lot of Loretta Chase in that respect.  They both know that less is more, and never overdo it.  It's a really great book, and I'm keeping mine:P

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 7:19 PM ET
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Shari-  Thanks for the list, I made sure to write it down.  I just found Lowell in my local Library and have read just about every book they have, this will give me something to use my credits on.

Susanna and Jess-  Thanks for the input.

 

Kelley

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 8:32 PM ET
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E Lowell writes under several pen names as well.  Mystery and SF, i think.  Ann Maxwell and A E Maxwell.

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